Getting it Right: Military Theatre

By Robin Mackey | The majority of military plays that have been written and produced post-Operation Iraqi Freedom are plays that reflect the consequence of America’s negligence towards veterans. Many challenges plague our veterans – including reintegrating into society, navigating mental health and moral injury. While utilizing art as a vehicle to raise awareness and educate communities may be done with the best of intentions, … Continue reading Getting it Right: Military Theatre

Eye in the Sky: The Life of a Drone Pilot

By Jordan Nickels | “Every so often, you have technologies that come along that rewrite the rules of the game.” – P.W. Singer – Author, Wired for War These soldiers spend the day piloting military drones at control center in Nevada, and come home to their wife and kids at the dinner table each night. Though not physically present in the battlefield, many of these men and … Continue reading Eye in the Sky: The Life of a Drone Pilot

Feminism and War: Two Opposing Views

By Robin Mackey | “If Afghan men are oppressive because they inflict violence against Afghan women, then so too are American women who do the same.” The following articles reflect the opposing views of two women concerned with the Global War on Terror and the U.S.’s employment of drone strikes. In the first article, we’ll hear from “Sparkle”—a remotely piloted aircraft (RPA) sensor operator who … Continue reading Feminism and War: Two Opposing Views

American Dreams…Stories of Immigration

Our Forum Partners METV have entered a new documentary into the 2017 Sarasota Film Festival about the history of immigration in the United States: ————————————————————————– Manatee Educational Television (METV) and BTN Films are proud to announce that their new documentary, American Dreams…Stories of Immigration, has been selected as an Official Entry of the 2017 Sarasota Film Festival. American Dreams will premier as part of the Sarasota Film … Continue reading American Dreams…Stories of Immigration

“Blue Eyes/Brown Eyes”A Class Divided

By Jordan Nickels | How do you teach white students about discrimination and racism? The day after Martin Luther King Jr. was killed, a small town Iowa teacher named Jane Elliott prepared an experiment for her class. This lesson was called “Blue Eyes/Brown Eyes,” where she would treat her students who had blue eyes as superior to those who have brown eyes. This experiment has … Continue reading “Blue Eyes/Brown Eyes”A Class Divided

Who’s Responsible? A Youth Epidemic

In Gidion’s Knot, we get a look at a meeting we very rarely witness – a parent and teacher discussing the death of a student. The mother in this play meets with the teacher of her son, Gidion, who are both trying to process his recent suicide. Unfortunately, this is a problem not unfamiliar to our society. In the United States , suicide is the third … Continue reading Who’s Responsible? A Youth Epidemic

Black Lives Matter – The Mothers of the Movement

By Jordan Nickels | “We must bring awareness.… Don’t wait until tragedy knocks on your door.” Gwen Carr, Mother of Eric Garner. What started as a hashtag became a movement. After the death of  17-year-old Trayvon Martin  and 18-year-old Michael Brown in Ferguson, a group came together to start the Black Lives Matter Movement to promote changes to police brutality, gun reform, and race relations … Continue reading Black Lives Matter – The Mothers of the Movement

Being “Creative Until You Die”

By Jordan Nickels | Older Than Dirt celebrates the ups and downs of aging, showing that you should never be ashamed of your age. Your age is just a number and for some, they never give retirement a second thought! The Hollywood Reporter recently did interviews with 10 Hollywood legends, all over 90 years old, in a series called Creative Until You Die. This project … Continue reading Being “Creative Until You Die”

Behind Bars: Writing The Exonerated

By Jordan Nickels | In 2005, The Exonerated helped opened the Stage III series at Florida Studio Theatre, as a part of our commitment to producing contemporary work that challenges our audience. What better play to reintroduce Stage III this year, than a play about the corruption in our American penal system and innocence of many death row inmates. But when did this play come to … Continue reading Behind Bars: Writing The Exonerated

Center Stage to Center Ring: The Real Tray

By Jordan Nickels | Theatergoers know about playwright Kimber Lee’s poetic play brownsville song (b-side for tray), showing how the family copes with the death of 18 year-old Tray Thompson. But what many don’t know is this play is based on a true story of 20 year-old Tray Franklin Grant, an aspiring boxer from Brownsville, Brooklyn. Kimber Lee, who is also from Brooklyn, heard about Tray through … Continue reading Center Stage to Center Ring: The Real Tray