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    ANW Staff Update From Home

    Our staff may not be inside our building right now, but we are still working hard to bring you the delights of theatre in innovative ways! But what do we do when we’re not working from home? Today, you can discover how the members of the ANW family have been doing during the quarantine. How…

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    William Shakespeare’s Romance Plays

    Shakespeare’s canon of plays can be roughly divided into four basic genres: tragedies, comedies, histories, and romances.  Seven years after Shakespeare’s death, John Heminges and Henry Condell published the First Folio, the first published collection of Shakespeare’s plays. The official title of the First Folio printed on the title page of the collection is “Mr….

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    About Alice Author Lewis Carroll

    Learn more about the man who inspired plays, ballets, films, movies, and more with his novels Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland and Through the Looking-Glass and What Alice Found There. The following is an excerpt from our Alice in Wonderland audience guide.  Lewis Carroll was born on January 27, 1832 as Charles Lutwidge Dodgson in Daresbury,…

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    John Tenniel: The Original Alice Illustrator

    Behind the scenes, our Alice in Wonderland production team is brimming with ideas for transforming A Noise Within into the topsy-turvy world of Wonderland. Fun costumes, colorful sets, and funky effects are all in the plans for this upcoming play. So, where is the crew of Alice getting their inspiration from? According to Director Stephanie…

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    Shakespeare’s The Winter’s Tale and the Transformative Power of Theatre

    Sometimes audiences need a little extra context to fully enjoy a Shakespeare production. How can we understand the emotional stakes of Romeo and Juliet’s love without first understanding the culture they came from and the expectations for young people that came with that culture? More knowledge of the time and place for Shakespeare’s work can…

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    Insiders Recap: Buried Child

    Written by Rebecca Wilson For our final Insiders event of 2019, we were honored and excited to have Benjamin Weiss, of USC, as our speaker, and Angela Gulner, our very own Shelly, as our guest actor. The evening began as we shuffled in from the rain to the cozy confines of the conference room. Warming…

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    August Wilson’s American Century Cycle

    After the Roman Empire fell in the 600s CE, theatre all but disappeared. What was once a celebrated and communal art form in ancient Greek and Roman societies, theatrical storytelling largely fell out of practice. However, around the year 1000 CE, theatre started to make a comeback. However, the art form had changed. No longer…

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    Donor Letter: Julie Daniels

    My relationship with A Noise Within began five years ago when my daughter earned her Girl Scout Gold Award by raising funds to send sixth graders from a local arts magnet school to a production of A Christmas Carol. I still remember the joy and excitement of the students as they entered the theater –…

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    Sam Shepard’s Oresteia

    Written by Stephen Dickey “I do honor the ones that have come before me. It’s ridiculous to think that you are born out of thin air…. If you don’t honor your ancestors—in the real sense—you are committing a kind of suicide.” –Sam Shepard In a 1986 interview in Rolling Stone, Sam Shepard cited some playwrights…

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