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Social justice meets theatre in this podcast from Playbill’s former Executive Editor Ruthie Fierberg. Artists and experts unite for curated panels, using plays and musicals (Broadway, Off-Broadway, and works in development) as a jumping-off point to confront societal issues such as racism, colorism, voting rights, fake news, digital technology addiction, the school-to-prison pipeline, anti-Semitism, raising LGBTQIA+ kids, and more. We help listeners grapple with hard questions inside a play or musical in order to create change in our offstage lives. And don’t worry if you haven’t seen an individual episode’s show or if you’re not a theatre buff. Award-winning writers and directors of pieces like SCHOOL GIRLS; OR, THE AFRICAN MEAN GIRLS PLAY and THE PROM break down the message inside their stories and how they created that story. Then, real-world experts in the corresponding field (like NSA Jake Sullivan or THIS AMERICAN LIFE’s Ira Glass) offer advice and action steps (thought patterns to monitor, petitions to sign, organizations to support, etc.) so we can manifest progress. “Theater” is not only a place or a presentation, it is an action. “To theater” is to engage with art presented onstage. Why we theater? We’re about to find out.

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Episodes

RINSE, REPEAT and Eating Disorders

RINSE, REPEAT and Eating Disorders

Eating disorders affect 29 million Americans (9 percent of the population). Every 52 minutes, someone in the U.S. dies as a direct result of their eating disorder. Guided by Domenica Feraud’s rapturous ...
Witness Uganda meets The Good Doctor

Witness Uganda meets The Good Doctor

Beloved medical drama THE GOOD DOCTOR has a lot to teach us. Beyond its premise—following the evolution of Dr. Shaun Murphy, a physician on the autism spectrum, and the hospital and its employees around ...
Witness Uganda and Ethical Foreign Aid

Witness Uganda and Ethical Foreign Aid

Powerhouse theatre-writing duo Matt Gould and Griffin Matthews join us to talk about their moving an ...
OSLO meets Raya and the Last Dragon

OSLO meets Raya and the Last Dragon

Disney’s animated movie RAYA AND THE LAST DRAGON (starring Awkwafina, Kelly Marie Tran, and more) ...
OSLO and the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict

OSLO and the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict

The conflict between Israelis and Palestinians in the Middle East erupted yet again in May 2021. The ...
Bonus EP: Bringing Theater Back Post-COVID

Bonus EP: Bringing Theater Back Post-COVID

The audio version of Ruthie’s acclaimed Medium article: “What It Will Take for New York Theater ...
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