THOUGHTS: Bridges at the Berkeley Playhouse

A fearful Francine Williams (Janelle Lasalle) marches for freedom on Bloody Sunday in Berkeley Playhouse's World Premiere production of Bridges: A New Musical directed by Karen Altree Piemme, performing at the Julia Morgan Theater, Now – March 6, 2016. Photo by Ben Krantz Studio.

Francine Williams (Janelle Lasalle) marches for freedom on Bloody Sunday in 1965 Selma, Alabama. Photo by Ben Krantz Studio.

From now until March 6th, the Berkeley Playhouse is presenting the world premiere of Bridges, a musical by librettist Cheryl L. Davis and composer Douglas J. Cohen. Bridges is set in 1965 in Alabama during the Selma to Montgomery marches and in 2008 in the Bay Area, during a seminal election when Proposition 8 (making same-sex marriage illegal) was on the ballot and Barack Obama was in a race to become our nation’s first African American—and first biracial— president.

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NEWS: What will you find when you go ‘Into the Woods’? No people of color.

movie posterIt’s Christmas Day! In case you somehow missed it (it’d be impossible to), this means the much awaited film production of Into the Woods is now in theaters. The buzz has been on for months with new cast members, clips, songs and articles released seemingly every day. Will you be watching? While we’re happy that a big budget musical is being released for the holidays, we won’t be. Why you ask? Read on to find out more…

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