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From Bethlehem to Philadelphia: An Interview with Rami Khader, Director of the Diyar Dance Theatre

Director Rami Khader, along with a group of talented and committed artists, both male and female and of differing ages and backgrounds, founded Diyar Dance Theatre in 2008. Based in Bethlehem, their mission is to bring Palestine’s rich history and culture to life through dance, movement, and theatre. Diyar uses creative performance art training to […]

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Celebrating the Lives of the Emanuel Nine: An Interview with the Cast of New Freedom Theatre’s ‘Mother Emanuel’

During a prayer service on June 17, 2015, nine members of the Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal (A.M.E.) Church in downtown Charleston, South Carolina, were killed by a 21-year-old white supremacist. He confessed to the shooting in hopes of igniting a race war. Mother Emanuel: An American Musical Play, inspired by the lives of the Emanuel […]

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Review: ‘White’ at Theatre Horizon

White is pure gold. James Ijames’ audacious and hilarious new play takes on racism, sexism, and a handful of other isms. It’s a comedy, but its message is serious. It’s bold, outlandish, insightful, and as exciting a play as you’re likely to see this year. White opens with a speech to the audience by Jane, […]

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Review: ‘White Guy on the Bus’ at Delaware Theatre Company

White Guy on the Bus, at Wilmington’s Delaware Theatre Company through Sunday, February 19, is easily the prolific Bruce Graham’s most important and most accomplished play, even more than Coyote on a Fence or Funnyman. It shrewdly and bravely depicts American attitudes toward race, showing the casual and fairly harmless way racial matters creep into […]

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Review: ‘Middletown’ at NextStop Theatre Company

Middletown, written by Will Eno, is a play with heft. It is not an easy play that you can relax and let wash over you. Timid souls who are out for an evening of light entertainment may struggle with it. The play engages and pushes, forcing the audience to question ourselves, and it is well […]

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Wanda Sykes With Special Guest Keith Robinson at Strathmore

The Music Center at Strathmore welcomed Wanda Sykes for the first-time to the Marriott Concert Stage to a sold-out crowd of adoring Wanda Sykes fans. Veteran comedian, writer, actress and Emmy Award-winning wit, Wanda Sykes, has been doing standup and much more in comedy entertainment since she first performed at a talent show back in 1987 in […]

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Contemporary American Theater Festival Interviews Part 2: An Interview with ‘The Ashes Under Gait City’ Playwright Christina Anderson by Sharon J. Anderson

In Part 2 of a series of interviews, Sharon J. Anderson, The Contemporary American Theater Festival (CATF) Trustee and Professional Storyteller, interviews Christina Anderson whose play The Ashes Under Gait City will be performed at this year’s Contemporary American Theater Festival, which takes place from July 11-August 3, 2014. Sharon: How did you find the story of Gait […]

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2013 Capital Fringe Show Preview: ‘Dark House’ by Tarpey Long

Dark House will open July 12, 2013, as part of the Capital Fringe Festival in Washington, DC. Written by Tarpley Long and directed by Tracy McMullan, the play is based on Faulkner’s story Absalom, Absalom! Dark House, was Faulkner’s original  title while he was writing the novel. The present work  re-imagines the ruthless Colonel Thomas Sutpen as a land […]

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‘Venus’ at Howard University’s Department of Theatre Arts by Veronique MacRae

Howard University’s Department of Theatre Arts continues its 2012-2013 season ‘Reclaiming the Black Body, Identity, Discourse, and Politics’ with the powerful story of Saartje Baartman in Venus, written by Susan Lori-Parks. Venus tells the story of Saartje Baartman, a young woman from South Africa who was brought to London in 1810. Baartman’s ample backside was […]

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