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Articles by Polly Carl

I so admire An Octoroon because it directly questions theatre’s relevance inside the very dialogue of the characters while us giving us a fresh and challenging take on the history of race and racism in America. It does this by reclaiming and reinventing the theatrical form of melodrama. Melodrama, an art form that is gaining tremendous popularity in the last few years with the rise of Shonda Rhimes’ well-received television shows Grey’s Anatomy, Scandal, and…

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Not too long ago, there was a big to-do in New York when an audience member at a performance went onto the stage right before the show started to plug his cell phone into an outlet on the set (the outlet was fake of course, a part of the set). This led to a heated conversation about the relationship between technology and art, between artist and audience. Is the theatre a place sacred from an…

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  When David Dower and I met in 2002 we were both running play development organizations—David in San Francisco and me in Minneapolis. We met at a conference focused on developing new works for the stage—what we both did for a living—and we immediately connected over a sense of shared values. David and I bonded instantly over concerns about how to properly care for our artists behind those new works, most of whom were underpaid,…

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“The child intuitively comprehends that although these stories are unreal, they are not untrue…” —Bruno Bettelheim, The Uses of Enchantment: The Meaning and Importance of Fairy Tales When I met the members of PigPen Theatre Co., I was completely enchanted. Before me was a group of young men who had met their first week of freshman year in college. I imagined them sitting cramped in some tiny freshman dorm room, telling stories from way back…

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This past summer I decided to face my addiction, one that had managed incrementally to keep me unfocused, missing parts of important conversations, and distracting me from fully attending to the wonderful people in my life…in real time. I gave up looking at my iPhone every three minutes—checking my email, my Facebook page, my Twitter feed, and latest updates from The New York Times. I quit cold turkey after getting some advice from a neuropsychologist…

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