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As artists continue to rally against the Walnut, it’s time to ask: who is “America’s Oldest Theatre”?
Most coverage of protests against the Walnut Street Theatre ignores a key fact: the building may be historic, but the theater company there started in the 1980s. Alaina Johns thinks that matters.
What I learned about leadership as a Walnut Street Theatre apprentice
Time warp on Walnut Street
Alaina Johns is one of many Philadelphia professionals who got their start in the Walnut Street Theatre’s apprenticeship program, and the experience still influences her today.
As normality attempts to return, mask-wearing arguments often miss the truth
Masking our problems
The past year has brought us a lifetime’s worth of pandemic anxiety and movements for justice, but it all seems to have boiled down to worries about masks. Kyle V. Hiller says something deeper is in play.
BSR is resuming in-person and indoor coverage: what you need to know
The arts go back inside
Last summer, BSR committed to keeping our coverage all-digital or all-outdoors until we saw a significant reduction in Covid-19 risk. Now we’re ready for an update. Alaina Johns explains.
30 years in the future, one white woman honors her actions for social justice
Karen tells America
It’s Stacey Abrams Day 2051, and just like her forbears marched with Dr. King, Karen reminisces about the time she helped America finally change for the better. Kyle V. Hiller imagines.
As we line up for Covid vaccines, can we better understand chronic illness?
An infinite ache
Some folks are worried about a day or two of vaccine side effects. Others handle symptoms like pain and fatigue for their whole lives. Alaina Johns considers how the vaccination line lets us reframe chronic illness.
For MLK Day 2021, can we fight our history of miseducation in America?
The truth about unity
This MLK Day, Kyle V. Hiller considers what “unity” actually means, and the education that will get us there.
After the riot at the Capitol, we’re affirming what the BSR team stands for
No to white supremacy
The January 6 insurrection at the US Capitol traumatized many Americans, whether we were shocked by it, or we were seeing what we already knew to be true. Editor Alaina Johns affirms what our executive team stands for in this moment and beyond.
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If you think ramps and elevators are a good idea, why not support image descriptions, too?
Getting the full picture
If you’ve been curious about why BSR is describing images in addition to captioning them, or if you want to understand why this is important, Alaina Johns has an update.
Here’s what 2020 told us about the things we deserve in America
What are we worth?
This year gave us a lot to look back on, but we prefer to ask what about this agonizing, illuminating, terrifying year we’re carrying into the future. Kyle V. Hiller and Alaina Johns consider.