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    The Role of Lectors in Cuban Cigar Factories

    Until the 1920s, Cuban cigars both in Cuban and American cigar factories were hand-rolled. As workers rolled and stuffed cigars, it was common for a lector to read newspaper articles and novels aloud on the factory floor. The factory workers hired lectors—rather than factory owners—to entertain and inform them as they performed the monotonous task…

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    Gregg T. Daniel Q&A: Black History Month

    You may know Gregg T. Daniel (he/him) from his work as a director at ANW – most recently for August Wilson’s Seven Guitars from the fall. Now, you can learn about his breadth of artistry as an actor and director from working all over the country in our Q&A!  How did you get started on…

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    All’s Well That Ends Well: Too Hot to Handle?

    By Dr. Miranda Johnson-Haddad For a play that is concerned with many of the same challenges that society continues to grapple with today, William Shakespeare’s All’s Well That Ends Well is performed surprisingly seldom. Some of the hesitation may be due to the fact that the play defies easy categorization: although All’s Well follows Shakespeare’s…

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    C. Raul Espinoza Q&A: Hispanic & Latinx Heritage Month

    C. Raul Espinoza (he/him/his) is a Theatrical Marketing Specialist with nearly 20 years of experience in the live entertainment industry and is the Community Engagement Liaison for A Noise Within’s 2021-2022 season. Learn about his journey from technology to theatre marketing and community bridge building in our Q&A! How did you get started on your…

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    ANW Lobby Redesign: Q&A with Kari Kroll & Francisco Chacin

    We have re-opened our doors for the 2021-2022 fall season at A Noise Within! As patrons return to the theater, they will be greeted with a new lobby to make them feel at home, courtesy of interior designer Francisco Chacin (he/him/his) and artist Kari Kroll (she/her/hers). Lobby renovations were funded by the Ahmanson Foundation, as part…

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    The Trojan War: Fact or Fiction?

    There is little historical documentation of the ancient Greek Bronze Age, and The Iliad and The Odyssey provide some of the only written records of a Trojan War between the people of Troy and an Achaean army occurring. Because Homer’s epics provide some of the only records of the war, there is still much dispute…

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    Pride Month: Q&A with Shen Heckel

    Shen Heckel is an LA-based theatre director and jack of all trades who has worked with us on our stage as a performer in Noise Now’s TranSister Radio and the props master in Gem of the Ocean. Discover his ongoing work and how he got to where he is now. How did you get started…

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    Black History in Pasadena

    We began preparing an overview of Black history in the city of Pasadena as a part of Black History Month, but as we sought insight from local Black community leaders, we found a beauty in taking the time to hear the deeper stories and remembrances and recollections. Although February may be over, Black history is…

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    Black History Month Feature: Nancy Cheryll Davis-Bellamy

    Meet Nancy Cheryll Davis-Bellamy, Co-Founder and Artistic Producing Director of Towne Street Theatre, L.A.’s Premiere African-American Theatre Company. Discover what she calls her “creative evolution” from an actor to a director and a producer, as she brings under-recognized Black stories and characters to life on the stage. How did you get started on your artistic…

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