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An Uplifting Black Play Is What We Need Right Now
By REGINA ROBBINS
Wednesday, March 13, 2019  •   Playwriting  •    1 comment Share This
Wed Mar 13, 2019  •   Playwriting  •    1 comment Share This
Why Chisa Hutchinson felt compelled to write a drama filled with joy --- Both in the news and on stage, stories about the African-American experience can be grim and disturbing -- hardly surprising, given our nation's history. In the post-Obama era, many of the most lauded plays by black writers have featured a decidedly bleak perspective. African-American...
The Art of Designing Black Hair for the Stage
By JEN GUSHUE
Tuesday, March 12, 2019  •   Design  •    0 comments Share This
Tue Mar 12, 2019  •   Design  •    0 comments Share This
How Cookie Jordan brings talent and cultural knowledge to her work --- Looking at Cookie Jordan's extensive New York City stage credits, it seems like she's the go-to hair and wig designer for productions with predominantly black casts. After all, her résumé includes Eclipsed, Once on This Island, Choir Boy, An Octoroon, Fairview, Sugar...
Experience Merce Cunningham's Legacy Throughout NYC
By SUSAN REITER
Monday, March 11, 2019  •   Dance  •    0 comments Share This
Mon Mar 11, 2019  •   Dance  •    0 comments Share This
In honor of the late dance legend's 100th birthday, you can see his artistry and influence all over town --- Merce Cunningham would have turned 100 on April 16 and several local institutions are celebrating the seminal choreographer's creativity, innovation and impact on generations of dance-makers. A native of Washington State, Cunningham was a notable...
Using 'The X-Files' to Talk About the Things That Haunt Us
By JOSE SOLÍS
Friday, March 08, 2019  •   Playwriting  •    0 comments Share This
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Jorge Ignacio Cortiñas' new experimental play Recent Alien Abductions is an engaging enigma --- Few television shows have haunted the collective imagination as much as The X-Files. The sci-fi series -- which ran on Fox for 11 seasons and spawned two feature films -- centered on the paranormal adventures of FBI agents Mulder and Scully, played...
Singing the Praises of Chick Flicks on Stage
By CAREY PURCELL
Thursday, March 07, 2019  •   Musicals  •    0 comments Share This
Thu Mar 7, 2019  •   Musicals  •    0 comments Share This
A new musical comedy celebrates an unfairly maligned genre --- Fans of so-called chick flicks -- cinematic stories centering on romance, family and female friendships -- often defend their penchant for these films by dismissing them as "guilty pleasures." But according to Suzy Conn, who wrote the book and songs for Chick Flick the Musical at the Westside...
Finding Inspiration in Ballet, Spirituals and Prison Songs
By SUSAN REITER
Wednesday, March 06, 2019  •   Dance  •    0 comments Share This
Wed Mar 6, 2019  •   Dance  •    0 comments Share This
Dancer-choreographer Silas Farley debuts Songs From the Spirit at the Metropolitan Museum --- Last July, Silas Farley spent a day at California's San Quentin State Prison listening to music composed by inmates. The setting was a stark contrast to the grand stages on which Farley, an elegant 24-year-old member of New York City Ballet, usually performs...
Is American Assimilation a Dream or a Nightmare?
By CAROLINE CAO
Tuesday, March 05, 2019  •   Borough Play  •    1 comment Share This
Tue Mar 5, 2019  •   Borough Play  •    1 comment Share This
Playwright-performer Kristine Haruna Lee examines the duality of immigrant identity in Suicide Forest --- Intergenerational and cultural tensions, misogyny and trauma are the entangled themes explored in Suicide Forest, an experimental play interrogating Asianhood and assimilation. Currently running at Brooklyn's The Bushwick Starr in association...
The Recipe Behind the Scrumptious Set for 'The Cake'
By ALLISON CONSIDINE
Monday, March 04, 2019  •   Design  •    0 comments Share This
Mon Mar 4, 2019  •   Design  •    0 comments Share This
Tony-winning scenic designer John Lee Beatty dishes on his decades-long collaboration with Manhattan Theatre Club --- On April 26, 2019, John Lee Beatty will receive the Robert L. B. Tobin Award for Sustained Excellence in Theatrical Design at the TDF/Irene Sharaff Awards. Read our press release for more information. Scenic designer John Lee Beatty...
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