Birth Pangs and Growing Pains: Theater After COVID

No child was ever born without pain–even if the mother was anesthetized by an epidural, general anesthesia, or a fifth of Glenlivet. Theatre in 2022 and beyond will have to experience similar spasms if it is to survive and grow as a viable force in this century. Zeiders American Dream Theater in Virginia Beach, VA, […]

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Twists and Turns

Hidden Stories of American Racial Intersection History is more than recording the election of state leaders, a timeline of momentous battles, or the changing geography of civilizations. It is the story of people, of communities, of life, loss, and, hopefully, redemption. Sometimes, the important stories are lost. In the USA, many stories of our Black […]

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William Helmuth Heyen

William Helmuth Heyen is a famous American poet and editor. He was born in Brooklyn, New York, in 1940 and grew up along with his three brothers in Nesconset, Suffolk County, New York. About Heyen’s Family & Personal Life His father “Henry Jürgen Heyen,” and mother “Wilhelmine Auguste Else Wormke” were from Germany. William’s father […]

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Patti Wray’s first encounter with the story of Nat Turner was in 1968. At the age of 16, she was attending a (white) Turner family reunion in South Hampton County — which she was only interested in joining because she was allowed to drive her grandmother’s new blue Chevy convertible. While there, she discovered a […]

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Building An Audience: Conversation Starters

Conversation is Food For the Soul Building an audience requires more than spectacular promotions or finding the right mix of plays for your season. In spite of the terror that the phrase “We need to talk” arouses in couples, people thrive on conversation, on the exchange of ideas, on communicating with each other. But where […]

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Dinner Theater Fundraiser of Fanny and Manny Tie The Knot Raised $52,000

    Theatre; Just Because dinner theatre presented in partnership with and in support of Waypoints, directed by Michelle Thorne. The fundraiser in Fort McMurray, Alberta, Canada was for the Waypoints charity local women’s shelter annual fundraising event. The play ” Fanny and Manny Tie the Knot”  was written by Leslie McBlair and Published by Blue […]

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B&Bs Take the Stage – A New Marketing Tool

The main difference between a bed and breakfast and a hotel is that the owners of a B&B see their patrons as guests, while hotels may see their patrons as customers. To increase their personal appeal, a few B&B’s have added interactive murder mystery plays to their repertoire to appeal to holiday makers. From A […]

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How Drama Classes Can Help With Mental Health

Taking part in drama groups can help with feelings of depression. Theatre provides an environment to engage with others on a one-on-one basis and can be a practical way to address serious issues that society is facing such as bullying, friendship, family relationships, peer pressure, etc. Drama groups can assist with feelings of hopelessness and sadness. […]

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5 Ideas for Church Drama

“To God be the glory” is what we often say and truly, all creations belong to Him. Drama has a way of embodying the stories in the Bible in the most creative of ways. We need to witness the Words of God in new ways so that we reaffirm our commitment to His teachings. There […]

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