“Honey, Why are You Crying?”: The Unknown Evolution of the Common Cry

In an interview with American Theatre Magazine, playwright Molly Smith Metzler explained that her idea for the title came late in the writing process: “I remembered that the two main characters briefly talk about the 'cry it out' sleep method — a disputed, controversial method of 'teaching' your baby to sleep through the night by leaving them to scream their lungs out. It's aggressive, and it’s not unlike what new parents go through: It’s terrifying and you can cry out for help all you want, but no one is coming to your side with answers.” There’s also no easy answer for why we cry at all. “Charles Darwin once declared emotional tears ‘purposeless,’” says behavioral neurologist Michael Trimble, “and nearly 150 years later, emotional crying remains one of the human body’s more confounding mysteries.”

DECOLONIZATION: A Process, A Movement, A Way Forward

Eleanor Burgess' The Niceties asks: how does our current institutional practices and lessons reinforce white narratives of American history? Throughout the play, we are encouraged and challenged to consider what it would mean to decolonize those practices. Read about how five artists of color are doing this work within the art world now.

Celebrating Rochester’s LGBTQ+ Community part 4

Over the course of performances for La Cage Aux Folles, our engagement team has highlighted the lives of some of the leaders of Rochester's LGBTQ+ community in our lobby. But if you weren't there every week, you will have missed someone! So this series of blog posts celebrates their contributions. 

Saluting Rochester’s LGBTQ+ Community pt 3

Over the course of performances for La Cage Aux Folles, our engagement team has highlighted the lives of some of the leaders of Rochester's LGBTQ+ community in our lobby. But if you weren't there every week, you will have missed someone!  This series of blog posts celebrates their contributions. 

Saluting Leaders in Rochester’s LGBTQ+ Community

Over the course of performances for La Cage Aux Folles, our engagement team has highlighted the lives of some of the leaders of Rochester's LGBTQ+ community in our lobby. But if you weren't there every week, you will have missed someone! So this series of blog posts celebrates their contributions. 

How to be Human

Before rehearsals for Stephen Karam's play The Humans even began, director Mark Cuddy made a point to get a few Blake family rules established with the cast. Because is it really a family Thanksgiving if there aren’t those little touchy subjects everyone knows not to bring up over dinner? There are three rules which pretty much … Continue reading How to be Human

A FORTUNE-ate Interview…

They say fortune favors the brave, and they also say that fortune favors the prepared mind (although that doesn't sound as poetic...). As I think about writer/director Deborah Zoe Laufer's play FORTUNE, both phrases feel somehow appropriate. It takes courage to reinvent yourself artistically, and artists are continually preparing and rehearsing the art of collaboration. I asked Deborah to share some insights about this process, as we prepare to present this production from the Hangar Theatre in Ithaca.