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The Future of Vivisective Theater in an Industry of Entertainment
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The Future of Vivisective Theater in an Industry of Entertainment

28 April 2014

A friend or peer might see a show and say that the relationships felt true to life or true to her experiences, which makes for a satisfying evening in their eyes. While I can certainly see the artistic merit in such work, I wonder if this kind of reflection is anything more than looking in a mirror if it does not somehow change the way we live and the way we approach the world. What is its purpose?

The Myth of the “Relationship” Play
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The Myth of the “Relationship” Play

26 February 2014

The idea that there are profound plays of political content, and then there are “relationship plays” is an attitude I have encountered many times in many places. It seems to me that there is this idea that theater must be political theater, because we, in our cushioned Occidental culture, have determined that diversity is a political issue, not a tool through which to be inclusive and explore humanity…right?

We Are The Play
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We Are The Play

How I Learned to Make Theater as a College Student, or a Case for Working With our World

16 January 2014

When an actor asks a question in rehearsal, the director responds, “What does the play want?” Then they have a conversation trying to figure out what the illusive play must want. But the play is not out there floating around for them to discover. I believe that theater must never serve the mystical play more than the people in the room.

Cast of The Laramie Project.
Taking the Drama Out of High School
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Taking the Drama Out of High School

2 January 2014

Jack Serio looks into the consequences of censoring topics that high schools are trying to grapple with like sex and drugs. What happens when theatre is not allowed to be a place for discussion?

A Child is Born and Lives
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A Child is Born and Lives

The Role of Mother, Father and… Another.

15 November 2013

Kai Green presents a metaphysical monologue centering on the relationship of the dramaturg to a new play, and how standing outside of a play's development is much like loving a child at arm's length.

The letter H stylized as Howlround's original logo.
Call for Student Submissions for the School Days Series
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Call for Student Submissions for the School Days Series

19 September 2013

A call to theatre students to help develop the conversation about what issues are happening in their communities and how we can create change.

Evan Longoria swinging a bat.
School Days
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School Days

Theater, Baseball, and Honoring the Audience

12 December 2012

Theatre can learn some lessons from baseball about how to honor audiences and get them to continue coming to shows

Cartoon of a school.
Introducing the School Days Series & A Call for Student Submissions
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Introducing the School Days Series & A Call for Student Submissions

12 November 2012

Sarah Bartly calls for submissions from students on their vision of the future of the theatre industry.