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Why We Theater lies at the intersection of theatre and social justice. Here, we work to answer the questions theatremakers ask in their most urgent onstage works, contend with the cultural issues they confront within their art, and create meaningful change in our offstage lives. Each episode begins with a one-on-one discussion between host Ruthie Fierberg and the artist behind the theatrical piece at hand; then we open the discussion to include real-world experts in that field to offer advice and steps to help us all take actions (re-wire a thought pattern, sign a petition, donate to a related charity, volunteer for a related organization, etc.) to manifest progress.

I like to think of “theater” not just as a place or a presentation but as an action. “To theater” is to engage with art presented onstage. The curtain call of a play or musical is not the end of the experience; it’s the beginning. And so this is Why We Theater.

Hosted by Ruthie Fierberg.

Why We Theater is recorded, in part, on the traditional lands of the Wappinger and Lenape Peoples. I acknowledge this land was unjustly taken from them and pay my respect to elders both past and present. Learn more about Land Acknowledgment and why it’s important.

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Episodes

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Ep3 – The Lifespan of a Fact and Truth in Journalism

Based on the book of the same name, The Lifespan of a Fact opened cold on Broadway at Studio 54 October 18, 2018, and immediately illuminated issues of journalistic integrity, art versus media, and what the word “truth” actually means. Jim Fingal is an intern at a literary ...
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Ep2 – Octet and Internet Addiction

Inspired by the new 2019 musical Octet, this episode digs into the helps and harms of the internet and digital technology. Written by Dave Malloy (The Great Comet) and directed by Annie Tipp, the a cappella chamber musical debuted Off-Broadway at the Signature Theatre Center. Staged as a ...
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Ep1 – School Girls… and Colorism, Beauty, and Self-Esteem in Women, Girls, and Femmes

Playwright Jocelyn Bioh and experts Afia Ofori-Mensa of Princeton University and Maryann Jacob Macias of National Crittenton join host Ruthie Fierberg to explore the questions raised about the roots of colorism and how to check your own bias, beauty standards and how to advocate for broader definitions of ...
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Why We Theater lies at the intersection of theatre and social justice. Here, we work to answer the questions theatremakers ask in their most urgent onstage works, contend with the cultural issues they confront within their art, and create meaningful change in our offstage lives. Each episode begins ...

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