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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Credit: Kevin Berne

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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Call for Actor-Musicians: Trusty Sidekick Theater Company

trusty_sidekick_logo_whiteTrusty Sidekick is specifically interested in seeing a diverse group of performers for this audition. Artists of all races, ethnicities, and ages (18+) are highly encouraged to submit.

Trusty Sidekick Theater Company seeks Actor-Musicians for an ensemble-driven new work for young audiences.  The piece will be developed in two phases starting this February, culminating in a workshop production in late April/early May 2015. The project, commissioned by Lincoln Center Education, is a multi-sensory piece of theater designed specifically for young people on the autism spectrum and their caregivers. The project is fueled by the belief that all children deserve to experience high-quality live performance.

Using Trusty Sidekick Theater Company’s innovative model for new work development, performers will be an active part of the devising process, collaborating with other theater-makers and designers.

More information on the project can be found here:

Additional Information

A stipend will be provided for each phase of development. All rehearsals and the culminating workshop production will be held at Lincoln Center. Performers from the original workshop production will be considered for casting in a full run of the piece, presented by Lincoln Center Education in the 2015-2016 season.

Audition date:

7-9pm, January 12, 2015 in Manhattan

Workshop development phases and final workshop performance commitment (Rehearsals take place weeknights and Saturday afternoons):

February 9th – February 28th, 2015

March 23rd – May 3rd, 2015


Trusty Sidekick hopes to reflect the diversity of the city of New York on stage. To that end, we are specifically interested in seeing a diverse group of performers for this audition. Artists of all races, ethnicities, and ages (18+) are highly encouraged to submit.

Actors who sing and play one or two instruments are encouraged to submit.  Artists with interest in physical and ensemble-driven theater, music, and/or puppetry are encouraged to submit.

Interested actors should submit a headshot and resume. Please also indicate availability for the audition date listed above.

Please submit all materials to by 5:00 PM on Monday, December 29, 2014.

Performers selected for audition slots will be contacted with more information by January 5, 2015.

TALKS: The Asian American Composers & Lyricists Project’s Christine Toy Johnson

symphonyspace_460x285The Asian American Composers and Lyricists Project and ReImagined World Entertainment will present “Arriving In Asian America,” a song cycle collectively written by members of the project with original words and music by Adam Gwon, Timothy Huang, Christine Toy Johnson, Ming Aldrich-Gan, Hyeyoung Kim (with Michael Cooper), Leon Ko, Robert Lee, Yoonmi Lee (with Gaby Gold), Yan Li, Jason Ma, J. Oconer Navarro, Kamala Sankaram, Tidtaya Sinutoke (with Ty Defoe) and Jeff Tang. Directed by Dax Valdes. We spoke with Christine about what to expect and why she’s passionate about #DiversityOnStage.

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THOUGHTS: Disgraced

disgracedposterWhat happens when you distance yourself from your cultural roots in order to move up the corporate ladder? What is lost? And what is merely hidden, just below the surface, waiting until that moment (probably after one too many drinks) when you just can’t take it anymore? This is the premise of Disgraced, Ayad Akhtar’s Pulitzer Prize-winning play that recently opened on Broadway.

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sideshowHad Daisy and Violet Hilton (Emily Padgett and Erin Davie), conjoined twins fused at the pelvis, been born today, they would have been separated soon after birth and gone on to lead separate lives. But in the early 1900s medicine had not advanced that far, so instead they became a sideshow act and eventually landed in vaudeville.

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THOUGHTS: Our Lady of Kibeho

ourladykibehoOur Lady of Kibeho, a new play at the Signature Theatre by playwright Katori Hall, tells the story of three young Rwandan women at the all-women’s Kibeho College and their visions of the Virgin Mary in the early 1980s. A priest in the play remarks that Rwanda is where God goes on vacation— and in keeping with this, Our Lady of Kibeho is a visually stunning production.

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lostlakeposterLost Lake starts with a premise that might be familiar to anyone who has dabbled with renting through the likes of Craigslist or AirBnB: Big city nurse and mother-of-two Veronica responds to a by-owner listing for a lake house rental, with plans for an affordable family vacation. Wise enough to visit before putting money down, she discovers that the homeowner, Hogan, who seems about as dilapidated as the house itself, will be renting his primary living space to her for the week while he is staying with family who live in town—the rental is a way to pick up some needed extra cash. He promises to have the place fixed up and cleared out by the time she comes back. With limited options, she agrees.

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TALKS: Chairs and Long Table’s Jeena Yi

Photo Credit: Matthew Dunivan

Photo Credit: Matthew Dunivan

One of the reasons I love being apart of Arts in Color is seeing the successes of of up and comers and recent grads. We’ve been really fortunate to feature many students of color who are now makin’ it here in NYC, being apart of this crazy thing that we all love-theater! One of those recent grads is Columbia Alum Jeena Yi! Check out what she had to say about her most recent role in Ma-Yi Theater Company’s Chairs and a Long Table!

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TALKS: Indian Ink’s Bhavesh Patel


Bhavesh Patel/Credit: Deborah Lopez

Bhavesh Patel’s star has been on the rise. You might remember him from War Horse at Lincoln Center. Or maybe you recognize him from one of the numerous guest spots he’s done over the past few years, including Elementary, Blue Bloods, White Collar, and The Good Wife. This month he can be seen in Roundabout Theatre Company’s production of Indian Ink. Read on to find out more about the show, acting with the great Rosemary Harris, and what Bhavesh’s parents thought of him becoming an actor.

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