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Three on the Aisle: The Pandemic Process With Samira Wiley & Kate Hamill

This week the critics talk to two theatre artists about the choices they’ve made and the field they hope to return to.

Once a month, Terry Teachout of The Wall Street Journal; Elisabeth Vincentelli, contributor to The New York Times and The New Yorker; and Peter Marks of the Washington Post get together to talk about what’s going on in the American theatre.

This month, as the scale of the economic devastation facing arts professionals continues to sink in, the critics forgo criticism to conduct interviews with creative theatre folks who are finding their way through this extraordinary time: Orange Is the New Black star Samira Wiley, who appeared in a starry Zoom production of Uncle Vanya last fall (and is in the upcoming film Breaking News in Yuba County); and actor/playwright Kate Hamill, best known for her adaptations of period classics, in which she also often appears, who recently starred with her husband, Jason O’Connell, in a video-captured Talley’s Folly at Syracuse Stage. The two artists talk about the tough choices they’ve made and their hopes for change in the field when it returns to production.

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