“Roma”: To Look Where Others Don’t

In our current cinematic era in which the technicolor spectacle of CGI dominates the box office, the choice of black and white cinematography in contemporary film suggests directorial deliberation and intentionality. It’s a choice the vast majority of viewers likely notice first when entering into the narrative of a film. And most of us, too,…

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Transforming “The Ugly Duckling:” A New Telling of an Old Tale at Allentown Public Theatre

Many readers might be familiar with Hans Christian Andersen’s fairy tale, The Ugly Duckling— but you may not know of Willow Reichard-Flynn’s retelling. Recently performed at the Allentown Public Theatre, Reichard-Flynn’s modern The Ugly Duckling portrays the classic story of a social outcast being bullied for being different, but with a significant twist. In the…

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Artist Spotlight: Alexis Leon

If you’ve attended any productions at Touchstone Theatre in the past few years, chances are, you have seen Alexis Leon’s work. Although Leon’s professional life at Lehigh University, where she works as the Assistant Director of International Internships (through the Office of International Affairs), takes up much of her schedule, she still manages to find…

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Allentown Public Theatre Comes Clean

According to a statistic from the National Institute of Health, over 100 people die from opioid overdoses each day in the United States. Opioids — a category of drugs which includes varieties of both prescription and street drugs  — pose a grave concern due to ease of access. Substance abuse narratives often focus on working-class…

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