Social Justice & Political Theatre

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

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Livestreaming the National Performance Network Annual Conference 2019
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Livestreaming the National Performance Network Annual Conference 2019

from New Orleans, Louisiana

Tuesday 10 December - Friday 13 December 2019
New Orleans, Louisiana
The Only Thing Black Writers Really Have is Their Relationships
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The Only Thing Black Writers Really Have is Their Relationships

by Tobi Kyeremateng, Roger Robinson
9 October 2019
Livestreaming Performances and Conversations from The Bucharest International Theater Platform #6: My Revolution
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Livestreaming Performances and Conversations from The Bucharest International Theater Platform #6: My Revolution

HUOOOOO!!! by Auăleu, An tan tina by Nicoleta Lefter, and a conversation with Gob Squad

Friday 11 October & Sunday 13 October 2019
Bucharest, Romania
Howlround Theatre Commons
From the World Theatre Map
Thunder in Blunderland
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Thunder in Blunderland

10 June 2016

Rob Orchard writes about Robert Brustein’s career of writing political theatre, and shares an audio recording of a new satirical skit.

The Edwin Booth Award: Reverend Billy and the Stop Shopping Choir
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The Edwin Booth Award: Reverend Billy and the Stop Shopping Choir

Monday 9 May 2016
New York, NY, United States

The Martin E. Segal Theatre Center in New York City presented Reverend Billy & The Stop Shopping Choir—the winner of this year’s Edwin Booth Award—livestreamed on the global, commons-based peer-produced HowlRound TV network at howlround.tv on Monday 9 May at 3:30 p.m. PDT (Los Angeles) / 5:30 p.m. CDT (Chicago) / 6:30 p.m. EDT (New York). On Twitter use #HowlRound.

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.

DC’s Ambassador Theater Takes on Dario Fo’s They Don’t Pay? We Won’t Pay!
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DC’s Ambassador Theater Takes on Dario Fo’s They Don’t Pay? We Won’t Pay!

3 May 2016

Patricia Davis on Ambassador Theater’s production of They Don’t Pay? We Won’t Pay! by Dario Fo in Washington, DC.

Performance of The Most [Blank] City in America
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Performance of The Most [Blank] City in America

Sunday 1 May 2016
Flint, MI, United States

Flint Youth Theatre in Flint, Michigan presented a performance of The Most [Blank] City in America livestreamed on the global, commons-based peer-produced HowlRound TV network at howlround.tv on Sunday 1 May at 2 p.m. EDT (New York) / 1 p.m. CDT (Chicago) / 11 a.m. PDT (Los Angeles) / 18:00 GMT / 7 p.m. BST (London). In Twitter, use #howlround and follow @howlroundtv.

Claiming Your Space: a Conversation about Writing and Performing Identity with Cuban-American Performer/Playwrights Marissa Chibas and Melinda Lopez
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Claiming Your Space: a Conversation about Writing and Performing Identity with Cuban-American Performer/Playwrights Marissa Chibas and Melinda Lopez

Saturday 30 April 2016
Boston, MA, United States

ArtChangeUS@ArtsEmerson, and HowlRound presented Claiming Your Space—a conversation about writing and performing identity with acclaimed performer/playwrights Marissa Chibas and Melinda Lopez moderated by Dr. P. Carl livestreamed from Boston on the global, commons-based peer-produced HowlRound TV network at howlround.tv Saturday 30 April at 4 p.m. EDT (New York) / 3 p.m. CDT (Chicago) / 1 p.m. PDT (Los Angeles) / 20:00 GMT / 9 p.m. BST (London). In Twitter, use #howlround and follow @howlroundtv

The REMAP: BAY AREA Conference with Arts in a Changing America
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The REMAP: BAY AREA Conference with Arts in a Changing America

Friday and Saturday, 15-16 April 2016
Bay Area, CA, United States

ArtChangeUS: Arts in a Changing America presented REMAP Bay Area livestreamed on the global, commons based peer-produced HowlRound TV network at howlround.tv on Friday and Saturday, 15-16 April 2016. See the livestream schedule below. In Twitter, use hashtags #ArtChangeUS and #HowlRound. Follow @ArtChangeUS and @HowlRoundTV.

Meta
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Meta

A Quiet Theatrical Revolution

14 April 2016

verity healey on Cardboard Citizens’ Meta in London, England, and theatre for social change. 

Could A Play Stop A Demagogue? Theatre and Electoral Politics
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Could A Play Stop A Demagogue? Theatre and Electoral Politics

7 April 2016

Have jokey depictions of elections on stage and screen helped cause a joke of a real-life presidential campaign?  Jonathan Mandell visits two experimental theatre projects that are tackling this year’s presidential election in serious and intriguing ways.

Discussion: Arts/Culture: Social Justice and Social Change in relation to Indigenous Communities 
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Discussion: Arts/Culture: Social Justice and Social Change in relation to Indigenous Communities 

Safe Harbors Indigenous Arts/Theater Collective, La MaMa, and CultureHub

Wednesday 6 April 2016
New York, NY, United States

La MaMa in New York City presented Safe Harbors Indigenous Arts/Theater Collective at Culturehub's Arts/Culture: Social Justice and Social Change discussion livestreamed on the global, commons-based peer-produced HowlRound TV network at howlround.tv on Wednesday 6 April at 12:30 p.m.-5 p.m. EDT (New York) / 11:30 p.m.-4 p.m. CDT (Chicago) / 10:30 a.m.-3 p.m. MDT (Alberta) / 9:30 a.m.-2 p.m. PDT (Vancouver) / 8:30 a.m.-1 p.m. AKDT (Alaska) / 6:30 a.m.-11 a.m. HAST (Hawaii) / 16:30-21:00 GMT / 5:30 p.m.-10 p.m. BST (London) / 18:30-23:00 CEST (Brussels). On Twitter, use #howlround and follow @LaMamaETC@CultureHubNYC, and @HowlRoundTV

Making Theatre in the Season of Trump
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Making Theatre in the Season of Trump

3 April 2016

Marshall Botvinick contemplates how the theatre community can respond to Donald Trump’s political rise.

What is the Role of the Artist/Arts Presenter in a Community in Crisis?
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What is the Role of the Artist/Arts Presenter in a Community in Crisis?

26 March 2016

Paul S. Flores traces the path to creating and touring his play PLACAS through community engagment with acknowedgment and palabra, and offers suggestions to supporting peace within extremely marginalized communities in conflict when making theater.

Socially Engaged Performance
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Socially Engaged Performance

A Global Conversation

Sunday 13 March 2016
New York City, NY, United States

La MaMa and Theatre Without Borders presented a one-day international convening Socially Engaged Performance: A Global Conversation livestreamed on the global, commons-based peer-produced HowlRound TV network at howlround.tv on Sunday 13 March at 7 a.m. PDT (Los Angeles) / 10 a.m. EDT (New York) / 14:00 GMT (London) / 15:00 CET (Berlin) / 16:00 EET (Ramallah / Johannesburg) / 19:30 IST (New Delhi) / 22:00 SGT (Singapore) / 23:00 KST (Seoul / Tokyo). In Twitter, tweet your comments and questions @_TWB_ and use hashtag #howlround. Additionally follow @HowlRoundTV for updates.

Another Word for Beauty
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Another Word for Beauty

Finding Freedom in The Moment

10 March 2016

David Dudley on The Goodman Theatre production of José Rivera’s Another Word for Beauty, directed by Steve Cosson in Chicago, Illinois.

In Praise of The Civilians at Fifteen
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In Praise of The Civilians at Fifteen

3 March 2016

Jonathan Mandell writes about the work of The Civilians, which he says "may be the most vibrant socially conscious, avant-garde, investigative theatre company in the country."

From Gaza, with Love
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From Gaza, with Love

25 February 2016

Patricia Davis on Mosaic Theatre's US premiere in Washington, D.C. of I Shall Not Hate, based on the life of Palestinian doctor Izzeldin Abuelaish.

The Ellen Stewart International Award for Social Change
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The Ellen Stewart International Award for Social Change

Wednesday 24 February 2016
New York City, NY, United States

ITI (International Theatre Institute)La MaMa New York and Italy, and the Spoleto Festival of 2 Worlds presented the award ceremony for the Ellen Stewart International Award for social change livestreamed on the commons-based peer-produced HowlRound TV network at howlround.tv on Wednesday 24 February at 6 p.m. EST (New York) / 5 p.m. CST (Chicago) / 3 p.m. PST (Los Angeles) / 23:00 GMT (London) / 00:00 CET (Rome). Livestream operated by CultureHub. In Twitter, follow @HowlRoundTV and use #howlround.

Ay, Carmela! Divided Politics for the Ages
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Ay, Carmela! Divided Politics for the Ages

18 February 2016

Carlos Morton on the recent Los Angeles production of José Sanchis Sinisterra’s Ay Carmela

Public Perceptions of Islam in Post-9/11 America panel
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Public Perceptions of Islam in Post-9/11 America panel

With Ayad Akhtar, Pulitzer Prize-winning Playwright of Disgraced

Monday 15 February 2016
St. Louis, MO, United States

The Repertory Theatre of St. Louis presented the panel discussion Public Perceptions of Islam in Post-9/11 America livestreamed on the global, commons-based peer-produced HowlRound TV network at howlround.tv on Monday 15 February at 8:30 p.m. EST (New York) / 7:30 p.m. CST (Chicago) / 5:30 p.m. PST (Los Angeles). In Twitter, follow @howlroundtv and use hashtag #howlround

The Crucible Returns and We’re Still Pointing Fingers
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The Crucible Returns and We’re Still Pointing Fingers

12 February 2016

Billy McEntee traces the social history connected to Arthur Miller’s The Crucible, which premiered on Broadway in 1953 during the height of McCarthyism.

BODY & SOLD
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BODY & SOLD

Playwright Deborah Lake Fortson Addresses the Teenage Sex Trafficking Crisis

5 February 2016

Charlotte Meehan and Adara Meyers sit down with playwrights Deborah Lake Fortson and Amy Merrill, director Robbie McCauley, and law enforcement and community stakeholders to talk about youth sex trafficking and The BODY & SOLD Project.

Puppets and Politics in South Africa
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Puppets and Politics in South Africa

29 January 2016

Josh Williams discusses the Barrydale Reconciliation Day Puppet Parade and its socio-political impact in contemporary South Africa.

Lynn Nottage Talks Research, Collaboration, and the Fracturing of America
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Lynn Nottage Talks Research, Collaboration, and the Fracturing of America

28 January 2016

Holly Derr speaks with Lynn Nottage about her new play Sweat, a co-commission of Oregon Shakespeare Festival and Arena Stage, currently playing in Washington, DC.

Power vs. Truth in Belarus Free Theatre’s Being Harold Pinter
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Power vs. Truth in Belarus Free Theatre’s Being Harold Pinter

21 January 2016

verity healey reviews Belarus Free Theatre’s Being Harold Pinter at the Young Vic in London, England.

27th Annual Martin Luther King Jr. Day Celebration
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27th Annual Martin Luther King Jr. Day Celebration

Monday 18 January 2016
Ashland, OR, United States

Join community members for Ashland, Oregon's 27th annual Martin Luther King Jr., Holiday Celebration featuring music, spoken word, and dance. Keynote speakers: Mildred Ruiz-Sapp and Steven Sapp of UNIVERSES—livestreamed on the global, commons-based HowlRound TV network at howlround.tv Monday 18 January at 12 p.m. PST-1:30 p.m. PST (Los Angeles) / 2 p.m. CST-3:30 p.m. CST (Chicago) / 3 p.m. EST-4:30 p.m. EST (New York). Follow the live-tweeting @AshlandMLKDay, and use #SOMLK.