By Adam B. Vary
March 02, 2011 at 12:00 PM EST

While speaking at the TED2011 conference in Long Beach, Calif. today, theater director Julie Taymor publicly discussed for the first time her ongoing struggles with the now-infamous Broadway production of Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark, according to a New York Times report. “I am in the crucible right now,” she told the audience, referencing the troubled musical, which could reportedly push back its March 15 opening night once again as soon as this week. “It’s my company’s trial by fire. We have survived because our theme song is ‘Rise Above.’… It’s right there in the palm of my hands.”

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