"Familiar" by Danai Gurira at Playwrights Horizons.(Photo by Joan Marcus)

Offscript: Going West With Meiyin Wang

The former co-director of the Under the Radar Festival stops by, and the editors discuss Salt Lake City and the latest yellowface controversy.

Every other week, the editors of American Theatre curate a free-ranging discussion about the lively arts in our Offscript podcast.

This week, staffers Rob Weinert-Kendt, Diep Tran, and Allison Considine discusses traveling to high altitudes and what to expect (Allison just got back from Salt Lake City and Diep was in Denver). Plus, they address the controversial casting of a white Christmas Eve in a Cincinnati production of Avenue Q and why our collective anger may be misdirected.

Our guest this week is Meiyin Wang, formerly the co-director of the Under the Radar Festival at the Public Theater. She talks about why she’s leaving NYC for Northern California and why this doesn’t mean she’ll stop traveling for international theatre.

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This week’s recommendations:

If you love intimate experiences, check out The Worst Thing I’ve Ever Done, a theatre-for-one experience from  the Sackerson company in Salt Lake City.

For those who love their glam rock with a side of theatricality, check out “Beautiful Monster,” the new album from Sky-Pony, created by the musical theatre power couple comprised of composer Kyle Jarrow and actress Lauren Worsham.

Familiar by Danai Gurira at Playwrights Horizons in NYC, a surprising dramedy about a first-generation Zimbabwean immigrant family. It may be called Familiar, but you’ve probably never seen anything like it.

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