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Responding to Tragedy: Museums of Memory

For the third part in our series “Responding to Tragedy,” that examines different methods of remembering and memorializing the past, we explore “Museums of Memory.” Museums can be used as spaces on reflection, education, and tangible documentation of atrocities. However, historicizing tragedy is just as vital a task as it is difficult. Here are a […]

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Tags: Argentina, Chile, Germany, PlayCo, Responding to Tragedy, Rwanda, Villa

Mar 27, 2017

Responding to Tragedy: Memorials and Monuments

Continuing our series “Responding to Tragedy” in which we explore various artistic approaches to rebuilding memory, we look this week at memorials and monuments. In communities that have experienced terror and destruction, it is almost impossible to build tangible sites that will adequately depict this loss. How can this feeling of absence be evoked? Who […]

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Tags: PlayCo, Responding to Tragedy

Mar 16, 2017

Responding to Tragedy: The Use of Comedy in Exploring Conflict

Beginning our new series “Responding to Tragedy” in which we examine different artistic methods of remembering and memorializing the past, we look this week at the use of comedy in response to tragedy. What is the place of comedy in exploring tragic events? When thinking about rebuilding memory in conflict and post-conflict societies, laughter is […]

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Tags: Guillermo Calderón, PlayCo, Responding to Tragedy, Villa

Mar 8, 2017

Q+A with Villa Playwright and Director Guillermo Calderón

This week we sat down with Guillermo Calderón, the playwright and director of Villa, to discuss how theatre can be used to explore tragic events. Villa opens March 1 at The Wild Project. For more information, please visit: So, what was on your mind when you sat down to write Villa? I want to write, in […]

Tags: Guillermo Calderón, PlayCo, Villa

Feb 24, 2017
New York

Play Pen: The Performativity of Protesting

Continuing our Play Pen series in which we invite our community to reflect on the role of artistic expression in times of disunity and conflict, our artistic intern shared her thoughts on the idea of protest as performance. Isabel Hellman is sophomore at Columbia University studying Human Rights with a specialization in theatre. Read her […]

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Feb 10, 2017

Join Us February 9 for an Idea Lab Event Launching Villa

This Thursday, February 9, in anticipation of our New York premiere of Villa by Guillermo Calderón, The Play Company will be hosting “A Conversation on Human Rights: Making Historical Memory into Present Action” in collaboration with the International Coalition of Sites of Conscience, Historical Memory Project, CCNY Division Interdisciplinary Studies at CWE, and the Museum […]

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Feb 6, 2017
New York

VILLA: How we remember acts of violence

VILLA Connections in the United States Now that we’ve rung in the new year, The Play Company is already gearing up for its next production, Villa. Written by Guillermo Calderón, Villa centers around the decision over what to do with the remains of the Villa Grimaldi, a torture center active during the Pinochet regime in Chile.  Directed by […]

Tags: Guillermo Calderón, Memorials, Pulse Nightclub, Shootings, Villa

Jan 6, 2017

Play Pen: Davis McCallum

What is Play Pen?   In light of the deep divisions reflected in conflicts around the world today, we at The Play Company found ourselves looking for new ways to bring our community together through artistic expression.  In the spirit of this idea, we created Play Pen, an ongoing project that invites artists to respond to […]

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Tags: Davis McCallum, Hudson Valley Shakespeare Festival, Play Pen, Shakespeare

Dec 14, 2016
New York

WEEK 6: GLOBAL DISSIDENCE – Five Countries and their Dissident Art

We’re only three weeks away our from our next production Caught, an art-theatre hybrid from Christopher Chen and Lee Sunday-Evans. Caught centers on the work of a certain Chinese dissident artist, so this week our theme is GLOBAL DISSIDENCE. Today, we’ll be looking at the current state of dissident art around the world. CUBA Cuba has a long history of […]

Jul 26, 2016
New York

WEEK 5 BEGINNINGS: Christopher Chen in the Brooklyn Rail

Rehearsals are off and running for our upcoming production of Caught, a genre-bending art-theatre hybrid from Christopher Chen and Lee Sunday-Evans, and we could not be more excited! Check out The Brooklyn Rail’s ‘In Dialogue’ interview between Matthew Paul Olmos and Christopher Chen. They discuss Chen’s “distinctive and exhilarating form of storytelling”, his multicultural perspective, and the genesis […]

Jul 21, 2016
New York