Social Justice & Political Theatre

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

The Latest

Creating a Feminist Punch and Judy Show
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Creating a Feminist Punch and Judy Show

by Roxanna Myhrum
16 June 2019
Narrative Sharing and Narrative Shifting with Digital Technology
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Narrative Sharing and Narrative Shifting with Digital Technology

by Complex Movements
10 June 2019
The Search for Truth in Putin’s Russia
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The Search for Truth in Putin’s Russia

How Teatr.doc’s “Civil Theatre” Is Exposing Injustice

by verity healey
4 June 2019
Howlround Theatre Commons
From the World Theatre Map
A Call for Theatre That Depicts The Reality of Mediterranean Immigrants
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A Call for Theatre That Depicts The Reality of Mediterranean Immigrants

5 October 2015

Minna Vallaste argues for the importance of theatre pieces that speak directly to international social issues and inspire change and action.

Seattle’s eSe Teatro
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Seattle’s eSe Teatro

An Avant-Garde for the Undocumented

15 September 2015

Christopher Goodson on Rose Cano’s adaptation, Don Quixote: Homeless in Seattle, produced by eSe Teatro in Seattle, Washington.

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.

A Flourishing Theatre
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A Flourishing Theatre

Satire and Political Critique at the National Arts Festival in Grahamstown, South Africa

25 August 2015

Paul Adolphsen explores major themes of the National Arts Festival in Grahamstown, South Africa.

The Gift of Belonging
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The Gift of Belonging

A Journey Into South African Theatre

23 August 2015

Antonio Lyons describes his evolving relationship to South Africa and discusses the country’s rich theatrical history.

Art is not Escapism. Art is Activism
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Art is not Escapism. Art is Activism

a conversation with Amanda Farnsworth of Random Acts of Theatre Company

17 August 2015

LaTeshia Ellerson talks with Amanda Farnsworth about her work as an artist and activist in Selma, Alabama.

Power! Stokely Carmichael at the Capital Fringe
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Power! Stokely Carmichael at the Capital Fringe

13 August 2015

Patricia Davis on Mehshaun Labrone’s Power! Stokely Carmichael at Washington DC’s Capital Fringe Festival.

Fringe NYC
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Fringe NYC

From Silly Titles to Serious Issues

6 August 2015

Jonathan Mandell on the serious fare on display at the forthcoming New York International Fringe Festival.

Johanna
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Johanna

Facing Forward from Victim to Advocate

7 July 2015

Amy Schwabauer on Tlaloc Rivas’ Johanna: Facing Forward, co-produced by Cleveland Public Theatre and Teatro Publico de Cleveland. 

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.

Tom Kirdahy on Love, Law, Marriage, Producing Theatre, and Making a Difference
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Tom Kirdahy on Love, Law, Marriage, Producing Theatre, and Making a Difference

1 July 2015

Jonathan Mandell talks with Producer Tom Kirdahy about celebrating a marriage three times and how theatre can make a difference.

Unloose This Tied Up Justice
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Unloose This Tied Up Justice

SHAKE 38 and the Measure4Measure Project

22 June 2015

Jennifer Wintzer shares SHAKE 38’s Measure4Measure Project connecting youth in St. Louis with youth in New York City around the conflict in Ferguson.

Culture Clash
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Culture Clash

Thirty Years and Counting

29 May 2015

Jamie Gahlon interviews Richard Montoya, Ric Salinas, and Herbert Siguenza, now marking their thirtieth year as ensemble Culture Clash.

Can Theatre Change the World?
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Can Theatre Change the World?

10 May 2015

Jonathan Mandell asks artists at the Drama Desk Awards if theatre can change the world, and compiles their answers into a video.

Should Torture Taste So Good? Belarus Free Theatre’s Trash Cuisine
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Should Torture Taste So Good? Belarus Free Theatre’s Trash Cuisine

7 May 2015

Jonathan Mandell on Belarus Free Theatre's Trash Cuisine, playing through May 17 at La Mama ETC in New York City.

A Conversation with MOXIE Theatre’s Delicia Turner Sonnenberg
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A Conversation with MOXIE Theatre’s Delicia Turner Sonnenberg

7 May 2015

Jennifer Lane talks with MOXIE Theatre’s Delicia Turner Sonnenberg about shattering the stereotypes of women’s work and finding balance in her life.

Does Freedom of Speech Include the Right to Offend?
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Does Freedom of Speech Include the Right to Offend?

6 May 2015

Illana Stein reports on the perceived and projected possible ramifications of burning the Quran on stage during a production of Christopher Marlowe’s Tamburlaine the Great.

Brown Bag Theatre Company Presents The Service Workers Project
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Brown Bag Theatre Company Presents The Service Workers Project

Contra La Corriente/Against the Current

2 May 2015

Members of the Brown Bag Theatre Company share their experience making Contra La Corriente/Against the Current, a project created with service workers on the UC Irvine Campus.

Why Theatre Matters to This Escaped Child Soldier
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Why Theatre Matters to This Escaped Child Soldier

1 May 2015

The author reflects on the role of the performing arts in his own remarkable journey from Ugandan child soldier to performer and playwright.

Walking The Awkwardly Heroic Yet Often Depressing Path of Near Impossible Catastrophe Evasion Through Kick-Ass Poetics
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Walking The Awkwardly Heroic Yet Often Depressing Path of Near Impossible Catastrophe Evasion Through Kick-Ass Poetics

24 April 2015

Elizabeth Doud addresses the emergency of climate change and the need for a poetics to shift consciousness.

The Means of Production
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The Means of Production

Snapshots from the Field—Part II

16 April 2015

Charlotte Meehan and Adara Meyers follow up “Snapshots from the Field” with a look at women theatre artists.

Interview with One of Pig Iron Theatre’s Artistic Directors, Dan Rothenberg, and Collaborating Artist Troy Herion
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Interview with One of Pig Iron Theatre’s Artistic Directors, Dan Rothenberg, and Collaborating Artist Troy Herion

8 April 2015

Amy Brady interviews Pig Iron Theatre’s Artistic Director, Dan Rothenberg, and collaborating artist Troy Herion.

Grounded
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Grounded

A Stunning Singular Strike at Olney Theatre

31 March 2015

George Brant’s Grounded, at Olney Theatre, is a fast-paced, suspenseful, and moving one-woman show about a drone operator’s struggle to play two roles: annihilator and mother. 

Welcome to Mississippi
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Welcome to Mississippi

17 March 2015

Carlton Turner's address on the state of the arts in Mississipi from the Mississipi Performing Arts Summit, held February 15-16, 2015 in Jackson, MS. 

Dispatch from Tehran—33rd Annual Fadjr International Theater Festival, Part 2
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Dispatch from Tehran—33rd Annual Fadjr International Theater Festival, Part 2

12 March 2015

Torange discusses productions she saw in Tehran that premiered outside the Festival, and the impact of the political and economic climate on making theatre in Iran.