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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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    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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    Remember the Time: Radio Golf’s Message of Remembrance

    August Wilson’s Radio Golf is a riveting drama with moments of belly-aching humor as Pittsburgh’s first Black mayoral candidate, Harmond Wilks, must choose between personal ambition and communal progress. In addition to the role of director, Gregg has taken on the role of teacher in the rehearsal room. When asked about his vision for the…

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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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