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House of Dinah: Dinah Washington Nov 26, 2016



Legendary singer Dinah Washington plays a huge role in HOUSE OF DINAH. Born Ruth Lee Jones in 1924, she was am extremely versatile artist, equally at ease singing jazz, blues, R&B, and pop music. Washington gave herself the well-deserved title "Queen of the Blues." She lived an astoundingly full and turbulent life, dying tragically young at age 39. 

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Let Me Try to Say IT’S NOT TOO LATE Nov 19, 2016

I just got home from watching Markeith Wiley’s IT’S NOT TOO LATE and my mind is swimming with reactions to the show and to the post-show Q&A—

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“Wokeness” especially in light of the recent election results is of a fashion at this point—a moral imperative as performance. Ally theatre. A safety-pin. A t-shirt. A tote-bag.  All signals that are meant to convey: I will not laugh at the wrong jokes. I will not say the wrong thing. I will not be that person. I am not a bad person. 

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Markeith Wiley: Required Listening Nov 16, 2016

A list of music that's been swirling around in Markeith Wiley's brain during the creation of It's Not Too Late:

Section 80 & To Pimp a Butterfly by Kendrick Lamar

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Markeith Wiley: Required Reading Nov 16, 2016

Markeith Wiley gave us a great list of material he's been reading in preparation for this show and for life in general. We recommend checking out everything this reading list whether you see the show or not:

Between the World & Me; Ta Nehisi Coates

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Writers Corps Profile: Markeith Wiley by Daemond Arrindell Nov 15, 2016


drawing by Tessa Hulls

This season, an Ambassador Writers Corps* Member will write a profile on each of the nine local artists in 16/17. These in-depth conversations between local artists and local writers will take the place of curatorial notes in the performance programs. 

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