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Votes for (Some) Women

It may seem clear to us today that all adult American citizens should have the right to vote. But it wasn’t so long ago that discriminatory actions kept people of color from exercising their civil liberty, as 19th (and even 20th) century activists advocated for their own group while ignoring the rights of those unlike them

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A Tough Act to Follow

Never one to take the easy route, award-winning performer E. Faye Butler relishes roles that really makes her work, especially when embodying Fannie Lou Hamer

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Breaking With Tradition

Just as the company of American Mariachi was finishing their final dress rehearsal at production partner Dallas Theater Center in March of 2020, the theater world as they knew it was put on pause. Now, nearly a year-and-a-half later, Director Henry Godinez traces his path from Dallas back to the Goodman stage and how that time has helped him dive deeper into the play’s emotional depths.

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High Notes

The characters of American Mariachi take a stand against stereotypes when they strike upon the radical idea of creating an all-women mariachi band. Chicago is home to its own all-women mariachi band: the Mariachi Sirenas. Group co-founders Eréndira Izguerra, (who plays Tía Carmen in American Mariachi) and Ibet Herrera share how representation has the potential to change a culture.

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Worth a Thousand Words

Describing a play using words is one thing, but an image can go even further towards giving audiences a sense of what to expect. See how artist Mary Williamson, a longtime Ike Holter collaborator, translated “I Hate It Here” into a fitting visual.

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“When I Have a Bad Day”

In this clip, members of the Strike!: The Youth Political Theatre Project, react to the Atlanta Spa Shootings this past March that claimed the lives of eight people, including six Asian women.

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Six Words on Survival

We challenged past and present Education programming participants to submit their stories of life during COVID-19 using only six words each. Bittersweet, sorrowful and uplifting—see what they have to say.

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Stories of Asserting Your Greatness

In honor of Pride Month, we share stories from GeNarrations participants Barbara McBee and Michael Jackson from Radclyffe Hall, which was established as an affinity space for LGBTQIA writers. Before COVID-19, the storytellers at Radclyffe Hall met every week at Sidetrack Chicago in the heart of Boystown.

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Beyond “Boys in the Band”

Willa J. Taylor, Walter Director of Education and Engagement, on celebrating and recognizing queer theater history this Pride Month with moving documentaries, podcasts, articles and more.

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