Heartbreaking News from Benedicta Bertau of Walking the Dog Theater [GailSez]

September 26th, 2011, 1:30 pm by Sara

Back in April the Register-Star broke the news that Walking the dog Theater’s German-born Co-Artistic Director, Benedicta Bertau, had to leave the country for immigration reasons. Here is the sad update from Benedicta herself:

Dear Friends and Colleagues of WTD,

About a month ago Walking the dog Theater (WTD) received notice that the US Department of Labor has denied WTD’s application for permission to file for a Green Card (Permanent Residency and Work Permission) for me. Several reasons were quoted, but in the end, logic around these procedures is not necessarily the thing to look for. The immigration lawyer WTD has been working with explained that we did have the option to appeal this decision. But this would have required great financial and organizational strain.

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LIVE: Eurydice @ Walking The Dog Theater, Chatham [GailSez]

July 11th, 2011, 5:00 pm by Sara
Eurydice (Rachel Storey) arrives in the Underworld.

Eurydice (Rachel Storey) arrives in the Underworld.

Magic. The theatre is magical in its very honesty and humanity. Sarah Ruhl is a magical writer. I have always loved magical writers, ones whose love of the language is strong and evident. I love John Guare and Tom Stoppard and now I love Sarah Ruhl too. So wild horses couldn’t have kept me from going to the magical tent in the orchard that is PS/21 to see her Eurydice.

I recognized Ruhl’s magic immediately in the first play of hers I saw – the superb WAM Theatre production of Melancholy Play in Pittsfield this past November – and so did David Anderson, the artistic director of Walking the dog Theater, who immediately started reading her works to find a play that would suit his company. His selection of Eurydice was perfect, as are all the choices he and his ensemble cast have made in this remarkable and moving production.

Because of my hectic summer reviewing schedule, the only practical time for me to attend the show as at their very first public preview, so some of what I write about here may be different from what you see, but I have no doubt that what you see will be just as perfect.

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