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Emerson’s historic “Jelly’s Last Jam” comes alive after four-year roadblock

By Meg Richards and Maddie Barron
April 5, 2023

Though the cast of “Jelly’s Last Jam” wasn’t mic'd, their powerful voices resonated throughout the Semel, echoing Emerson’s first all-Black musical’s central mission: the elevation of unsung...

Jasper by Grant MacDermott 09.

Alum debuts as playwright for Off-Broadway’s ‘Jasper’

By Emma Bowen, Correspondent
September 21, 2022

An Emerson alum and playwright premiered his first production, “Jasper,” a play about the challenges of having a physically disabled family member, on Sept. 14th at the Alice Griffin Jewel Box Theater...

Emerson Stage to present ‘Marie Antoinette’ this weekend

Emerson Stage to present ‘Marie Antoinette’ this weekend

By Mariyam Quaisar, Editor-at-large
November 18, 2021

Emerson Stage will conclude its fall season with a production of “Marie Antoinette,” that aims to present audiences with a revolutionary and contemporary take on the life of the final Queen of France...

Still from Macbeth In Stride, playing at Loeb Drama Center.

New musical ‘Macbeth in Stride’ critiques Shakespearean sexism

By Mariyam Quaisar, Editor-at-large
November 4, 2021

A new musical from Obie Award winner Whitney White running in Boston examines what it means to be an ambitious, contemporary Black woman using the themes and characters of Shakespeare’s classic tragedy,...

The main characters of the Million Dollar Quartet.

Tony winning musical ‘Million Dollar Quartet’ hits Boston this weekend for three shows

By Karissa Schaefer, Staff Writer, Living Arts
October 28, 2021

The Tony Award-winning musical “Million Dollar Quartet,” which chronicles a real-life recording session with rock ‘n’ roll legends Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis, and Carl Perkins,...

Flyer for The Glassblowers Daughter.

Alum writes uplifting fairytale, commenting on sexism and corruption

By Mariyam Quaisar, Editor-at-large
October 28, 2021

Fairytale “The Glassblower’s Daughter,” penned by an Emerson alum, is set in an early North American colony and follows Sandy, a teenage girl who lives in a colony that's being run by a corrupt governor....

Hannah Nilsson (right), Olivia Bodley (middle), Clara Livingston (left)

‘This Girl Laughs, This Girl Cries, This Girl Does Nothing’ explores self-love and individuality in whimsical world

By Mariyam Quaisar, Editor-at-large
October 21, 2021

“This Girl Laughs, This Girl Cries, This Girl Does Nothing,” the latest show in Emerson Stage’s 2021-22 season, a children’s fairytale about three unique sisters embarking on their individual journeys,...

Emerson Stages production of The Late Wedding marked the return of live theater on Emersons campus.

Live theater returns with production of “The Late Wedding”

By Sophia Pargas, Content Managing Editor
October 4, 2021

After 559 days of closed curtains and empty theaters, Emerson Stage kicked off its fall season with a production of “The Late Wedding,” a play about love, marriage, and all of its complexities.  The...

Fifth Estate Entertainments production of Rock of Ages stars alum Chris Renolds 15 as Franz. / Courtesy of Fifth Estate Entertainment

Alum’s production company debuts with “Rock of Ages” national tour

By Ally Rzesa
October 24, 2018

Small-town girl Sherrie met city boy Drew 10 years ago on Broadway. Now audiences can meet the duo again in the Rock of Ages Tenth Anniversary Tour. Rock of Ages follows Drew, Sherrie, and others...

Kevin Michael Wests play Top and Bottom is a part of the Rainbow Theater Company. Photo courtesy of Kevin Michael West.

D.C. theater company ties up ‘Top and Bottom’

By Owen Murray
April 29, 2018

Kevin Michael West hesitated to play the role of a sexually dominant “top.” After a few unconvincing attempts, he decided to channel the awkward experience into a play. Top and Bottom ran in New...

Two of Andrew Siañez-De La O’s plays are being workshopped through fellowships on each coast. Photo: Zivah Solomon / Beacon Correspondent

Alum develops plays through coastal fellowships

By Annika Hom
February 15, 2018

Andrew Siañez-De La O ‘17 saw patriotism and Hispanic culture blend while growing up next to an immigration fort. His experiences in El Paso, Texas, inspired two of his plays that are debuting on opposite...

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