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"I left Pittsburgh but Pittsburgh never left me"
Monday, October 05, 2015

“I left Pittsburgh but Pittsburgh never left me,” said August Wilson. His hometown – specifically the Hill District that he was born in – never left him and haunted his writing, inspiring many of the people and events seen throughout The American Century Cycle. All but one of the plays in the Cycle take place in the neighborhood he knew so well.  More >

Baseball's Color Line
Monday, October 05, 2015

Jackie Robinson became the first African American to play professional baseball in the major leagues in 1947. The Brooklyn Dodgers ended racial segregation in professional baseball by playing Robinson at second base. Prior to Robinson winning the MLB Rookie of the Year Award, however, there were many African American athletes who played ball in the Negro Leagues.  More >

More Than Just Happy Days: A Look Into America, 1957
Friday, October 02, 2015

The 1950s was an era of booming economy, booming prosperity and baby boomers. There is a romanticized notion of the Leave It To Beaver 1950s complete with poodle skirts and Chevys that appears in the collective mind of many Americans. But underneath the seemingly positive and stable climate in 1950s America was an era of conflict and divide.  More >

"Director Noah Himmelstein opens the 25th anniversary season"
Monday, September 14, 2015

"For Noah Himmelstein, who grew up attending Everyman Theatre matinees as part of his high school alma mater George Washington Carver Center for Arts and Technology’s curriculum, returning to Baltimore to direct “An Inspector Calls,” which opens the theater’s 25th season, is one of what Himmelstein refers to as life’s “full-circle moments” for which he considers himself fortunate to experience. Some of the actors he admired back then he’ll direct in the play, an Edwardian-era psychological thriller that still holds uncanny contemporary relevance today." More >

Clues to "Inspector" from Baltimore-born team
Friday, September 11, 2015

Baltimore natives and fellow Carver Center for Arts and Technology alum Noah Himmelstein and Timothy Mackabee have teamed up to direct and design the sets for An Inspector Calls. The Baltimore Sun's Tim Smith recently sat down with the pair to talk all things Inspector and to reminisce a bit about their high school days at Carver.  More >

Official photos for "An Inspector Calls" are here!
Friday, September 11, 2015

The 2015/2016 season kicks off tonight with the opening of the psychological thriller An Inspector Calls. Filled with twists, turns and gasps, An Inspector Calls features Resident Company Members Deborah Hazlett and Bruce Nelson. More >

The Edwardian Household
Thursday, September 03, 2015

During the time period of An Inspector Calls, a house was not simply occupied by those who were related to each other. Within each household was a staff – sometimes a very elaborate staff – of domestic servants and household help. Within the play, the audience sees the Birling family’s maid – Edna. She was likely a housemaid for the family. Who else would have made up an Edwardian household staff? More >

Women's Fashion in Edwardian Society
Tuesday, September 01, 2015

The Edwardian Era – the period in which An Inspector Calls takes place – is not typically distinguished by King Edward VII’s short reign from 1901 to 1910. Generally, the period ranges from the mid- 1890s through the beginning of World War I in 1914. The French referred to this period as “La Belle Epoque” (The Age of Opulence) and J. B. Priestley himself referred to this as the “Lost Golden Age.” Need a visual? Think first season Downton Abbey or Kate and Leo in Titanic.  More >

In Memoriam: The Unseen Voice of Everyman
Thursday, August 27, 2015

For more than 10 years now, audience members have paged through their programs before the start of the show and found themselves reading insightful and thought-provoking articles about the show they were about to see. Behind those articles and essays was the unseen voice of Everyman Theatre – our Resident dramaturg, Naomi Greenberg-Slovin. While Naomi never appeared on our stage or designed the costumes or sets you see in our shows, her research and writing was instrumental to the creation of each production. Sadly, Everyman lost this member of the family over the summer; Naomi passed away on August 19th at the age of 92. 

Many audience members probably don’t know the value of a dramaturg. Naomi tirelessly worked to research the history behind the plays we have produced. She would write about the time periods in which the shows occurred, research the details of a play’s setting, and understand the style in which the playwrights wrote. Her research and writing would help to influence a director’s approach and an actor’s style. 

As a member of our Resident Company, Naomi was always at the table during a show’s first read. She was always eager to take a question from a rehearsal and research to find the answer. She never missed a production meeting. And her smile and a hug always greeted you on an Opening Night. She was a tireless advocate for Everyman.

Naomi was not only part of our figurative Everyman family, Naomi was also the younger sister of Resident Company member and Baltimore stage legend Vivienne Shub, who passed away last fall. The two of them came as a pair. After Naomi’s husband passed away several years ago, she moved from her home in the Netherlands to live in Baltimore with her sister.

The pair went on to create many different types of presentations together. Naomi researched, designed and wrote a course called “Finding the Playwright Between the Lines,” which was presented at Notre Dame’s Renaissance Program by Vivienne. The course was so successful it led to a second one: “The Playwright as a Beholder: Two Different Faces on the Same Theme,” taught at Johns Hopkins Evergreen Program. 

Perhaps most memorably was the pair’s smash-hit, The Cone Sister. This one-woman show was written by Naomi for Vivienne to perform at Everyman during the 2006/2007 season. The story was based on the life of Baltimore art collector, Etta Cone. The show was a run-away hit and was extended several times. 

For Vivienne’s 90th birthday, Naomi lovingly wrote of her sister’s life in the one-woman show Viva la Vivienne! After that, she wrote a staged reading of the works of Zelda Fitzgerald called Zelda in her Own Words. She also recently wrote the narrative text for the Baltimore Choral Society performance of Rachmoninoff’s All-Night Vigil and a program for the Geriatric Research Department at University of Maryland. 

Naomi was the epitome of Everyman. Audiences may not have been able to pick her out in the theatre, but they certainly knew her voice and, I’m certain, could feel her love and passion for the theatre.  More >

Why 1912?
Thursday, August 27, 2015

An Inspector Calls was written in 1945, a time when World War II was just coming to a close. The play could have very easily taken place in the then present day, so why did Priestley decide to set it several decades earlier? Research tells us that Priestley felt that the previous generation had to bear the responsibility for the events of the present – a theme that can be felt throughout An Inspector Calls.  More >


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