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.
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).
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The West Side Story Appropriation We Never Really Talk About
25 August 2017
Viviana Vargas compares West Side Story and La Carreta by looking at the history of Puerto Ricans migrating to New York to better understand an example of cultural appropriation in the arts, its effects, its telltale signs, and some lessons for the future.
The Sonic Harvests of Øystein Elle / Capto Musicae
18 August 2017
In the third installment of this series, Brendan McCall discusses the work of Norwegian artist Øystein Elle and his company CaptoMusicae. Originally a classically trained opera singer, Elle now works in a hybrid performance field combining live and recorded music, with performances that border on vocal concerts or art installations.