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  • A Noise Within

    Noises Off Actors Dish on Their Theatrical Disasters

    Mistakes and mishaps can happen to anyone, but for actors onstage, the stakes are much higher when an entire audience has their eyes on you. The characters in Noise Off trip over themselves to put on the best performances of their lives, but, to their dismay, disaster after disaster makes their production spin out of their…

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    Langston Hughes: The Poetic Inspiration for Lorraine Hansberry

    Langston Hughes was one of the most prominent writers and thinkers of the Harlem Renaissance, a golden age of African American art in the 1920s that celebrated black life and culture through literature, music, stage performance, and visual art. Hughes’ poetry in particular was heavily influenced by jazz music, which he considered “one of the…

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    A Tale of Two Beneathas

    Following a student matinee, cast members swarm the green room as they gather their things, exchange hugs, and poke fun at each other’s expense – much like they did as an onstage family. Sarah Hollis, who plays Beneatha Younger, talks about how during a Sunday performance she forgot her shirt onstage when she left to…

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    Q&A with Noises Off Set Designer Fred Kinney

    Michael Frayn’s side-splitting, critically-acclaimed farce Noises Off is making its much-anticipated return to our stage this season, setting up for hysterical laughter, actors running amok, and drama both onstage and offstage.  To prepare for the show, we went behind the proverbial curtain to talk to Fred Kinney, ANW Resident Artist and Set Designer for our production…

  • Bridgette Ramirez

    The King and the Tennis Ball

    Did you know tennis balls can start a war? Just ask King Henry. At the beginning of Henry V, the prince of France sends Henry an insulting message via a bag of tennis balls that he is unfit to be king and is better off playing games and goofing around like he did during his youth….

  • Christine Liu

    Klint Flowers: Makeup is the most incredible accessory for storytelling

    Our spring production of Henry V shows off a side of the Warrior King never seen before – more rock-n-roll than pomp & grandeur. The grittiness of our staging comes through especially in the makeup. Klint Flowers, Wig & Makeup Design for Henry V, reveals some insights into his approach to the show, and the details that…

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    Celebrate Lorraine Hansberry for Women’s History Month

    Born Black and female on the Southside of Chicago in 1930, Lorraine Hansberry is best known for her masterpiece and first play, A Raisin in the Sun. After its opening in 1959, Hansberry was the first Black person, the fifth woman, and the youngest person ever to receive the New York Critic’s Circle Drama Desk…

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    Samantha Kofford: ‘Audiences Will Become Cognizant of What Happens After [Raisin]’

    Female directors are a rare species in Hollywood and in the theatre, but this year has repeatedly proven that women are more than capable of taking the reigns and producing a compelling story.  In the spirit of highlighting women in theatre, we sat down with Samantha Kofford, the assistant director for A Raisin in the Sun,…

  • Bridgette Ramirez

    Raisin is in Rehearsals

    First rehearsal: the moment that sets our show’s production into motion. The director, the designers, and the actors gather in one room for the first time to visualize how they want to bring the show to the stage. Everyone gets a taste of each other’s ideas and begins to connect different areas of production into…

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    Rock on to Henry V’s Playlist

    How does Resident Artist Rafael Goldstein step inside his character’s head? A rockin’ playlist. You too can gear up for Henry V  by listening to Rafael’s character playlist—a diverse collection of punk rock, hip-hop, rap, and classical symphonies that help him get in the zone for his role. “I listen to it while driving from Malibu…

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