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Medea – an Expatriate Archetype

By Daniela Lucia

Why do I love Medea so much? Maybe it is because it was the first tragedy I translated from ancient Greek when I was 15 years old, or maybe it is because I had always seen her as a very strong character. However, I fell in love with her again, in a completely new way […]

Ava DuVernay Called me Sis

By Summer Rokh

In October 2018, I got on a bus in lower Manhattan that was set to move several Background Actors ; a way for unemployed performers to get a small paycheck, to understand life on set and to get a chance to network while waiting for their big break. Working on this Netflix Docu-series “When They […]

How I Relearned to Draw and Healed my Creativity

By Val Thomas

I’ve lived most of my life considering myself not a creative person. Like anybody else, I had dabbed in photography in college, wrote a few short stories… but nothing really stuck. I always saw myself as “someone who can’t draw.” I would even laugh about it, but it didn’t bother me. There was no harm […]

Martina Potratz – an innovative theater maker

By Flo Ankah

“My first exposure to theater was experiencing a children’s version of The Magic Flute. My mum was an opera fan, and she made us listen to it at home, so we knew the story.” In Germany and Switzerland where Martina Potratz grew up, getting into a government funded ensemble was the conventional path for the […]

Falling Forward with Athena Theatre at Symphony Space

By Sherry Bokser

Athena Theatre develops off-beat, irreverent, thought-provoking and entertaining new plays that address modern issues. FALLING FORWARD: an evening of ten-minute plays by Athena Writes 2018, performed at Symphony Space on May 16, 2018, is another of Athena Theatre’s successful productions. Without being dogmatic or preachy, FALLING FORWARD’s plays broach topical issues, from guns and domestic violence […]

Personal Expression of Beauty… through Cancer

By Flo Ankah

I met Suzanne Mernyk, writer of ‘Sympathy in C’ at the Kennedy Center Playwriting Intensive 2017, led by the masterful Gary Garrison, who is nurturing a supportive community of playwrights across the country. Unlike acting, where you can choose to create discernment between your character’s circumstances and your personal life, playwriting is incredibly revealing. As […]

Two Couples on the Verge in ‘Subprime’

By Jon Hill

Beck Lee’s compelling new play effectively documents and dissects the death throes of two couples in the subprime of their lives and in doing so provides us with a disturbing roadmap to marital dissolution. The setting is a mid-town Manhattan hotel in the summer of 2008 just as the financial crisis is taking shape. Two 30-something couples from […]

Communists and Space Aliens as Metaphor in Cinema

By Jon Hill

An Homage to Paranoid Sci Fi Films of the 1950s Nowhere in all of cinema is metaphor used more brilliantly than in the sub-genre I call “paranoid Sci Fi”, and at no time was it exploited more effectively than in the decade of the 1950s. Before 1950 Science Fiction films were mostly low budget cheesy […]

My France in the Theater, and Suzanne

By Flo Ankah

Charles Aznavour is one of my favorite French lyricist. He wrote “La Bohème,” and “Je m’Voyais Déjà” about being the condition of the struggling artist. A few years ago, he put out an new album of enthralling compositions that I couldn’t stop playing. Favorites include “Je Danse Avec l’Amour” and “Le Chasseur” that evoke so much […]

This Is My Brain On Jazz

By Jon Hill

Classically trained musicians can play from printed music note for note, but take away that sheet music and they tend to be clueless. Most are perpetually baffled by how jazz musicians are able to invent musical lines in real time with nothing more than a lead sheet as a guide. The most important lesson that […]

The Question of Integrity–Life and the Movies

By Flo Ankah

Attending the TCM Classics Film Festival is like renewing your vows with… your love of cinema. Unlike any other festival I have been to, the programming is not for the filmmakers, but for the cinephiles (some of them hardcore buffs) traveling nationally and internationally. Most return year after year to discover newly restored gems and […]

What Makes A Noir Character Noirish?

By Jon Hill

What has always fascinated me about film noir characters is that they are defined not by what they are, but by what they are not: what they don’t do, what they don’t have and what they never say. There is a reason for this: censorship. During the era of Nazi terror in Europe, many film […]