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    Beyond Bah Humbug: Understanding How Social Inequity in A Christmas Carol is Part of its Enduring Appeal Today

    Charles Dickens’ timeless classic A Christmas Carol paints a portrait of Victorian England that seems to evoke a bygone era. But on closer inspection, our world today shares many of the social inequities that Dickens captured so vividly, and that he himself experienced as a child. And this portrait of social inequity and personal redemption—from its…

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    A Midsummer Night’s Dream: A Comedy of Consent, and it’s Dark Undertones

    A good portion of the American youth population came of age during many high-profile #MeToo scandals, and as a result, scores of young people are ever mindful to consider “‘the three C’s’ – consent, consent, and consent.” In the world of A Midsummer Night’s Dream the bedrock principles of consent are not just ignored but…

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    A Noise Within helps prepare the next generation of theatre-makers in the LA area

    A Noise Within (ANW) is well known for its “resident artist” program, a core group of 20+ seasoned actors and creative theatrical professionals, who are featured in nearly every show at ANW. Lesser known are the other performers who might make up any given ANW production, and the theatre company’s commitment to making connections with…

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    Guest Blogger: Introducing Melia Person, A Noise Within’s Marketing Intern

    Hello theatre lovers! My name is Melia Person, the marketing intern here at A Noise Within and I’m absolutely thrilled to be the guest blogger this month. When I embarked on this internship journey through the Los Angeles County Arts and Culture program, the inner workings of repertory theatre were a mystery to me. Despite this,…

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    On Censorship: Banned Books Thought Piece

    By Miranda Johnson-Haddad Originally published August 21, 2023 by Picture This Post For my birthday this year, my husband gave me a tee-shirt depicting a shelf of eleven banned books, their titles clearly visible on their brightly colored spines, with the caption “I’m with the banned.” The inspiration behind his gift was that one of…

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    “Why I Had to Adapt The Bluest Eye

    By Lydia R. Diamond In high school my English teacher, a brilliant woman who saw a writer in me decades before I’d see it in myself, gave me Toni Morrison’s Beloved. I read the whole thing in one sitting, and so much of it went over my head. Looking back, I realize that I protected…

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    Douglas Love-Ramos joins A Noise Within as managing director

    Following an extensive, nationwide search by Aspen Leadership Group, classical theater company A Noise Within has selected Douglas Love-Ramos to take the reins as managing director beginning August 1. “We are thrilled to have Douglas joining us as our next managing director,” said A Noise Within co-artistic directors Geoff Elliott and Julia Rodriguez-Elliott in a…

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    Q&A with Lauren Gunderson

    Hello Lauren, we are excited to welcome your work to A Noise Within. I read in an interview with you and St. Ambrose University that your theatre career began as a young actor. Was that the moment your love of theatre began? Yes! I started performing professionally in Atlanta when I was 10 and quickly…

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    Manuel Puig’s Kiss of the Spider Woman: The Gift of Storytelling

    By Dr. Miranda Johnson-Haddad, Resident Dramaturg at A Noise Within  Manuel Puig’s novel Kiss of the Spider Woman was a critical failure when it was first published in 1976. Yet it has had what one commentator (Isaac Butler, writing in The New Yorker in December 2022) has called “a remarkable afterlife.” Puig himself adapted the…

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    Q & A With Kwayi Grimstad Ndjamen

    Hi Kwayi, I saw you as Cratchit Child / Ensemble in A Christmas Carol and you were wonderful. What do you love about acting?   I really like acting because you can be someone else that’s not you. In a way, you can escape from your life and be and embody a different person with different…

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