A woman stands onstage in front of Revolutionary War artwork in 1776

1776: Redefining a Moment in History

Acclaimed director Diane Paulus’ personal mantra as an artist is to always expand the boundaries of theater – or why even bother? She did that when she reimagined the classic Broadway musicals Hair, Porgy & Bess and Pippin; the films Finding Neverland and Waitress, and even Alanis Morissette’s platinum-selling album Jagged Little Pill. And she’s done […]

Chava, Tzeitel, and Hodel sit on the floor together in Fiddler on the Roof

The Director’s Approach: Bartlett Sher on directing the Broadway revival of Fiddler in 2015

Reprinted with permission of Fiddler on the Roof What are the differences between working on this show and some of your other past projects? Bartlett Sher: Talking about Fiddler on the Roof is actually a pretty great challenge when it comes to being a director, because the show is deeply beloved and it has a […]

Calpurnia confronts Atticus in To Kill a Mockingbird

First Look: To Kill a Mockingbird

“Majestic and incandescent, it’s filled with breath and nuance and soul.” With direction by Tony Award® winner Bartlett Sher, Harper Lee’s To Kill a Mockingbird — “the greatest novel of all time” (Chicago Tribune) — has quickly become “one of the greatest plays in history” (NPR). Take a look at some of the production photos below.

The Finch family and Dill Harris hang out on their front porch in To Kill a Mockingbird

Court Cases that Inspired To Kill a Mockingbird

THE “SCOTTSBORO BOYS” TRIAL: POWELL V. ALABAMA (1932) In this dramatization of Harper Lee’s To Kill a Mockingbird, Atticus makes reference to two US Supreme Court cases involving black boys and men accused of rape by white women. The verdicts of these two trials, Powell v. Alabama and Brown v. Mississippi, inform Atticus’s hope that […]

Calpurnia stands at a table holding wooden dolls in To Kill a Mockingbird

It’s Still a Crime To Kill a Mockingbird

Richard Thomas, who plays Atticus, and Jacqueline Williams, who plays Calpurnia, discuss playing two of the most beloved characters from Harper Lee’s To Kill a Mockingbird. In Harper Lee’s celebrated novel To Kill a Mockingbird she wrote, “The one thing that doesn’t abide by majority rule is a person’s conscience.” When the book was published […]

The cast of 1776 stands onstage as they sing

A Lifechanging Journey for Mehry Eslaminia

Hometown girl Mehry Eslaminia just made her Broadway debut in the revival of 1776. We caught up with Mehry about her journey from Cherry Hills Elementary School to Broadway, and her relationship with the DCPA. DCPA: How did you catch the acting bug? Mehry Eslaminia: My father is from Iran and my mother is from […]

1776 Reading List

As you prepare to enjoy 1776, the revolutionary musical about the birth of the nation, Goodreads provides a list of “Best Books about the American Revolution.” Here are the Top 10 plus a supplemental list of books curated by the American Repertory Theatre.

Atticus Finch speaks in the courtroom in To Kill a Mockingbird

A New Way of Looking at To Kill a Mockingbird

The Broadway adaptation’s writer Aaron Sorkin talks about updating and paying homage to Harper Lee’s American classic today. Excerpted from Simms, David. “A New Way of Looking at To Kill a Mockingbird.” The Atlantic, December 17, 2019 The first line of Aaron Sorkin’s stage adaptation of To Kill a Mockingbird is one of quiet confusion. “Something didn’t […]

Rudolph Family and Santa

Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer: The Musical Word Search

Get in the holiday spirit with this word search from Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer: The Musical! This brain game is a great pre-show activity for Rudolph enthusiasts of all ages. You can also find additional, printable games on the DCPA website. Click here to download the printable version.

Purses lined up on a shelf in Kate Spade

Shop Cherry Creek Shopping Center for a Fetch Look

Shop Cherry Creek Shopping Center for styles so fetch that Gretchen would be jealous. Located in the heart of Denver, Cherry Creek Shopping Center is the Rocky Mountain region’s premier shopping destination. The shopping center has over 150 shops, including 40 exclusives to the area. Whether you’re looking for the true 2000s style or want to elevate the […]