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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.

Can US Dance Learn From Ballet Folklórico de México?

This kind of work could become prevalent in America. Why isn't it?

How My Son Found Cultural Identity — Hidden in the Family...

The lesson? Nobody owns the answer to anyone else’s racial identity.

What Becomes of Jussie Smollett Now?

What kind of career will Jussie Smollett have now? Will he even have one? I suppose his staunchest defenders will take umbrage at these...

‘Sorry — Love You’: Asian Americans on ‘RuPaul’s Drag Race’

What does it look like to represent Asian Americans in a drag competition?

My Heart Doesn’t Belong to ‘Daddy’

Jeremy O. Harris' play, starring Alan Cumming and set in a pool, barely makes a ripple.

Why Edith Wharton Might Hate My Play

A mixed-race playwright reconsiders 'The House of Mirth' and its relevance (or lack thereof) for people of color.

Please, Lynn Nottage, Don’t Make Me ‘Meet Vera Stark’!

One of our towering dramatic playwrights finds no time for comedy.

My Personal Reasons for Wanting Ralph Northam to Resign

The author's mother was more "Edith than Archie." What was she not? Sophisticated.
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