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Robert "Larry" Lane


Lane's Graduation Photo









Larry Lane
After Hopkins, Larry went on to Harvard where he was a major contributor to undergraduate theater arts. He went on to get a doctorate from Stanford University and later studied Eastern religious thought and practice.

After Harvard,  worked as a theatrical director, playwright and educator. He was Founder and Producing Artistic Director of the award-winning New Repertory Theatre in Boston and has taught theatre at Stanford and M.I.T. His plays have been produced in London, New York, Chicago and Boston. A dharma student since 1971, he includes among his teachers Chogyam Trungpa, Toni Packer, Norman Fischer, and Teah Strozer. He has been teaching at Brooklyn Zen Center since 2013.

 

Larry then worked in the theater in Manhattan and went on to establish "The New Rep" theater company in Newton, MA. This community based, polished, professional company established an excellent reputation in the Boston area during his tenure as Artistic Director.

In 1995, he left the New Rep to pursue new directions in London and then New York.

 

Larry and Gwyneth Welch in The Devil's Desciple

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Larry Lane Directing

Larry Lane, artist in residence, directs two cast members during rehearsals of Arthur Miller's "All My Sons." Photo: Brian Moore

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The following story about Larry appeared on the web site of the University of Wisconsin.

Theater director personifies stage work (posted 10/08/99)

by Barbara Wolff ( )

 

As the University Theatre cast of "All My Sons" embarks upon another week of rehearsal, the actors are engaged in discovering exactly where their characters stand in relation to one another.

"There's a lot of subtext here. Often it's what's between the lines that creates the meaning," says guest director Larry Lane. By way of example, he cites a passage in which the wife of a morally ambiguous manufacturer talks around what she really thinks and feels to justify her husband's arguably unintentional shipment of defective airplane parts during World War II.

"It's almost a mad scene," Lane says. "The lines seem like nonsequiturs, but on examination you realize that the character, Kate, is protecting herself and her family. It presents quite a challenge for the actor."

In this case, the actor grappling with those challenges is Patricia Boyette, UW-Madison associate professor of theatre and drama, who will be playing the role in the UT production. She says that working with Lane has given her fresh insights and professional growth.

"It allows me to stretch my craft, as an artist and as a teacher. The more I hone my own skills, the more I have to share with my students. 'All My Sons' is a strong ensemble piece, and the collaboration between the director, cast and crew has been electric. The opportunity the university affords us to combine the professional and the academic results in some of the richest and most rewarding work we can do," she says.

There are seven students in the "All My Sons" cast. Lane credits their strong theatrical background for generating a great deal of the aforementioned electricity.

"They are extremely well-trained. They know how to collaborate," he says. "I haven't found the kind of competitiveness you sometimes see in some of the other drama schools."

Lane comes to Wisconsin from New York, where he is now a freelance writer and director. Before that, he spent 12 years as the founding artistic director of the New Repertory Theatre outside Boston. His 1996 adaptation of the Herman Melville novella "Bartleby the Scrivner" earned rave reviews in London and Edinburgh.

Lane is the first to admit his success hasn't made him wealthy or famous. Nonetheless, it has made him happy: "Life in the theater is good. Each day in rehearsal you get to enter the mind of a Chekhov or a Shakespeare, and live and work there for a while. The process always demands that you look more acutely and feel more deeply."

Lane adds that the artist must be willing to share those sensations.

"Good theater is generous," he says. "We all have a responsibility to others in the production and the audience. It's absolutely the opposite of narcissism."

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In January, 2004 we learned from the staff at the New Rep Theater in Newton, MA, which Larry had founded, that he is still in New York City producing a play.

In May, 2005, we learned that Larry is still in New York. He is working on finding backers for his 1996 adaptation of Melville's Bartleby the Scrivener. He hopes to see it open off-Broadway in November. His 1996 production earned rave reviews in London and Edinburgh and was presented in the Berkshires in 2003.

In 2010, Larry is still living in NYC.


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