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Black and Blue
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Black and Blue

Dramatizing the Life of a Pioneering Policewoman

by Jim O'Quinn
26 October 2017
Enter Leviathan
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Enter Leviathan

Staging Moby Dick in the Deep South

by Corey Bradberry
20 July 2016
Jody Christopherson’s Spin on Greencard Wedding
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Jody Christopherson’s Spin on Greencard Wedding

by Marcina Zaccaria
1 March 2016
Black and Blue
Essay

Black and Blue

Dramatizing the Life of a Pioneering Policewoman

26 October 2017

Theatre journalist Jim O’Quinn writes about eighty-three year old Yvonne Bechet, whose life and work inspired a new play about policing and racial justice in her hometown of New Orleans, Louisiana. 

Enter Leviathan
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Enter Leviathan

Staging Moby Dick in the Deep South

20 July 2016

Corey Bradberry’s theme and production considerations for staging Moby Dick for a contemporary audience in the deep South.

Jody Christopherson’s Spin on Greencard Wedding
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Jody Christopherson’s Spin on Greencard Wedding

1 March 2016

Marcina Zaccaria on Jody Christopherson’s Greencard Wedding at Dixon Place in New York City.

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.

Tennessee Williams’ The Mutilated Comes Home to New Orleans
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Tennessee Williams’ The Mutilated Comes Home to New Orleans

15 December 2015

Brad Rhines reviews Cosmin Chivu’s revival of Tennessee Williams’ The Mutilated at the Contemporary Arts Center in New Orleans.

A Courtship with Impermanence
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A Courtship with Impermanence

21 September 2015

New Orleans-based artist Nick Slie writes about creating Cry You One, an interdisciplinary, site-responsive project addressing the ongoing effects of climate change on the Gulf Coast.

Latinos and the Rebirth of Post-Katrina New Orleans
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Latinos and the Rebirth of Post-Katrina New Orleans

29 August 2015

José Torres-Tama writes about his experience in New Orleans during and after Hurricane Katrina, ten years ago.

Age and Visibility in Dance
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Age and Visibility in Dance

DISTILLERY interview with Kesha McKey and Scott Heron

8 August 2015

Emilie Whelan facilitates an interview between dancers Kesha McKey and Scott Heron about age, visibility, and setting their choreography on the bodies of other dancers.

Sparking Dramaturgy
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Sparking Dramaturgy

A Budding Look at a Confusing Profession

19 July 2015

Louisiana State University undergrad Alexander Adams writes about discovering dramaturgy at a school without a concentration in the field. 

Music and Movements
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Music and Movements

Cry You One at the International Festival of Arts & Ideas

2 July 2015

David Bruin on Mondo Bizarro and ArtSpot Productions’ Cry You One at the Arts & Ideas Festival in New Haven, Connecticut.

He Said, She Said
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He Said, She Said

The Process of Distillation

9 January 2015

Michael “Quess?” Moore explores why he wound up in residence in New Orleans at the DISTILLERY, and what he’s continuing to learn and experience.

Process and Product and Product and Process
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Process and Product and Product and Process

19 December 2014

Chris Kaminstein of the New Orleans-based ensemble Goat in the Road explains how they made Numb, an original piece about the origins of nitrous oxide and anesthesiology.

Samuel Beckett’s Happy Days at The Theatre @ Boston Court, Pasadena
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Samuel Beckett’s Happy Days at The Theatre @ Boston Court, Pasadena

7 October 2014

Brighde Mullins writes about Andrei Belgrader's production of Samuel Beckett's Happy Days, and then zooms out to discuss the sucess of Beckett's work in post-Katrina New Orleans and San Quentin prison.

New Orleans and The DISTILLERY
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New Orleans and The DISTILLERY

Creative Visibility

30 July 2014

Emilie Whelan offers an overview of The DISTILLERY—a creative residency for New Orleans-based performing artists 

Progress in Practice
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Progress in Practice

At-Risk Industries in Dialogue

22 December 2013

Alex Ates shares a brief description of A Truckload of Ink, a new play by Jim Fitzmorris, commisioned by The NOLA Project theater company.

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Talkin Revolution
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Talkin Revolution

Free Southern Theater Then and Now

16 October 2013

Michael Moore talks about finding the spirit of Free Southern Theatre in Junebug Productions, and his awaking of the urgency found in the community for socially activated theater.  

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Strength in Numbers
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Strength in Numbers

Taking Collective Action in New Orleans Theater

15 October 2013

Cripple Creek Theatre has partnered with other organizations in order to better sustain their company in a world that no longer solely depends on traditional fiscal support.

A man in a sculpture garden.
Setting the Stage for a New Regional Theater
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Setting the Stage for a New Regional Theater

19 July 2013

The budding identity of American regional theater is fresh ensembles creating devised work that answers why with these people, in this place.

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A Gathering in the Roux
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A Gathering in the Roux

The Makings of a New Orleans Slam Team

20 January 2013
The Evolution of The Graduates
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The Evolution of The Graduates

19 January 2013

Randals writes about theatre created by women who have personal relationships with America’s criminal justice system who seek to inform their audiences to incarceration’s effects.

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Speaking the Unspoken
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Speaking the Unspoken

Invisible Latino Immigrants of the Reconstruction & St. Claude AGentrification Tool)

18 January 2013

Aliens, Immigrants & Other Evildoers explores the persecution of immigrants, and segregation of art in New Orleans.

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If You Lived Here You’d Be Homo Now
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If You Lived Here You’d Be Homo Now

Queer Performativity in New Orleans

18 January 2013

Ace Falcor examines the queerness of New Orleans, and what it means to be a queer performer in the city where anything goes.

Interview with Carol Bebelle
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Interview with Carol Bebelle

18 January 2013

Carol Bebelle, co-founder of Ashé Cultural Arts Center discusses community and vision New Orleans.

Take it To The Street
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Take it To The Street

Parading and Theater Making in New Orleans

17 January 2013

How does the culture of parading—both watching and participating in parades— affect, create, and sustain the New Orleans New Work ecosystem?

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Southern Rep's Wild Ride
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Southern Rep's Wild Ride

16 January 2013

After a year of turmoil for Southern Rep Theatre, holding onto their mission kept them at bay. It became a time to reflect on New Orlean’s great community.