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PARKING PARTNERS

Polly Carl

I write this note the day after President Obama’s historic visit to Cuba, and a day after the Arizona primary where a candidate who supports building a wall to stop immigration won the majority of votes. As theatre makers living in a cultural moment of demographic shifts that expand the definition of what it means to be an American in complex and exciting ways, we think about the role of stories in bringing us towards a…

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Historia de Amor translates to “Love Story.” Yet, there’s nothing sentimental or romantic about this production that comes from Santiago, Chile. Rather, it’s a dark story of obsession and delusion, created by a group of artists who deeply challenge our understanding of the word love and the relationships of power intertwined inside of love’s definition.     We’ve had extensive internal dialogue at ArtsEmerson about why we think it is important to bring this complicated…

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“The child intuitively comprehends that although these stories are unreal, they are not untrue…” —Bruno Bettelheim, The Uses of Enchantment: The Meaning and Importance of Fairy Tales When I met the members of PigPen Theatre Co., I was completely enchanted. Before me was a group of young men who had met their first week of freshman year in college. I imagined them sitting cramped in some tiny freshman dorm room, telling stories from way back…

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Sometimes in all of the crazy coming and going of artists at ArtsEmerson we find themes that crossover multiple productions. This spring we have two one-woman shows that lend themselves to an interesting conversation. The day after The Wholehearted closed as Sontag: Reborn appeared on the horizon, Polly Carl, Director/Editor of HowlRound, held a conversation between Suli Holum (The Wholehearted) and Moe Angelos (Sontag: Reborn) about finding their characters and creating worlds around them.  Polly: Suli, you…

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