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June 2014 Spotlight: Raue Center For The Arts + Mad River Theatre Works

Raue Center For The Arts in Crystal Lake, IL presented Mad River Theatre Works in January 2014. This Arts Midwest Touring Fund—supported engagement featured a public performance and post-performance Q&A session. A company with roots deep into the Midwest, Mad River Theatre Works strives to create plays that combine music and drama to tell and revise the kinds of stories that define the United States. As the company digs into the past, they focus on shedding new light on contemporary issues such as community breakdown, the importance of individual cultures, racism and tolerance, and the changing role of women. “Everybody’s Hero: The Jackie Robinson Story” shows the events that shaped Jackie Robinson’s character, his struggle to gain acceptance, and the tremendous obstacles he overcame on his way to changing the face of major league baseball and the United States.

The Big Read Santa Barbara

As part of The Big Read during the 2013–2014 season, the Santa Barbara Public Library in Santa Barbara, California chose The Things They...

May 2014 Spotlight: Center for the Performing Arts + RIOULT Dance NY

Center for the Performing Arts in Carmel, IN presented RIOULT Dance NY in November 2013. This Arts Midwest Touring Fund supported engagement featured a public performance and masterclasses, a lecture, an open rehearsal, and post-performance discussion over the course of three days. The Center for the Performing is an inviting gathering place for the community to celebrate great art together. The Center provides stages for local, national, and international theater, dance, and music organizations to perform. An important and impressive part of the Center is its Palladio dome in the Palladium, one of three stages where artists and audiences can find artistic inspiration.