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Activism and Resignation

Activism and Resignation

Andrea Tompa introduces and interviews Hungarian director Arpad Schilling. Their conversation includes discussions of Schilling's latest works Faust I and II as well as Loser, Hungary's political climate and its impact on artists, and Schilling's ever-changing and evolving company Kretakor.

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Can One Enter a Theater Softly?

"Can One Enter a Theater Softly?" A Moscow Critic's Journal, 2010-15

John Freedman surveys the trends and important events in Russian theater from 2010 to 2015. Freedman pays particular attention to how changes in Russia's increasingly conservative political climate and cultural policy have resulted in increased censorship of, decreased funding for, and division among Russian artists. The article also discusses major milestones, such as the opening of the Gogol Center, the closing of Teatr.doc, and provocative productions by Konstantin Bogomolov and Timofei Kulyabin

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Poetry is "No Poverty," and "No Poverty" is Poetry

Poetry is "No Poverty," and "No Poverty" is Poetry

Annie Dorsen interviews the late Judith Malina, co-founder of the Living Theatre. Dorsen and Malina discuss the intersection of theater and politics, the beginnings and evolution of the Living Theatre, and how to continually fight for the beautiful non-violent anarchist revolution.

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Freedom Club

Freedom Club

In Adriano Shaplin's fever dream of American fanaticisms past and future, the historical trauma of Abraham Lincoln's assassination is juxtaposed with the dystopian prospect of new twenty-first century extremisms. This provocative drama suggests that political rage is bred in the American bone and asks whether violent histories are doomed always to repeat themselves.
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Los Illegals

Los Illegals

Concerned with "how laws shape and disrupt communities," Michael John Garces' documentary play takes on the political issue of illegal immigration from the perspective of Latino immigrants. The epic work sheds light on the blind spots of American justice, showing a community's struggle to forge new identities and overcome old prejudices.

 

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Nature Theater of Oklahoma’s Romeo and Juliet

Nature Theater of Oklahoma’s Romeo and Juliet

So um – Romeo and Juliet – is a story about – There’s two families: the Montagues and the Capulets and they’re – They don’t like each other. 

Nature Theater of Oklahoma’s Romeo and Juliet is based on interviews the company conducted with innocent civilians, who were asked to recall the narrative and poetry on the spot. The resulting comical performance (published in Theater) exposes our cultural anxieties—and reveals how we structure our thoughts today.

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Serbian Theater at the Crossroads

Serbian critic and scholar Ivan Medenica considers the work of new theater artists in Serbia after the fall of Slobodan Miloevi's regime in 2000. He begins with an appraisal of playwright Biljana Srbljanovi, whose early antinationalist work signaled a fomenting political change and ushered in a new generation of theater artists, many of them women, such as Maja Pelevi and Milena Bogavac.

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