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CATCO Closes Their 2020-2021 Season with Streaming Adaptation of ‘Working’

Richard Sanford Richard Sanford CATCO Closes Their 2020-2021 Season with Streaming Adaptation of ‘Working’

When incoming CATCO artistic director Leda Hoffmann announced the 2020-21 season under the cloud of the pandemic, she threw down a gauntlet for herself and her collaborators. “ we were going to sell a virtual pass to the season and it was going to include a musical. And when I said that, I had no […]

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Theatre Preview: CATCO Presents Twist on Classic with Streaming ‘A Columbus Christmas Carol’

Richard Sanford Richard Sanford Theatre Preview: CATCO Presents Twist on Classic with Streaming ‘A Columbus Christmas Carol’

CATCO’s Artistic Director Leda Hoffmann reached out to Detroit-based playwright Julianna Gonzalez to adapt her acclaimed modern take on Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol – originally performed with Black and Brown Theatre – to Columbus audiences and to a digital presentation. I spoke with the playwright by Zoom. Last year, before taking the reins at […]

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Theater Preview: The Wexner Center Presents Taylor Mac’s ‘Holiday Sauce…Pandemic!’

Richard Sanford Richard Sanford Theater Preview: The Wexner Center Presents Taylor Mac’s ‘Holiday Sauce…Pandemic!’

Few artists have put as indelible a stamp on American culture of the last 20 years as Taylor Mac – who uses “judy” as a gender pronoun. Mac: a MacArthur Fellow and recipient of Bessie, Obie, and New York Drama Critics’ Circle awards to barely scratch the surface.  Since 2017, Mac has returned to judy’s […]

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Theater Preview: Short North Stage Premieres ‘Quarantine With the Clauses’

Richard Sanford Richard Sanford Theater Preview: Short North Stage Premieres ‘Quarantine With the Clauses’

The pandemic and its radiating effects are reshaping every beloved holiday tradition. The classic family shows we’re used to seeing from theatre companies are affected like everything else. Short North Stage continues their tradition of original holiday shows with a virtual twist, bringing us Quarantine With The Clauses. Director and company Artistic Director Edward Carignan […]

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Theater Preview: Katherine Burkman’s ‘Coffee Shop Blues’ Premieres in Digital Form

Richard Sanford Richard Sanford Theater Preview: Katherine Burkman’s ‘Coffee Shop Blues’ Premieres in Digital Form

For many years, Katherine Burkman has been a steadying, forward-thinking presence in Columbus’ literary and theatrical worlds. As a professor, novelist, playwright, director, and the organizer of collectives Women At Play and Wild Women Writing, she’s helped Columbus grow into the vibrant scene we’re all lucky to share. It’s no surprise that as word circulated […]

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CATCO/CATCO Is Kids Opens 2020-21 Season with ‘Plays Toward an Antiracist Tomorrow’

Richard Sanford Richard Sanford CATCO/CATCO Is Kids Opens 2020-21 Season with ‘Plays Toward an Antiracist Tomorrow’

CATCO and CATCO is Kids return, joining the brave artists pivoting to streaming work during the pandemic, with a new Artistic Director, Leda Hoffmann, in an exciting partnership with the King Arts Complex for KAC’s The HeART of Protest social justice collaboration. Hoffmann came to Columbus and CATCO from acclaimed runs at Strawdog Theatre in […]

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Upper Arlington Library’s Local Music Collection Available for Streaming

Taijuan Moorman Taijuan Moorman Upper Arlington Library’s Local Music Collection Available for Streaming

Marketed as Ohio’s first digital library collection, the Upper Arlington Public Library’s Listen Columbus project brings a digital collection of local music to library goers, free of charge. After putting together a physical collection of local music for the library, Listen Columbus coordinators Katy Hite and Alexa Elgabri said they recognized the need for a […]

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