When Ward stepped into Lewis’ play

Read Melory Mirashrafi’s piece for Artists Rep on:

“What the Pandemic Taught Us About Prioritizing Artist Health”

In May of 2023, during ART’s production of True Story by E. M. Lewis, actor Maria Porter experienced a health emergency that led to actor and writer Lolly Ward stepping into her role leading up to opening night. Director Luan Schooler, Porter, and Ward sit down with Artistic & Producing Associate Melory Mirashrafi to discuss their experiences on True Story, and what the world of theatre has learned about prioritizing actor health as a result of the pandemic.

No JOKE! Rubin’s play sweeps award noms

Rich Rubin’s comedy-drama KAFKA’S JOKE, which premiered in March at Desert Ensemble Theatre (Palm Springs, CA), received 13 award nominations by the Desert Theatre League, including Outstanding Production!

KAFKA’S JOKE was selected as the Best Play of the 2023 season by Broadway World (Palm Springs). In addition, the play received awards for Best Director (Jerome Elliott Moskowitz), Best Performer (John Corr, a 2016 graduate of the Portland Actors Conservatory), Best Supporting Performer (Larry Dyekman ), and Best Ensemble.