With all of the rain and political turmoil of late, it’s hard to grasp that spring is just around the corner. We get it. And so, we thought we’d interrupt the stream of hard news hitting your inbox with something pleasant. We invite you to take a moment this month to revisit some of your favorite Ford performances from last summer.
You know that feeling you get when you accomplish something huge? That’s kind of how we feel right now. After being closed for nearly two years for some pretty serious renovations to the Ford’s historic stage and artist areas, we opened our doors and hoped that you still cared. You did. Thank you.
“Africa is the drum.”
I couldn’t get that phrase put of my head after talking with Grammy-nominated Afro Roots star Rocky Dawuni, who is headlining the Ford’s season finale Africa Rising on October 15.
"In an age of digital noise and distraction, improv is a growth industry," Impro Theatre's Producing Artistic Director Dan O'Connor says. "It's about teaching people how to really listen instead of just waiting to talk."
When I was asked to interview O-lan Jones I have to admit I geeked out. Like a lot. In the theatre world, she is a bit of a legend. She originated countless roles in plays by the likes of Sam Shepard and Beth Henley. Plus, as any true 90s kid can tell you, she played a host of iconic characters in films like Edward Scissorhands, Mars Attacks and The Truman Show. I had no idea she also wrote operas...
“Invertigo means flipping things inside out and upside down,” Laura Karlin tells me. “It’s about finding new perspectives.” Laura is the Artistic Director of Invertigo Dance Theatre and she’s setting out to challenge the paradigm of how dance is presented with her evening-length work After It Happened.