I started this blog with one daughter, kept it up with the other, to spend time together doing something we enjoyed.
However, things change and people evolve. My daughters are older, busier, and not as interested in writing.
From now on this blog will be mostly mom with occasional contributions from my daughters and maybe even my husband.
Nothing else will change. We'll still focus on sharing fun places to go, fun things to do, and more, and we would  still love to hear your views too

Sunday, March 19, 2017

Sunday Scoop Week of 3/19/17 - What's Coming Up This Week or Happening Soon

Last Chance to Interact with Robots 
at the Franklin Institute
222 N. 20th St.
Philadelphia, PA

Robot Revolution Now Through April 3 Only!

Only two weekends left to explore and interact with a cutting-edge collection of robots from around the world at Robot Revolution,  supported by Google.org with additional major support from The Boeing Company. You’ll step into a visionary world where robots are not just a curiosity, but an amazing asset. Learn from them, play with them, and discover how their astonishing skills will change our lives for the better. 

For more information or to purchase tickets click here

Jurassic World: The Exhibition Now Through April 23 Only!

Get closer to dinosaurs than ever before in Jurassic World: The Exhibition! Based on one of the biggest blockbusters in cinema history, the Exhibition immerses audiences of all ages in scenes inspired by the beloved film.  Now, the park that was only a promise comes to life...right before your eyes. 

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This Week:

March 21 Science After Hours: Cosmos

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March 24 Camp-In Sleepover

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Upcoming at Musicals Tonight:
At This Performance:
The Broadway Understudy Concert Series
The Lion's Theatre
Theatre Row
410 W.  42nd St.
New York, NY

Now in its 15th Season!

Monday 20, 2017
Come hear talented Broadway standbys/understudies sing their show's current musical hits!

For more information or to order tickets go to click here
Upcoming at Merkin Concert Hall:
Dasol Kim, Intelligence Squared Debate, Sherlock Holmes
Kaufman Music Center
129 W. 67th St.
New York NY

Tuesday March 21 7:30 PM
Young Concert Artists
Dasol Kim, piano
The winner of the YCA International Auditions in New York and First Prize in the Epinal International Piano Competition in France performs works by Beethoven, Barber and Chopin.

For more information or to order tickets click here

Intelligence Squared US Debate

Wed, Mar 22, 6:45 pm
Topic: The Universal Basic Income is the Safety Net of the Future
Imagine getting a check from the government every month. $600 guaranteed. It’s happening in Finland, where a pilot program is being launched to test what’s known as a “universal basic income.” Could this idea be the safety net of the future?

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Insight Alt: Sherlock Holmes & the Case of the Fallen Giant
Sun, Mar 26, 3 pm
A mash-up honoring the classic detective stories of Sherlock Holmes in a romp through a fairy tale world. With a playful libretto by E.M Lewis and mysterious score by Evan Meier, the game’s afoot!

For more information or to order tickets click here
Upcoming at iPlay America:
Dylan Scott
110 Schank Rd.
Freehold, NJ

Friday, March 24
iPlay America's Event Center
Doors: 7:00 PM – Show: 8:00 PM
iPlay America and Thunder 106 present the triumphant return of Dylan Scott. Make plans now to see him rock the house as he plays a FREE concert in the Event Center. Still basking in the accolades from the release of his self-titled album Dylan Scott, this talented young country artist is ready to dazzle the room with his sultry vocals and delight fans with great songs like Lay It On MeRulesMy Girl, and Do You Think of Me! Be a part of the excitement and fun, tickets for this FREE concert are available NOW! Skydeck seating and VIP tickets packages are available. VIP includes a pre-show Meet & Greet with Dylan Scott, $10 iPlay America Game Card, and exclusive event poster.

For more information or to get free tickets click here
Upcoming at the State Theatre, NJ
15 Livingston Ave.
New Brunswick, NJ

Frday March 24, 2017  8:00 PM
Saturday March 25, 2017 2:00 PM & 8:00 PM

For more information or to order tickets click here
Kelsey Theatre: 
The Secret Life of Harper Lee
The Studio Theatre
1200 Old Trenton Rd.
West Windsor, NJ 

One Show Only - Saturday, March 25, 2017 2:00 pm
All tickets $15
As a companion piece to To Kill A Mockingbird, Theatre To Go presents acclaimed actress Prudence Wright Holmes in her one woman show The Secret Life of Harper Lee.

For more information or to order tickets click here
Open Call Auditions: School of Rock
Ripley Grier Studios
520 Eighth Ave.
17th Floor
New York, NY

Ages: 8-12 (*must be under 5' tall*) 
Date: Saturday, March 25 
: 9:00am - 12:00pm 
Auditions Begin: 10:00am 

For more information click here
Upcoming at Symphony Space:
Lucky Diaz and the Family Jam Band
2537 Broadway
New York, NY

Saturday March 25, 2017 11:00 AM
A hip-shaking, head-bopping morning of music for the cool family crowd from the Emmy and Latin GRAMMY Award-winning Los Angeles based band. With an audience base growing by the second (and not just in height!), Lucky, Lishy Lou and and their crew are known for inspiring dance parties all around the country and beyond. They’ll bring their full band (including Michael Farkas of Wiyos fame) to sing songs from their Greatest Hits album, like “Blue Bear” and “Thingamajig,” and they will debut songs from their upcoming album Made in LA. Find out more about Lucky Diaz and the Family Jam Band at luckydiazmusic.com, and view their videos on Lucky Diaz TV.

For more information or order tickets click here
Chicago-based Little Miss Ann and Brooklyn's Suzi Shelton perform new songs from album 'Keep On' at Jalopy
Jalopy Theatre and School
315 Columbia St
Brooklyn, NY
Little Miss Ann will celebrate the release of her fifth album of hopeful and happy songs, Keep On with an all-ages concert at Jalopy in Brooklyn on March 26. Recorded in the Hudson Valley of New York with Grammy-winning producer Dean JonesKeep On ranges in musical styles. The songs grew out of Little Miss Ann's experiences in working with families. For this rare NYC show, Little Miss Ann joins frequent collaborator Suzi Shelton for a morning of song.

Suzi Shelton is an award-winning NYC singer/songwriter and performer and proud mama of two, who has been making catchy and meaningful music for families for more than a decade. Suzi is a regular at Jalopy, playing family shows once a month with various special guests. Suzi has three “feel good for everybody” solo CDs under her belt and continues to write new material for her young audiences. Suzi is thrilled to perform in her home town of Brooklyn with her good friend Little Miss Ann.

For more information about Little Miss Ann click here
For more information about Suzi Shelton click here
For more information about the concert or to order tickets click here
PR Firm RoundUp

News from Boneau/Bryan-Brown

Atlantic Theater Company's Presentation of  David Mamet's The Penitent
Last Week!
Must Close March 26!

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News from John Scher/Metropolitan PR

Saturday, March 25, 2017

Odessey and Oracle 50th Anniversary
Town Hall
123 West 43rd Street - NYC
Showtime: 8:00pm Tickets $55, $75, $95 (plus fees) Ticketmaster.com, 800-745-3000 and in person at the Town Hall Box Office.
News from  JT Public Relations

Lightening Thief: The Percy Jackson Musical
MARCH 23, 2017 


Percy Jackson has newly discovered powers he can’t control, monsters on his trail, and he is on a quest to find Zeus’s lightning bolt and prevent a war between the Greek gods. Normal is a myth when you’re a demigod. Based on the best-selling Disney-Hyperion novel by Rick Riordan, featuring live music, The Lightning Thief The Percy Jackson Musical is an action- packed theatrical adventure that will rock your world.

Performance Schedule
Monday – Tuesday at 7:30pm; Thursday 2pm & 7:30pm; Friday 7:30pm;
Saturday 2pm & 7:30pm and Sunday 3pm

Thursday 3/23 at 2pmSaturday 3/25 at 2pm & Thursday 3/30 at 2pmMonday 5/1 at 7:30pm

Lucille Lortel Theatre is located at 121 Christopher Street, New York, NY

For more information or to order tickets click here
News from Michelle Tabnick Communications

Theater Resources Unlimited and The Playroom Theatre
present the TRU March Panel
Where Do I Fit In: Which Festival and Why?
Tuesday, March 21, 2017 at 7:30pm, networking at 7pm

Theater Resources Unlimited (TRU) and The Playroom Theatre present the TRU March Panel - Where Do I Fit In: Which Festival and Why? on Tuesday, March 21, 2017 at 7:30pm (doors open for networking at 7pm) at The Playroom Theater, 151 W. 46th Street, 8th floor, NYC 10036.  For more details, visit http://truonline.org/events/which-festival/.

The summer festival scene is a hotbed of opportunity for the development of new work. Which festivals provide the best environment for your production? How do you submit, and what are some of the secrets to giving your submission a competitive edge? Once accepted, what is expected of you? More importantly, what goals along your developmental path can you reasonably expect to achieve from a festival showcase? And how do you distinguish yourself in the marketplace so that once you build it, they really will come?

Doors open at 7:00pm for networking and refreshments, roundtable introductions of everyone in the room will start at 7:30pm - come prepared with your best one-minute summary of who you are, and what you need. Free for TRU members; $15 for non-members  ($12.50 in advance online at http://truonline.org/which-festival ). You may also reserve by phone at least a day in advance (or much sooner): 212-714-7628, or e-mail TRUStaff1@gmail.com.
Ardea Arts
in partnership with The Garden State Philharmonic
the World Concert Premiere of
Composed by Kitty Brazelton
Story and Libretto by George Plimpton
Directed by Grethe B. Holby
The Jay & Linda Grunin Center for the Arts
Saturday, March 25, 2017 at 7pm

Ardea Arts in partnership with The Garden State Philharmonic presents the World Concert Premiere of ANIMAL TALES at The Jay & Linda Grunin Center for the Arts at Ocean County College (1 College Drive, Toms River, NJ 08754) on Saturday, March 25, 2017 at 7pm. For more information, visit: www.ardeaarts.com/animal-tales.

Tickets are $25 ($20 for Seniors / $15 for Students) and can be purchased at www.gardenstatephilharmonic.org/events/animal-tales-new-jersey-premiere/.

Audiences will be drawn into a world of animals and the lessons learned when we seek out new adventures. A professional orchestra and guest vocalists will raise the curtain on a new family favorite that speaks to the child in all of us through narrative, orchestral music and operatic tones.


South Street Seaport Museum
A Celebration of the 10th Anniversary of Brian Floca's Award-Winning Children's Book
March 25, 2017 from 10am - 12pm
The South Street Seaport Museum presents FROM BOOK TO BOAT, a celebration of the 10th anniversary of Brian Floca's award-winning children's book Lightship at the South Street Seaport Museum's Melville Gallery (213 Water Street, NYC 10038) Saturday,March 25, 2017 from 10am - 12pm. A family event for all ages, tickets can be purchased at www.seaportmuseum.org/lightship-book-talk.
American Lyric Theater
and Merkin Concert Hall at Kaufman Music Center
InsightALT: Sherlock Holmes and the Case of the Fallen Giant
Music by Evan Meier; Libretto by E.M. Lewis
Sunday, March 26, 2017 at 3pm 

American Lyric Theater (ALT) and Merkin Concert Hall at Kaufman Music Center present InsightALT: Sherlock Holmes and the Case of the Fallen Giant on March 26, 2017 at 3pm, 129 W. 67th Street, NYC. With a playful libretto by E.M Lewis and mysterious score by Evan Meier, this opera mash-up honors the classic detective stories ofSherlock Holmes in a romp through a fairy tale world to solve a mystery unlike any Holmes and Watson have encountered before. Conducted by Ari Pelto, featuring Daniel T. Curranas Sherlock Holmes, with Sharleen Joynt, Jennifer Black, Blythe Gaissert, Steven Eddy, David Kravitz and Jorgeandrés Camargo - the game's afoot!

Tickets are $25 ($125 VIP tickets include prime seating and a reception with the artists) and are available online at http://www.kaufmanmusiccenter.org/mch/event/insightalt-sherlock-holmes-the-case-of-the-fallen-giant/ or by calling the Merkin Concert Hall box office at(212) 501-3330.
News from Polk and Co.

Limited Engagement Open Now at the American Airlines Theatre

Arthur Miller’s The Price opened officially on Thursday, March 16, 2017. This is a limited engagement through May 7, 2017 on Broadway at the American Airlines Theatre (227 West 42nd Street).

When the Great Depression cost his family their fortune, Victor Franz (Ruffalo) gave up his dream of an education to support his father.  Three decades later, Victor has returned to his childhood home to sell the remainder of his parents’ estate.  His wife, his estranged brother, and the wily furniture dealer hired to appraise their possessions all arrive with their own agendas, forcing Victor to confront a question, long-stifled, about the value of his sacrifice.  One of the most personal plays by the consummate voice of the American everyman, Arthur Miller’s The Price is a riveting story about the struggle to make peace with the past and create hope for the future.

Tickets for The Price are available by calling 212.719.1300, online at roundabouttheatre.org, and in person at any Roundabout box office: American Airlines Theatre Box office (227 West 42nd Street); The Harold and Miriam Steinberg Center for Theatre (111 W 46th Street) and Studio 54 (254 West 54th Street). All single tickets are $69-$169.

The Price plays Tuesday through Saturday evening at 8:00PM with Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday matinees at 2:00PM.

For more information visit www.roundabouttheatre.org

Broadway's Amelie to Record Original Cast Album

 The Original Broadway Cast Recording of the much anticipated AMÉLIE, A NEW MUSICAL, by a new imprint of the Warner Music Group. The original Broadway cast recording will be available for pre-order at w.lnk.to/amelie starting Thursday, March 9, 2017, and will be released on Friday, May 19, 2017 (online) andFriday, June 9, 2017 (in stores). Michael Croiter will serve as album executive producer; Daniel Messé and Gary Maurer will serve as producers; and Nathan Tysen will serve as associate producer. For more information and to sign-up for updates on the record’s release, visit AmelieBroadway.com.

AMÉLIE, A NEW MUSICAL began performances on Broadway on Thursday, March 9, 2017 at the Walter Kerr Theatre (219 W 48th Street) and will officially open Monday, April 3, 2017.

For more information visit AmelieBroadway.com
News from Richard Hillman PR



The Drama League (Executive Artistic Director Gabriel Stelian-Shanks) has announced its 2017 UpClose and Rough Draft Series, to be held at The Drama League Theater Center (32 Avenue of the Americas) in Tribeca.
The UpClose Series will include intimate discussions with Pulitzer Prize winner Lynn Nottage (Sweat, RuinedIntimate Apparel), Broadway director Kate Whoriskey (SWEATThe Miracle Worker) and Emmy Award winning filmmaker Tony Gerber, Tony® Award winner Terrence McNally (Anastasia, Master ClassRagtime) and Broadway Producer Tom Kirdahy (The VisitAfter Midnight), Pulitzer Prize winner Paula Vogel (Indecent, How I Learned To Drive), new cast members of Hamilton including Javier Munoz, the cast of Natasha, Pierre, and The Great Comet of 1812, and more!
To reserve seats for any of the events in the Spring 2017 series, please visit: dramaleague.org/events

2017 Spring UpClose Series
All events held at the Drama League Theater Center, 32 Avenue of the Americas
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Natasha, Pierre and Vodka, Neat!
A vodka tasting with the cast of “Natasha, Pierre and the Great Comet of 1812”
Monday, April 03, 2017 at 7:30 p.m.
Premium Seating: $45
General Public: $30
League Members: $20
Join the cast of Broadway’s hit success, Natasha, Pierre and The Great Comet Of 1812, as they discuss theater, dancing, and vodka! Paired with a fun vodka tasting, members of the cast and artistic team will take you through the adventure of creating the newest Broadway sensation.
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Finding Anastasia with Terrence McNally and Tom Kirdahy
Wednesday, April 12, 2017 at 7:00 p.m.
Premium Seating: $45
General Public: $30
League Members: $20
A conversation with the legendary playwright Terrence McNally (Love! Valour! Compassion!The VisitRagtime) and producer Tom Kirdahy (It’s Only A Play,Mothers and Sons) about their rapturous new Broadway musical, Anastasia.
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Hamilton: The Next Generation with the cast of Hamilton
Monday, April 17 at 7:00 p.m.
Premium Seating: $45
General Public: $30
League Members: $20
Join cast members from Broadway’s biggest hit Hamilton, as they discuss the continual growth of these iconic roles. With Javier Munoz (Alexander Hamilton), Seth Stewart (Marquis de Lafayette/Thomas Jefferson), and more!
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SWEAT on Broadway: An evening with Lynn Nottage, Kate Whoriskey, and Tony Gerber
Moderated by Sharryn Kasmir
Monday, April 24, 2017 at 8:00 p.m.
Premium Seating: $35
General Public: $25
League Members: $15
Playwright Lynn Nottage, Director Kate Whoriskey, and noted filmmaker Tony Gerber talk about the creation of Broadway’s powerful new play, SWEAT, as well as its sister event, The Reading Project. Go behind the scenes of this scorching new masterpiece, and discover how this team of artists have encountered the struggles of modern life in gripping and nuanced detail.
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Dames Directing: Conversations with Broadway’s Visionary Women
Wednesday, May 10, 2017 at 7:00 p.m.
Premium Seating: $45
General Public: $25
League Members: $20
Once exclusively the province of men, women have increasingly become many of Broadway’s leading directors.  The Drama League will unite many of the women visionaries who are the forces behind Broadway’s stellar 2016-2017 season, including a few who’ve recently made their Broadway debuts. With Kathleen Marshall (Ever AfterIn TransitLiving on Love), Anne Kaufman (Marvin’s RoomA LifeThe Nether), Rebecca Taichmann (IndecentFamiliarMarie Antoinette), and more.
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Drama League 2017 Rough Draft Open Rehearsals
All events held at the Drama League Theater Center, 32 Avenue of the Americas
All Rough Draft Tickets $5.00
Rough Draft Season Pass $40.00
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Artist in Residence: Adin Walker
Pin and the Blue Fairy
Written by noah kat baus
Directed by Adin Walker
March 24, 2017 at 7:00 p.m.
Pin* and the Blue Fairy is written by noah kat baus in collaboration with director/choreographer Adin Walker. The project was previously produced at Dixon Place with OUTLIERS Theatre Co. Pin* and the Blue Fairy is a new play based on Collodi’s T”he Adventures of Pinocchio” that examines the wooden puppet’s journey to become a proper boy through the eyes of a contemporary trans teenager named Blue. As Blue attempts to find their own path, they turn to Pin’s tale, and their stories intertwine in a search for understanding, transformation, and personal truth.
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Artist in Residence: John Hurley and Jennifer Jancuska
Johnny and the Devil’s Box
Written by Douglas Waterbury-Tieman
Directed by John Hurley
Co-Directed and Choreographed by Jennifer Jancuska
April 10, 2017 at 7:00 p.m.
There is powerful dramatic potential in the tangible excitement that folk music and dance awaken in an audience. Johnny and the Devil’s Box focuses on a young fiddle player whose skill is so great he invokes the jealousy of Lucifer himself.  Inspired by the myths of fiddlers’ dealing with the Devil, the piece takes a hard look at the association between a virtuoso’s egotism and hellish temptation.  Told largely through American folk inspired music, the show is built to stir the audience’s urge to get up and dance
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Artist in Residence: Gregg Wiggans
Discouraging Stories for Lonely People
Book and Lyrics by Evan Enderle
Music by Avi Amon
Directed by Gregg Wiggans
April 21, 2017 at 7:00 p.m.
By some magical means or fate, we are drawn to the middle of the woods on a dark fall night where a band of outcasts tells us of a gnat who falls in love with a beast, a boy’s tongue that is lost in sap for a decade, of a milkmaid who learns to fly…  These tales are warnings for the forlorn: Never tread in the deadly land of Love. These are Discouraging Stories for Lonely People.
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Artist in Residence: Melinda Hall
Written by Diana Burbano
Directed by Melinda Hall
May 26, 2017 at 7:00 p.m.
In a future Colombia controlled by the very wealthy, the brilliant, mad Ingrid Bolivar collects young women and turns them into weapons.
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Artist in Residence: Lauren Z. Adleman
On Loss and Mice and Men
Writer Emily Zemba
Director Lauren Z. Adleman
July 17, 2017 at 7:00 p.m.
Relationships are hard. Mouse infestations are even harder.
Join Claire and Hugh as they balance both: expertly avoiding emotional baggage, navigating painful interactions with over-the-top exes, and concealing small furry corpses in strategic hiding places. But as the body count rises, Clare and Hugh struggle to ignore the secrets between them (that and the overpowering stench of rotting flesh). Is romance the greatest exterminator of them all? Or is this one infestation that won't be contained...
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Artist in Residence: Sam Underwood
The Tragedy of Recognition
Written by Ben Holbrook
Directed by Sam Underwood
Fundamental Theater Project
July 31, 2017 at 7:0 p.m.
The Tragedy of Recognition is a modern-day Greek tragedy, which explores the politics of gender and sexuality within the context of the pursuit of Fame, and ultimately, the sacrifices that comes with. Adopting a Greek Theatre structure including Chorus “We The People”, and incorporating a multitude of styles of verse, multimedia, movement and a fluid sense of time, Tragedy seeks to provide an intimate story with far reaching, universal implications. What is ‘Celebrity’ to us now?
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Artist in Residence: Natalie Novacek
Co-Created and Dramaturgy by Madilynn Garcia
Directed by Natalie Novacek
August 7, 2017 at 7:00 p.m.
Margaret is a creative editing of William Shakespeare’s War of the Roses tetralogy (Henry VI, parts 1-3 and Richard III) that focuses on Margaret d’Anjou’s journey from meek princess to fierce warrior, strategist, leader, and finally lone, mad women. This bold reframing of political history spanning three generations gives focus to the women who made great impact, but held little agency. Margaret provides thrilling opportunities for meaty female roles, new female narratives, and a strong feminist perspective using only Shakespeare’s original text.
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Artist in Residence: Alex Tobey
Co-Collaborators: Moss Madigan, Dan Giles and Alex Tobey
September 11, 2017 at 7:00 p.m.
Baal is a poet.  Baal is a murderer.  Baal has an insatiable appetite.  Baal drinks too much.  Baal likes a boy.  Baal is afraid.  Bertolt Brecht’s first play, written when he was 20 years old, tells the story of a provocative and daring young artist trapped by his own ambitions, hungry for new experiences, and a never ending desire to conquer it all.  And then he dies.
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Resident Artist: Victoria Crutchfield
Scenic Design by Bryce Cutler
Lighting Design by Mary Ellen Stebbins
Sound Design by Eric Sluyter
Ensemble: Alison Cheeseman and Stewart Kramer
Directed by Victoria Crutchfield
October 13, 2017 at 7:00 p.m.
Dreamer. Loser. Lover. Liar. Trader. Historian. Prophet. Troll.
Deep down, who is Peer Gynt? Is he somebody at all?
In this spare version of Ibsen’s epic drama about a lost soul’s fantastical quest to find himself, the ensemble works together to portray Peer (or is it Peter?) and the people he meets, invents, and becomes.
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 Resident Artist: Kareem Fahmy
The Triumphant
Co-Deviser, Composer David Dabbon
Co-Deviser, Performer Ahmad Maksoud
Co-Deviser, Director Kareem Fahmy
November 30, 2017 at 7:00 p.m.
The Triumphant is a new investigative theatre piece that tells the untold of gays and lesbians living in Egypt today. Devised by a collective of New York-based Egyptian-American theatre artists of various disciplines, the piece adapts an “interview theatre” model inspired by The Civilians to examine the lives, loves, challenges, and triumphs of being homosexual in one of the world’s largest Muslim countries.
And that's the scoop. Tune in tomorrow for another Talking Topic.

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