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Three performers act in a brightly colored bedroom set.
Consent, Courtship, and Comedy in Keiko Green’s The Bed Trick
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Consent, Courtship, and Comedy in Keiko Green’s The Bed Trick

21 May 2024

In Keiko Green’s The Bed Trick, a new adaptation of All’s Well That Ends Well, issues of consent in both the bedroom and the theatre classroom are explored in the modern context of college. Erin Murray explains how the show creates a theatrically slippery and inquisitive space which prompts audience members to examine their own role in a society that fosters rape culture. 

A theatre marquis reading The World is Temporarily Closed.
Learning from the Pandemic to Build a Resilient US Theatre
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Learning from the Pandemic to Build a Resilient US Theatre

20 May 2024

Barbara Fuchs shares findings from “For a Resilient US Theater, Post-Pandemic,” a Pandemic Preparedness Performing Arts research project which looked at how the nonprofit theatre sector responded to the COVID pandemic. The report asked what worked, where, and why, in order to recommend new measures to pave long-term stability in theatre. 

A man guides a woman's arm during a performance.
A Lover’s Guide to American Playwrights: Ellen Maddow and Paul Zimet
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A Lover’s Guide to American Playwrights: Ellen Maddow and Paul Zimet

16 May 2024

Todd London celebrates the work and love story of multidisciplinary theatremakers Ellen Maddow and Paul Zimet who have been creating theatre as part of the ensemble Talking Band for the past fifty years. 

A man plays a guitar in front of a microphone.
How Cultural Resistance for Palestine Makes Revolution Irresistible
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How Cultural Resistance for Palestine Makes Revolution Irresistible

15 May 2024

Beto O’Byrne discusses the work of three theatre artists in New York whose acts of cultural resistance contribute to the movement for a free Palestine.

A group of people sit in chairs in a circle listening to a speaker.
Sustaining the Flame at the Latinx Theatre Commons Tenth Anniversary Convening
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Sustaining the Flame at the Latinx Theatre Commons Tenth Anniversary Convening

13 May 2024

In this dispatch from the third day of the Latinx Theatre Commons (LTC) Tenth Anniversary Convening, Olga Sanchez Saltveit reflects on conversations about the LTC’s future, as well as the art, community, and celebration threaded through the convening’s closing ceremonies.

A drawing of people writing haikus.
Sowing Futures at the Latinx Theatre Commons Tenth Anniversary Convening
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Sowing Futures at the Latinx Theatre Commons Tenth Anniversary Convening

8 May 2024

Georgina Leanse H. Escobar writes and draws a reflection on the second day of the Latinx Theatre Commons Tenth Anniversary Convening, which brought Latinx theatremakers together through poetry, conversation, and hope founded in community.

A woman with long dark hair stands in front of a microphone.
The Longer We Live
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The Longer We Live

7 May 2024

Iraisa Ann Reilly recounts the introductions, histories, and memories shared throughout the first day of the Latinx Theatre Commons Tenth Anniversary Convening. 

An actor with one foot on a ladder hands a book to another onstage.
The < 3 G E N Project Explores Matrilineal Connectivity Through a Digital Theatre Lens
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The < 3 G E N Project Explores Matrilineal Connectivity Through a Digital Theatre Lens

1 May 2024

Amelia Parenteau explores the creation of The < 3 G E N Project: a documentary theatre project in which the creators, Beatriz Cabur and Giulia Cavallini, are using digital theatre to bridge the digital divide between generations of women, and invite these women into conversation on how to better connect. 

Two people in stage blacks wearing masks stand backstage.
Challenging the COVID Status Quo
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Challenging the COVID Status Quo

29 April 2024

Ezra Tozian, Claudia Alick, and Jon Jon Johnson discuss the need to challenge the status quo of ignoring COVID within the theatre industry and the impact that the lack of care is having on them and other disabled theatremakers. 

A performer in a headdress performs onstage.
Geaux and Gather
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Geaux and Gather

25 April 2024

Ayesha Jordan writes about the intersection of performance and permaculture, and how slowing down and respecting the cycles of the earth are influencing her multi-species project in process. 

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