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A Reversal of Roles for KC MacMillan: The director speaks to Phindie about her return to acting in THE FAIR MAID OF THE WEST (PAC)

Known to everyone in the Philadelphia theater community as a director, dramaturg, and associate artistic director of Lantern Theater Company, KC MacMillan is now adding actor to her list of professional…

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Physical, Naked Honesty On Stage: Interview with Zainab Jah, female Hamlet at the Wilma Theater

Interview with British actor Zainab Jah, who takes on the role of HAMLET at the Wilma Theater.

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Revolutionary Theater, Dance, and Circus: NICE AND FRESH at Cliveden historic house

This month, Cliveden opens its historic grounds for a two-night engagement of new performing arts.

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Shakespeare vs Stoppard: Exploring the Wilma’s dream pairing of HAMLET and ROSENCRANTZ AND GUILDENSTERN ARE DEAD

Two of the best plays in the English language and share most of the same characters and much of the same dialog. The Wilma is doing them in successive productions.

Ian Merrill Peakes as Macbeth with Ben Dibble as Banquo. Photo by Mark Garvin.

Critical Mass: Arden’s MACBETH introduces a new feature on Phindie

Readers of Phindie will know that I’m a big fan of William Shakespeare. Yet in the Fall, when I got an invitation to see a favored young Shakespeare group, Revolution…

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Diary of a Playwright, part 2: Doug Williams sees MOON CAVE take the stage

Part Two of Douglas Williams backstage diary as the play he wrote finishes rehearsals and opens to audiences.

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Theater Artists Making Beautiful Music in NY and Philly

The theater community contains a wealth of multi-talented artists who are not only gifted actors, but also highly skilled singers, musicians, and composers.

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No Elephants in This Circus: Lauren Rile Smith talks about Tangle Movement Arts’ circus-theater cabaret TELL IT SLANT

Lauren Rile Smith talks about circus, feminism, and whether or not there will be large mammals at Tangle Movement Arts TELL IT SLANT.

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Diary of a Playwright: Doug Williams tracks his thoughts as he prepares for his first professional production

Douglas Williams has partnered with Phindie to share the playwright’s perspective as a new play is developed, rehearsed, and produced

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The Powel House: Utilizing Historic PhilaLandmarks as venues for the arts

Celebrating its 250th anniversary in 2015, the Powel House is hosting an array of special events in the fine and performing arts throughout the year.

UNCLE ANDY, an upcoming feature film by Abby Warhola and Jesse Best (Photo credit: Courtesy of Warhola Films, from a photo by James Warhola, 1975)

Art in the Family: An inside preview of UNCLE ANDY (Warhola Films), a family biopic of Andy Warhol

Members of Andy Warhol’s family are preserving their personal recollections in a new film project, UNCLE ANDY: THE ANDY WARHOL FAMILY FILM.

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“We are not nearly as special as we think we are!”: Denise Shubin gives a candid interview about the Philadelphia theater community

For almost three decades, hundreds of theater artists and young companies spread their wings at the Shubin Theatre, Denise Shubin’s converted house on Bainbridge Street.

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Kerouac and Google Maps: ON THE ROAD by GPS

Head northwest on W 7th St toward 7th Ave. Take the 1st left onto 7th Ave. Turn right onto W 39th St. Take the ramp onto Lincoln Tunnel. Parts of this road are closed Mon-Fri 4:00 – 7:00 pm. Entering New Jersey.

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Finding art in taking risks: Doug Williams

“I have hated this play sometimes,” says Doug Williams. Strong words, when you’re talking about something you’ve written yourself.

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An Interview with Jamie Warhola: Honoring Andy Warhol on the 28th anniversary of his death

Today marks 28 years since Andy Warhol’s death. Deb Miller talks to his nephew, illustrator Jamie Warhola.

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Dada Is a State of Mind: {HTP} explores PAINTER AND PATAPHYSICIAN THOMAS CHIMES

Intellectual property lawyer, art collector, and university lecturer Mari Shaw’s just-published book, Painter and Pataphysician Thomas Chimes excerpts 15 years of private conversations with artist Chimes. Her idiosyncratic book combines…

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36 years at Hedgerow House and Theater: Longtime fellow Susan Wefel’s life in her theatrical home

When Susan Wefel moved into Hedgerow Theatre’s farmhouse in Rose Valley, PA, she was the youngest person in the building. Thirty-six years and dozens of performances later, she’s still going strong.

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However Painful the History: Interview with Jeanne Sakata, playwright of HOLD THESE TRUTHS (P&P)

One of the most shameful aspects in modern US history took place during World War II, when large numbers of Japanese-American citizens of all ages, including babies, were forced to…

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Becoming THE WHALE: Scott Greer puts on pounds for Theatre Exile show [photo essay]

For THE WHALE, Scott Greer takes an hour putting on his 50 pound costume. The photo essay looks at the elaborate costuming process.

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A Musical Countdown to 60: Charles Gilbert and his song-a-day Project 194

Turning sixty is a big milestone,. South Philadelphia-based songwriter Charles Gilbert is celebrating in a different and rather unconventional way.