Sheryl Lee Ralph: Redefining “diva” to empower other women Original DREAMGIRL continues to give back to community in more ways than one By D. Kevin McNeir Standing before a packed audience anxious to hear about the significant role that women have played in America’s history, Sheryl Lee Ralph, the consummate show business professional, most notably […]
Jazz in the Gardens combines best of R&B, jazz and hip-hop By D. Kevin McNeir Last spring, more than 63,000 fans enjoyed the tropical temperatures of Miami Gardens, the city that is also the home of the Miami Dolphins, for what has become one of the nation’s most highly-anticipated music extravaganzas, Jazz in the Gardens. And […]
For some reaching the 50-year milestone means putting the agenda on cruise control, resting on one’s laurels and preparing for entrance into the fall and winter seasons of life. But for the Alvin Ailey American Dance Company, under the leadership of third-year Artistic Director Robert Battle, five-plus decades of dance means pushing the button and expanding a highly-celebrated repertoire.
The creation of theater can be a formidable undertaking, with challenges great and small, as cast and production team work to bring an artistic vision to life on the stage. It’s often a transformative process, with everyone discovering–or rediscovering–all kinds of things about themselves and their work. Cybersex: The Play, a profoundly psychological play written, […]
Fernando Anuang’a is part of a new generation of Kenyan contemporary choreographers evolving international interest in African dance and culture. During the course of his 20 year dance career, Anuang’a, a Maasai dancer from Kenya has created some of the most progressive, influential and powerful African choreography.
What happens when a white, married-with-kids middle-aged, wealthy law firm partner from Manhattan’s ritzy Park Avenue finds his true self falling in love with a gay-for-pay stripper from the South Bronx? That’s the provocative question asked by Alan Baxter‘s critically-acclaimed stage play, Juan And Emmett. By Nathan James The culture-clashing, sexually-challenging psychological drama has Emmett […]
When then-President Bill Clinton attempted to make changes to the centuries-old ban on gays and lesbians serving in the military, the law that resulted continued the prohibition, but ostensibly permitted closeted individuals to serve, provided no one knew about it. The military wasn’t supposed to pry, and servicemen weren’t supposed to reveal their sexual orientation. […]
Owen Maseko. Credit: Busani Bafana/IPS BULAWAYO – That citizens cannot enjoy democracy if they are ruled by an undemocratic party is the warning that got Cont Mhlanga’s play “Members” banned from theatre stages in Zimbabwe in 1985. By Busani Bafana Owen Maseko’s art is provocative and political. A 2012 painting of a bespectacled man emerging […]
The trial of Bolshoi ballet dancer Pavel Dmitrichenko over an acid attack on the company’s artistic director has opened and been adjourned. Sulphuric acid was thrown at Sergei Filin outside his Moscow flat in January, badly damaging his eyesight. Mr Dmitrichenko denies arranging the attack. If convicted, he could face 12 years in jail. Two […]
CHERRY LANE THEATRE AND RATTLESTICK PLAYWRIGHTS THEATER TO PRESENT THE WORLD PREMIERE OF PULITZER PRIZE WINNER CHARLES FULLER’S ONE NIGHT… BEGINNING OCTOBER 17 AT CHERRY LANE THEATRE OPENING SET FOR WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 30 Cherry Lane Theatre Artistic Director Angelina Fiordellisi and Rattlestick Playwrights Theater Artistic Director David Van Asselt and Managing Director Brian […]