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One of the oft-repeated phrases from literature is E.M. Forster’s dictum: “Only connect.” In context, Forster is talking not only about human interconnection, but the connection of human beings to art. Shakespeare Festival St. Louis takes this instruction to heart. Through its Shakespeare in the...
"Confront the dark parts of yourself, and work to banish them with illumination and forgiveness. Your willingness to wrestle with your demons will cause your angels to sing." — August Wilson Pittsburgh-born playwright August Wilson received two Pulitzer Prizes for Drama for The Piano Lesson and...
As I check in with my National Endowment for the Arts colleagues for great books to read or music to listen to during social isolation, I can’t help but feel a bit left out. After all, while one can read a book in solitude (it’s one of my favorite things to do!) or listen to music in your personal...
Remember a time when we still had live theater? Neither do we. And yet, just a few short weeks ago, Hamlet ran at St. Ann’s Warehouse in Brooklyn, with support from the National Endowment for the Arts. The titular role of the Danish king was played by Ruth Negga, who starred in the production’s...
“When I’m blazing a trail or when I’m opening a door, on the trail I leave bread crumbs for those people who are following in my wake. The doors that I opened, I leave them open for those individuals who are inspired by the work that I’ve done.” — Andre De Shields Who has left the door open for you...
"For me, finding your voice is about how you learn to address your own truth. And the more you know about yourself, the more you're able to write truthfully." — Migdalia Cruz Read our recent interview with playwright Migdalia Cruz here .
When Shakespeare was writing Romeo and Juliet , there was no way for him to know that in a few hundred years, his tragedy would become an educational resource and inspiration for millions of teachers and students, much less for youth in detention centers. Yet, that’s happening every year thanks to...
Throughout her career as a playwright, Migdalia Cruz has written over 60 plays, musicals, and operas, traveled the world, met the Dalai Lama, and earned prestigious awards such as the Kennedy Center's Fund for New American Plays Award, the Helen Merrill Distinguished Playwright Award, and two NEA...
"I think a writer is like an exile in some ways, because we look at things from the outside, from boundaries. It allows us to have certain kinds of perspectives, and not just to report on something the way that a journalist does." — Nilo Cruz Read our Art Talk with playwright Nilo Cruz here .
Three young men wearing costumes read from scripts in a gymnasium
When Shakespeare was writing Romeo and Juliet , there was no way for him to know that in a few hundred years, his tragedy would become an educational resource and...

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