CAREY PERLOFF STAGES LAST PLAY AFTER 25 YEARS AT HELM OF ACT KQED FORUM (AUDIO INTERVIEW)
Carey Perloff is stepping down as artistic director of ACT after directing the company for a quarter century. Her final show was Harold Pinter's "The Birthday Party." Forum talked with Perloff about her career, the future of theater in San Francisco and her final production.
–– KQED FORUM
"CAREY PERLOFF, LEADING LADY OF ACT"
"I was absolutely sure that I was going to be fired," Carey Perloff says of her tumultuous first year as artistic director of the American Conservatory Theater.
She had good reason to worry. Outraged Catholic Church members had picketed and leafleted playwright Dario Fo's satire "The Pope and the Witch." Audiences had walked out in droves, and the theater and local newspapers were flooded with angry letters about the pervasive, S&M-tinged nudity in another production, "The Duchess of Malfi."
75 REASONS TO LIVE: CAREY PERLOFF ON ROBBERT FLICK’S "ALONG OCEAN PARK, LOOKING WEST, SUMMER"
"Carey Perloff likens Robbert Flick's 'Along Ocean Park, Looking West, Summer' (1980) to a curtain rising at the theater."
–– SF MOMA
CAREY PERLOFF: CANADIAN THEATRE’S STATESIDE CHAMPION
"What's wrong with Canadian plays?" Asked a prominent American theatre commentator in a widely circulated blog post last summer – nearly causing an outbreak of familiar cultural cringe on this side of the border. "Quick, name five modern Canadian playwrights," Howard Sherman, former executive director of the American Theatre Wing in New York, challenged his readers in the online journal HowlRound. "Having trouble? I bet you are."
–– THE GLOBE AND THE MAIL
CAREY PERLOFF: LEFT COAST, RIGHT TIME
"After a quarter century at the helm of ACT, the classics-minded director/playwright is quitting while she’s ahead."
–– ROBERT AVILA, AMERICAN THEATER
"SHE'S STEPPING DOWN FROM A.C.T., BUT CAREY PERLOFF CONTINUES THE FIGHT FOR WOMEN'S STORIES"
Fundamental to the theater's success, she said, has been a commitment to the audience: "Bill Ball felt the audience would rise to the level that you challenged them to rise to, and I've always believed that too. We have never dumbed down."
"HOMAGE TO THE CREATIVE MASTERMIND BEHIND ACT"
"Over the years, ACT plays have been among the most joyful pleasures of my life, going back to the days of William Ball, who brought the acting company from Pittsburgh to San Francisco. Perloff, with the same creative and dynamic spirit of Ball, has brought aesthetic delight to playgoers who come from all over Northern California to the Geary Theater."