What We're Reading: September 2020
As members of an organization that believes in the power of conversation to promote systemic change, the team here at The Lark often circulates, among 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 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!
A report compiled by the Asian American Performers Action Coallition, which tallies the ethnic make up of cast members from every Broadway show which opened in the 2017/18 season, as well as from productions at the sixteen largest non-profit theatre companies in New York City.
By Sophia Skiles
"The future cannot mean assimilating to existing structures; it means insisting on and carving out spaces that do not yet structurally exist. The future demands transformation."
A refelction on the various AAPI affinity nights that happened at New York theaters this past winter, and the lessons we can learn from them as we prepare for what theater will look like in the future.
An SDC Journal Roundtable, moderated by Taylor Barfield
Featuring Lou Bellamy, Jade King Carroll, Wardell Julius Clark, Ken-Matt Martin, Patricia McGregor, Hana S. Sharif, and Awoye Timpo
"The way I've been thinking about the question of our role as artists is that even though we can't go to a building to make theatre, we ourselves - we are still here... So much of our work is about either creatingillusion or breaking illusion, and I feel very full inside of what's possible in the moment."
Seven Black directors gather to discuss the role of theater in a time of social distancing and civil uprising, as well as what the future of our medium could and should be.
By José Solis
"The garden’s unassuming beauty was the perfect setting for Cynthia’s rite of passage, an oasis hidden in a bustling Brooklyn neighborhood. For Tsivicos and Quiroz-Vazquez, doing the show was no longer just a matter of bringing their work to a stage, it became a way to thank a neighborhood that in years past gave them a home to return to after their daily dealing with the deep inequality New York artists face."
From the new Token Theatre Friends website, a feature on the first live show staged in New York since March, and a beautiful model for creative, community-based modes of theatermaking.
By Madison Perotta
"...my approach is that, in the same way as a scientist uses different processes, to understand and to find evidence of kind of particular phenomena or kind of physical evidence in some way, what we as artists do is we use different media, but to find emotional evidence, and to find emotional kind of find something on an emotional level but can’t otherwise be seen in the everyday."
An interview with three artists in residence of Disability Arts Online, and part of a whole archive of articles from The Theatre Times on Theatre and Disability.