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Making a space for myself in the world of theater, and building a sustained career in it, was an all-consuming effort that lasted the better part of 20 years. I couldn’t afford graduate school or to gain experience via low pay, or unpaid, internships. I had day jobs and side hustles, paying my bills with jobs bartending and data management consulting. I didn’t have a steady paycheck in the theater until I was 40. I…

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  “It lit a fire in me. I had no idea just how Draconian, and racially biased, and how people are profitting from people being behind bars. So I took this information back to my class and started incorporating it into the poetry as best as I could.” – Liza Jessie Peterson on first learning about the term ‘Prison Industrial Complex’   As a playwright, actor, activist, and educator, Liza Jessie Peterson’s ability to create performance…

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Live from the Dead Centre Rehearsal room: Hamnet vs. Hamnet, currently tied at 6-6. In Hamnet, a tour-de-force performance from a young actor confronts what it means—and what it costs—to be great, and how living in the shadow of that greatness can keep one in the dark. During the course of the play, a singular young performer is in complete command of the audience eliciting laughter one moment and deep reflection in the next. The…

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  What do you think of when you hear the term “historical fiction”? While the word fiction is, in its strictest definition, a reference to literature, the term has expanded to include film, television, and yes, stage productions too. Historic Fiction is an invented story set against a factual backdrop of a time and place in the past, where true details from the setting are used to bolster and and play off of the fictional…

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  “Innovative and challenging productions have made ArtsEmerson…an indispensable force on the performing arts landscape” – The Boston Globe We hope you are enjoying the final weeks of summer! The 2018/19 ArtsEmerson Season—our ninth—will begin in just a month’s time. We are so proud to share this lineup of artists that will deliver another year of bold ideas, big laughs, staggering beauty and courageous conversations. There’s never been a better time to plan your time with us for…

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