Daughters of Lorraine Podcast

Hosted by two doctoral theatre students, Jordan Ealey and Leticia Ridley, Daughters of Lorraine Podcast features reviews of Black theatre productions (mainly in the DC/Baltimore area), current national conversations around, within, and about Black theatre, academic discussions concerning Black theatre, recommendations on Black theatre scripts, and interviews with Black theatre artists. This podcast centers and privileges the narratives of Black theatremakers, scholars, and audiences while also underscoring the need for understanding the influence of Black theatre on the American theatre landscape.

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Claiming Our Space with Hana Sharif
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Claiming Our Space with Hana Sharif

Daughters of Lorraine Podcast Episode #12

25 November 2020

For the last episode of season two of the Daughters of Lorraine Podcast, hosts Jordan Ealey and Leticia Ridley talk with Hana S. Sharif about her journey to becoming one of the first Black women to be artistic director of a regional theatre, managing in a pandemic, her thoughts on the current state of American theatre, and more.

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When Form Meets Content
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When Form Meets Content

Daughters of Lorraine Podcast Episode #11

18 November 2020

In this episode, Daughters of Lorraine Podcast hosts Jordan Ealey and Leticia Ridley discuss how Black playwrights, such as Adrienne Kennedy, Tarrell Alvin McCraney, Suzan-Lori Parks, and Ntozake Shange, have experimented with form.

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American Theatre's Racial Reckoning with The Black Artist Coalition
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American Theatre's Racial Reckoning with The Black Artist Coalition

Daughters of Lorraine Podcast Episode #10

28 October 2020

The Daughters of Lorraine Podcast hosts Jordan Ealey and Leticia Ridley discuss the advent of We See You, White American Theatre and situate it within a history of Black theatre artists calling out the white supremacy endemic to American theatre, as well as interviewing The Black Artist Coalition founders Vaughn Midder and Kevin McAllister.

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Shakespeare in Black with Renea Brown
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Shakespeare in Black with Renea Brown

Daughters of Lorraine Podcast Episode #9

7 October 2020

Daughters of Lorraine Podcast hosts Jordan Ealey and Leticia Ridley interview actress Renea Brown on the interactions between Black theatre and Shakespeare, as well as her experience as a Black Shakespearean performer.

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The Black in Black Musical Theatre
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The Black in Black Musical Theatre

Daughters of Lorraine Podcast Episode #8

23 September 2020

In this episode of the Daughters of Lorraine Podcast, hosts Jordan Ealey and Leticia Ridley discuss "What is a Black musical?" using James Baldwin's Amen Corner and Angelica Chéri's Gun and Powder.

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Beyond the Raisin: The Incredible Brief Life of Lorraine Hansberry
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Beyond the Raisin: The Incredible Brief Life of Lorraine Hansberry

Daughters of Lorraine Podcast Episode #7

9 September 2020

The Daughters of Lorraine Podcast returns for another episode where hosts Jordan Ealey and Leticia Ridely discuss Lorraine Hansberry's life, legacy, and other works of theatre and literature.

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Dramaturgy, Black Refusal, and Possibility with Otis Cortez Ramsey-Zoë
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Dramaturgy, Black Refusal, and Possibility with Otis Cortez Ramsey-Zoë

Daughters of Lorraine Episode #6

28 January 2020

For the final episode of the first season of the Daughters of Lorraine Podcast, Jordan Ealey and Leticia Ridley interview dramaturg and director Otis Cortez Ramsey-Zoë about his work in the Washington DC area, as well as his general thoughts about the state of and stakes for Black theatre.

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The Ritual of What to Send Up When it Goes Down
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The Ritual of What to Send Up When it Goes Down

Daughters of Lorraine Podcast #5

8 January 2020

Jordan Ealey and Leticia Ridley discuss the transformative power of Aleshea Harris' What to Send Up When it Goes Down by centering Black rage, ritual, and healing on this episode of the Daughters of Lorraine podcast.

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Staging Slavery by Black Playwrights
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Staging Slavery by Black Playwrights

Daughters of Lorraine Podcast #4

9 December 2019

In this episode of the Daughters of Lorraine Podcast, Jordan Ealey and Leticia Ridley focus on representations of slavery on stage by Black playwrights beginning from the early 19th century to the 1960s.

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Riding Along with Jitney
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Riding Along with Jitney

Daughters of Lorraine Podcast Episode #3

25 November 2019

On this episode of the Daughters of Lorraine Podcast, Jordan Ealey and Leticia Ridley review Arena Stage's production of August Wilson’s Jitney, directed by Black theatre legend, Ruben Santiago-Hudson.

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Early Black Feminist Theatre and Lynching Dramas Revisited
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Early Black Feminist Theatre and Lynching Dramas Revisited

Daughters of Lorraine Podcast Episode #2

12 November 2019

For this episode of the Daughters of Lorraine Podcast, Jordan Ealey and Leticia Ridley focus on the histories and enduring legacies of lynching dramas, covering early twentieth century history of Black women playwrights using theatre for protest ends, and situating them in Black feminism and Black radical tradition.

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A Conversation on Fairview
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A Conversation on Fairview

Daughters of Lorraine Podcast Episode #1

28 October 2019

On this first episode of Daughters of Lorraine Podcast, Leticia Ridley and Jordan Ealey discuss Woolly Mammoth's production of Fairview by Jackie Sibbilies Drury, its theoretical and theatrical interventions, as well as situate it in the historical and cultural contexts of Black theatre.

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