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Conversation Starters

A list of some great comment sections for HowlRound articles.

What's Wrong With Canadian Plays?
Essay

What's Wrong With Canadian Plays?

30 June 2012

Howard Sherman poses a perplexing question: where are all the Canadian plays, and why are we Americans so hesitant to produce them?

Portrait of P Carl.
A Boy in a Man's Theater
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A Boy in a Man's Theater

25 April 2012

P. Carl on why the lack of stories on American Stages about those who do not identify with a single gender, and the need to change it. 

A Colored Conundrum
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A Colored Conundrum

30 June 2014

Director Guillermo Aviles-Rodriguez discusses his thoughts about the identity affinity groups at the 2014 TCG Conference, questioning how safe is a segregated space?

Parenting and Playwriting
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Parenting and Playwriting

18 September 2011

For Catherine Trieschmann, parenthood interrupted her playwriting process by taking up time that used to be spent daydreaming.

Welcome to the Jubilee
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Welcome to the Jubilee

17 October 2015

The Committee of  the Jubilee makes a call to action to support a vision of every theatre in the United States of America producing work by women, people of color, artists of varied physical and cognitive abilities, and/or LGBTQIA artists in the 2020–2021 season.

Playwright/Director Relationships
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Playwright/Director Relationships

“It's Not You, It’s Us”

19 December 2012

In this meditation, Morgan Gould advocates for a paradigm shift in which up-and-coming directors and playwrights work toward a more mutually beneficial relationship.

Why The Mikado is Still Problematic
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Why The Mikado is Still Problematic

Cultural Appropriation 101

8 October 2015

Director Desdemona Chiang provides an overview of Asian American discrimination and cultural appropriation in the US and argues that there is no way to divorce The Mikado from this problematic history. 

The Scarcity Matrix
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The Scarcity Matrix

23 April 2014

ArtsEmerson Artisitic Director David Dower questions the competitive culture of theatre and advocates for a commitment to truth seeking and resource sharing. 

An Interview With Former Theater J Artistic Director Ari Roth
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An Interview With Former Theater J Artistic Director Ari Roth

21 December 2014

P. Carl interviews Ari Roth about his recent firing from Theater J and the power of theatre in politcs. 

Portrait of David Dower.
The Theater of Our Understanding and Enlargement
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The Theater of Our Understanding and Enlargement

17 September 2012

David Dower, the Co- Artistic Director of ArtsEmerson, on the differnece between Art and Entertainment, and the nessisity to create work that includes both.