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New York
Features

Nikiya Mathis on SEMBLANCE At NYTW

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Kaitlyn Riggio

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October 4, 2021

At a first glance, it may not seem like the worker at your local Sweetgreen has much in common with the Vice President of the United States. But a theatrical installation with New York Theatre Workshop is looking to challenge that idea. Written and directed by Whitney White, “Semblance” explores how Black women are perceived in society and challenges audiences to think about how they encounter Black women in everyday life. Nikiya Mathis, who stars in “Semblance,” says the show is a portrait of Black women, examining how Black women are perceived by others and how these perceptions line up with who these women really are. 

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On Screen
Features

Reed Luplau on Finding his Creative Energy with PLACES, PLEASE

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Kaitlyn Riggio

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September 29, 2021

Broadway productions are reopening for the first time in almost a year and a half, but the effects that the COVID-19 pandemic has had on the theatre community are still present. Places, Please, a film written and directed by Reed Luplau (who can currently be seen in Moulin Rouge! on Broadway), follows a group of theatre artists reflecting on the shutdown of the theatre industry and sharing their experiences about how it has affected them individually. 

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New York
Features

Jim Petosa on Potomac Theatre Project's Virtual Summer Season

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Kaitlyn Riggio

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August 2, 2021

After over three decades of producing thought-provoking and politically aware theatre that delves into topical and timely issues, Potomac Theatre Project continues its work with three virtual productions as part of its 34th year. Founded in Washington, D.C., in 1987, PTP was created with the primary goal of creating a theatre company that focused on politically charged pieces and allowed theatre to be used as a place to have deeper conversations about the human condition. Jim Petosa, PTP’s co-founder and co-artistic director, said that PTP’s early productions focused on issues such as Social Darwinism, the AIDS epidemic and corporate greed, all of which were hot-button issues around the time of PTP’s founding. While the themes and focuses of PTP productions have changed over time, PTP’s dedication to exploring timely issues has remained the same.

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Virtual
Reviews

Irish Rep’s THE CORDELIA DREAM Brings Rocky Relationships Front and Center | Review

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Kaitlyn Riggio

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July 29, 2021

A response to Shakespeare’s King Lear, Marina Carr’s The Cordelia Dream, making its North American debut with the Irish Repertory Theatre in New York City, a woman revisits her strained relationship with a man after experiencing a chilling dream about King Lear and his daughter, Cordelia. 

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New York
Features

CO/LAB Turns 10...And Is Only Getting Started

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Kaitlyn Riggio

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June 23, 2021

The New York City-based organization dedicated to providing individuals with developmental disabilities a space in the theatre arts celebrated its 10th anniversary with a virtual festival and benefit. The 10th anniversary celebrations focused on honoring CO/LAB’s past and present accomplishments as well as looking into the future.

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Boston
Reviews

TJ LOVES SALLY 4 EVER Sparks Change at SpeakEasy Stage — Review

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Kaitlyn Riggio

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May 4, 2021

“TJ Loves Sally 4 Ever” from SpeakEasy Stage Company in Boston is now running digitally through May 13, 2021.

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Interview
Features

Laura Heywood is Raising Money for Charity One Playbill at a Time with APPLAUSE SHOP

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Kaitlyn Riggio

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April 10, 2021

Laura Heywood, who created a name for herself in the Broadway community as the “first professional Broadway fan”, founded the online marketplace Applause Shop to help support theatre artists during the COVID-19 pandemic. 

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Virtual
Reviews

WAD at ACT in Seattle is a Powerful Tale — Review

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Kaitlyn Riggio

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April 8, 2021

Wad, written by Keiko Green, follows the development of a pen pal relationship between Jim, a prisoner on death row, and teenage Nyce, a high schooler. The Ameenah Kaplan-directed virtual world premiere presented by A Contemporary Theatre in Seattle stands out through its handling of timely topics and unique production among the ever-growing landscape of pandemic theatre.

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Boston
Reviews

Showstopper Virtual Play Series Wows at New Rep

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Kaitlyn Riggio

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November 28, 2020

New Repertory Theatre in Watertown is finding new ways to showcase innovative productions during unprecedented times.

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Boston
Features

Colleges Theatre Programs Grapple with Fall Semester Amid Pandemic in Boston

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Kaitlyn Riggio

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August 1, 2020

“The show must go on” is an often-repeated phrase in the world of show business, and this is the attitude many theatre programs at Boston-area universities are adopting going into the upcoming Fall 2020 semester.

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Theatre
News

Cape Playhouse's Leap Year Tonight Brings The Stars

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Kaitlyn Riggio

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June 9, 2020

The Cape Playhouse is hosting a virtual event called Leap Year Tonight on June 10 to honor what was originally supposed to be the opening night of their 2020 season.

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Boston
Reviews

The Stone Review - Arlekin Players Theatre

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Kaitlyn Riggio

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May 1, 2020

At its core The Stone is a story about how we as human beings recount history and how history changes as it’s retold to protect people. It explores what happens when parts of history get buried and what happens when the truth comes to the surface.

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