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I wanted to open our second season with something ground-breaking and fun, and what better theatre to partner with than The Foundry out of New York. It’s called HOW MUCH IS ENOUGH: OUR VALUES IN QUESTION. And QUESTION is the central idea here – the piece is a series of questions between the company and the audience.  Together, we’ll explore fundamental concepts of value – quantitatively through our relations to money and qualitatively by asking…

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By Heidi Nelson Can you name a play in which audience members dance, turn change out of their pockets, speak truths, tell lies, weave stories about the past, and share dreams for the future? All this and more happens in the Foundry Theatre’s How Much Is Enough: Our Values in Question. Because ArtsEmerson will host The Foundry in August and September for rehearsals and the world premiere, I visited the company in New York City for…

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By Heidi Nelson Once upon a time, quirky traveling troupes with acrobats, animals and sideshows roamed the American landscape, lighting up towns and cities for brief appearances and then moving on. Then came their sleeker, more polished descendents—acrobatics shows with theatrical plots and stunning special effects. Today you can not only attend almost any kind of circus you like, you can also find the circus almost anywhere you look! First up is fashion. From steampunk…

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by Heidi Nelson From getting the creeps from crawlies to freaking about flying, fears of one kind or another are fairly common. Many celebrities even suffer from phobias. Within the ordinary spectrum, Johnny Depp is wigged out by clowns, Scarlett Johansson can’t handle cockroaches and Carmen Electra stays away from bodies of water. But the world of phobias is stranger than you might think. Billy Bob Thornton is a chromophobic—which means bright colors make him…

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As a not-for-profit organization enjoying an indirect subsidy from the government (ie: not taxed) we are obligated to provide a service to the public that would not be possible were we organized as a for-profit entity. So, what IS the service are we providing? Why does it matter, and why should we be concerned with art, anyway? Growtowski helped me sort this out.

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