Happenings & Highlights

their town. OUR town. Putting artists of color at the center of a classic

Following the news of a 2021 Broadway revival of Our Town, actor Olivia Oguma (Mamma Mia!, Les Misérables) was hurt and frustrated at not seeing herself represented on stage in the context of plays that explore what it means to be an American. She set about putting her own twist on the Thornton Wilder classic. With a roster of well-known industry talent, she created an original short film using one of Wilder's monologues to put BIPOC artists front and center.

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The Artist Speaks: Amythyst Kiah

Accompanied interchangeably with banjo, acoustic guitar, or a full band, Amythyst Kiah's eclectic influences span decades and she finds inspiration in old time music, alternative rock, folk, country, and blues. Our Native Daughters is her most recent collaboration with Rhiannon Giddens, Leyla McCalla, and Allison Russell. We caught up with Amythyst to see how she was keeping busy in quarantine.

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Black Theatre United: Taking Action

Black Theatre United's inaugural event featured six-time Tony Award-winner Audra McDonald and President of the NAACP Legal Defense Fund Sherrilyn Ifill in the virtual town hall, “Activating Black Artists and Allies for Racial Justice.” McDonald is one of BTU's founding members, along with Brian Stokes Mitchell, Billy Porter, Vanessa Williams and more. The organization formed in June to inspire reform across the arts and to combat industry-wide systemic racism.

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McCarter Collaborators in the News

The Lilly Awards — celebrating, supporting, and advocating for women theater artists by promoting gender parity at all levels of production —honored Emily Mann on July 28 with a Lifetime Achievement.

 

 

McCarter audiences will find familiar names from the jazz world on DownBeat's 2020 Critics Poll, such as trailblazing drummer and music director Terri Lyne Carrington, Indian tabla virtuoso Zakir Hussain, 2019 Gala performer Leslie Odom, Jr., and many more.

 

Community Spotlight

Princeton Summer Theater

Princeton Summer Theater would love to invite you to "A Celebration of Community Voices: A Virtual Open Mic," a virtual performance to fundraise for Black Trans Femmes in the Arts. We are looking for BIPOC artists, especially LGBT+ BIPOC artists, to share or perform a variety of art forms: theatre, music, dance, or something else! Find more information at princetonsummertheater.org/

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