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What We're Reading: March 2018

What We're Reading
A stack of theater magazines and printed articles with post it notes marking specific pages sits on a wood surface. The most prominent is a book titled "theatre journal" and the cover features a woman singing into a microphone.

As members of an organization that believes in the power of conversation to promote systemic change, the team here at The Lark often circulates, amongst 
ourselves, anecdotes and emails about materials we've read lately that have moved us. In accordance with our commitment to the amplification of necessary voices that reflect the world we live in, this new, monthly post compiles some of the media we have been tuned in to, to share with our wider community. We know these are only a sampling of all the insightful work out there, so if we missed anything that had an impact on you this month, we encourage you to share in the comments section!

Decolonization Reading List by Team Indigenous Roller Derby

"Historical documents are the basis of much of our understanding of history, but... Records can sometimes be distorted depending on the circumstances of the person, the time of writing, and the reasons for recording. There are too many silent voices that somehow have to be included in the equation. A good example of that is the Aboriginal voice." -from Price Paid by Bev Sellers

Texts to help readers learn more about topics pertaining to the decolonization of Turtle Island.

What Shakespeare can teach us about PTSD from Things That Go Boom, a podcast from PRI and Inkstick Media

"Strikes for peace are useless, riots even make things worse,
Books and speeches do no good, and warriors simply won't converse.
But wars would end tomorrow, if countries, every one,
Would appoint to head their armies, cowardly mothers with only one son."

Stephan Wolfert tells host Laicie Heeley about his experiences running
De-Cruit, and organization that treats trauma in veterans through Shakespeare.

The Borders of Our Lives by Marsha Norman

"I saw so much value and dignity in my own life and in the lives of women around me. What are the bigger forces that are keeping us silent?"

Playwright Hillary Bettis discusses the process of writing her play The Ghosts of Lote Bravo (developed in The Lark's Playwrights' Week 2015) which follows women experiencing violence and exploitation in a border town maquiladora, and why she fights to bring the public's attention to their lives.

Lots of stuff on RaceBaitR

"In media, light-skinned Black women are usually depicted as sexually desirable without having any expectation for humor. Dark-skinned Black women, however, are expected to be this caricature of comedy..." -from How Anti-Black Colorism Forces Dark-Skinned Black Women to be Nothing More than 'Funny'

​Hari Ziyad, who recently participated in The Lark's In the Middle post-show panel discussion on Queerness in the Black Lives Matter movement, serves as Editor-in-Chief of this platform that explores the various ways race is expressed and defined.

Are you surprised that the young leaders of the Never Again movement are theatre kids? I’m not. by Stephen Sachs

"A theatre class is more than an artistic distraction for students. It can serve as a lightning rod of empowerment for young people. For many teens, the experience of standing in a spotlight on a stage in a play or musical,  galvanizing the attention of adults in the  audience, is the first time a young person discovers that what they say matters."

The Co-Artistic Director of The Fountain Theatre on why it makes perfect sense that drama kids became activists.

Woman behind 'inclusion rider' explains Frances McDormand's Oscar speech by 
Martin Belam and Sam Levin

"An 'inclusion rider' is a clause that an actor can insist be inserted in their contract that requires cast and crew on a film to meet a certain level of diversity. The concept was explored in a TED talk in 2016 by Stacy Smith, founder of the Annenberg Inclusion Initiative at the University of Southern California."

A feature in The Guardian explains what an inclusion rider is, and how it could be integral to improving diversity in Hollywood.