How Raja Feather Kelly Gives Shows All the Right Moves
Wednesday, March 20, 2019  •   Choreography  •    0 comments Share This
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Why this "movement dramaturg" is so sought after on the New York theatre scene --- Raja Feather Kelly, one of the busiest choreographers in New York, wants to make something clear: "I don't just make dances." Although he's the newly minted artistic director of New Brooklyn Theatre, an innovative site-specific troupe that recently merged with the...
John Guare's Wild Ride of Self-Discovery
Monday, March 18, 2019  •   Playwriting  •    0 comments Share This
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Why Nantucket Sleigh Ride is the Tony winner's most personal play yet --- In John Guare's Nantucket Sleigh Ride, a former playwright-turned-financier (Tony winner John Larroquette) is jolted back in time to relive life-changing events that occurred on the titular Cape Cod isle in 1975. In some ways, working on this Lincoln Center Theater mounting...
A Funny Thing Happened On Her Way to 'Kiss Me, Kate'
Friday, March 15, 2019  •   Broadway  •    1 comment Share This
Fri Mar 15, 2019  •   Broadway  •    1 comment Share This
How a canceled production led to Stephanie Styles' Broadway debut --- "This may be my first time on Broadway, but a lot has led me to here," says Stephanie Styles, the 27-year-old triple threat playing Lois in the Roundabout Theatre Company's revival of Cole Porter's musical comedy Kiss Me, Kate. A Houston native who's been performing professionally...
After Hot Sex, They Have Passionate Arguments
Wednesday, March 13, 2019  •   Acting  •    0 comments Share This
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Hatef**k explores the tempestuous relationship between two very different Muslim Americans --- When she first started acting 20 years ago, Indian American Kavi Ladnier promised herself that she would not take on any reductive roles. No funny accents, no sex objects, no terrorists. And she didn't -- but her conviction came with a cost. "Looking back,...
An Uplifting Black Play Is What We Need Right Now
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
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
Monday, March 11, 2019  •   Dance  •    0 comments Share This
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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
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...
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