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What We're Reading: September 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!

Silos, Scarcity, and Specificity: Holding Space for Complexity After PILLOWTALK by Tanuja Jagernauth

"When the actors from PILLOWTALK took the two remaining open seats at the table, JP Moraga spoke to the power of being able to play a specific ethnicity while also endeavoring to bring every other part of themselves to the performance."

A recap of a conversation that took place at the 6th Annual Consortium of Asian American Theaters & Artists (CAATA) ConFest. (You can also check out The Lark's own Chris Reyes's account of the ConFest!)

artEquity suggested resources

"The following resources are suggestions from the artEquity staff and facilitation team, in addition to members of our alumni community. This is not an exhaustive list, and will be updated as we encounter more resources to share - we are always learning!"

A list of resources, including books and online articles, for learning more about anti-racism work.

The 2018-2019 Black-Ass-Theatre-Season in New York City by Donja R. Love

I Had Alzheimer’s. But I Wasn’t Ready to Retire. by Wendy Mitchell

"I had new challenges, but I was still a capable employee who brought, I believed, a lot to the table. Besides, I worked for a health system that prided itself on understanding a patient’s needs. But here it was forgetting to extend the same compassion to an employee."

An opinion piece in The New York Times with examples of how co-workers can support a colleague whose needs change over time.

India Overturns Colonial-Era Law

"History owes an apology to members of the community for the delay in ensuring their rights."

An AJ+ video providing info on a law, written by the British, that criminalized consensual gay sex in India. Thinking about this one particularly with The Lark's reading of Mike Lew & Rehana Lew Mirza's The Colonialism Project coming up at the end of the month!

Meet the Argentine Women Behind Ni Una Menos, the Feminist Collective Angela Davis Cites as Inspiration by Meaghan Beatley

"They began meeting at informal assemblies to discuss the most extreme manifestation of machista violence in Argentina: femicide, or the gender-based murder of women."

A look at the events and circumstances that galvanized the women of this feminist movement.

When the Invisible Illness Becomes Visible by Sara Brookner and Megan Simcox

"I'm really all about identity first language. I'm not a person with a disability. I am a disabled person... If I had a more invisible illness or was still able to work and conceal it, then I might feel differently. But it has more impact on my life than anything else."

The fifth in a series of interviews on HowlRound with theater makers who have chronic illnesses.