Adapting work to the stage can be a thrilling experience. As Dave Malloy, creator of the Great Comet of 1812 says, "The most interesting thing about reading old texts, you know texts that were written a hundred years ago, 500 years ago, thousands of years ago, is how little humans have changed. You know how in all of these classic texts you see these characters doing things and thinking things and saying things that you yourself said just yesterday, or you had friends who did those things as well."

In this episode of “Working in the Theatre,” we explore the process of adaptation in the theatre. With exploration of the amazing work of Kate Hamill and her adaptation of Jane Austen’s Sense and Sensibility at Bedlam in 2016 (directed by Eric Tucker) and traveling through the minds of Dave Malloy’s work on War and Peace and Moby Dick (with direction by Rachel Chavkin), we find out what it takes to find a story for the stage, shape it appropriately, and decide what gets left behind.

Since the documentary has been filmed, the productions of Sense and Sensibility and the other productions mentioned by Kate Hamill have opened and closed.

The production of The Great Comet of 1812 on Broadway closed following the filming of this documentary.

For more information on the American Theatre Wing and Working in the Theatre, visit americantheatrewing.org
For more information on great projects by Kate, visit kate-hamill.com.
For information at Bedlam, visit bedlam.org

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Working in the Theatre shares the stories of the people that make theatre great and provides our audience with the most comprehensive and in-depth conversations, interviews, and resources about American theatre anywhere online. Our growing library of…


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Working in the Theatre shares the stories of the people that make theatre great and provides our audience with the most comprehensive and in-depth conversations, interviews, and resources about American theatre anywhere online. Our growing library of films include more than 900 guests and have been broadcast to over seven million households and viewed on the web over 50,000 times per month.

The American Theatre Wing’s Working in the Theatre receives leadership support from Doris Duke Charitable Foundation and The Dorothy Strelsin Foundation and is also supported, in part, by the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council and the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.

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