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PARKING PARTNERS

Articles by Ryan Walsh

When I was a kid, my uncle used to tell my siblings and I bedtime stories. I guess he was a terrible uncle, because almost all of his stories had monsters in them. But I didn’t care; I loved going to bed scared of the night, thinking that beasts roamed the forest just outside my window.   My family had a farmhouse in the south of Chile, surrounded by mountains and rainy forest. Its isolation…

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Levitating rocks, Farkian frogs, flying dragons, space travel? ArtsEmerson is no stranger to adventure, but who could have imagined all this? If your home is like mine, you know that anything can happen when two young siblings start telling each other a story. Random acts of magic, imaginary adventures that include chupacabras and midday trav­els to outer space are completely within the realm of possibility! Lloyd Suh’s The Wong Kids in The Secret of the…

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    – In the program interview, playwright Branden Jacobs-Jenkins says, “Melodrama is always about good and evil,” and suggests that we find comfort in this familiar narrative device. How do you see this dichotomy play out elsewhere in our culture? How do we create heroes and villains?   – All the actors in An Octoroon are performing race in different ways, at different times. Have you ever felt like you’re “performing” an aspect of your…

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TOP: Tremont Street as it appeared during the ‘great blackout’ of 1965. The Saxon theater on the right is in fact the Majestic (before it became an adult theater—The Agony and the Ecstasy was a bio pic about the French sculptor Rodin); King’s Restaurant, in the Little Building, is today the site of the Emerson Police Department; the State Transportation Building is still nearly a decade in the future. BOTTOM: Tremont Street as it appears…

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