By Yasmin Mitchel, Associate Editor The Art Installation during #TTSREPS week was a project that the entire Grappler team was excited about. Such a display would physicalize the issues and themes we had been grappling with over fall quarter. This was also a way we could engage our community and pull from personal experiences. The... Continue Reading →
“Perhaps people will tell you that you have no way of understanding how to live in my shoes. On a certain level, I think that that is true. On another level, that should not prevent you from trying to understand.” -Phyllis Griffin Eight months ago, I was assigned to be the assistant-dramaturg for The Theatre... Continue Reading →
Graphic by Daniella Mazzio By: Mariah Schultz There are few times when as a nation we have felt guilt or remorse. One such time was the Holocaust. It’s a period of time in our history that we feel should never have happened, yet its story lingers on as one of the most frequently portrayed in... Continue Reading →
I am writing a play. I’m calling a new character I’ve just met Taza. But I cannot decipher Taza’s race. Is she Armenian? Is she Syrian? Is she Eastern European or Middle Eastern? Or a better question: is she white? Playwrights’ characters come from mysterious places. Sometimes we witness them commit acts of love... Continue Reading →
Morgan Greene (BFA Theatre Arts '15) talks with playwright Idris Goodwin about Representation in Hip Hop Theatre in relation to his essays, plays, and recent HowlRound article, "Where Broadway At?: Meditations On the Closing of the Tupac Musical." Morgan Greene: One of the questions we’ve grappled with during rehearsals for In the Heights is the responsibility... Continue Reading →
https://soundcloud.com/tts-grappler/interview-with-lisa-portes-director-of-in-the-heights Lisa Portes serves as the head of MFA Directing at The Theatre School at DePaul University, as well as the Artistic Director of Chicago Playworks. She is the director of In the Heights, which opens October 3, 2014 on the Fullerton Stage at The Theatre School.
Dylan Fahoome (Playwriting, ’16) and Morgan Greene (Theatre Arts, ’15) discuss the present condition of representation in theatre locally, both in Chicago and at The Theatre School with playwright and scholar, Jamil Khoury. Dylan Fahoome: How do you view the current state of representation in Chicago? Jamil Khoury: Chicago has certainly improved on this front,... Continue Reading →