I won’t recover in the dark: People with bipolar deserve to be seen
Mental illness isn’t a punchline
Editor Alaina Johns is taking a few weeks off to focus on treating her bipolar disorder, with the support of the BSR team. Here’s why it’s important to talk about this.
Philadelphia rally speakers warn that the battle for abortion rights is coming to Pennsylvania
Reproductive justice matters to our cultural sector
All eyes are on the Supreme Court this week, taking up cases including one that could overturn the constitutional right to an abortion. What does Philly think about that? Alaina Johns attended the rally.
After years of writing from trauma, I’m choosing joy
Why do you want to amplify my voice?
After two long summers and many challenging writing sessions in between, Kyle V. Hiller contemplates how trauma-inspired work is no longer his cup of tea.
After a summer of solo adventures, I learned how good it can be to go it alone
Why I’m not waiting for you
In a world that expects everyone to travel in pairs, going out alone is a refreshing and important way to reframe your relationship to yourself—and others. Alaina Johns wanders.
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.