Artists We Love: August Wilson

For many, the only relationship they have with August Wilson is through movies based on his plays: The Piano Lesson, Oscar®-winning Fences and most recently Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom, starring Viola Davis and the late Chadwick Boseman, both nominated for Academy Awards® in their roles. Those movies are just a slice of the breadth of... Continue Reading →

World Storytelling Day

By Walt Belcher Let me tell you a story. Once upon a time, I was not aware that oral storytelling was a performance art form that I could do. I had heard of The Moth, that monthly story slam out of New York, and I knew that some authors, such as humorist David Sedaris, can... Continue Reading →

Straz @ Home – Our Seventh Stage

Seven Wonders of the WorldSeven DwarfsSeven Deadly SinsSeven ContinentsSeven Days of CreationSeven Brides for Seven BrothersSeven SeasSeven Days a WeekSeven SistersSeven Swans a SwimmingSeven Hills of RomeSeven Words You Can’t Say on TelevisionSeven Colors of the Rainbow All sorts of things come in sevens – the good, the bad and the dwarfs. At The Straz,... Continue Reading →

Puppets Take Centerstage With Some Strings Attached

With its roots in ancient culture, including ivory and clay figures found in Egyptian tombs, puppetry has long been employed in storytelling including the theater. Terracotta Ancient Greek dolls. Exhibited in the National Archaeological Museum in Athens, Room 56. Picture by Giovanni Dall'Orto, November 11 2009. Both Aristotle and Plato in ancient Greece, referenced puppets in their... Continue Reading →

Just Be Kind – Feb. 17 and Every Day

If someone does something especially nice for you on Feb. 17, it may be because that date has been designated Random Acts of Kindness Day. Much has changed since this day a year ago, just prior to organizations like The Straz slowing down in the wake of the coronavirus. Closed doors hasn’t meant inactivity, however.... Continue Reading →

Radio Drama Making a Comeback

At first thought, it might seem that theater performed on the radio could be a lost art. Nowadays, we have the means to see and experience wonderful arts performances -- with our eyes as well as our ears -- in so many ways, on countless devices, that merely listening to theater on the radio could... Continue Reading →

Oh, Say Can You Sing

Dear “The Star-Spangled Banner,” why are you so hard to sing? WHY. Back in July of 2019, Caught in the Act posted a slightly different version of this in-depth story delving into the technical aspects of performing our national anthem. In the wake of last week’s presidential inauguration – which included a dynamite version of... Continue Reading →

A Few of Our Favorite Things!

The Dog has Bitten. The Bee has Stung.   As 2020 finally comes to a close, Caught in the Act offers up Holiday gift ideas inspired by the Broadway showtune and unconventional Christmas classic  Here’s a query: Why is the song “My Favorite Things” -- from the Broadway show The Sound of Music and its subsequent movie adaptation – so closely associated with Christmas? ... Continue Reading →

Giving to the Tenth Power

ONE YEAR LATER: David and Catherine Straz Editor’s note: We conducted this interview at the home of David and Catherine Straz two weeks before Mr. Straz’s passing on Monday, Nov. 18, 2019. Like the Strazes themselves, the interview was heartfelt, full of laughter and a testimonial to their commitment to supporting arts and education. Below... Continue Reading →

WE’RE BACK, BABY!

Jobsite’s Theater’s first performance of The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (abridged) [revised] on our Riverwalk Stage. (Fotoset by James Luedde) While emphasizing health and safety and mandating socially distanced seating configurations and the wearing of masks, on Friday, Oct. 2, the Straz Center cautiously and thoughtfully began a slate of live, in-person performances -- the first performances... Continue Reading →

TTRL’s Top Moments

For the past five months, theaters across the globe have gone dark due to the COVID-19 pandemic. (Find out how you can help “Save Our Stages” here.) Many artists and arts workers have had their livelihoods thrown into chaos as they try to navigate the unknown - and while our stages are silent, the need... Continue Reading →

National Nonprofit Day

August 17 is National Nonprofit Day, which recognizes the positive impacts nonprofits have on their communities. Emily Dey, the Straz Center's senior director of individual giving, muses on the current state of The Straz. The Straz and its $130,000,000 overall contribution to the local economy reinforces our commitment to the area’s cultural and economic prosperity.... Continue Reading →

Mask Wearing Then and Now

By guest blogger Suzanne Livesay, Straz Center Vice President of Education and Community Engagement Mask wearing has been a topic of conversation in the United States for almost three months and counting. A required piece of attire as we reintroduce our on-site summer camps at Patel Conservatory will be the mask. No matter how one... Continue Reading →

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