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Hive Mind: Rugilė Barzdžiukaitė, Vaiva Grainytė, and Lina Lapelytė Interviewed by Ivan Talijancic
Areal view of a theatrical installation of a beach. People in beach attire lay on towels surrounded by miscellaneous beach gear. Above the beach scene is a scaffolding from which viewers can watch the performance.

On the US debut of their theatrical installation Sun & Sea, an operatic beach scene exploring the relationship between people and our planet.

Hive Mind: Rugilė Barzdžiukaitė, Vaiva Grainytė, and Lina Lapelytė Interviewed by Ivan Talijancic
Areal view of a theatrical installation of a beach. People in beach attire lay on towels surrounded by miscellaneous beach gear. Above the beach scene is a scaffolding from which viewers can watch the performance.

On the US debut of their theatrical installation Sun & Sea, an operatic beach scene exploring the relationship between people and our planet.

Lileana Blain-Cruz by Branden Jacobs-Jenkins
Cast members standing on a living room set on a theater stage

Lincoln Center Theater’s new Resident Director, the first Black woman in this role, speaks about the many plays she’s directed and the importance of celebrating the rehearsal.


This is an excerpt from BOMB’s Fall 2021 issue.

Katiana Rangel by Lori Goldston
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Harbingers of a New World: Nia Witherspoon Interviewed by Ivan Talijancic
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Holding contemporary tragedies within sacred diasporic stories.

The Politics of Rot: Alex Tatarsky Interviewed by Rachel James
Alex Tartarsky performing behind glass with the letter O on it. They stand among plywood sheets with works crudely inscribed on them. Their head is thwon back with an expression of agony on their face with arms extended palms up covered in red paint.

Clowns, compost, and decomposition.

What Sustained Us: Performance
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For this particularly challenging year, we’ve asked Kaneza Schaal, Simone Forti, Anthony Roth Costanzo, Christiane Jatahy, Tina Satter, and Jibz Cameron to tell us what sustained them.

Collective Ownership: Matthew Aucoin and Zack Winokur Interviewed by Arya Roshanian
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The creators of American Modern Opera Company on reinventing classical arts during the pandemic.

Issue #152: Jibz Cameron by Svetlana Kitto
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The performance artist aka Dynasty Handbag recounts her journey from the San Francisco DIY scene to New York’s avant-garde theater world and ultimately to Hollywood.

A New North Star: George Ferrandi’s Jump!Star by Jasmine Dreame Wagner
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Designing public rituals to commemorate the North Star’s eventual transition.

Another Trial without Witnesses by Zbigniew Bzymek
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The New York premiere of Krystian Lupa’s The Trial has been cancelled, as promises of funding from Poland disappeared.

Christiane Jatahy by Jay Scheib
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A radical “mirror game” between film and live performance, What If They Went to Moscow?, part of BAM’s Next Wave Festival, plays for two audiences, one in the theater and one in the cinema—then they switch.

Visceral Improvisation: Poncili Creación Interviewed by Ruby Brunton
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The Puerto Rican punk-DIY performance collective on challenging institutional norms for making theater.

Outstanding, Girl, You Knock Me Out: Ayana Evans and Tsedaye Makonnen Interviewed by Jessica Lanay
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Two artists manifest, claim, and demand space in a society that operates around violence against black women’s bodies while pretending that they don’t exist.

Looking Back: BOMB on the Past Decade in Performance
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With contributions from Becca Blackwell, Moriah Evans, Kaneza Schaal, and more.

Peter Brook and Marie-Hélène Estienne’s Why? by Maria Litvan
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“I can take any empty space and call it a bare stage. A man walks across this empty space whilst someone else is watching him, and this is all that is needed for an act of theatre to be engaged.”

Anthony Roth Costanzo by Justin Vivian Bond
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A look behind the scenes of Akhnaten, Philip Glass’s 1983 opera now playing at the Metropolitan Opera, in which the countertenor plays an ancient Egyptian pharaoh who defied gender conventions.

Theater as Convergence: Lucas Baisch Interviewed by Vanessa Thill
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On deep listening and language as liberation.

Collective Resistance: Karen-Kaia Livers, Alison Parker, and Dread Scott Interviewed by Bob Snead
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A public art project in New Orleans reenacts a slave revolt.

Improvisation and Ideology: Nat Randall, Anna Breckon, and Alia Shawkat Interviewed by Rachel Stone
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The artist, director, and actress discuss their endurance performance, The Second Woman, and its exploration of gender performativity.

Ben Whishaw and Édouard Louis
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The actor stars opposite an opera diva in Norma Jeane Baker of Troy, Anne Carson’s verse play that reflects on the histories of two iconic women millennia apart.

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