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The Flashpaper:
Theatre's Thoughts on Right Now

ISSUE 3
Summer 2021

 

Benefiting organization:

HowlRound Theatre Commons

The Prompt:

What happens on the first day we're back in a room together?
 

Contents:


A poem 
by Snehal Desai

 

A reported essay 
by Juan Michael Porter II

 

A photo essay 
by Patrick Scorese & Anton Kerkula

 

An elegiac prose poem 

by Steven Vargas


An daring essay 
by Semassa Boko

 

Sheet music for an original song 
by Marc Jablonski

 

A manifesto
by The Movement Theatre Company

 

A satirical review
by MJ Halberstadt

A pair of short, interconnected plays 
by Rachel Perez-Melian

 

An essay 
by Alix Rosenfeld

 

A photo essay
by Robert Williams II

A poem 
by Laura Heywood

Opening and closing conversations with

Lauren Gunderson, Clint Ramos, Diep Tran, Soraya Nadia McDonald, & Alex Michaels (Alexis Michelle)

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ABOUT US

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When you read The Flashpaper, you can . . .

. . . experience the urgent ideas of the country’s most exciting theatre artists.

. . . relish how many forms those ideas take, from scripts and essays to graphic novels, photo diaries, and more. 

. . . hold an actual, physical publication—a talisman of where we are at this moment.

. . . support artists with 100% of the profits from your purchase. 

 

To put it another way:

The Flashpaper: Theatre’s Thoughts on Right Now is a biannual publication in which 10-12 theatre artists and/or theatre companies create new work that responds to a specific prompt about an urgent current event. Their responses are published to elevate their voices, provide them with compensation, and present a snapshot of how they are collectively engaging with the present moment.

The Flashpaper only exists in print. Snippets might be available online, but the full experience is in the tangible publication.

 

 
 

What People Say...

Jill Twiss 

Emmy Award winner & author of

A Day in the Life of Marlon Bundo

"The Flashpaper gives those of us who love theatre a place to hear from artists who want it to be the best it can be. It’s the perfect outlet for people who love theatre just as much for the community and the conversation as we do for the shows."

David Henry Hwang

Tony Award-winning & Pulitzer Prize-nominated Playwright

"The Flashpaper: Theatre’s Thoughts on Right Now gathers together a new and vital community. On these pages, we will share our lives and work during this pandemic, our discoveries in isolation, and our innovations as we emerge to rebuild the theatre. In doing so, we may even rediscover our roots."

John Ridley

Academy Award winner for 12 Years a Slave. Emmy-nominated creator of American Crime.

"I appreciate the perspective of The Flashpaper, and I appreciate having artists engage with the idea of justice. I believe art really is a lever, and if you use it correctly, it can create change."

 

WHERE YOUR MONEY GOES

$1 GOES TO

each contributing entity (whether an individual artist or a group). They are all indie theatre artists or indie theatre companies.

$1 GOES TO

The Flashpaper’s editor, Mark Blankenship. (He’s also an indie artist.) 

$1 GOES TO

The Flashpaper’s publisher, Ben Van Buren. (He’s also an indie artist.)

$1.50 GOES TO

The particular issue's benefiting organization.

THE REST OF YOUR MONEY

covers production costs.

IF YOU ADD A SILVER DONATION* TO YOUR ORDER

all additional proceeds will be split among the benefitting organization, all contributing entities, and the two Flashpaper staffers.

IF YOU ADD A GOLD DONATION* TO YOUR ORDER

all additional proceeds will be split among the benefitting organization, all contributing entities, and the two Flashpaper staffers.

* Please note that donations are NOT tax deductible. 

 
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CONTACT

Mark Blankenship, Editor and Founder

Ben Van Buren, Publisher

theflashpaperjournal@gmail.com

John Wyszniewski, Press Representative

john@everymanagency.com