At University of Washington, Anonymous Hate Messages Extend To Campus Theatre

This is a revised and updated version of a prior post from earlier today, which has been withdrawn, because it suggested, based upon news accounts, that the UW theatre department had been singularly targeted. This incorporates additional information provided by Todd London, executive director of the UW Department of Drama. At a time in the […]

Winston Churchill’s Famous Arts Quote Is, Alas, Bogus

Even if you’ve never read the quote, you’ve no doubt seen the meme, in all of its arts-affirming, damn the torpedoes glory. Just one small detail: it isn’t true. I am referring to the story that goes as follows, and here I’ll quote an op-ed piece from TheHill.com, dated February 19, 2017: At the height of […]

Kate Fodor’s “Rubber Knife,” from Primary Stages’ “Morning in America”

Beginning one week after the November presidential election, New York’s Primary Stages commissioned a collection of over 70 pieces written by a diverse array of playwrights from their artistic community. Each artist crafted a short monologue from the perspective of a character in America on the morning of November 9th. The resulting works will be presented twice, under […]

With Curricular Context Added, “Ragtime” to Play On in Cherry Hill

On January 20, the Cherry Hill Public School system in New Jersey announced their intent to censor racially charged language for their upcoming drama group’s production of the musical Ragtime at Cherry Hill High School East. The announcement prompted a vocal response from advocates on both sides of the issue: those who felt the language in […]

Cherry-Picking the Words of “Ragtime” in Cherry Hill

There is no question that there are racially charged words in the musical Ragtime, just as there were in the novel upon which it is based. In telling the story of black characters, of Jewish characters, of Irish characters at the turn of the 20th century, these words are integral to portraying the racism and bigotry […]

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