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What We're Reading: November 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!

Artist Interview: Larissa FastHorse with Tim Sanford

"I wasn’t a theater kid at all. I didn’t do theater in school, I didn’t know any plays. So when I needed to do auditions, I just wrote all my own material."

Playwright Larissa FastHorse discusses her Lakota heritage, ballet, and how she came to write The Thanksgiving Play (developed through The Lark's Playwrights' Week 2017!) now running at Playwrights Horizons.

White People Read: Reading List by Diana Oh

"As part of Clairvoyance Installation #2: White People Read, Diana Oh has curated the following list of books, with a focus on the experiences, histories, and stories of queer and trans people of color (QTPOC) and women of color. The intention of this reading list is to invite white-identifying individuals to recognize and challenge their place within structures of white dominance."

Part of Diana's season-long residency at American Repertory Theatre. Time to visit your local library!

Taking Your Child to Work, When Your Job Is Making Theater by Michael Paulson

“I feel like I had to make a very conscious decision not to pursue having a family, and for my female colleagues who have made that other choice, I don’t want them to be punished,” Ms. Silverman said. “I just tried to make it as easy as possible.”

How Director Leigh Silverman created an accommodating environment for the all female design team on Broadway's Lifespan of a Fact.

Allies, have you been called out and worked through harm you’ve caused? by Lecia Michelle

"If you’re walking around calling yourself an ally and no one has called you out; you haven’t gotten defensive or cried; you’re not constantly working through those issues; and you haven’t realized that being an ally is a lifelong commitment… you’re not an ally."

A Medium post on the ways anti-racism work will and should make white women allies uncomfortable. And an opportunity to take part in a training course to become a better ally for only $35 for two weeks.

Cast with Diverse Approaches by Janice C. Simpson

"Here are five pieces of advice to help theatre in America look more like America today (and none of them include gratuitously changing a character’s race or ethnicity or claiming there 'aren’t enough actors')."

An article from American Theatre magazine's Best Practices series.