TALKS: Ito Aghayere on The Liquid Plain (Off-Broadway)

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The Liquid Plain runs until March 29th at the Signature Theatre.  Set on the docks of late 18th century Rhode Island and based on the tales of true events, the narrative centers around runaway slaves Adjua and Dembi. Winner of the 2012 Horton Foote Prize for Promising New American Play, The Liquid Plain brings to life a group of people whose stories have been erased from history. Ito Aghayere portrays one of those people, Dembi, in this play.

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THOUGHTS: The Liquid Plain

Kristolyn Lloyd, Ito Aghayere and Michael Izquierdo (Photo: Joan Marcus)

This weekend I saw The Liquid Plain, a play by Naomi Wallace, at the Signature Theatre Off-Broadway. After attending an inspiring talk with the director, Kwame Kwei-Armah, I was eager to see this piece. Complex and thought provoking, The Liquid Plain offers a narrative based on true events. Billed as a story about 2 runaway slaves, Adjua and Dembi, on the docks of late 18th century Rhode Island, the play offers polished performances and high production values. Continue reading

TALKS: Pearl Sun on Long Story Short (Off-Broadway)

Long Story ShortProspect Theater Company’s Long Story Short shares the story of a 50-year long marriage between an Asian-American woman and a Jewish man.

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THOUGHTS: The Church of Why Not

churchofwhynotThe Church of Why Not is a new play exploring the Upper West Side and The Church of St. Paul & St. Andrew. Here Methodists, Ethiopian Evangelicals, Conservative Jews, and LGBT Christian Latinos share space with recovery programs, tutoring, activist organizations, a homeless shelter, a youth band, Pilates classes and a food pantry that feeds thousands of people.

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THEATRE TO SEE: March

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The old saying is March comes in like a lion and out like a lamb. Well, as I notice the snow falling from the sky today I hope this is true. But don’t let the winter weather keep you from having a theatrical experience! As a matter of fact, I caught a local community theatre production of Caroline, or Change. Snow or no snow, below freezing or not, it’s always nice to, safely, get out and have a cultural experience! I hope something posted in the March edition of Theatre to See will spark a fire in you to get out and enjoy the diversity that can and should exist in theatre…and maybe that spark will keep you warm if it’s still blistering cold in your neck of the woods!

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THOUGHTS: We Are Proud to Present….

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L to R: White Man (Lucas Hatton), Sarah (Megan Trout), Another Black Man (Rotimi Agbabiaka) and Black Man (David Moore) illustrate the history of the Herero under German colonial rule.
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It was only last month that I was watching a play set in India in the 1930s written by a white Brit and directed by a white American. This makes We Are Proud to Present… all the more timely.

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TALKS: Arpita Mukherjee, Co-Founder of Hypokrit Theatre Company

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Last fall, Arpita Mukherjee teamed up with Shubhra Prakash to found Hypokrit Theatre Company. Their goal is to provide minority artists with opportunities to showcase and market their work. This month, Hypokrit’s inaugural production Romeo and Juliet opened at the Access Theater in NYC. AIC spoke to Arpita about founding a theater company, Romeo and Juliet, and what’s next for Hypokrit.

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THEATRE TO SEE: February

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Welcome to February everyone! Hopefully you’re all taking time to stay warm and decompress in the midst of all the winter weather. And for those of you in warmer, sunnier climates, this is not the time to brag! To get us back into the swing of things for 2015’s theatre scene, we have a list of shows offering diverse casts, playwrights, and directors in New York City.

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TALKS: Jennifer Lim and Telly Leung on The World of Extreme Happiness at MTC (Off-Broadway)

worldofextremeArts in Color is honored to share the stories of Jennifer Lim (Sunny) and Telly Leung (Pete) of The World of Extreme Happiness as they premiere this intense and enlightening piece of theater, this month, Off-Broadway.

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THOUGHTS: X’s and O’s: A Football Love Story

XO2_lrI should preface this piece by saying that I don’t really watch football. Maybe the occasional Superbowl, but even then I’m mostly eating and socializing. But in watching X’s and O’s, it didn’t matter that I’m not a football fan. Ultimately that wasn’t really the point.

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THOUGHTS: Indian Ink at ACT

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As some of you may remember, I recently wrote about Roundabout Theatre Company’s production of Indian Ink for Arts in Color. This month, that production came to the American Conservatory Theater in San Francisco. Being the avid theatergoer that I am, I was curious to see if a change in stage and cast would alter my opinion of the production.

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TALKS: John Clarence Stewart

KindSouls3702_CEWAwarded the outstanding actor fellowship at the Kennedy Center’s American College Theater Festival in 2011 and named an actor to watch by Arts Atlanta last year as part of their “30 under 30” series, up-and-coming young performer John Clarence Stewart is currently in New York starring in the new play Kind Souls at Shetler studios. He took time out of his hectic schedule to introduce himself and his play to Arts in Color.

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