Commentary: Not All Great Works Stay Great, In Text Or Performance

  • October 20th, 2014

As headlines go, “A challenge for the arts: Stop sanitizing and show the great works as they were created” embodies what many of us were taught in school about the well-made essay: tell people what you’re going to tell them, offer support for your thesis, then tell them what you’ve told them. Unlike many instances…

Disability and The Return of “Freak”

  • September 26th, 2014

I anticipate that this October will be the month of “freak,” and not because of Halloween. Though that won’t help. Because the media can’t resist trend stories, and any three or more items with a common link can constitute a trend, the confluence of the AMC series Freakshow; the new season of American Horror Story,…

Commentary: A “Switched” OTP – Why I’m Rooting For Daphne and Campbell

  • January 27th, 2014

By Monterey Buchanan I don’t normally get that worked up about TV couples.  Once you watch a few shows you realize that certain couples are going to be together in the end, and anyone standing in the way of that won’t last long: Lizzie and Gordo, Jim and Pam, Ross and Rachel; Ryan Murphy even…

Oscar Winner James Earl Jones Receives the Inclusion in the Arts ‘Champion of Diversity Award’

  • July 15th, 2013

Linda Earle, President of Inclusion in the Arts, Honoree James Earl Jones, Host Loreen Arbus & Presenter Courtney B. Vance. Congratulations to James Earl Jones, the true Alpha Dog. What is an “alpha dog?” By definition, an alpha dog is someone who is seen as brave, confident, strong and successful in his or her own right….

Courtney B. Vance presents James Earl Jones with Inclusion in the Arts’ Champion of Diversity Award July 9, 2013

  • July 11th, 2013

James Earl Jones (l), Courtney B. Vance (r) Photo by Ric Kallaher  (New York, New York, July 11, 2013) – Inclusion in the Arts’ Champion of Diversity award was presented Tuesday, November 9, to JAMES EARL JONES at the home of host Loreen Arbus in New York City At a ceremony presented by Inclusion in the Arts…

Backstage Experts “3 Things Actors Should Know About Race on Stage” by Harvey Young

  • June 18th, 2013

On occasion, someone—usually a friend in the arts—will tell me, “I don’t see race.” It’s a well-meaning comment expressing, perhaps, a commitment to seeing people as individuals and not as stereotypes. Of course, it is almost impossible not to “see race” in the performing arts. The centrality of vision in theater structures almost every aspect… “THE PENALTY” Q&A preview with Artistic Director, Actor & Producer Gregg Mozgala

  • June 11th, 2013

What is your show about? Inspired by the 1920 Lon Chaney silent film of the same name, The Penalty is the story of a legless criminal who has sworn revenge on the doctor who wrongfully amputated his legs as a child. When did you know you wanted to work in the theater, and why? The…

Push Girls, Ironside & My Gimpy Life

  • May 31st, 2013

Images of people with disabilities are finally starting to appear on regularly scheduled television shows. First, The Sundance Channel launched “Push Girls.” This docudrama is about four ladies who are wheelchair-users that live in LA–portrayed by actresses with authentic disabilities. Then there is NBC’s “Ironside,” which is about a disabled police officer. Yet, Blair Underwood,…

New selection process for Kennedy Center Honors is announced

  • May 20th, 2013

The Kennedy Center announced Thursday revisions to the selection process for the annual Kennedy Center Honors after a seven-month internal review of how artists are chosen for the annual awards ceremony. The Kennedy Center hopes to bring greater transparency to a selection process that has been largely opaque in past years. Last year, some national…

Join Washington National Opera for M&M’S® Opera in the Outfield at Nationals Park!

  • May 9th, 2013

This is a “First” !!!  The live broadcast will be shown on the jumbotron that usually serves as a scoreboard during a game.  The Captioning will be showing right up there on the jumbotron!!!!!! You’ll be able to see it from any seat in the stadium or in the outfield (where many people sit to…