Theater

"School Girls; Or, The African Mean Girls Play." Seven Black women in a school room with six dressed in colorful dresses.

Plays Written by Women of Color Reign on Broadway

Larissa FastHorse: “I honestly never expected to be on this list as a Native American playwright, and that’s really sad.”

For Colored Girls. Book cover and red, yellow and brown dresses.

Ntozake Shange's 'For Colored Girls' Returns to the Stage

The choreopoem will enjoy a six-week revival at New York City’s Public Theater.

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A Play About Maya Angelou is Being Developed for Broadway

“Phenomenal Woman: An Evening with Maya Angelou” will debut in 2021.

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John Leguizamo's One-Man Show 'Latin History for Morons' Hits the Road

The comedian will break down Latinx history through the ages on his nationwide tour.

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READ: New York City Theater Explores Black Death

The Undefeated looks at on- and off-Broadway plays that take on the specter of anti-Black violence, both intimate and structural, during this theater season.

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Jon Batiste Turns Jean-Michel Basquiat's Life Into a Broadway Musical

“I want people to leave this show inspired to create. I want them to not only learn about Jean-Michel Basquiat, an innovator, but to also feel the visceral thrill of the creative process and to deepen and discover their own creativity.”

Cast of "Hamilton" in multicolored costumes stands and applauds behind Lin-Manuel Miranda in blue blazer and grey tie and black pants on brown stage

'Hamilton' Could Hit a Movie Theater Near You

A recorded performance of the hit musical reportedly sparked a bidding war among Hollywood film studios. 

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Action!: Iconic Shows From Playwrights of Color

The New York Times featured works from Suzan-Lori Parks, David Henry Hwang and other writers of color in a new list of the greatest American plays from the last 25 years.

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Black Lives Matter Co-Founder Brings Trauma of Criminalization to the Stage

Ahead of opening night for Patrisse Cullors’ “Power: From the Mouths of the Occupied,” the activist talked to Colorlines about how the production will incorporate the stories of Seattle locals in each performance.

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Black Actresses Discuss Why Broadway Needs More Diversity Than 'Hamilton'

Danai Gurira, Danielle Brooks and Renée Elise Goldsberry break down the need for more plays by and for people of color.

'Hamilton,' Police Shooting Database Net Pulitzer Prizes

This year marks the award program’s 100th anniversary. 

Brandy Norwood Set To Star In Broadway's Chicago

“Chicago” gets a new Roxie Hart.

A 'Love Balm' for Mothers Who've Watched Too Many Sons Die

A Bay Area theater project featuring the testimony of Oscar Grant’s grandmother seeks to make emotional sense of incomprehensible violence.

A New Play Explores the Beauty of Being Black in the Green Movement

Marc Bamuthi Joseph’s “red, black, and GREEN: a blues” is an interactive and intimate look at how communities are redefining sustainability.

How to Talk About Race Without Getting Stuck in 'Clybourne Park'

Bruce Norris’ bleak view of the state of America’s race discussion is up for a Tony Award this weekend. While you’re watching the ceremony, you can try out these tools for avoiding the quagmire in which the characters of “Clybourne Park” find themselves.