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Nina Hoss by Nicholas Elliott
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A German play based on a French memoir reflects on the global Left’s abandonment of the working class—and finds additional significance in the Age of Trump.

Branden Jacobs-Jenkins by Hilton Als​
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The playwright discusses his formative years, rejuvenation of historical material, and how race is coded into theatergoing itself.

Looking Back on 2017: Theater & Performance
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Featuring selections by Bethany Ides, Isaac Pool, Charles Bernstein, Matthew Weinstein, Ivan Talijancic, and more.

Suzanne Bocanegra by John Haskell
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By casting actors to perform as herself, Bocanegra considers “the nature of presentation itself.” Lili Taylor stars in her Farmhouse/Whorehouse at BAM’s Next Wave Festival this December.

Laurie Simmons’s My Art by Judith Hudson
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Taking cinema’s portrayal of artists personally

Dream the Myth Onward by Amber Power
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Feminists face off against Norman Mailer in the Wooster Group’s reenactment of the notorious ‘71 Town Hall debate

Becca Blackwell by Jim Fletcher
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The actors chat about performing masculinity, transitioning, and Blackwell’s one-person show They, Themself and Schmerm.

Dmitry Krymov by John Freedman
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“I asked my students for the image of the essence of tenderness. One girl brought in a small, silver plate with a bunch of grapes neatly laid out on it. When I noticed she had stripped the skin off the grapes, I got goose bumps.”

Jackie Sibblies Drury’s Really by Ratik Asokan
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A play that updates European absurdist techniques to take aim at liberal America’s great existential troubles: race and gender.

Bound by Cinema by Daniel Bird
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On the fiery filmmaker Andrzej Żuławski and his final work—Cosmos.

Raam Reddy by Daniel Kasman
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“Freedom and bondage I find interesting. Or purity—and a contrast to that purity.”

Adam Green, Alia Shawkat, & Francesco Clemente
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“You’re looking at the human inverse of a technological idea.”

Lisa Dwan & Walter Asmus by Michael Coffey
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”I am not a human being up there, true, and I am not a woman. I’m consciousness.”

Arnaud Desplechin by Anya Jaremko-Greenwold
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“I wanted to build the script as if we were entering into a brain or a memory, where you have separate elements existing in the same time and you don’t understand the logic.”

Sharon Fogarty by Zachary Small
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“They said, ‘You’ll be in charge of the children and the dogs.’ And I said, ‘Okay! But what does that even mean?’”

Mathieu Amalric by Nicholas Elliott
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“As soon as you film someone it accelerates the deterioration of love.”

Oleg Dubson by Charles Krezell
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“Artists as pornographers. It all became clear.”

Rebecca Makkai by J.T. Price
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“People love to underrate plot, because it makes them sound like they’re beyond it, like plot is best left to Danielle Steele.“

Gare St. Lazare Ireland by Michael Coffey
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“There’s the scientific and mathematical—how stuff is—and there’s the prosaic, the poetic—how people are.”

Object Collection by ​Aaron Schimberg
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“If there is a despairing quality to our work, it is despairing of the fact that once upon a time there used to be an earnest revolutionary spirit in this country.”

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