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HowlRound Favorites

Why did I pick these essays?  "A Lover's Guide to American Playwrights: María Irene Fornés": Because no one writes about playwrights as beautifully and observantly as Todd London....and because María Irene Fornés is indeed our "Art Angel" and deserves to be known by all... "A Lover's Guide to American Playwrights: Sarah Ruhl": Because picking just one from his brilliant  series “A Lovers guide to American playwrights was impossible, so I settled for two... "F*uck the System and the Horse that it Rode in on": Because the sustained effort of Chantal Bilodeau and the Theatre in the Age of Climate Change series on HowlRound  is such an extraordinary inspiration and resource (and deserves to be read in its entirety and be put into curricula as has been done in performance and climate courses at Georgetown). "Climate Lens: Birth of a Post Nation": Because Una Chaudhuri is such a brilliant and inspiring thinker on these issues who has helped to shape our thinking about this initiative. "An Excerpt from All the Lights On: Reimagining Theater with Ten Thousand Things": Because Michelle Hensley has taught us so much about where and how theatre matters in everyday people’s lives, and in civic spaces outside our established cultural temples. And so has the brilliant Michael Rohd—"The New Work of Building Civic Practice." Because Anne Bogart always reminds us so eloquently of the larger stakes and context of our collective endeavor as storytellers, "The Role of Storytelling in the Theatre of the Twenty-First Century." "The Essential Truth of A Raisin in the Sun and Theatre in our Time" Because HowlRound has provided a vibrant forum to document extraordinary global collaborations that chart new courses. Because HowlRound has been such a force for helping amplify voices that have gone unheard and unrecognized: Mary Kathryn Nagle's "Native Voices on the American Stage: A Constitutional Crisis." And last but not least, because our own engagement with  this singular project with Syrian refugee women has sown so many seeds, including the extraordinary development of one of  its performers Reem Alsayyah, now a Fellow with our Laboratory for Global Performance and Politics at Georgetown University,  who is continuing to make work and lead transformative projects that chronicle the Syrian refugee experience: "Listening for Unheard Voices—Syria: The Trojan Women."

A Lover's Guide to American Playwrights
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A Lover's Guide to American Playwrights

María Irene Fornés

10 April 2018

Todd London celebrates playwright María Irene Fornés.

A Lover's Guide to American Playwrights
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A Lover's Guide to American Playwrights

Sarah Ruhl

18 November 2016

Todd London’s ode to Sarah Ruhl, on the occasion of her winning the Harold and Mimi Steinberg Distinguished Playwright Award.

F*ck the System (And the Horse It Rode In On)
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F*ck the System (And the Horse It Rode In On)

17 September 2017

Chantal Bilodeau kicks off this week's series on Theatre in the Age of Climate Change, and argues that we as a theatre community need to recognize when our practices and systems are detrimental to the earth and other people, and strive to change them.

Climate Lens
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Climate Lens

Birth of a Post-Nation!

21 April 2017

Una Chaudhuri announces a new project called CLIMATE LENS.

An Excerpt from All the Lights On
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An Excerpt from All the Lights On

Reimagining Theater with Ten Thousand Things

2 March 2015

All the Lights On is a history of the Twin Cities’ theatre company Ten Thousand Things. Published by the Minnesota Historical Society Press in association with HowlRound.

The New Work of Building Civic Practice
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The New Work of Building Civic Practice

9 July 2012

The needs of non-arts organizations, and theatre artists' assets can intersect through Civic Practice. This guide from Michael Rohd offers examples of application and what this work can accomplish.

The Role of Storytelling in the Theatre of the Twenty-First Century
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The Role of Storytelling in the Theatre of the Twenty-First Century

13 May 2015

Anne Bogart’s address at the 2015 Humana Festival of New American Plays at Actors Theatre of Louisville.

The Essential Truth of A Raisin in the Sun and Theatre in Our Time
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The Essential Truth of A Raisin in the Sun and Theatre in Our Time

30 April 2017

Distinguished Professor in the Practice of Diplomacy at Georgetown University, writes about the value of theatre as cultural diplomacy, and the Laboratory for Global Performance and Politics' World Theatre Day event celebrating A Raisin in the Sun.

Native Voices On the American Stage
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Native Voices On the American Stage

A Constitutional Crisis

22 February 2015

Playwright Mary Kathryn Nagle kicks off Native Voices Week, “Instead of Redface,” with a personal story about how she came to playwriting from law school and the imperative to tell Native stories.

Listening for Unheard Voices—Syria
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Listening for Unheard Voices—Syria

The Trojan Women

18 September 2014

Derek Goldman offers an overview of the production of Syria: The Trojan Women.