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Shakespeare’s Measure for Measure is often described as one of the playwright’s “problem plays,” shifting between lewd comedy and moral drama with halting transitions. It often leaves audiences confused as to whether they should discreetly chuckle alongside the baseless clowns or hold their breath fearfully during Isabella’s tumultuous attempts to save her brother. Measure for Measure was written between 1603 and 1604, classified initially as a comedy. However, the production history exemplifies the complicated nature…

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  The Guardian noticed it in 2008: “Recently, I’ve seen a lot of shows which make inspired use of projection, AV, techniques and tricks filched from film and TV, pushing the limits of what’s possible on stage while never letting you forget you’re in a theatre.” In ArtsEmerson’s eight-year history, these kind of technological marvels have always found a place in each of our seasons. Perhaps you recall being wowed by Ada/Ava, Historia de Amor, The Old…

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All of us here at ArtsEmerson are honored to be selected as recipients of a “You Rock” award at this year’s Roxbury Rocks event. The awards will be distributed during the festival, at approximately 2:30PM. More on this fantastic community event below: Roxbury Community College invites all to attend this year’s Roxbury Rocks! Whether it’s through the music of this year’s exciting line up or one of the many fun activities for kids, the 4th…

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Last summer, ArtsEmerson partnered with Malia Lazu at Epicenter Community to produce New England’s inaugural Fashion Accessibility Project to a sold out audience in the Jackie Liebergott Black Box at the Emerson Paramount Center. Local fashion designers were paired with individuals with disabilities to collaborate on custom made garments that would suit the client’s needs, but also allow them to still embrace fashion as a creative part of their identity. Often beauty and function are…

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  ArtsEmerson’s Audience Development Manager Akiba Abaka was in a taxi over a decade ago when she had a revelation about the theatre. The driver asked her if she had read the most recent Oprah Winfrey book-club selection. She was not used to receiving book recommendations from strangers, but Oprah had somehow cracked the code, sending over fifty books straight to the best-seller list and inspiring people of all backgrounds to be mavens for the…

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