Carol Rocamora


BSR Contributor Since May 16, 2009

Dr. Carol Rocamora is an educator, playwright, translator and reviewer. She serves on the faculty of NYU's Tisch School of the Arts..

Dr. Carol Rocamora is an educator, playwright, translator and critic. Her three volumes of the complete translated dramatic works of Anton Chekhov have been published by Smith & Kraus.

Her new play, I take your hand in mine...., based on the correspondence of Chekhov and Olga Knipper, premiered in September 2001 at the Almeida Theatre in London, starring Paul Scofield and Irene Worth, and opened in Paris in October 2003 at Peter Brook's Theatre des Bouffes du Nord, under his direction, starring Michel Piccoli and Natasha Parry.

Now in her 15th year of teaching at New York University's Tisch School of the Arts, Dr. Rocamora has been the recipient of the David Payne Carter Award for Teaching Excellence. She also lectures on theater at the Juilliard School, the Yale School of Drama and Columbia University.

Formerly, she was the founder and artistic director of the Philadelphia Festival Plays at the Annenberg Center. Dr. Rocamora's biography, Acts of Courage: Vaclav Havel's Life in the Theatre, was published in 2005.

She has written about theater for The Nation and The New York Times, and currently contributes to The Guardian and American Theatre. She has recently completed Rubles, a collection of original plays inspired by Chekhov's short stories. She is currently working on a biography entitled Chekhov: Portraits.

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The ensemble gets down at Daphne's Dive. (Photo by Joan Marcus)

Quiara Alegría Hudes's 'Daphne's Dive' at Signature Theatre

Empathy, Philly style

Philadelphia-born Quiara Alegría Hudes sets her newest play in a North Philly bar, against a backdrop of family and civic unrest.

Carol Rocamora

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Saoirse Ronan as Abigail: Beware the storm— and the wolf.

Arthur Miller’s ‘The Crucible’ on Broadway

Shaking up a classic

The special effects in Ivo Van Hove’s stunningly radical production of The Crucible threaten to overwhelm Arthur Miller’s eloquent plea for decency and integrity.

Carol Rocamora

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Langella confronts dementia in 'The Father.'

‘The Father’ and ‘Blackbird’ on Broadway

Overdosing on reality

Some plays are too traumatic to sit through. I found myself in that bind last week, watching The Father and Blackbird— both well written and directed, both powerfully performed, both dealing with agonizing subjects.

Carol Rocamora

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Rashad in 'Head of Passes': Up from Cosby.

‘Eclipsed’ and ‘Head of Passes’ in New York

Women of color in the spotlight

Women of color are claiming center stage in New York theaters this season, embracing challenging roles and delivering commanding performances of uncommon magnitude.

Carol Rocamora

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Tennant as Richard II: Christlike, albeit with a few flaws. (Photo: Richard Termine.)

Shakespeare’s ’King and Country’ cycle in Brooklyn

A hollow crown, indeed

These productions of Shakespeare’s so-called “Henriad” offer a thrilling opportunity to see one of the world’s most celebrated theater companies at the top of its game, not to mention a total immersion in a turbulent chapter in British history (1393-1415) that resonates with lessons for today’s would-be kings.

Carol Rocamora

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The stakes are higher than just a match: "The Royale."

'The Royale' and 'The Effect' in New York

Strong statements on small stages

This spring, while Broadway fills its tank with high-octane musicals and star-driven revivals, provocative new plays like The Royale and The Effect are replenishing the smaller stages.

Carol Rocamora

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How to woo a woman: Craig and Bannister (Both photos by Johan Persson)

Royal National Theatre's 'As You Like It' in HD

A loveable As You Like It

The National Theatre’s production of Shakespeare’s pastoral comedy sets a new standard for theatrical imagination (and you can see it locally).

Carol Rocamora

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Trying to save an interesting mess. Leonard and Chalamet. (Photo by Joan Marcus)

'Prodigal Son' and 'The Humans' in New York

Growing up and growing older

Two new plays of uncommon power — Prodigal Son and The Humans — will, I hope, make it from Broadway to Broad Street

Carol Rocamora

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The decidedly unglamorous Maggie Smith in “The Lady in the Van.” (Photo by Nicola Dove - © 2015 - Sony Pictures Classics)

Older women tackling meaty roles

Actresses over 70 are delivering powerhouse performances this season.

Carol Rocamora

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An insatiable appetite for victory: West and McTeer. (Photo by Johan Persson)

National Theatre Live broadcast of 'Les Liaisons Dangereuses'

A battlefield of the sexes

Christopher Hampton’s devastating play about sex and power is set in pre-revolutionary France, but is relevant today.

Carol Rocamora

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A beacon of light for a surreal journey: "The Institute of Memory." (Photo by Lars Jan)

Under the Radar Festival at the Public Theater

Flying high Under the Radar

This year’s vibrant Under the Radar festival at the Public Theater offers deeply compelling personal stories, with several examining relationships with absent parents.

Carol Rocamora

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L’chaim! Burstein and Adam Dannheisser (Photo by Joan Marcus)

Bartlett Sher's 'Fiddler on the Roof' on Broadway

Tevye returns

Bartlett Sher’s luminous new production of Fiddler on the Roof brings a special grace and a haunting context to this Broadway classic.

Carol Rocamora

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Friends as family: the cast of “Steve.” (Photo by Monique Carboni)

Gerrard's 'Steve' and Parnell's 'Dada Woof Papa Hot'

Two plays, four dads

Two heartfelt new plays explore the challenges of parenthood, fidelity, and aging in two-dad households.

Carol Rocamora

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Ana Villafane and the cast of “On Your Feet!” (All photos by Matthew Murphy via

'On Your Feet,' 'The Color Purple,' 'School of Rock'

Deck the halls with Broadway musicals

Three irresistible new musicals are attracting new audiences to Broadway this holiday season.

Carol Rocamora

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Pre-battle calisthenics: Jade Anouka (left) as Hotspur.

All-female 'Henry IV' directed by Phyllida Lloyd

Same-sex Shakespeare

An all-female Henry IV features stellar performances and agile ensemble work, but what insight does it provide into the play itself?

Carol Rocamora

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