Monday, May 25, 2015

The Valley To Those Who Will Water It by Molly Smith

Over the past few months we’ve been in discussions about the possibility of moving the programs to Emerson College, which is a place that specializes in arts and media. And of course, coll…

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Interview with Steven Sapp

Steven: Yeah. You need to know what you’re writing about. I think you need to connect with the community on a personal level. If it ends up in the show, cool. But do it for yourself. I thi…

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A Slushy in the Face: Musical Theater Music and the Uncool

I’m a musical theater composer. It’s with considerable pain that I write that statement; for while I love music, and I love theater, I am acutely aware of the stigma of the term “music…

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Make It Hurt So Good

But maybe art should hurt. It should certainly provoke. (If a work of art provokes nothing, can we even call it art?) The question is: what will galvanize audiences to believe that provocati…

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A Creative Room of One’s Own

Preventative care for theater practitioners starts with believing that creativity and imagination have to be rooted in all of the activities that surround that rehearsal room—a series of c…

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When New Plays Get Old

Are you familiar with any of these plays? Stand-Up Tragedy. Daytrips. Romance Language. A Place With The Pigs. From The Mississippi Delta. Rebel Armies Deep Into Chad. Pill Hill. Messiah. In…

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On Theater and Religion; or, Disappointing Mother

The Summer Play Festival of 2005 was a watershed career moment for me. I landed my first agent, my first professional production, and got to share my production week with such remarkably tal…

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A Virtual Theater Movement by Polly Carl

Not merely individuals, but communities and nations, put their cultural good taste in evidence by building opera houses, galleries, and museums. These show that a community is not wholly abs…

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Why Am I Afraid to Write African American Characters? by Marshall Botvinick

Thus, our entire discussion about community-specific theater boiled down to one point: sometimes it is possible for an outsider to accurately depict a community to which he/she does not belo…

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Wednesday, July 30, 2014

New Orleans and The DISTILLERY: Creative Visibility by HowlRound

By Emilie Whelan. The DISTILLERY is a creative residency for mid-career New Orleans-based performing artists to utilize while they are crafting a new performance. The DISTILLERY values local…

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Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Beyond Victims and Villains: From Ethnography to the Stage by HowlRound

By Pardis Mahdavi. I had become exhausted from fighting the trafficking fights... The result has been policies that do more harm than good, and wide scale media misrepresentations of the pro…

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Monday, July 28, 2014

About Face Youth Theatre: Checking, Expanding, and Activating Boxes by HowlRound

By Morgan Greene. In About Face Youth Theatre’s rehearsal space, there is a cluster of post-it notes on the wall titled “Where I Started.” The ensemble’s first impressions range from…

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Suzan-Lori Parks livestreams Watch Me Work—Wed, July 30 by HowlRound

By HowlRound TV. You’re invited to join Suzan-Lori Parks from the lobby of The Public Theater in New York City for "Watch Me Work" which is livestreaming for the global, commons-based peer…

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Sunday, July 27, 2014

Celebrating the Audience: Approaches to Participatory Performance by HowlRound

By Josh Sobel. The onus is on the artist to create an atmosphere and scenario for an audience to be open to an interactive experience, and to understand the techniques and considerations nec…

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Saturday, July 26, 2014

Political (Act)ivism and the (New) Avant-garde by HowlRound

By Kate Kremer. There is a prevailing sense that the millennial avant-garde is not creating political, activist theater to the same extent as the avant-garde of the ’60s and ’70s. I don…

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Friday, July 25, 2014

Ghostly Profound: A Thing of Unknowable Depth by HowlRound

By Chiori Miyagawa. I have been terrified to even put down the word 幽玄. I had to ask Google to write these characters for me. According to Google Translate, yugen means “subtle and pro…

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Upon Mine Honor: Shakespeare Through the Lens of a Military Veteran by HowlRound

By Stephan Wolfert. Our modern military and Shakespeare's plays are both infused with honor—a powerful tool in recruiting and building camaraderie. But what exactly is honor?

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Thursday, July 24, 2014

The Commoners Occupy Teatro Valle in Rome by HowlRound

By David Bollier. The three-year occupation of Teatro Valle in Rome is now legendary: a spontaneous response to the failures of conventional government in supporting a venerated public theat…

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Chosen Family: A Festival of Plays, for Pride Week in Boston by HowlRound

By Allison Vanouse. Connecting experimental drama, drag, the claimed ancestry of the French symbolists, Pride week in Boston’s South End: none of this was coincidental or exploitative mark…

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A Millennial Crossing Generational Borders by HowlRound

By Maya Malan-Gonzalez. As part of the Café Onda soft launch this summer, we asked five authors from different places in the generational map, at different stages of their career, to open t…

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Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Where Broadway At?: Meditations On the Closing of the Tupac Musical. by HowlRound

By Idris Goodwin. Is a successful jukebox musical featuring rap music possible? I think it’s inevitable, but not without a certain amount of consideration towards rap’s unique and specif…

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A More Equal Theater by HowlRound

By Armando Huipe. This tidal change in demographics is a drastically different environment for nurturing allyship than that of the LGBT community. Deeper intercultural relationships will dic…

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Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Cultivating Artistic Curiosity by HowlRound

By Lisa Portes. Artistic curiosity is an interactive discipline. It requires the deliberate practice of moving beyond the comfort of recognition towards the startling and unforeseen. I wonde…

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Monday, July 21, 2014

Crossing Borders: A Tijuana Encuentro by HowlRound

By Olga Sanchez. Our journey across the border provided personal encounters, self-reflection, inspiration, challenges, and nourishment.

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Livestreaming Bay Area Playwrights Festival (#BAPF) Panels—Fri, July 25-Sun, July 27 by HowlRound

By HowlRound TV. Playwrights Foundation in San Francisco presents four panels at the 37th Annual Bay Area Playwrights Festival livestreaming on the global, commons based, peer-produced HowlR…

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Suzan-Lori Parks livestreams Watch Me Work—Wed, July 23 by HowlRound

By HowlRound TV. You’re invited to join Suzan-Lori Parks from the lobby of The Public Theater in New York City for "Watch Me Work" which is livestreaming for the global, commons-based peer…

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Sunday, July 20, 2014

A Borderless Future by HowlRound

By Luis Alfaro. It has been fifteen years since I have gone to a TCG conference. I always liked them, but for this playwright of color, they were always lonely affairs. This used to be a con…

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Welcome to the New Café Onda! by HowlRound

By Georgina Escobar. We are committed to providing a safe, crowd-sourced space for online dialogue and discussions around the topic of Latina/o theater. As the definitions of Latinidad and L…

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Saturday, July 19, 2014

Dispatch from the Youth Theater Festival in Ramallah, Palestine—Part Two by HowlRound

By Shebana Coelho. In a volatile, war-torn place, things change quickly and recurring issues of conflict, occupation, and survival dominate—all the more reason to have festivals like this …

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Introducing Emma Baar-Bittman, HowlRound Fellow by HowlRound

By HowlRound. We are proud to introduce the new HowlRound Fellow, Emma Baar-Bittman! Emma will play an integral role in the HowlRound team, providing key support for all of our knowledge pla…

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Friday, July 18, 2014

Learning to Shout by HowlRound

By Maegan Clearwood. As someone who lives and works with fifteen other young professionals, I know that brilliant conversations are being had on both sides of the generational line—but the…

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