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Writing a Play Begins with Listening
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Writing a Play Begins with Listening

by Renée Darline Roden
13 June 2018
Queer Climate Performance Art in the Most Unlikely Places
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Queer Climate Performance Art in the Most Unlikely Places

by Peterson Toscano
20 March 2018
Interview with Werewere Liking of the Theatre Company Village Ki-Yi M'Bock / Interview avec Werewere Liking du Village Ki-Yi M’Bock
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Interview with Werewere Liking of the Theatre Company Village Ki-Yi M'Bock / Interview avec Werewere Liking du Village Ki-Yi M’Bock

by Amelia Parenteau, Werewere Liking
8 January 2018
Howlround Theatre Commons
From the World Theatre Map
Writing a Play Begins with Listening
Essay

Writing a Play Begins with Listening

13 June 2018

Playwright Renée Darline Roden talks about her travels to Israel and Palestine to gain inspiration for a new play and encountering what Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie calls “the danger of a single story.”

Queer Climate Performance Art in the Most Unlikely Places
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Queer Climate Performance Art in the Most Unlikely Places

20 March 2018

Peterson Toscano describes his solo show Everything is Connected, which tackles religion, LGBTQ issues, privilege, and climate change.

Interview with Werewere Liking of the Theatre Company Village Ki-Yi M'Bock / Interview avec Werewere Liking du Village Ki-Yi M’Bock
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Interview with Werewere Liking of the Theatre Company Village Ki-Yi M'Bock / Interview avec Werewere Liking du Village Ki-Yi M’Bock

8 January 2018

An Interview with Werewere Liking founder of the Theatre Company Village Ki-Yi M'Bock in Côte d’Ivoire. / Une interview avec Werewere Liking, la fondatrice du Village Ki-Yi M'Bock en Côte d’Ivoire. 

Bodies on the Edge
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Bodies on the Edge

Ximena Garnica and Shige Moriya’s Becoming Pentalogy

20 October 2017

Multidisciplinary artist and cultural producer Ivan Talijancic interviews New York based duo Ximena Garnica and Shige Moriya about LEIMAY ensemble, their recent production Frantic Beauty, and the creation process for their five-part Becoming series.

Farid ud-Din Attar
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Farid ud-Din Attar

The Conference of the Birds

28 July 2017

In this installment, Tom Block explores the work of Sufi poet Farid un-Din Attar.

Dietrich Bonhoeffer
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Dietrich Bonhoeffer

The Cost of Discipleship

20 July 2017

In his latest installment, Tom Block explores how Dietrich Bonhoeffer's work could impact theatre. 

Dramatizing Faith in the Post-Trump Era
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Dramatizing Faith in the Post-Trump Era

A Conversation between Director June Guralnick and Playwright Suzanne Bradbeer

18 June 2017

Conversation between director June Guralnick and playwright Suzanne Bradbeer about The God Game, plays about faith post-election, and the division of church and state.

Chuang Tzu
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Chuang Tzu

Mysticism of the Absurd

11 May 2017

Tom Block writes about how Taoist philosopher Chuang Tzu's ideas can provide inspiration for theatre artists.

The Bible Women’s Project
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The Bible Women’s Project

Shouting to be Heard in a Religiously Conservative Environment

11 May 2017

Director and playwright Tara Brooke Watkins discusses the process of creating The Bible Women’s Project, which fuses women’s stories from the Bible and the stories of women from conservative, Christian backgrounds.

Afro Blue, un homenaje
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Afro Blue, un homenaje

A Room of My Own

11 April 2017

In this third installment, Jadele McPherson discusses how artists (both past and present) influence each other across the African diaspora, and advocates for more contemporary artists to acknowledge their ancestors.

dat Black Mermaid Man Lady/Oracle Reading
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dat Black Mermaid Man Lady/Oracle Reading

10 April 2017

In this second installment, Playwright Sharon Bridgforth gives a reading based on her performance novel dat Black Mermaid Man Lady.

Mysticism in the Theatre
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Mysticism in the Theatre

What’s Needed Right Now

12 March 2017

Tom Block discusses the benefits of bringing mysticism into the world of artistic creators as we head into a difficult and divisive period in American history, and how a reinvigoration of these ideas could offer a much-needed remedy.

The Christians Invites Political and Intellectual Humility
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The Christians Invites Political and Intellectual Humility

3 March 2017

Kyle Whalen explores the “moments of the unknowable” in the Steppenwolf production of Lucas Hnath’s The Christians in Chicago, Illinois.

Middle Eastern America and the Theatre of Belonging
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Middle Eastern America and the Theatre of Belonging

2 February 2017

Zeina Salame shares her experience attending a reading of Heather Raffo’s Noura produced by Noor Theatre, and discusses the social impact of Middle Eastern American theatre in 2017.

The Religious Nature of Theatre, the Theatrical Nature of Religion
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The Religious Nature of Theatre, the Theatrical Nature of Religion

15 October 2016

Hannah Sachs considers the intersection of theatre, religion, and spirituality.

Spiritually Columned, Performance Inclined
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Spiritually Columned, Performance Inclined

1 June 2016

Actress and spiritual advocate Diandra Rivera offers advice on how performers can spiritually center themselves. 

A New Hope for Wayang Kulit
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A New Hope for Wayang Kulit

Peperangan Bintang Re-Awakens Tradition

9 May 2016

Jenna Gerdsen on a reinvention of wayang kulit—the ancient Southeast Asian puppet theatre form.

Indeed, Disgraced
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Indeed, Disgraced

20 March 2016

Salma Abu Ayyash considers the missed opportunity for Ayd Akhtar’s Disgraced to challenge Islamphobia and the intersection of oppressions.

How Western Theatre Has Portrayed Islam
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How Western Theatre Has Portrayed Islam

20 March 2016

In this installment, Michael Lueger examines historical and contemporary depictions of Muslims in Western drama. 

O Be Careful, Little Eyes, What You See
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O Be Careful, Little Eyes, What You See

Combatting Censorship as a Christian Theatre Artist

9 November 2015

Playwright Joseph D’Ambrosi advocates the need for Christian theatre artists to reevaluate censoring plays for the sake of faith-based themes.

Full of Grace, a Catholic Docudrama
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Full of Grace, a Catholic Docudrama

4 November 2015

Henrik Eger reports on the trajectory of the Catholic docudrama Full of Grace from vision of the late Bishop Joseph Sullivan of Brooklyn to the stage in Philadelphia.

Was it Me, or the Audience? A Dancer’s Conundrum Post-Performance
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Was it Me, or the Audience? A Dancer’s Conundrum Post-Performance

29 September 2015

Dancer Chloe Woggon discusses her performing a dance in front of an audience, in which she had an metaphysical experience.

Journal of a Choirboy
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Journal of a Choirboy

Reflections on Performing in The Christians

25 September 2015

Actor Billy McEntee discusses his faith and his experience performing as a choir member in Playwrights Horizons' production of The Christians.

Puppetry for the Modern Shaman
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Puppetry for the Modern Shaman

1 September 2015

Puppeteer James Godwin explores the philosophical and spiritual implications of puppetry.

Can A Play Explain The Muslim Diaspora? Nadia Parvez Manzoor’s Burq Off
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Can A Play Explain The Muslim Diaspora? Nadia Parvez Manzoor’s Burq Off

13 January 2015

Some could argue that a play like Burq Off is not the right place to begin to understand the world of the Muslim Diaspora in Europe... But Manzoor herself provides some of that context, throwing statistics into her monologues almost as if her drama were a form of journalism.