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Chris Butler in Othello.

Imagining Othello in a contemporary US context, with director Bill Rauch and actor Chris Butler.

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Robeson is triumphant! - Howard Barnes, Herald Tribune

Finding Othello in the Harvard Theatre Collection at Houghton Library

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Creators of Miss You Like Hell Quiara Alegría Hudes and Erin McKeown.

An interview with Miss You Like Hell authors Quiara Alegría Hudes and Erin McKeown

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Patrice Naiambana and Ekow Quartey in Barber Shop Chronicles.

Finding bravado, and vulnerability, in barber shop masculinity. By Ifeoma Fafunwa.

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Maynard Eziashi in Barber Shop Chronicles.

Dr. Hakim Adi, scholar of the African Diaspora, on the histories of migration informing Barber Shop Chronicles

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Johanna Carlisle-Zepeda and Krystal Hernandez in Miss You Like Hell.

With a mix of iconoclasm and patriotism, Erin McKeown has created a unique and emblematic piece of art in the musical “Miss You Like Hell,” which follows a mother and daughter road trip and looks at the border wall that may come between them.

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At the American Repertory Theater, “Barber Shop Chronicles” celebrates the camaraderie and intimacy of black barbershops in Africa and England. On stage, the shops come alive with arguments over Nelson Mandela, soccer, family, and music. There is dancing, there are tears, there are secrets shared. Some men come in to get cuts, some are there to just be among friends.

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Ekow Quartey and Kenneth Omole in Barber Shop Chronicles.

A MUST-SEE! Deeply engaging, brilliantly performed, and wonderfully staged. A cut above. It’s hard as an audience member not to get caught up in the witty, dynamic banter.

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Master barber Issac Genty trims the beard of his son Bright, who is training to become a barber himself at Head Lines Unisex Barber Shop in Cambridge.

“Barbershops are naturally theatrical places,” [playwright Inua] Ellams says as he watches the men in Headlines talk. “They just open up to conversation — for men to hold court and talk at length about the most ridiculous, crazy stories.”

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David Webber and Mohammed Mansaray in Barber Shop Chronicles.

The banter is seemingly casual, but as the play unfolds over the course of a single day, the men discuss such issues as the relationships between fathers and sons [and] masculinity… Ellams says, “In barbershops, we can be loud and noisy. We can enjoy ourselves and express ourselves. We can be free.”

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Full-color educational magazines include arts-integrated lesson plans, reference guides, fun and informative features, and extension activities.

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