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TCG Books recently published a new collection of plays, He Brought Her Heart Back in a Box and Other Plays by Obie Award-winning playwright Adrienne Kennedy . He Brought Her Heart Back in a Box is Kennedy’s first new play in over a decade, tracing the story of an interracial love affair in the 1940s, doomed by the devastating effects of segregation. The following is an excerpt from " Unraveling the Landscape, " an interview with Adrienne Kennedy by Branden Jacobs-Jenkins, which is included in full in the book. Branden Jacobs-Jenkins: How did this play emerge? Adrienne Kennedy: I wasn’t expecting to write a play. Not in the ...
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Registration is now OPEN! In an all-virtual format, this year's Fall Forum will break tradition. Part 1, on November 11th, 2020, will convene TCG Member Theatre leaders and trustees for a one-day Summit on Governance; and Part 2, on November 12th and 13th will welcome our entire theatre field. Register Now 2020 TCG Fall Forum - Part 1 Summit on Governance November 11th will welcome TCG Member Theatre leaders ...
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Negotiations over the next federal relief package are continuing, against a backdrop of the rapidly approaching election and the Supreme Court nomination process. Congressional leadership and the White House have been locked in disagreement over the approach and overall price tag for the next COVID-19 aid package, even as essential forms of relief created under the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES Act) expire.   Despite the on-again, off-again headlines surrounding relief talks, policy leaders do continue to negotiate the fine print of possible elements of a new package, and ongoing advocacy by theatres is essential . While the House ...
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ARTSEARCH: Free and Equitable For All On September 18, 2020, TCG received a message from a group of production managers that organized around two requests: make ARTSEARCH free for all jobseekers and require job-posters to include salary ranges. We thanked the organizers for their labor and committed to making the changes. As of today, October 19, ARTSEARCH is now free for all jobseekers . Even before the pandemic, many theatre-workers faced constant economic uncertainty and precarity. Now with the devastating economic impact of COVID-19, the case for making ARTSEARCH freely accessible is even more urgent. We know the pandemic’s impact has fallen especially ...
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Theatres have rightly been focusing on how to reopen safely, how to center BIPOC artists, and how to support #GetOutTheVote efforts. With our production of ​ Fannie Lou Hamer, Speak On It! , Premiere Stages, the professional Equity theatre in residence at Kean University, is working toward all three. As an outdoor production of a one-woman show, Fannie Lou Hamer, Speak On It! is an example of how theatres can safely provide live, in-person productions that speak urgently to our current moment. Part battle cry, part spiritual, this timely and poignant play brings to life civil rights activist Fannie Lou as she leads a rally to fight for voting and racial ...
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House "Skinny" HEROES Act Provisions It has been many months since the last COVID relief package was signed into law, while the Senate, House, and White House have been in negotiations over the overall price tag and contents of a new COVID relief bill. After its initial release of the HEALS Act in July, Senate leadership released a slimmer version on September 10, and House leadership released an updated version of the HEROES Act that had originally passed the chamber in May. This new version, passed on October 1, includes several new elements that would provide relief for the nonprofit arts. The National Council of Nonprofits prepared a preliminary analysis ...
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Dancers with Las Rumberas perform in 2018 at the Missouri History Museum as part of Dance the Vote in advance of the midterm elections. Courtesy of That Uppity Theatre Company. The “Dance The Vote” campaign seeks to raise public awareness by performing dance featuring choreography and dancers on the history and significance of voting. The first Dance the Vote performance was held four years ago outside Vintage Vinyl Records in St Louis, offering non-partisan voter registration opportunities. From there, the effort expanded at the midterm elections to more than 1,000 audience members at the Missouri History Museum. When the pandemic hit and George Floyd ...
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In this time of crisis and transformation, TCG wanted to provide a more regular pulse check on some of the priority challenges and opportunities our field is facing. In support of that, we asked recipients of my Weekly Briefing--primarily TCG artistic leaders, managing leaders, and board chairs--to take a short, monthly survey. Through this survey, we hope to gain and share insights about our collective journey through the pandemic and its economic impact, through the climate crisis, and through the great work of making our field more just and equitable, led by #WeSeeYouWAT and other BIPOC organizers. 1. If your state and local governments permitted ...
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It's here! You can download the Asian American Performers Action Coalition (AAPAC) 2017-18 Visibility Report now at aapacnyc.org. Our deep thanks to AAPAC for their work in putting together this essential report. #aapacnyc #visibilit
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The  Brooklyn Book Festival, now celebrating it's 15th anniversary with an all virtual festival ,  is New York City’s largest free literary festival and connects readers with local, national and international authors and publishers during the course of a celebratory literary week. BKBF announced TCG playwright Lynn Nottage as this year’s recipient of the Best of Brooklyn (BoBi) Award . The annual award is presented to an author whose work exemplifies or speaks to the spirit of Brooklyn. Past honorees have included John Ashbery, Edwidge Danticat, Pete Hamill, N.K. Jemisin, Jonathan Lethem, Lois Lowry, James McBride, Colson Whitehead, Mo ...
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On The Inside builds a creative connection for incarcerated women, both individually and collectively. We do this by telling our stories, igniting our hearts, and sparking dialogue. Creative connection for a greater good, we create community for women on the inside and outside by breaking down the walls that keep us apart.  Due to covid-19 and the recent wildfires, our community of women at Coffee Creek Correctional Facility are in need of basic supplies. Your donations will be used to help us purchase journals, pens, and notebooks for our creative classes. Creativity keeps us alive, and it is what brings us together. During these times of isolation, we invite ...
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Ever since John O'Neal took the stage at the very first TCG National Conference in 1976 to champion the theatre of Black liberation two things in our field have been clear: one, the work of BITOC (Black, Indigenous & Theatres of Color) is vibrant and vital; and two, the underfunding of that work is a great injustice. Twenty years later, when August Wilson delivered his seminal remarks, The Ground on Which I Stand , at the 1996 Conference, that injustice had not been meaningfully addressed. In our conversations with BITOC, spanning the 2003 White Oak Retreat to our 2020 Theatres of Color Virtual Event , we've witnessed and supported powerful calls from BIPOC ...
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Penumbra Theatre artistic director Sarah Bellamy and I spoke for the first time back in late May, in the wake of the death of George Floyd. Back then she said something to me that rocked me. “There’s an immense amount to do,” Bellamy said, simultaneously speaking to the theatre community and country at large. “The stakes are incredibly high and I’m not daunted. I’m tired, but I’m not daunted.” The strength in that statement, and every word she said to me for that article , was (and honestly still is a bit) unfathomable to me. The strength of the entire Black community in the face of death after death, injustice after injustice continues to bewilder ...
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Nonprofit Resources for Voter Engagement As the election cycle accelerates, learn more about how your theatre can take action to support voter engagement! As 501(c)(3) nonprofit organizations, theatres are strictly prohibited from supporting the election or defeat of any candidate for office, but they can engage in non-partisan voter engagement activity that encourages all voters to register and participate in the election process . Nonprofits are also allowed to expend funds and take public positions on referenda, ballot initiatives, propositions, and tax levies, as long as they do not cross the line into party or candidate endorsement. Please see the ...
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Last night, I was thrilled to join #TheWholeWoman’s “Quaran-Tea ☕️ with Natalie McKenzie." The Whole Woman is a multicultural women’s wellness organization designed to inspire women. Check out our conversation below
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Me in training with Climate Reality As the Director of Conferences and Fieldwide Learning, I wanted to draw your attention to a learning opportunity: Climate Week NYC - which is underway as I write this. It kicked off with a bang yesterday when Walmart announced in the opening session that it is committing to going carbon-neutral by 2040. That's no small thing and a big signal about the direction of business commitments to tackling the climate crisis. Have you had that conversation at your organization? If not, a first step is to get educated. You don't have to be in the world of climate action to attend the events of Climate Week, and they won't ...
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Congratulations to the recipients of the 2020 Doris Duke Charitable Foundation! Each recipient receives an award of $275,000 "intended as an investment in and celebration of these artists and their ongoing contributions to the fields of contemporary dance, jazz and theater." We wanted to send special love to the theatre recipients, Michael John Garcés and Dael Orlandersmith. TCG's relationship with Michael goes back along way. He received both a TCG New Generations Grant and the  Alan Schneider Director Award. He also participated in our I AM THEATRTHEATRE campaign, with this moving memory of his work with Cornerstone Theatre: You can also read this ...
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These ways to support were originally shared as an email from Oregon Shakespeare Festival sent on September 12, 2020. WAYS TO SUPPORT THE RECOVERY EFFORT IN THE ROGUE VALLEY  The impact and losses from the ongoing Southern Oregon wildfires have been devastating. Many in the area, including OSF staff, have lost their homes and all belongings. Many more are displaced and will not be able to return home, possibly for weeks. OSF staff and resources are now focused on supporting all individuals, families, and businesses affected. Here are some ways you can help! Please consider donating, and share this information with ...
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It Can't Happen Here

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Dear Colleague, On October 13, Berkeley Rep will launch a radio play adaptation of Sinclair Lewis’s remarkably prescient and terrifying political drama IT CAN’T HAPPEN HERE. We hope you will join Roundabout Theater, South Coast Rep, Center Theater Group, La Jolla Playhouse, Seattle Rep, and Arena Stage as Broadcast Partners in sharing this recording with your audience and community at no cost . Our intention in reviving this production in its new form is to use our theatrical tools and collective reach to get out the vote! We ask nothing of you other than to promote this event to your audience and to share news of your participation with your local ...
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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE :September 10, 2020 | CONTACT : Corinna Schulenburg, cschulenburg@tcg.org, 212-609-5941 New from TCG Books : Plays for The Public by Richard Foreman NEW YORK, NY – Theatre Communications Group (TCG) is pleased to announce the publication of Plays for The Public by Richard Foreman .  “There’s an irresistible joy to reading these plays…examining them at leisure without the urgent propulsive forward movement of the theater, reveals beauties and resonances uniquely literary.” —Oskar Eustis, Artistic Director, The Public Theater, from his foreword Plays for The Public includes:  The Gods Are Pounding ...
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