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Stories pour from 'A Crack in the Sky' at St. Paul's History Theatre | Star Tribune | February 12, 2018
Faye Price ‘77 is directing “A Crack in the Sky” at the History Theater. The play, written by Harrison David Rivers, was reviewed in the Star Tribune.

Twin Cities holiday shows get funky new addition with Shá Cage's 'Khephra' | Star Tribune | December 5, 2017
The playful production is written by, and stars, Shá Cage ‘95, the versatile and prolific Twin Cities actor/director last seen in "Romeo and Juliet" at the Guthrie. Her new show, directed fluidly by E.G. Bailey, mixes puppetry, music and dance as it tells a sincere story about a fatherless African girl's migration to America.

“Khephra,” enlightening entertainment for all ages | Minnesota Spokesman-Recorder | November 24, 2017
Shá Cage ‘95, hardly rests on her laurels. After the runaway success of “New Neighbors,” which debuted in June at the Sundance Film Festival, Cage has performed on more than 50 venues internationally and still tours prestigious outlets. She’s featured in this article.

Theatre Y to Stage New Adaptation of Federico Garcia Lorca's YERMA | Broadway World - Chicago | August 17, 2017
Theatre Y announces their production of Yerma, written by Federico García Lorca and directed by Max Traux, playing at the company's new home in Chicago. Lorca's classic Spanish tragic poem is performed by the Theatre Y Ensemble and is freshly adapted by Theatre Y Ensemble Member Héctor Álvarez, who graduated from Macalester in 2008.

From Nosebleed Seats to the Stage, Actors Discuss August Wilson | New York Times | January 11, 2017
Several veterans of Wilson’s plays talked about their beginnings: the first time they were exposed to August Wilson and the first time they themselves spoke his discursive, sharp-elbowed, century-encompassing words. One of those actors was Danai Gurira '01.

Local pair's short film makes it to Sundance | MPR | January 16, 2017
Two well-known figures in the Minnesota theater world jump toward the silver screen as they take their short movie to the prestigious Sundance Film Festival. Actor Sha Cage '95 and writer-director E.G. Bailey's film "New Neighbors" was selected from tens of thousands of entries for Sundance.

TCG 2016 Gala to Honor Danai Gurira, ‘Eclipsed’ Producers | American Theatre | August 2, 2016
Theatre Communications Group (TCG) has announced that its 2016 gala will honor the writer of the Broadway hit Eclipsed, Danai Gurira '01, and its producers Stephen C. Byrd and Alia Jones-Harvey, as well as the Vilcek Foundation, led by executive director Rick Kinsel. The honorees will be recognized at the gala on Nov. 14.

Twin Cities actor wins national honor | Star Tribune | October 15, 2015
Veteran Twin Cities actor James A. Williams '77, a Macalester College graduate who has been trodding the boards on stages from Penumbra to the Guthrie, Broadway to London, for the past 30 years, has won a national honor for "distinguished achievement.

Review: In ‘Eclipsed,’ Female Captives in Liberia’s Civil War Seek Sustenance | The New York Times | October 15, 2015
Review of "Eclipsed,"Danai Gurira’s '01 shattering drama about women’s suffering during the Liberian civil wars.

Black men talk sexuality in ‘AKA: Fathers/Sons’ | MPR's State of the Arts | July 25, 2014
If we want to get better at having difficult conversations, we have to practice. That idea is at the heart of “AKA Fathers/Sons,” a piece created by Theatre Prof. Harry Waters Jr, his son Jordon Waters, and Kevin “Kaoz” Moore. The show, which they call a “performative conversation,” was developed out of their own conversations on sexuality, sex and masculinity.