Journalin-depth stories

  • The Problem with Loving Sports and Theater Mat Smart
    In an age where so much can be recorded and on-demand, theater is an antidote to spending our day looking at a screen, to watching the YouTube videos and television shows anytime we want. Part of the beauty of theater is that it is fleeting. We come together with a group of people—at a specific time for a limited run—to see a story as a community, to hear questions worth asking. It doesn’t last, you have to catch it while you can, you can’t do it by yourself. It’s all wonderful—except when the big game is on at the same damn time.
  • Celebrating Our Imperfections: A Conversation with Adina Tal of Israel’s Nalaga’at Center Kevin Becerra
    No amount of research or conversation can quite prepare you for a play where eleven deaf-blind actors are telling their own stories and dreams while baking bread. Adina Tal is the Founder and Artistic Director of the Nalaga’at Center in Tel Aviv and the director of "Not by Bread Alone". In a conversation with ArtsEmerson, Adina said that once you see the brave artistry of these actors, you have a new sense of your own potential and the potential of those around you. It is a truly unique theatrical experience born from years of work in developing new ways for the actors to express themselves.

NewCritcriticism & analysis

  • Death and Art in Palestine: Nabil Al-Ra’ee and The Freedom Theatre Patricia Davis
    “One of the most important things the occupation has succeeded in doing,” Nabil Al-Ra’ee says, “is to kill hope, to shut down the mind, and to kill the imagination. You can’t dream. You have a limit.” As a first exercise, students are instructed to seriously consider what they want for themselves and their lives. “It’s very difficult when you ask someone what is your dream and he says I want to die,” Nabil muses. “This is what you hear all the time.” That difficulty—like all the others—has only solidified his resolve to change lives through his work with The Freedom Theatre.
  • Performing Age: Mallory Catlett’s This Was The End Bertie Ferdman
    Where "This Was the End" stood out was in playing with age in two ways. The first was with the presence of older bodies onstage, having an elder cast be their age and all the ages they have ever been. “Combined you got to watch over 100 years of experience,” as Catlett told me. The second was with the layering of media—images and sound triggered from the past—onto the present. In this sense, the entire performance was “aging” before us. It was a relic of earlier moments, endlessly repeated, time and time again.

Blognews, trends, insights

  • A Mets Fan’s Guide To The Theater Sam Marks
    But maybe the reason I obsess over sports is because of how very different they are from what I have chosen to do. In sports, there’s the illusion of fairness and opportunity. Not so much with theater—Chekhov isn’t fair. The biz doesn’t always offer opportunities. Whereas in every sporting event the outcome isn’t decided, it’s still up in the air, it’s still up to the players. I’d like that to be true of every play. Maybe Othello will change his mind, maybe the cherry orchard won’t be sold. But he always goes through it, the tree always falls, I know the end.
  • National Center for Arts Research livestreaming discussion with Kate Levin—Thurs, April 17—#NCARfellow HowlRound TV
    Join SMU from Dallas, Texas as they present the conversation "Transforming Arts and Culture Nationwide" livestreaming on the global, commons-based peer produced HowlRound TV network at on Thursday, April 17 at 4pm PDT/ 6pm CDT/ 7pm EDT/ 23:00GMT. SMU President R. Gerald Turner and Dallas Mayor Mike Rawlings will welcome Kate D. Levin, Inaugural fellow of the National Center for Arts Research (NCAR) at SMU and former commissioner of the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs. Moderator: Zannie Voss, director of NCAR and chair and professor of arts management and arts entrepreneurship, SMU Meadows School of the Arts and SMU Cox School of Business. In Twitter, use #NCARfellow and follow @artsresearch.

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