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More Conversation, Less Controversy: Plays for Teens and Their Communities
If you teach drama, you have a unique perspective on the issues teens face, and the opportunity to use theatre as a tool to talk about them. But when part of a school community, it isn’t always the easiest for everyone to agree on what level of content teenagers are ready to handle. It’s often a grey area when it comes to appropriate language and exploration of mature themes with any group. It’s the perennial struggle: How do you start tough conversations without swear words stealing the spotlight from the thematic content and relevance?

So what titles does one turn to ...
Theatre Dreams: Imagining a Better, More Inclusive Theatre
As Black History Month draws to a close, playwright Idris Goodwin reflects on the lessons to carry over, and lays out his vision for a better, more inclusive theatre for all.

One of the most frustrating myths drawn from American history goes like this: Martin Luther King Jr gave his “I Have a Dream” speech in 1963 and all the bad racist white people’s hearts grew like the Grinch’s in Whoville. The subsequent five years of King’s increasing radicalism, until he was assassinated, are often omitted.

The mass proliferation of the ...
The Break Beat Plays
A break beat is a rhythmic musical loop, born from the “breakdown” sections of funk, soul, disco, jazz, and rock records.  In the analog 70’s, some crafty south Bronx DJs isolated the breakdown sections of popular records.  Employing a second turntable and this new-fangled doo-hickey called a cross fader, they live-looped the breakdowns that moved dancers to tear up the floor.  A break beat is that driving rhythm to which b-boys pop lock and wind-will, to which MCs rhyme, call, and await response.   It is a dynamic crossroads of limbs and language.  It is the foundation of hip ...

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