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Its Convention Month — or, as America Calls It, Hope vs....
Next week's GOP convention will offer a post-apocalyptic, dystopian, rage-feared, fear-fueled hellscape vision of the land of the not-free and the home of the craven.
Karen Rises as ‘American Carnage’ Smoulders On and On
You remember Fat Nixon's inauguration speech back in 2016, right? We're hearing it again, and every Karen is spontaneously applauding.
And I Thought, ‘Something Just Broke’
Systemic change will be difficult until we cut out and complete irradiate the Trumpist cancer from our diseased body politic. So we fight.
Is 2020 Another 1968 — or Civil War?
A Minneapolis cop knelt on the neck of George Floyd neck for eight minutes and 26 seconds. Now Coward Donald, hiding in his bunker, calls for oppression.
Hey, Arts Nonprofits: Words Aren’t Action, Sympathy Isn’t Empathy
Yes, we know you care. Yes, we know you “stand with” Black people. Your words are lovely. Now get away from the keyboard and start taking action.
‘Strange Bell’ Rings True: Revisiting the Art of William Christenberry
In the 1970s, William Christenberry, along with his friend and fellow Southerner William Eggleston, was responsible for the acceptance of color photography as fine...
Ms. and They: Coming to Terms with Terms of Identity
Throughout rehearsals, she constantly defaulted to “he,” followed by stuttering apologies. Aidan always said, “That’s OK.” She always felt terrible anyway.
‘Fires in the Mirror’ Remains Theatrically Incendiary
An exhilarating example of the public service that theater is forever capable of providing.
Robert O’Hara: Finding the Beauty in the Horror
My old friend -- director of Broadway's hit "Slave Play" -- tells me why theater is the space for the complicated and the uncomfortable.
How Two Mfoniso Udofia Plays Became One Night of Theater
"Our idea has been to let the plays shine, to let the playwright shine, and to support each other."
Broadway’s ‘Slave Play’: A Free (But Costly) Racial Satire
Harris' play is so scattershot that his many points, and the fireworks that generate, remain unhappily in chains.
5 Tips for Finding Community as a POC Arts Professional
Key spaces and crucial opportunities to share ideas and resources to generate that sector-wide shift.
Bass Reeves, Overlooked American Hero, Gets Hollywood Close-Up
The story of the first Black deputy US marshal west of the Mississippi is coming to the screen.
How Abortion Narratives Are Changing in Hollywood
Amazingly, encouragingly, the subject is suddenly everywhere.
Native Playwright and Others Fear a New Trail of Tears
With the Indian Child Welfare Act (ICWA) under right-wing attack, Mary Kathryn Nagle sounds the alarm.
Who Are The 1491s and What Is ‘Between Two Knees’?
An intertribal, Indigenous sketch-comedy troupe exposes a deep cultural scar.
Biden Our Time as the 2020 Democratic Primary Gets Hot
On our new podcast episode, summing up the Biden launch, mourning hate, and a quiz!
Native Voices: Finding Refuge on a Hill in Los Angeles
They don’t just nurture plays. They nurture the Native artists who flock to the refuge on the hill.
‘Lockdown’ Appeals for Justice Reform — and Compassion
Playwright Cori Thomas learned to see the San Quentin incarcerated as individuals, not as past crimes.
At Driehaus Museum, Yinka Shonibare Fabricates Post-Colonial Identity
The artist takes over a lavish Chicago mansion, for a contemporary twist on Gilded Age excess.