Catherine Curtin on the Fight for Justice and Human Dignity

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Catherine Curtin, as correctional officer Wanda Bell, in a scene from Orange is the New Black (Barbara Nitke, Netflix)

Welcome to The Scene, a new podcast by The Clyde Fitch Report that explores the intersection between the performing arts and contemporary issues and ideas. In the spirit of the CFR’s mission to unite arts and politics, in each episode I’ll sit down with writers, actors and other artists to discuss the deeper concerns behind their work and look at how art isn’t simply “art for art’s sake” but has a tangible impact on the world around us. I’ll be focusing on theater, but the show will also cover television and film, so it should be accessible to all our readers, regardless of what industries you follow.

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Introducing The Scene, the first podcast by The Clyde Fitch Report

My guest for episode one is Catherine Curtin, star of Netflix’s Orange is the New Black, returning for a fourth season June 17th. She has also recently completed a run of Burning by Ginger Lazarus with New York’s Resonance Ensemble, a modern retelling of Cyrano de Bergerac that explores the prevalence of sexual assault in the military. Click above for our full conversation on female driven work, the dangers of corrupt institutions and what happens when characters have to risk everything to fight for what they believe in.

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Sean Douglass
Sean Douglass is the Managing Editor of The Clyde Fitch Report, as well as an author, playwright and dramaturg. He is the Company Dramaturg for Something Marvelous, Chicago's annual magical realism festival, and has previously worked at Northlight Theatre and Chicago Dramatists. His plays have been produced or developed at UW-Madison, The Vermont College of Fine Arts, The Chicago Fringe Festival, Luminous Theatre of Milwaukee, Something Marvelous, Chicago Dramatists and Stagecloud. He also hosts the CFR's podcast The Scene.