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By Alyssa Mulligan Drawing inspiration from the Harlem Renaissance, blues and hip-hop music, spoken word cannot be simply defined: which suits this performance art and its fellow artists just fine, thank you.This lack of formal rules enables spoken word artists to experiment with structure, words and rhythm to provide social commentary on current events.  Spoken word became popular in the 1960s with The Last Poets, an underground African-American community that sprung from the Civil Rights…

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By Corrie Glanville Born to a poor cobbler in the slums of Odense, Denmark in 1805, Hans Christian Andersen became one of the most popular authors of his time. While his first ambition was to act, Andersen struggled in the theatre. He began writing in his 20s, but did not achieve success with his beloved fairy tales until his 40s. Many critics cite Andersen as a true innovator; he broke with literary tradition by utilizing…

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ArtsEmerson’s Dramaturgy and Outreach Fellow Sara Bookin-Weiner talks to Universes’ dramaturg Morgan Jenness about Ameriville, playing at the Paramount Center Mainstage, March 13-18. SBW: How did Universes develop Ameriville? MJ: The project started with Universes in residency in New Orleans interviewing dozens and dozens of people who had been affected by the events around Hurricane Katrina…and then writing short pieces incorporating these thoughts, as well as their own individual observations. At some point Chay Yew…

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In anticipation of Ameriville, Emerson professor Magda Romanska talks to Jed Horne, an award-winning writer and journalist and the author of Breach of Faith: Hurricane Katrina and the Near Death of a Great American City, published by Random House. As an editor of New Orleans’ daily newspaper, The Times-Picayune, Jed Horne has had a front-row seat on the unfolding drama of the city’s collapse into chaos and its continuing struggle to survive. The Times-Picayune was…

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