Julie Hinds Detroit Free Press Published 11:24 AM EDT Apr 3, 2019 Jose Casas doesn't separate art from politics. Where others see a theater stage as a home for imaginary worlds, he sees it as a place to document reality. Real pain. Real anger. The real betrayals of governments and corporations that put their policy agendas before the well-being of the people. "It's very rare that I come up with a story and characters and am like, 'Now I'm going to write a play.' It's usually something pissing me off. There are my characters and stories," says the University of Michigan assistant professor, who heads the playwriting minor in the School of Music, Theatre & Dance. "Flint," a new monologue play by Casas, walks fearlessly into uncomfortable topics to tell stories of a city that's become synonymous with the 2014 decision to switch water sources to save money. The devastating cost turned out to be the health of its … [Read more...] about U-M’s ‘Flint’ monologue play gives voice to a city betrayed
PUBLISHED: 10:30 16 March 2019 | UPDATED: 08:47 17 March 2019 Andrew Clarke Latitude is one of the cornerstones of Suffolk's festival season Picture: MEGAN ALDOUS Archant Festival season will soon be upon us. All ready line-ups for the big summer events are being announced and as ever Suffolk is leading the way when it comes to celebrating culture in all its diversity. Sheeran has built a 'wildlife pond' in his back garden - but some neighbours complain it could be used as a swimming pool Picture: BEN BIRCHALL/PA WIREInk Festival - April 12-14, Halesworth CutDuring the three days of The Ink Festival 2019 over 40 brand new, short plays for stage and radio, will be performed at The Cut, Halesworth, Suffolk showcasing East Anglia’s brightest talent including Scarlett Curtis, Shappi Khorsandi, Greg Mosse and Paul Heiney. During the three days there will also be comedy, performance poetry, art, children’s playwriting, talks and workshops.Saturday … [Read more...] about Have you got tickets to one of the festivals coming to Suffolk this summer?
“It was just a kick in the stomach.” Tom Fabel has lived in St. Paul most of his life. He’s on the board of the Ramsey County Historical Society. He was deputy mayor in St. Paul and deputy attorney general for the state of Minnesota. But he’d never heard the story of William and Nellie Francis in 1924 in the neighborhood where he grew up. The Francises, an African-American couple, were moving from St. Paul’s Rondo neighborhood to Groveland Park. He was a lawyer, she a civil rights activist. They were known and respected. But their move to Macalester-Groveland was opposed by a group calling itself the Cretin Improvement Association. The Francises were asked to reconsider the move. They declined. There was a cross burned in the yard of their house in Groveland Park. Twice. They were offered $1,000 to give up on the house, according to a piece in the Winter 2017 Ramsey County Historical Society magazine by Paul Nelson that got Fabel’s attention. The … [Read more...] about Little-known St. Paul cross burning inspires a new Landmark Center play
Olesia Plokhii, The Washington Post Published 3:05 pm PST, Sunday, February 3, 2019 C.Y. Lee, a Chinese-born author whose best-selling 1957 novel "The Flower Drum Song" explored conflict among first- and second-generation immigrants in San Francisco's Chinatown, provided the source material for two Broadway productions 43 years apart and sparked a cultural debate about Asian stereotypes, died Nov. 8 at his daughter's home in Los Angeles. He was 102. The cause was complications from kidney failure, said his daughter, Angela Lee. The family did not publicly announce the death. Over a career spanning seven decades, Lee wrote nearly a dozen volumes of historical fiction, but his best-known work was his debut novel, "The Flower Drum Song," which brought instant literary stardom upon its release. He was called an overnight sensation, but in fact he had spent years toiling in obscurity after having arrived in the United States from China on a student visa during World War II. … [Read more...] about C.Y. Lee, author of best-selling novel ‘The Flower Drum Song,’ dies at age 102
Glad tidings from the arts front. Playwright Harrison David Rivers has won the 2018 Relentless Award for “The Bandaged Place,” a play he developed at the Playwrights Center in Minneapolis, where Rivers is a core member. It was first presented there in April in two staged readings as part of the Ruth Easton New Play Series. Rivers has described it as “the play I said I would never write.” It’s a disturbing and powerful work about an abusive relationship between two gay men, drawn from Rivers’ own life. Given by the American Playwriting Foundation, the Relentless Award was established “in honor of Philip Seymour Hoffman and his pursuit of truth in the theater.” The $45,000 award is the largest annual cash prize in American theater given to a playwright in recognition of a new play. The prize also includes a weeklong residency at an artists’ colony in New York, the option to have the play published by the Dramatists Play Service, and a … [Read more...] about Playwright Harrison David Rivers wins national award; MN Orchestra and Dessa to do live recording