Cara Blouin is the Art Pastor at the the Art Church of West Philadelphia. She is also a freelance director and new-play dramaturg whose original plays Pink Punch and Sorry, Broken Piano premiered this year. She is best known in Philadelphia for producing Dan Rottenberg Is Thinking about Raping You and The Republican Theater Festival. Other Philadelphia credits include Josh Hitchens’s The Legend of Sleepy Hollow (Curio Theatre Company) and the world premiere of Joy Cutler’s Pardon My Invasion. She also directed Afterlife and Glossolalia, both finalists in the Samuel French Off-Off Broadway Theater Festival (NYC). Cara is the facilitator of the Souls of Black Folk series for new plays at the Painted Bride Art Center, and has served as a teaching artist at Drexel University and the Community College of Philadelphia. She was the founder of the New York-based Stone Soup Theater Arts, and the Universal Culture School in Hunan, China, which teaches English to Chinese teenagers using an arts curriculum.
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Be the "actor-and" you want to see in the world
Donning — and doffing — the artist's hat
It takes a village to support a career artist, but there's no shame in building a village of your own the best way you can. Cara Blouin considers.
Philly Fringe 2018: Irish Heritage Theatre's 'Lay Me Down Softly' (second review)
Boxed into a corner
Irish Heritage Theatre's Fringe Fest entry, Billy Roche's 'Lay Me Down Softly' features solid performances but ultimately loses the fight. Cara Blouin reviews.
'Watch Me Jump,' by Jeremy Gable: Theater as video game
Jeremy Gable's 'Watch Me Jump' world-premieres his own play in video-game format. Cara Blouin considers.
Shakespeare in Clark Park presents 'Twelfth Night'
A summer tradition continues with Shakespeare in Clark Park's production of 'Twelfth Night.' Cara Blouin reviews.
Act II Playhouse presents Jeffrey Hatcher and Mitch Albom's 'Tuesdays with Morrie'
Man-date with Morrie
The stage adaptation of Mitch Albom's bestselling memoir 'Tuesdays with Morrie' keeps its characters at arm's length. Cara Blouin reviews.
PAPA Mini-Residency Showcase, with Claris Park, Rupal Pujara, Stephanie N. Walter
Maximum meaning at Mini-Residency
Philadelphia Asian Performing Artists presents its Mini-Residency Showcase, featuring works in progress from three emerging artists. Cara Blouin reviews.
Almanac Dance Circus Theatre presents Nicole Burgio's 'xoxo moongirl'
Family in the balance
'xoxo moongirl' combines aerial work with narrative and dance to tell the autobiographical story of a family in crisis. Cara Blouin reviews.
Applied Mechanics presents 'This Is on Record'
The times, they aren't a-changin'
Applied Mechanics' 'This Is on Record' takes a 50-year look back at our political arena and finds remarkable continuities. Cara Blouin reviews.
SoLow Fest 2018: Alma's Engine presents Eppchez !'s 'Publik Private'
A tale of two identities
Alma's Engine brings Eppchez!'s 'Publik Private' to SoLow Fest and examines the four faces of two historic people. Cara Blouin reviews.
SoLow Fest 2018: Die Cast presents 'Pre-Phyre'
Sheltering in place
Die Cast's interactive SoLow entry 'Pre-Phyre' brings together an apocalyptic event and fascinating characters. Cara Blouin reviews.
PAC presents 'Maria Marten, or, The Murder in the Red Barn' (second review)
Putting the drama in melodrama
Philadelphia Artists' Collective brings serious acting to a very silly play based on a 19th-century true-crime tale. Cara Blouin reviews.
reTHEATER presents John Cameron Mitchell's 'Hedwig and the Angry Inch'
Kind of a drag
Braden Chapman (a.k.a. Mimi Imfurst) of 'RuPaul's Drag Race: All-Stars' heads reTHEATER's 'Hedwig and the Angry Inch,' but critic Cara Blouin had a hard time enjoying the show. CW: this essay describes sexual acts that were assumed to be non-consensual.
Simpatico Theatre presents Caridad Svich's 'Red Bike'
A wild ride
Simpatico Theatre's production of Caridad Svich's 'Red Bike' serves the playwright better than its script does. Cara Blouin reviews.
PIFA 2018: Asphalt Piloten's 'Tape Riot'
Meditations on the city
'Tape Riot,' by Swiss choreographer Anna Anderegg and Asphalt Piloten, takes viewers and performers on an interactive tour of Center City. Cara Blouin reviews.
FringeArts presents Barcode Circus Company's 'Sweat and Ink'
Circus of tomorrow
Barcode Circus Company's 'Sweat and Ink' brings exciting feats to the stage along with an interesting story, but sometimes those lines blur in unfortunate ways. Cara Blouin reviews.