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Jagged Little Pill tells an original story inspired by the themes and emotions laid bare in Alanis Morissette's Grammy Award-winning album that introduced beloved anthems, including "Ironic," "You Oughta Know," and "Hand In My Pocket." It follows a family grappling with uncomfortable truths about many of the urgent issues deeply affecting our communities and our world today.
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Alanis Morissette‘s highly anticipated musical, Jagged Little Pill, premieres onstage at the American Repertory Theater in Cambridge, Massachusetts on May 5 and the singer-songwriter can’t help but show off her excitement.
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As an extension of his semi-retired show, Self-Portrait as an Opera is “part satire, part self-portrait and part aesthetic exorcism,” Keckler has said, and while it has autobiographical elements, it also explores how different kinds of media and art relate.
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“I felt like so many of the examples of art that was held out to me as something I should work toward did not reflect my experience. It did not reflect my family as people of color, as immigrants, as people who grew up poor, as women. It really forced me to acknowledge that my education was missing and there was a lack of theater, of narrative, that reflected my experience, and therefore the experience of a lot of people who looked like me,” she says. “I decided that if I’m going to change the landscape I may as well start with where I started, which is my family.”
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Theatre-goers will see violence and trauma in Porkalob’s family history, but they will also find joy, resilience, desire, love, hate, redemption.
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We chatted with Pittman about everything from her recent work on the upcoming second season of Marvel’s Luke Cage series on Netflix, to what it means to talk race in Boston. 
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Ever since Alanis Morissette’s blistering song “You Oughta Know” from Jagged Little Pill first hit the airwaves in 1995, music has never been the same. Now, the American Repertory Theater is gearing up to expand the scope of the iconic album with a world premiere musical adaptation, directed by Diane Paulus and with the book written by Academy Award-winning writer Diablo Cody. We chatted with Cody about what you oughta know before the musical’s premiere on May 5 at the Loeb Drama Center.
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Pill deals with themes more complex than traditional musical fare -- “It’s about swallowing hard truths and being happier choosing to face reality,” says book writer Diablo Cody.
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"In The White Card," said Jared, "Rankine deals us an engrossing, dispiriting and raw examination of the fault lines between the races. The confrontations onstage are likely to land in our own conscious leaving much to reconcile. It’s not often that theater, as a looking glass, is this crystal clear."
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Claudia Rankine’s play is particularly poignant in the Boston setting. The A.R.T. and ArtsEmerson audiences are primarily white. The house lights are kept on throughout the show because the audience is a crucial part of the performance. The White Card holds a mirror up to its patrons and asks, ‘Is this you?’
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