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‘The Designated Mourner’: A Play on Authoritarianism, Restaged for the Trump Era

Twenty years after its debut, playwright Wallace Shawn’s drama has taken on new meaning for American theatergoers. (Shawn is pictured at left.)

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‘Building the Wall’: Staging America’s Worst Immigration Nightmare

Playwright Robert Schenkkan sounds the alarm about a scenario he says “absolutely” could come to pass in the United States.

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‘Lyrics From Lockdown’ Creator on Using Art as a Wake-Up Call

Playwright Bryonn Bain, who turned his own harrowing experiences into a one-man dramatic production, joins director Gina Belafonte for a Truthdig interview.

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‘Notes of a Native Song’: Writer James Baldwin’s Work Resonates in the Time of Trump

Musical artist Stew’s ode to the literary icon is particularly welcome now, when Baldwin’s words have taken on fresh significance.

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A Racist Mecca, a Black Architect and Odious Politics That Refuse to Die

“Blueprint for Paradise,” in its world premiere in Los Angeles, is powered by an odd, real-life California tale of a pre-war Nazi center and its acclaimed designer, Paul Williams. Sadly, the political rot explored by the play survives: Check out the 2016 presidential campaign.

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Polish Consulate in L.A. Declines to Support Theater’s Production of a Polish Play

An avant-garde theater group thought it had the backing of a Polish consul in Los Angeles to stage “Right Left With Heels,” which had enjoyed rave reviews in Warsaw—until the consul read the script.

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John Leguizamo Makes ‘Latino History’

The kinetic performer thought he’d sworn off solo stage shows, but a glaring failure of the American educational system has spurred him to create a hilarious new show to teach audiences the history we have been missing.

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Not Dissecting ‘Disgraced’ With the Pulitzer Winner’s Playwright

Ayad Akhtar wants audience members to decide for themselves what his play, about the complexities of identity and hidden prejudices in post-9/11 New York, is saying.

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Anna Deavere Smith Gives a Crash Course in the School-to-Prison Pipeline

Her solo show examines how favoring incarceration over education puts marginalized minors at risk. 

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Black Panthers: The Musical

“Party People” examines the complexity and struggle of the Black Panthers and Young Lords.

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