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“Kiss begins on a set. In all of Guillermo’s plays he’s playing on our willingness to suspend our disbelief. Guillermo Calderón grew up in the Pinochet era in Chile. He knows, firsthand, the calamity that lurks in the shadows where empathy has failed and the dangers of comfortably distancing ourselves from the problems of others. Through his young, earnest, committed protagonists he calls us all to mind that gap. What will it take to truly…

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  I believe in the magic of theatre. I trust its power to whisk us past the limits of our intellect and our lived experience, to get us out of our heads by entering us through our hearts. I have experienced its capacity to reveal the familiar in the foreign and close the distance between me and you. And I know its capacity to disrupt my settled sense of the world and my place in…

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  Reversible is the fifth title to appear in ArtsEmerson’s seasons from The 7 Fingers (or, Les 7 doigts, as they are known in their home city of Montreal). We always look forward to their return. This is a collaboration that fully expresses the mission and vision of ArtsEmerson. We imagine a thriving world, powered by empathy, ignited by art. We aim to contribute to the emergence of that vision by putting the world on…

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Reversible is a show about family, generations and the movement of time. With every 7 Fingers show there is an animating question or idea around which its directors build the evening. In this case, director Gypsy Snider asked her young company to interview their own grandparents, collecting stories about their lives at the age the performers were now. What shaped them? What haunted them? What brought them joy? My grandparents are long gone. And now…

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One of my all time favorite vocal performances is Luther Vandross’s version of the Burt Bacharach/Hal David classic “A House is not a Home.” I know. That dates me. But if you haven’t ever seen it, do yourself a favor and watch him as he serenades a delighted Dionne Warwick during the NAACP Image Awards. The energy moving between the crooner on stage and the diva in the audience is so beautiful, true, and filled with joy that it looks…

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