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Creating Theatre From Reality
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Creating Theatre From Reality

The Challenge of Documentary Theatre

07 March 2018

Anthony Dvarskas discusses the process of researching and creating America is Hard to See, a documentary theatre piece detailing the lives of a small community of sex offenders, and the town that had to adjust to their new neighbors.

When the Playwright Has an Agenda
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When the Playwright Has an Agenda

02 November 2017

Jonathan Mandell takes on two recent plays based on real events, considering productions of Ferguson and The Siege.

Ethnodrama and Her Opponent
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Ethnodrama and Her Opponent

 The Drama in the Data

26 May 2017

Holly L. Derr looks at ethnodrama and Her Opponent, a restaging of excerpts of the 2016 presidential debates with gender-reversed casting.

Collidescope 3.0
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Collidescope 3.0

Adventures in Pre-and Post-Racial America

20 May 2017

Yuko Kurahashi talks about the Collidescope 3.0 project, which uses movement, video projections, and soundscape to explore black and white relations in American history.

Imagining Theatre as a Town Hall Meeting
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Imagining Theatre as a Town Hall Meeting

02 May 2017

Director Alex Hare discusses using a town hall format for Chains Don’t Rattle Themselves, a song cycle performance about incarceration and how it affects individuals and their families.

A Creative Compass
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A Creative Compass

How Documentary Theatre Can Lead Us Forward Post-Election

21 January 2017

Documentary theatre artist Melissa Bergstrom advocates using documentary theatre practices to listen and create new work in today’s social climate. 

Death and Disenfranchisement
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Death and Disenfranchisement

Anna Deavere Smith’s Notes from the Field

08 November 2016

Jonathan Mandell reviews Anna Deavere Smith’s latest solo performance piece, which presents seventeen real-life characters to establish a connection between school failure, the prison system, and police killings.

History Repeats Itself
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History Repeats Itself

Hallie Flanagan in the Twenty-first Century

04 October 2016

Amy Brady interviews Michael Arve about Dangerous Theatre, a piece he’s directing based on Hallie Flanagan’s 1938 testimony to the Special Committee to Investigate Un-American Activities.

The ATC Youth Ensemble Deconstructs This Beautiful City
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The ATC Youth Ensemble Deconstructs This Beautiful City

24 September 2016

Neal Reynolds writes on the power of This Beautiful City, performed by high school students at American Theater Company.

Unaccompanied Minors Seek Shelter
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Unaccompanied Minors Seek Shelter

28 June 2016

Susan J. Terrio reflects on Marissa Chibas Preston’s new play, Shelter, about journey of unaccompanied minors from Mexico to the US, directed by Martin Acosta.

Another Word for Beauty
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Another Word for Beauty

Finding Freedom in The Moment

10 March 2016

David Dudley on The Goodman Theatre production of José Rivera’s Another Word for Beauty, directed by Steve Cosson in Chicago, Illinois.

Interviewees, Actors, and Audiences
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Interviewees, Actors, and Audiences

the Theatrical Balancing Act of Documentary Playmaking

09 March 2016

Melissa Bergstrom and Kate Marple share their process of creating the documentary theatre piece Big Work.

BODY & SOLD
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BODY & SOLD

Playwright Deborah Lake Fortson Addresses the Teenage Sex Trafficking Crisis

05 February 2016

Charlotte Meehan and Adara Meyers sit down with playwrights Deborah Lake Fortson and Amy Merrill, director Robbie McCauley, and law enforcement and community stakeholders to talk about youth sex trafficking and The BODY & SOLD Project.

Staging the Anti-Immigrant Hysteria
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Staging the Anti-Immigrant Hysteria

20 December 2015

José Torres-Tama writes about the development of Aliens, Immigrants & Other Evildoers, a sci-fi Latino noir performance about the Latino immigration experience.

Seattle’s eSe Teatro
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Seattle’s eSe Teatro

An Avant-Garde for the Undocumented

15 September 2015

Christopher Goodson on Rose Cano’s adaptation, Don Quixote: Homeless in Seattle, produced by eSe Teatro in Seattle, Washington.

Thoughts Inspired by ATC Youth Ensemble's Greensboro
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Thoughts Inspired by ATC Youth Ensemble's Greensboro

A Requiem

11 September 2015

Neal Reynolds on American Theatre Company’s Youth Ensemble production of Greensboro: A Requiem by Emily Mann in Chicago, Illinois.

Johanna
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Johanna

Facing Forward from Victim to Advocate

07 July 2015

Amy Schwabauer on Tlaloc Rivas’ Johanna: Facing Forward, co-produced by Cleveland Public Theatre and Teatro Publico de Cleveland. 

The Vanguard
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The Vanguard

Oral History-Driven Monologues on the Lower East Side

12 May 2015

Emma Wiseman on three “East Side Stories,” verbatim monologues at the Metropolitan Playhouse.

Beyond Sacred: Voices of Muslim Identity: interview-based theatre production by Ping Chong + Company and LaGuardia Performing Arts Center in New York—Thursday 1 October 2015
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Beyond Sacred: Voices of Muslim Identity: interview-based theatre production by Ping Chong + Company and LaGuardia Performing Arts Center in New York—Thursday 1 October 2015

Beyond Sacred: Voices of Muslim Identity was an interview-based theatre production by Ping Chong + Company and LaGuardia Performing Arts Center exploring the diverse experiences of Muslim communities within New York City—livestreamed by CultureHub on the global, commons-based peer produced HowlRound TV network at howlround.tv on Thursday 1 October at 1 p.m. EDT (New York) / 18:00 BST (London) / 17:00 GMT / 12 p.m. CDT (Chicago) / 10 a.m. PDT (Los Angeles).

Motus (Italy) Discussion at the Under the Radar at the Public Theater in New York—Saturday 7 January 2012
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Motus (Italy) Discussion at the Under the Radar at the Public Theater in New York—Saturday 7 January 2012

The Under the Radar Festival at The Public Theater presented the MOTUS discussion of Alexis. A Greek Tragedy, livestreamed on the global, commons-based, peer-produced HowlRound TV network at howlround.tv Saturday, 7 January 2012 at 8:30 p.m. EST / 5:30 p.m. PST / (02:30 CET / 01:30 GMT).