Social Justice & Political Theatre

Content here focuses on theatremakers, companies, and projects with a political or social justice mission.

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Livestreaming Green New Theater Part 2: Decolonized Leadership Practices
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Livestreaming Green New Theater Part 2: Decolonized Leadership Practices

hosted by Groundwater Arts

Thursday 16 July 2020
United States
Gathering of Generation NOW: Freedom Fighter & Artivists
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Gathering of Generation NOW: Freedom Fighter & Artivists

A virtual gathering for frontline youth/young activists and artists

Saturday 11 July 2020
United States
Livestreaming a staged reading of “Ravayana”
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Livestreaming a staged reading of “Ravayana”

A queer, feminist, modern reinterpretation of the Hindu epic of Ram and Sita presented by Fresh Lime Soda Productions

Saturday 18 July 2020
United States
Howlround Theatre Commons
From the World Theatre Map
Poster for Gun Control Theatre Action.
Contradiction & Compromise
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Contradiction & Compromise

My Uncle & The Next Time

26 August 2013

Cecilia Copeland’s uncle was her rock within any family flict. Her uncle also loved guns which has inspired her to write with his life in mind as she navigates the topic of gun control.

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Weekly Howl on Twitter hashtag #newplay
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Weekly Howl on Twitter hashtag #newplay

"Gun Control, Social Change, Artistic Efficacy"

26 August 2013

This weeks Howl is on gun control, social change, and artistic efficacy.

Cover for a collection of 24 Gun Control Plays.
Unruly Drama
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Unruly Drama

25 August 2013

Caridad Svich examines art's effectiveness in implementing social change, particularly gun control. 

A TYA Artist Turned Gatekeeper, or Perspectives of A TYA Artist Turned Gatekeeper
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A TYA Artist Turned Gatekeeper, or Perspectives of A TYA Artist Turned Gatekeeper

19 August 2013

Riley Braem writes about his experience programming TYA, and why it's important to expose audiences to challenging work – the younger, the better.

Towards an Arab American Theater Movement
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Towards an Arab American Theater Movement

18 August 2013

Jamil Khoury talks about the importance and necessity for Arab American theatre to create narratives that are complex and unifying.  

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Donnie Welch's Leaving Dynamite Workshop Performance
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Donnie Welch's Leaving Dynamite Workshop Performance

Saturday 10 August 2013
New Orleans, LA, United States

Slam poet Donnie Welch presented a workshop performance of Leaving Dynamite livestreamed on the global, commons-based peer-produced HowlRound TV network at howlround.tv on Saturday 10 August 2013 at 5 p.m. PDT (San Francisco) / 7 p.m. CDT (New Orleans) / 8 p.m. EDT (New York). Expected run time: 45 minutes. 

Homer’s Trojan War on Boston Stages
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Homer’s Trojan War on Boston Stages

4 August 2013

Kyna Hamill investigates the implications of addressing war on stage and shares a brief overview of Theatre of War.

Making Theatre In A Messed Up World conversation at the Bay Area Playwrights Festival Symposium
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Making Theatre In A Messed Up World conversation at the Bay Area Playwrights Festival Symposium

Friday 26 July 2013
San Francisco, CA, United States

This symposium, produced by the Playwrights Foundation, San Francisco, livestreamed on the global, commons-based peer-produced HowlRound TV network at howlround.tv on Friday 26 July 2013 at 2 p.m. PDT (San Francisco) / 4 p.m. CDT (Austin) / 5 p.m. EDT (Toronto) / 21:00 GMT.

Creating from the Vanguard
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Creating from the Vanguard

State vs. Zimmerman

26 July 2013

Keith Josef Adkins recounts the verdict of Mark Zimmerman's trial, discussing how New Black Fest commissioned playwrights across the country to write ten-minute plays addressing race and privilege.

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Weekly Howl on hashtag #newplay
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Weekly Howl on hashtag #newplay

"Realism: Friend and Foe"

22 July 2013

The Weekly Howl is a peer-produced, open-access discussion about theater culture and contemporary performance that happens in real-time on Twitter using the hashtag #newplay.*

Join us Thursday, July 25 for the Weekly Howl on hashtag #newplay at 11am PDT – 12pm PDT (Los Angeles) / 1pm CDT – 2pm CDT (Austin) / 2pm EDT – 3pm EDT (New York) / 18:00 GMT – 19:00 GMT / 7pm BST - 8pm BST (London) / 8pm CEST - 9pm CEST (Berlin). Click here for an automatic conversion into your local time.

 

This week's topic: "Realism: Friend and Foe"

We Might Be Right
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We Might Be Right

A Libertarian Voice in the Theatre

17 July 2013

Caleb Winebrenner shares why he believes the Libertarian voice is important in theatre. 

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Weekly Howl on hashtag #newplay
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Weekly Howl on hashtag #newplay

How do current social and political events impact our role as artists?

15 July 2013

This week's topic is: How do current social and political events impact our role as artists? and will be moderated by Dominic D'Andrea @DominicDAndrea and Gus Schulenburg @GusSchulenburg. 

Citizenship as Listening
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Citizenship as Listening

Cooking Oil in Kampala, Kigali, and Los Angeles

14 July 2013

Emily Mendelsohn shares insight into her experience directing Cooking Oil written by Deborah Asiimwe in Uganda.

Poster for Juliet and Romeo.
"Go forth and have more talk of these sad things"
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"Go forth and have more talk of these sad things"

Reflections on creating political theater

16 June 2013

Victoria Tucci reflects on her time producing queered adaption of Romeo & JulietJuliet & Romeo, in the wake of the Marc Carson murder.

The Omsk Drama Theatre.
Postcards from Russia 3
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Postcards from Russia 3

Omsk

10 June 2013

Christopher W. White reports on his visit to the provincial city of Omsk, Russia.

Cover for a collection of 24 Gun Control Plays.
Toward a Peaceful Theater
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Toward a Peaceful Theater

30 May 2013

NoPassport collaborates with The Vicious Circle for Gun Control Theatre/New Media Action Week to keep the dialoge through art alive on the subject of gun reform globally

Does the American Theater Have the Same Problem as the GOP?
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Does the American Theater Have the Same Problem as the GOP?

23 May 2013

By examining audience and leadership demographics, Rebecca Stevens draws a comparison between the GOP and American theatre. 

Turning History Into Reality
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Turning History Into Reality

30 April 2013

Jacob Juntunen writes about the moral implications of turning fact into fiction – and the different ways we measure the ethical impact of these decisions based on medium.

Still from a production of Love's Labour's Lost.
The Play's a Thing
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The Play's a Thing

28 April 2013

Alex Ates writes of a production of Love's Labour's Lost during the Boston Marathon Bombing, and the healing and cathartic qualities of community theater.

A woman wearing a mask and a man with his finger over her mouth.
When Expectations Collide
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When Expectations Collide

26 March 2013

It was a cold and familiar shift. This group, when introduced to my six-foot-tall, African American, Ivy League–educated, world-traveled self, had perceived me as one thing. I could see they were now reassessing me as someone very different. My status as an outsider quickly solidified.

Invitation
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Invitation

Erik Ehn, Caridad Svich and their Collaborators

21 March 2013
Georgetown School of Foreign Service.
Interview with Derek Goldman and Cynthia Schneider by Jojo Ruf
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Interview with Derek Goldman and Cynthia Schneider by Jojo Ruf

18 March 2013

Jojo Ruf  chats with Derek Goldman and Cynthia Schneider about founding the Laboratory for Global Performance and Politics at Georgetown University.

Another Life and the Truth about Torture
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Another Life and the Truth about Torture

25 February 2013

In this meditation, Karen Malpede offers an investigation of torture and how it can be imitated onstage. 

Re-Imagining the Imagination (A Meditation on Unicorns)
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Re-Imagining the Imagination (A Meditation on Unicorns)

12 February 2013

Nia Witherspoon writes on the importance of unicorns in the American theatre: the importance of being different, resilient, and with one's hooves permenantly stuck in the dirt.

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Weekly Howl on Thursday, January 24
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Weekly Howl on Thursday, January 24

Guns and Your Aesthetics and Ethics as a Theatremaker and Culture Producer

22 January 2013

This week's Howl questions the relationship between guns and violence in theatre, and violence in the real-world