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Happy Birthday, Alice Childress!

Today we’re celebrating Alice Childress’ birthday and her legacy as the only Black woman to have written, produced, and published plays across four decades. Production still from the original off-Broadway production of “Trouble in Mind,” 1955. Playwright Alice Childress. Alice Childress was born on October 12, 1916 (although this year varies depending on the source) in Charleston, S.C., and died August 14, 1994 in New York City. She grew up in Harlem, where she acted ...
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In Conversation with CAMPAIGNS, INC.

During early performances of Campaigns, Inc., director Nick Bowling (NB) took some time with playwright Will Allan (WA) to learn more about his inspirations for writing the play, what has made this process so exciting, and the all too real connections to our world today. ...
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The Limits of Humanity

A History of the American Freak Show This was a marvelous diversion. I’ve always adored carnivals and freak shows. – Atung as Andrew Jackson, The Chinese Lady While Afong Moy may have been the first Asian woman to immigrate to the United States, she was far from ...
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The Chinese Lady: Take Action

But if we take the time to really look at each other. To really look at each other. Then we might see, through all that vastness and variance, something true and real and wonderful.  — The Chinese Lady Transformation takes time and requires purposeful and ...
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Your CAMPAIGNS, INC. Reading List

Looking for your next read? Complement our Campaigns, Inc. public programs with this book list, curated and described by playwright Will Allan. The Lie Factory Jill Lepore “The Lie Factory is the piece that started it all for me. A filmmaker friend of mine, Gregory ...
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Your RELENTLESS Watch List

Looking for your next binge watch? Complement our Relentless public programs with this recommended media list, curated by playwright Tyla Abercrumbie and compiled with commentary by dramaturg Katie Jacobsen.  Beah Richards: A Black Woman Speaks on White Womanhood Actress, poet, and political activist Beah Richards recites her famous poem “A Black Woman Speaks on White Womanhood, of White Supremacy, of Peace.” This performance and poem draws upon the racialized, gendered, and sexualized co-existence of race ...
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Your RELENTLESS Reading List

Looking for your next read? Complement our Relentless public programs with this book list, curated by playwright Tyla Abercrumbie and compiled with commentary by dramaturg Katie Jacobsen. They Were Her Property Stephanie E. Jones-Rogers Stephanie Jones-Rodgers pens an important and bold argument, bringing to light ...
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Recommendations to raise a glass to RELENTLESS!

In honor of Relentless and its character Franklin (a winemaker), TimeLine partnered with Lakeview East’s BottlesUp! for a super fun Take Home Wine Tasting! (Weren’t able to join us? You can still learn about the featured wines through this video of the Zoom gathering!). Now, raise ...
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“It’s Dinner and a Play”

During our interview with To Master the Art playwright Doug Frew and playwright and director William Brown, Bill mentioned Doug had been embracing an old tradition to pass quarantine: the classic dinner and a movie. With a group of friends, each week someone picked a ...
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History: It’s complicated

When I tell new friends or extended family that I’m a history PhD, they unfailingly ask: “So do you love Downton Abbey?” or “What do you think of Hamilton?” You’re a historian, so you must like historical drama. I mean, obviously! The “Oslo” dramaturgy team ...
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