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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 artform 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 artform had changed. No longer was theatre…

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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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    How Well Do You Know Sam Shepard?

    Whether acting on screen or writing behind the curtain, Sam Shepard brought a critically acclaimed talent and a gripping presence that has mesmerized audiences for decades. How much do you know about his life and his career? Test your knowledge!

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    Author Profile: Sam Shepard

    Sam Shepard was born on November 5, 1943 at Fort Sheridan, a military base just outside of Chicago, Illinois. Shepard’s mother, Jane Rogers, was a schoolteacher and his father, Samuel Shepard Rogers, was serving in the United States Army Air Corps during World War II. As he grew up, Shepard’s family life proved to be…

  • Bridgette Ramirez

    Theatre of the Absurd & Buried Child

    A father who doesn’t recognize his own son. Corn that grows overnight and out of nowhere. Visions of ancestors in a car windshield. The world of Sam Shepard’s Buried Child is riddled with nonsense, unreality, and bizarre events that spin the characters on their heads, with no end goal in sight – all of which…

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    “Give Me the Ocular Proof”: Doubt and Racism in Shakespeare’s Othello

    By Dr. Miranda Johnson-Haddad William Shakespeare’s Othello has long been considered to be one of the playwright’s four greatest tragedies. As is the case with virtually all of Shakespeare’s plays, the plot of Othello was not invented by Shakespeare; its source is a story written by an Italian author named Giraldi Cinthio that was published…

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    Life On Stage: Autobiographical Influence in Williams’ The Glass Menagerie

    “In my early plays I created from my family—my sister, mother, my father’s sister.” — Tennessee Williams in an interview with The New York Times in 1975 Early in his career, Tennessee Williams often looked to his family and his own life experience for writing inspiration. Indeed, Williams’ first major success, The Glass Menagerie, is…

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    Celebrate Black History Month: Ira Aldridge as Othello

    Black History Month celebrates black culture, black power, and black legacy throughout our world history, whether it be in politics or in literature or in the arts. With our production of Othello, the Shakespearean tragedy of a black male protagonist, now opening on our stage, we wanted to recognize the legacy of artists of color…

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