The Flip Side is a weekly roundup of the week’s most interesting theatre stories from outside of Toronto.
“In a decaying society, art, if it is truthful, must also reflect decay. And unless it wants to break faith with its social function, art must show the world as changeable. And help to change it.”
– Ernst Fischer
In keeping with this idea, gun control is the focus of two new plays. May they offer insight, spark thought, ignite conversation, and pave the way for change.
- In Philadelphia, the New City Stage Production premieres Roseburg
In other news…
- Two other Hamilton sensations, Daveed Diggs and Leslie Odom Jr., are also embarking on new projects. The New York Times writes a great profile.
- In honour of his final performance, Playbill sat down with Miranda and his father Luis to chat about where it all began.
- It’s the end of an era. Hamilton creator/star/God(?) Lin-Manuel Miranda took his final bow last night as the “founding father without a father.” What comes next?
- Disabled actors speak to The New York Times about what it means to be disabled and what they want – what they know they deserve – in terms of opportunity.
- When done right, a poster for a play is more than an advertisement; it’s a thing of beauty, a spark for thought and conversation. It’s a work of art. Erik Piepenburg for The New York Times gives a glimpse into the design process of the poster for the current Chicago revival of Death & Harry Houdini.
- I’m sorry, but why would anyone “hate-watch” The Sound of Music? There’s literally not one thing to hate about it. I also learned from this article that She Loves Me was the first Broadway show to be live-streamed to audiences!
- After lengthy and costly efforts to secure visas for the actors involved, Queen of Syria, a re-working of Euripides’ The Trojan Woman in which Syrian refugees share their experiences, begins its UK tour.
- Finally, a very cool new collaboration between Selfridges and The Royal Academy of Dramatic Art will offer London-based shoppers the unique opportunity to watch a new production of Shakespeare’s As You Like It be rehearsed and performed.