On Inclusion in Season Planning: A Conversation with TOTL Artistic Curator Isaac Gomez

Season planning is a vital curating process for a theater company that constantly forces them to ask themselves “Who are we” “What stories are we interested in” and “Who is our theater for”. As we make more steps towards Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion (EDI), on stage and in casting – we still see a wider parity gap in EDI in the playwrights/ directors/ designers that are involved in a season. We talk with Isaac Gomez, this year’s TOTL artistic curator, on how he curated this season, and his thoughts on inclusion in season planning. How do you address that fear that artistic directors often have in pleasing their subscribers while balancing their company's artistic needs while also reflecti

Nwandu’s Pass Over Promises a Hope Beyond the Endgame

Preparing to write this review before heading to see Pass Over at Steppenwolf’s third floor stage left me feeling a tinge of worry. As I’m sure many know, there have been an onslaught of thoughts, opinions, and politics surrounding this show. Though daunting, this, to me, was only a sign of a play’s effectiveness. So, going in, I settled down into Steppenwolf seats and began to try to eliminate the mounting list of expectations in my head. What I saw exceeded them all. Antoinette Nwandu delivers an excellent, acutely written, and relevant re-imagining of Samuel Beckett’s Waiting for Godot. Instead of Estragon and Vladimir, we meet Moses (Jon Michael Hill) and Kitch (Julian Parker), two young

Pass Over Is #1-10 Of My ‘Promised Land Top Ten’

“Promised Land top ten...go!” bounces off of the concrete of “the block” like an aimless affirmation in Antoinette Nwandu’s Pass Over at Steppenwolf Theatre. This is a game Moses (Jon Michael Hill) and Kitch (Julian Parker) turn to in escape of their bullet strewn, street corner bound reality of static poverty forced upon them by...well...the holders of the promised land they preach of passing over to. In the game, they list the top ten things they currently envision in their own promised lands. We’ll get there. But I thought I’d give it a go. Promised Land Top Ten....Go! #1. Moses and Kitch’s Bromance No doubt accredited to their closeness to this work of fiction and theatrical flex, Jon Mi

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