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Arts + Activism: Jeannette and Making Political Musical Theatre
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Arts + Activism: Jeannette and Making Political Musical Theatre

with Ari Afsar, Erin Ortman, Martha Nichols, Jen Bender, and Regina Victor

Thursday 6 August 2020
United States
Livestreaming MUSICAL METAMORPHOSIS (Live-captioned)
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Livestreaming MUSICAL METAMORPHOSIS (Live-captioned)

A Songwriter’s Journey into Musicals

Tuesday 25 August 2020
Minneapolis MN United States
The Marriage of Music and Story
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The Marriage of Music and Story

Redefining Kenyan Identity Through Musical Theatre

by Karishma Bhagani
29 June 2020
Howlround Theatre Commons
From the World Theatre Map
Livestreaming MUSICAL METAMORPHOSIS (Live-captioned)
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Livestreaming MUSICAL METAMORPHOSIS (Live-captioned)

A Songwriter’s Journey into Musicals

Tuesday 25 August 2020
Minneapolis MN United States

Playwrights' Center presents MUSICAL METAMORPHOSIS livestreaming on the global, commons-based peer produced HowlRound TV network at howlround.tv on Tuesday 25 August 2020 at 5 p.m. PDT (San Francisco, UTC -7) / 6 p.m. MDT (Denver, UTC -6) / 7 p.m. CDT (Minneapolis, UTC -5) / 8 p.m. EDT (New York, UTC -4).

text: jeannette, or how to make a musical in a pandemic. six headshots of the event participants.
Arts + Activism: Jeannette and Making Political Musical Theatre
Video

Arts + Activism: Jeannette and Making Political Musical Theatre

with Ari Afsar, Erin Ortman, Martha Nichols, Jen Bender, and Regina Victor

Thursday 6 August 2020
United States

Playwright Lauren Gunderson presented Arts + Activism: Jeannette and Making Political Musical Theatre livestreamed on the global, commons-based, peer produced HowlRound TV network at howlround.tv on Thursday 6 August 2020 at 12 p.m. PDT (San Francisco, UTC -7) / 2:00 p.m. CDT (Chicago, UTC -5) / 3:00 p.m. EDT (New York, UTC -4).

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The Marriage of Music and Story
Essay

The Marriage of Music and Story

Redefining Kenyan Identity Through Musical Theatre

29 June 2020

Karishma Bhagani asks: “How do we, the Kenyan artist community, choose to understand our place in this contemporary, independent nation? And how do we use our art to express the realities of our contemporary experience in Kenya?”

Arturo O’Farrill playing piano.
BronX BandA featuring Arturo O’Farrill
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BronX BandA featuring Arturo O’Farrill

Bronx based jazz ensemble collaborates with large scale puppet theater amplifying the sounds and stories of our community

Friday 12 June 2020
Bronx NY, USA

Livestreamed BronX BandA featuring Arturo O’Farrill on the global, commons-based, peer produced HowlRound TV network at howlround.tv on Friday 12 June 2020 at at 11 a.m. HST (Honolulu, UTC-10) / 1 p.m. AKDT (Juneau, UTC-8) / 2 p.m. PDT (San Francisco, UTC-7) / 4 p.m. CDT (Chicago, UTC-5) / 5 p.m. EDT.

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Nosferatu, The Vampyr by M Sloth Levine with original music by Alissa Voth
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Nosferatu, The Vampyr by M Sloth Levine with original music by Alissa Voth

A livestreamed reading of a subversion of a tale known all too well, produced by Homesick Play Project and Sparkhaven Theatre

Thursday 30 April 2020
United States

Homesick Play Project and Sparkhaven Theatre presented a performance of Nosferatu, The Vampyr by M Sloth Levine with original music by Alissa Voth livestreamed on the global, commons-based, peer-produced HowlRound TV network at howlround.tv on Thursday 30 April 2020 at 3:30 p.m. PDT (San Francisco, UTC-7) / 5:30 p.m. CDT (Chicago, UTC-5) / 6:30 p.m. EDT (New York, UTC-4).

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Musical Theatre w/ Lauren, Kait Kerrigan + Brian Lowdermilk
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Musical Theatre w/ Lauren, Kait Kerrigan + Brian Lowdermilk

with playwright Lauren Gunderson

Friday 10 April 2020
United States

Playwright Lauren Gunderson presented a conversation Musical Theatre w/ Lauren, Kait Kerrigan + Brian Lowdermilk livestreamed on the global, commons-based, peer-produced HowlRound TV network at howlround.tv on Friday 10 April 2020 at 9:30 a.m. PDT (San Francisco, UTC-7) / 11:30 a.m. CDT (Chicago, UTC-5) / 12:30 p.m. EDT (New York, UTC-4).

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Storytelling as an Act of Survival
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Storytelling as an Act of Survival

The Tradition of Hakawati and its Influence on We Live in Cairo

10 December 2019

Lama El Homaïssi reflects on her experience working with American Repertory Theater on their musical We Live in Cairo, diving into representation in storytelling, the oral Hakawati tradition, and more.

colorful illustrations of folk tale characters with performance information
A performance of :HUMPTY
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A performance of :HUMPTY

at The VORTEX in Austin, Texas

Friday 27 September 2019
Austin, Texas

Ethos and The VORTEX presented a performance of :HUMPTY livestreamed on the global, commons-based peer-produced HowlRound TV network on Friday 27 September 2019 at 9 p.m. EDT (New York) / 8 p.m. CDT (Chicago) / 6 p.m. PDT (Los Angeles).

taylor mac in costume on stage
A Conversation with Taylor Mac
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A Conversation with Taylor Mac

at the College of the Holy Cross in Worcester, Massachusetts

Sunday 15 September 2019
Worcester, Massachusetts

Arts Transcending Borders at the College of the Holy Cross presented “A Conversation with Taylor Mac,” moderated by Scott Malia, Associate Professor and Chair, Department of Theatre and Dance, livestreamed on the global, commons-based peer-produced HowlRound TV network on Sunday 15 September 2019 at 5 p.m. EDT (New York) / 4 p.m. CDT (Chicago) / 2 p.m. PDT (Los Angeles). 

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A New Identity for Oklahoma
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A New Identity for Oklahoma

7 August 2019

Tara Brooke Watkins discusses how Oklahoma! has shaped the state’s cultural identity, the Tulsa Race Massacre, and Spinning Plates’s production of the musical with an all-black cast.

two audiences looking on a stage at two tables with food and pots on them
Sympathy for the Incel?
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Sympathy for the Incel?

On Oklahoma! and Jud Fry in the #MeToo Era 

26 June 2019

Catherine M. Young discusses the recent Broadway production of Oklahoma!, which she believes, despite inclusive casting and adventurous aesthetics, asks audiences to pay more attention to white men than anyone else.

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Suzan-Lori Parks and the Band's Mezzanine Performances 
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Suzan-Lori Parks and the Band's Mezzanine Performances 

Live at the Public Theater

Sunday 28 April 2019
New York City

The Public Theater presented Suzan-Lori Parks' Mezzanine Performances livestreamed on the global, commons-based peer produced HowlRound TV network at howlround.tv on Sunday 28 April 2019 at 1:30 p.m. PDT (San Francisco) / 3:30 p.m. CDT (Chicago) / 4:30 p.m. EDT (New York).

An actor lying on the ground with another actor looking on
“A woman kept alive by the sound of her voice”
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“A woman kept alive by the sound of her voice”

The Femicides of Juárez in Isaac Gómez’s La Ruta

29 January 2019

Trevor Boffone examines Isaac Gómez’s new play La Ruta, which focuses on the feminicides in Mexico, and talks about the growing canon of Latinx theatre that dramatizes and theorizes on gendered violence.

Performer holds a mic for another performer playing a guitar
Filk on Stage
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Filk on Stage

How the Underground Sci-Fi Folk Genre Found a Home Off-Broadway

4 December 2018

Jen Gushue explores the emergence of filk theatre, a niche genre that uses a folk-concert frame as a basis for storytelling.

Eating the Rich
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Eating the Rich

Sweeney Todd’s Vicious Capitalism

18 June 2018

Cassidy Dawn Graves writes about the anti-capitalist narrative present in Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street and the significance of producing the musical in 2018.

Broadway in a Year of Reckoning
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Broadway in a Year of Reckoning

3 May 2018

New York critic Jonathan Mandell gives us a glimpse at the recently ended Broadway season, and reflects on how these shows have handled the past as a way to adapt to our current sociopolitical moment.

"Positation" in Action
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"Positation" in Action

Director Erin Ortman’s Multi-Year Journey with the Arabian Nights

2 May 2018

Director Erin Ortman loves musical theatre, new plays, theatre families, and William Ball’s idea of “positation” that celebrates the “yes” in artistic collaborations. The development process for One Thousand Nights and One Day produced by Prospect Theater Company in New York City provides a view of Ball’s philosophy in action.

Lost Worlds and “Pansexual Extravaganzas”
Podcast

Lost Worlds and “Pansexual Extravaganzas”

Rediscovering Weimar Operetta with Dr. Kevin Clarke

17 April 2018

Dr. Kevin Clarke of the Operetta Research Center introduces us to Weimar-era operetta, which pushed artistic and social boundaries and is finally enjoying an artistic and scholarly reappraisal after decades of neglect.

Coney Island’s Fantastical History
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Coney Island’s Fantastical History

What Love Never Dies Leaves Out

1 April 2018

Kitty Drexel writes about the failure of Andrew Lloyd Webber's Love Never Dies to accurately represent the performers with disabilities that made New York City's Coney Island famous.

Maybe Tomorrow, The Fish Will Be Gone
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Maybe Tomorrow, The Fish Will Be Gone

22 March 2018

Alison Weller reflects on the process of writing Boundless, a play about a fishing community on Cape Cod that faces climate change every day.

Beyond Demographics
Essay

Beyond Demographics

A Different Approach to Segmenting Audiences

1 November 2017

In a second installment about results of a survey of theatregoers to consider best practices to market lesser-known plays, Meghan Randolph discovers commonly held assumptions about segmenting audiences are wrong.

Dragon Lady
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Dragon Lady

One Mother of a Musical

19 October 2017

Dragon Lady, written and performed by Sara Porkalob, brings bring race, female stories, and intersectionality into the American theatre conversation.

Women Making Musical Theatre
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Women Making Musical Theatre

Institutions Hold the Power to Effect Change

3 October 2017

Women musical theatre writers may exist but do they apply for funding opportunities? EllaRose Chary addresses this question and looks at how that information can be used by institutions to create solutions to support emerging musical theatre writers.

Life Imitates Art Imitates Life
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Life Imitates Art Imitates Life

21 September 2017

While researching and developing his musical The Rising Sea, playwright Eric Schorr reflects on the parallels between the historical narrative of slavery and the modern narrative of climate change.

An Experimental Argument
Essay

An Experimental Argument

Ethan’s Lipton’s Outer Space Odyssey Toward a Sustainable Life

8 September 2017

Ethan Lipton returns to his artistic home at the Public Theater in New York City to play with toys, musical storytelling, and space travel.