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Articles by Ryan Walsh

  “We are living through a time when we all have a tendency, at one level or another, to one degree or another, to shut out the negative destruction all around us,” – Emmanuel Demarcy-Mota, director of The State of Siege.     Written by Nobel Prize–winning author Albert Camus, staged by leading avant-garde French director Emmanuel Demarcy-Mota and produced by the celebrated Paris theatre company Théâtre de la Ville, The State of Siege is set to take…

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  Albert Camus penned L’État de siège (The State of Siege) almost directly in the middle of his celebrated writing career. How many works by this Nobel Prize winning author have you read? Let us know the Camus works that have stuck with you in the comments. This rare staging of Camus’ work is only in Boston for three days, so don’t miss your chance to see it! Born: November 7, 1913, in Mondovi (now Dréan),…

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  In May I found myself in Rennes, France, on the eve of that nation’s presidential election. As a part of my responsibilities at ArtsEmerson I travel to see work. As in professional sports, arts presenters call this scouting. I was there to scout the production entitled The State of Siege We had already announced we’d be including Théâtre de la Ville’s production in our season and I was there primarily to experience it live,…

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  An “Intentionally Different, Entirely ArtsEmerson” Event On October 11th, we gathered for the 2nd annual World Alive! Celebration. This year, donors came together to support the recently launched Gaining Ground Fund – a newly established resource that allows us to more readily support artists whose work reflects the African Diasporic experience in America. In keeping with the “intentionally different, entirely ArtsEmerson” ethos, the art was placed at the center of the evening. Daniel Beaty…

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  In Kiss, Chilean playwright and director Guillermo Calderón brings his masterful sensibility to an intense, tightly wound story where naiveté can turn out to be the kiss of death. The author visited the Boston rehearsals in October of 2017 to talk about this powerful new play with director David Dower. Press play to watch the whole conversation; excerpts from Calderón’s answers below.   “My way [to do this] was to make a play about…

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