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Goodspeed Opera House (East Haddam, CT)
PO Box A, 6 Main Street
East Haddam, CT 06423

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From his beginning as a struggling carnival magician, Harry Houdini emerged as a legendary escape artist whose death-defying feats captivated the world. Houdini portrays the loves and obsessions of a man whose family relationships are as complex as his mystical illusions.

The House Theatre of Chicago Extends THE MAGIC PARLOURThe House Theatre of Chicago Extends THE MAGIC PARLOUR
by BWW News Desk - May 8, 2015

The House Theatre of Chicago proudly announces the addition of Sunday matinees to Dennis Watkins' The Magic Parlour, currently scheduled at the Palmer House Hilton, 17 E. Monroe, May 9 - July 31. Regular performances take place Fridays and Saturdays at 7:30 p.m. and 9:30 p.m. with added performances Sundays at 2 p.m.* Tickets are $75 each, which include wine and beer selections, and may be purchased at www.themagicparlour.com, www.thehousetheatre.com or by calling The House Theatre of Chicago Box Office at 773.769.3832. The Magic Parlour is recommended for ages 10 and up and dressy attire is highly recommended. (more...)

Premiere of History's TEXAS RISING Delivers 4.1 Million ViewersPremiere of History's TEXAS RISING Delivers 4.1 Million Viewers
by TV News Desk - May 27, 2015

Monday night's premiere of HISTORY's event series TEXAS RISING (#TexasRising) roped in 4.1 million Total Viewers. (more...)

Top Artists, Iconic Venues + Seasonal Music Events Hit High Notes for Denver VisitorsTop Artists, Iconic Venues + Seasonal Music Events Hit High Notes for Denver Visitors
by BWW News Desk - May 21, 2015

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Pleasance Sets 2015 Edinburgh ProgrammePleasance Sets 2015 Edinburgh Programme
by BWW News Desk - May 18, 2015

Often referred to as the beating heart of the Festival, the Pleasance once again presents a programme for this year's Edinburgh Festival Fringe this is both entertaining and thought-provoking. (more...)

13th Street Rep Celebrates Ray DeMattis' 50th Anniversary in the Biz13th Street Rep Celebrates Ray DeMattis' 50th Anniversary in the Biz
by BWW News Desk - May 11, 2015

The 13th Street Repertory Theater celebrated veteran stage/film/TV actor Ray DeMattis' 50th anniversary in the business -- honoring his lifetime achievements -- by proclaiming May 10th 'Ray DeMattis Day.'  DeMattis was presented with a framed certificate of honor by one of his proteges -- Michael J.C. Anderson, an actor with the 13th Street Rep.  And DeMattis, in turn, presented the first annual  'Ray DeMattis Award,' honoring young artists-to-watch, to actors Cody Jordan and John Brady, co-stars of Chip Deffaa's musical-comedy success  'Mad About the Boy.'  They each received a plaque, a copy of a cast album featuring DeMattis ('Flora the Red Menace'), and a $100.00 honorarium. (more...)

History Developing New Scripted Series THE BOYS OF '67History Developing New Scripted Series THE BOYS OF '67
by BWW News Desk - Mar 31, 2015

HISTORY is in development on THE BOYS OF '67, a scripted series about the First Platoon of Charlie Company, 9th Infantry Division; the only division raised, trained and deployed en masse to service in Vietnam, it was announced today by Dirk Hoogstra, EVP and General Manager, HISTORY & H2. THE BOYS OF '67 will be produced for HISTORY by A+E Studios in association with Head First Productions and Muse Entertainment. (more...)

HISTORY Orders Fourth Season of Hit Scripted Series VIKINGSHISTORY Orders Fourth Season of Hit Scripted Series VIKINGS
by TV News Desk - Mar 26, 2015

HISTORY® has picked up a fourth season of its hit scripted series VIKINGS, it was announced today by Dirk Hoogstra, EVP and General Manager, HISTORY & H2. VIKINGS is created and written by Michael Hirst (more...)

Magician Bruce Kalver Returning to Ocean State Theatre, 4/4Magician Bruce Kalver Returning to Ocean State Theatre, 4/4
by BWW News Desk - Mar 26, 2015

?Local Magician, Bruce Kalver returns to Ocean State Theatre with his show Magical Moments: A Magic Show for All Ages! The production, which is part of Ocean State Theatre Company's Family Fun Fest, will be performed for one show only on Saturday, April 4, 2014 at 11:00 am. (more...)

THE ILLUSIONISTS Coming to 5th Avenue Theatre, 6/16-21THE ILLUSIONISTS Coming to 5th Avenue Theatre, 6/16-21
by BWW News Desk - Mar 26, 2015

THE ILLUSIONISTS - WITNESS THE IMPOSSIBLE the world's best-selling touring magic show, will play The 5th Avenue Theatre in Seattle as part of a 20-city U.S. tour. The show had a highly successful holiday run on Broadway this past year. This sensational magic spectacular plays June 16-21, 2015 (press opening June 17) at The 5th Avenue Theatre (1308 5th Avenue, Seattle, WA 98101). Tickets (starting at $24) may be purchased online at www.5thavenue.org, by phone at 206-625-1900, or at the Box Office at 1308 5th Avenue in Downtown Seattle. (more...)

BWW Preview: The ILLUSIONISTS at the Ordway CenterBWW Preview: The ILLUSIONISTS at the Ordway Center
by Kristen Hirsch Montag - Mar 25, 2015

The Ordway presents an unusual and box-office smashing show now through March 29 that is not the usual song and dance. (more...)

THE ILLUSIONISTS - WITNESS THE IMPOSSIBLE Comes to North Texas, 4/7-19THE ILLUSIONISTS - WITNESS THE IMPOSSIBLE Comes to North Texas, 4/7-19
by BWW News Desk - Mar 23, 2015

THE ILLUSIONISTS - WITNESS THE IMPOSSIBLE the world's best-selling touring magic show, will play at the Music Hall at Fair Park in Dallas, TX on April 7-19 as part of a 20 city U.S. tour and Dallas Summer Musicals 75th Anniversary Season. The show had a highly successful holiday run on Broadway this past year and is ready to wow audiences in North Texas. (more...)

Michael Weston to Star in FOX Supernatural Drama HOUDINI & DOYLE in 2016Michael Weston to Star in FOX Supernatural Drama HOUDINI & DOYLE in 2016
by TV News Desk - Jun 24, 2015

Michael Weston (“House,” “Six Feet Under”) and Stephen Mangan (“Episodes”) have been cast in the lead roles of Houdini & DOYLE, a mystery adventure drama series scheduled to debut in Spring 2016 on ITV Encore and in 2016 on FOX. (more...)

THE ILLUSIONISTS - WITNESS THE IMPOSSIBLE Coming to the West EndTHE ILLUSIONISTS - WITNESS THE IMPOSSIBLE Coming to the West End
by BWW News Desk - Jun 22, 2015

THE ILLUSIONISTS - WITNESS THE IMPOSSIBLE - the world's best-selling touring magic show which has sold out in 71 cities across 17 countries - comes to London's West End for the first time, playing at the Shaftesbury Theatre from Saturday 14 November - Sunday 3 January (Press Night: Monday 16 November, 7pm), starring the UK's hottest magician Jamie Raven.  (more...)

Additional Acts Announced for New West End Magic Show IMPOSSIBLEAdditional Acts Announced for New West End Magic Show IMPOSSIBLE
by BWW News Desk - Jun 2, 2015

World-class magicians and illusionists astonished audiences today at the launch of brand new West End show IMPOSSIBLE. The biggest magic show London has seen in decades is set to thrill audiences at London's Noel Coward Theatre this summer when it opens on 24th July. Spectators at the launch event were given taste of what's to come as the magicians performed a number of dumbfounding stunts, from Houdini's death-defying water tank escape with a 21st century twist to contemporary street magic. (more...)

Uptown Underground Reveals Summer 2015 Retrotainment LineupUptown Underground Reveals Summer 2015 Retrotainment Lineup
by BWW News Desk - Jun 18, 2015

When the weather heats up, Uptown Underground is the cool place to be for Top Shelf Retrotainment including burlesque, vaudeville, variety, magic, comedy and more. (more...)

BWW Reviews: Magic Alive with THE ILLUSIONISTS at The 5th AvenueBWW Reviews: Magic Alive with THE ILLUSIONISTS at The 5th Avenue
by Jay Irwin - Jun 18, 2015

Most of us in some way still want to believe that magic is real. I know I do. I mean how many of us tried some of those Harry Potter spells just to see what would happen? Just me? Well anyway, some true magicians are visiting Seattle at the moment with the big flashy show "The Illusionists - Witness the Impossible" over at the 5th Avenue Theatre. But this is not the magic shows of old as they've infused it with a cool, rockin' vibe and enough variation that it's bound to thrill anyone. (more...)

GHOST STORIES to Play Sydney Opera House, July 8 - Aug 15GHOST STORIES to Play Sydney Opera House, July 8 - Aug 15
by BWW News Desk - Jun 17, 2015

Seen by over 450,000 people worldwide, the smash hit West End play, is now re-invented, re-designed and reborn for its Australian debut. Ghost Stories - a truly terrifying theatrical experience that is not for the faint hearted will play at the Drama Theatre, Sydney Opera House from Wednesday 8 July to Saturday 15 August 2015, presented by Prince Moo Productions. (more...)

GHOST STORIES to Play Sydney Opera HouseGHOST STORIES to Play Sydney Opera House
by BWW News Desk - Jun 17, 2015

Seen by over 450,000 people worldwide, the smash hit West End play, is now re-invented, re-designed and reborn for its Australian debut.  Ghost Stories - a truly terrifying theatrical experience that is not for the faint hearted will play at the Drama Theatre, Sydney Opera House from Wednesday 8 July to Saturday 15 August 2015. (more...)

Act II Playhouse to Host SUMMER FLINGS 2015, 7/9-26Act II Playhouse to Host SUMMER FLINGS 2015, 7/9-26
by BWW News Desk - Jun 15, 2015

Act II Playhouse in Ambler is proud to present 'Summer Flings 2015,' three weeks of comedy, magic and entertainment. Three different shows will perform for one week only during this summer festival. (more...)

BWW Reviews: Hodges & Hodges Witness THE ILLUSIONISTS at Broadway San Jose - Now Thru June 14th!BWW Reviews: Hodges & Hodges Witness THE ILLUSIONISTS at Broadway San Jose - Now Thru June 14th!
by Linda Hodges and Nick Hodges - Jun 12, 2015

Hodges & Hodges Set the Stage for THE ILLUSIONISTS, a hepta-pod of magicians, each with their own seeming super-power, who will wow you with their high-tech wizardry! (more...)

Glenn Howerton and Rory O'Malley to Star in The Old Globe's THE COMEDY OF ERRORS; Cast & Creative Team Announced!Glenn Howerton and Rory O'Malley to Star in The Old Globe's THE COMEDY OF ERRORS; Cast & Creative Team Announced!
by BWW News Desk - Jul 9, 2015

The complete cast and creative team have been announced for The Comedy of Errors as The Old Globe's 2015 Summer Shakespeare Festival continues the Globe's 80th Anniversary festivities as part of the Balboa Park Centennial Celebration. (more...)

Lifetime Greenlights Second Season of Drama Series UNREALLifetime Greenlights Second Season of Drama Series UNREAL
by TV News Desk - Jul 7, 2015

Lifetime has renewed its critically acclaimed scripted series UnREAL (#UnREALTV) for a second season with a 10-episode order (more...)

BWW Interview: Elizabeth Swados of HBO's Documentary: MY DEPRESSION (THE UP AND DOWN AND UP OF IT)BWW Interview: Elizabeth Swados of HBO's Documentary: MY DEPRESSION (THE UP AND DOWN AND UP OF IT)
by Jennifer McHugh - Jul 7, 2015

Famed Broadway writer, director and composer Elizabeth Swados has struggled with depression her whole life. In this animated musical documentary based on Swados' graphic memoir, “My Depression: A Picture Book,” she shares her experiences with this often-misunderstood condition to make a difficult and sometimes taboo topic more accessible and understandable. (more...)

FLASH FRIDAY: USA, USA! HAMILTON, 1776 & Many More Patriotic MusicalsFLASH FRIDAY: USA, USA! HAMILTON, 1776 & Many More Patriotic Musicals
by Pat Cerasaro - Jul 3, 2015

Today we are shining a solo spotlight on the historically-based musicals celebrating American figures in honor of July 4! (more...)

Chiller Announces Start of Production & Cast for Psychological Thriller SLASHERChiller Announces Start of Production & Cast for Psychological Thriller SLASHER
by TV News Desk - Jul 28, 2015

Chiller today announced casting and start of production for Slasher, an eight episode, one-hour psychological thriller series from Shaftesbury (more...)

PHOTO FLASH: Look Inside Rehearsals with John Hannah in The Titanic OrchestraPHOTO FLASH: Look Inside Rehearsals with John Hannah in The Titanic Orchestra
by BWW News Desk - Jul 24, 2015

Four tramps huddle together at an abandoned railway station, full of vodka-fuelled dreams of escaping on one of the passing trains. But the trains never stop. Until one day, a dishevelled stranger is thrown into their midst. He claims to be the great illusionist Harry Houdini, and promises that together they will perform the most astonishing vanishing act the world has ever seen. (more...)

RAGTIME Author E.L. Doctorow Passes Away at 84RAGTIME Author E.L. Doctorow Passes Away at 84
by Movies News Desk - Jul 22, 2015

Historical fiction author E.L. Doctorow, best known for his novels 'Ragtime' and 'Billy Bathgate', passed away in Manhattan on Tuesday, July 21 at the age of 84. (more...)

Directors & Executive Music Producer Announced for Upcoming Event Series ROOTSDirectors & Executive Music Producer Announced for Upcoming Event Series ROOTS
by TV News Desk - Jul 22, 2015

A+E Networks announces two directors and the executive music producer of its four-night, eight-hour scripted event series ROOTS. (more...)

Hodges & Hodges Set the Stage for MATILDA THE MUSICAL Playing Thru August 15Hodges & Hodges Set the Stage for MATILDA THE MUSICAL Playing Thru August 15
by Linda Hodges and Nick Hodges - Jul 17, 2015

Dedicated to enhancing the theater-going experience, Hodges & Hodges act as your very own dramaturges, theater critics and local restaurant and tour guides so that you can immerse yourself in the show - even bore you enter the actual theater! (more...)

2015 EMMY Nominations By Series and Network2015 EMMY Nominations By Series and Network
by TV News Desk - Jul 16, 2015

Below, checkout out the nominations by series and network (more...)

LIONSGATE' ROARS WITH 24 EMMY' NOMINATIONS FOR ITS ACCLAIMED SERIES ORANGE IS THE NEW BLACK, MAD MEN, NURSE JACKIE, MANHATTAN AND HOUDINILIONSGATE' ROARS WITH 24 EMMY' NOMINATIONS FOR ITS ACCLAIMED SERIES ORANGE IS THE NEW BLACK, MAD MEN, NURSE JACKIE, MANHATTAN AND HOUDINI
by BWW News Desk - Jul 16, 2015

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Andrew Keenan-Bolger, Celia Keenan-Bolger, Aaron Lazar & More to Sing THE SONGS OF JEFF BOWEN at 54 BelowAndrew Keenan-Bolger, Celia Keenan-Bolger, Aaron Lazar & More to Sing THE SONGS OF JEFF BOWEN at 54 Below
by BWW News Desk - Jul 16, 2015

54 Below will present composer/lyricist Jeff Bowen in an intimate night where anything can happen! (more...)

From the Library of Congress Archives: The Magic of the American Variety StageFrom the Library of Congress Archives: The Magic of the American Variety Stage
by Nora Dominick - Jul 14, 2015

The American Variety Stage Collection through the Library of Congress is a major anthology celebrating the American theatre scene. The multimedia anthology celebrates the evolution of the theatre through images and videos. (more...)

BWW Reviews: Burlesque Classique Teases Their VAUDEVILLIAN ROMPBWW Reviews: Burlesque Classique Teases Their VAUDEVILLIAN ROMP
by Keith Tittermary - Jul 12, 2015

Part of the beauty of the Fringe Festival is getting to see works you wouldn't normally think of seeing. At this year's Fringe, Burlesque Classique presents their latest fringe offering, 'Vaudevillian Romp'. (more...)

Laurence Fishburne to Star as Alex Haley in Scripted TV Event Series ROOTSLaurence Fishburne to Star as Alex Haley in Scripted TV Event Series ROOTS
by TV News Desk - Jul 1, 2015

Academy® Award nominee and Emmy® Award winning actor Laurence Fishburne (Black-ish) is set to star as Alex Haley in the  A+E Networks scripted event series ROOTS, it was announced today by Dirk Hoogstra, EVP & General Manager, HISTORY (more...)

Liz Callaway & Jason Graae to Play The RRazz Room This MonthLiz Callaway & Jason Graae to Play The RRazz Room This Month
by BWW News Desk - Aug 7, 2015

The RRazz Room New Hope, 6426 Lower York Road New Hope PA, presents Happily Ever Laughter featuring LIZ CALLAWAY and JASON GRAAE and Alex Rybeck, Musical Director, Saturday, August 15. (more...)

Porchlight Sets Casts for First Post-Broadway Premiere of SIDE SHOW, FAR FROM HEAVEN & AIN'T MISBEHAVIN'Porchlight Sets Casts for First Post-Broadway Premiere of SIDE SHOW, FAR FROM HEAVEN & AIN'T MISBEHAVIN'
by BWW News Desk - Aug 3, 2015

Exciting news just in to BroadwayWorld!  Michael Weber, artistic director of Porchlight Music Theatre, has announced the casts of the Chicago premiere of the 2014 revision of Side Show, the return of Porchlight's hit Ain't Misbehavin', multi-Jeff Award-winner Summer Naomi Smart starring in the Chicago premiere of Far From Heaven, and Porchlight Music Theatre's 2015 - 2016 artistic leadership for its four Mainstage productions. (more...)

Criss Angel's The Supernaturalists Coming to Ohio Theatre, 9/25-26Criss Angel's The Supernaturalists Coming to Ohio Theatre, 9/25-26
by BWW News Desk - Aug 26, 2015

Criss Angel's The Supernaturalists features nine mind-blowing magicians that destroy reality and revolutionize the live magic ensemble experience, with Angel appearing nightly via a live feed from Las Vegas. (more...)

EDINBURGH 2015 - BWW Reviews: LINKING RINGS, Le Monde, August 23 2015EDINBURGH 2015 - BWW Reviews: LINKING RINGS, Le Monde, August 23 2015
by Natalie O'Donoghue - Aug 24, 2015

1926: Houdini's right-hand man deals with the death of his boss. A half century later, a Blackpool joke shop proprietor takes on a wide-eyed young protege. An affectionate look at a misspent youth and unsung heroes; a touching true story of interlocking lives. (more...)

EDINBURGH 2015- BWW Reviews: IMPOSSIBLE, Pleasance Dome, August 19 2015EDINBURGH 2015- BWW Reviews: IMPOSSIBLE, Pleasance Dome, August 19 2015
by Natalie O'Donoghue - Aug 20, 2015

Seances, spirituality, immortality and magic. The true story of the deadly feud between Harry Houdini and Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. Starring Phill Jupitus as Conan Doyle and Alan Cox as Houdini. (more...)

History Orders Second Season of Hit Summer Series ALONEHistory Orders Second Season of Hit Summer Series ALONE
by TV News Desk - Aug 19, 2015

HISTORY® is renewing its hit series “Alone” for a second season, it was announced today by Paul Cabana, Executive Vice President and Head of Programming, HISTORY. (more...)

Aaron Crow Joins West End's IMPOSSIBLE for Final Week of PerformancesAaron Crow Joins West End's IMPOSSIBLE for Final Week of Performances
by BWW News Desk - Aug 17, 2015

The producers of hit West End magic spectacular IMPOSSIBLE have announced that Aaron Crow, star of Britain's Got Talent, will join the show for the final week of its run on Monday 24th August. The hit magic show finishes its limited run at the Noel Coward Theatre on 29th August, before embarking on a worldwide tour. (more...)

Photo Flash: Sneak Peek - Porchlight to Present Chicago Premiere of Revised SIDE SHOWPhoto Flash: Sneak Peek - Porchlight to Present Chicago Premiere of Revised SIDE SHOW
by BWW News Desk - Aug 12, 2015

Porchlight Music Theatre's first production of its 2015 - 2016 season will be Side Show, running September 11 - October 18, directed by Porchlight Music Theatre artistic director Michael Weber, music direction by Aaron Benham, choreography by Andrew Waters, music by Henry Krieger, book and lyrics by Bill Russell, at Stage 773, 1225 W. Belmont Ave. Scroll down for a sneak peek at the stars in costume! (more...)

EDINBURGH 2015- BWW Reviews: THE TITANIC ORCHESTRA, Pleasance Courtyard, August 9 2015EDINBURGH 2015- BWW Reviews: THE TITANIC ORCHESTRA, Pleasance Courtyard, August 9 2015
by Natalie O'Donoghue - Aug 10, 2015

John Hannah (Four Weddings and a Funeral, Sliding Doors, The Mummy) stars in this madcap comedy of illusion. Four tramps huddle together at an abandoned railway station, full of vodka-fuelled dreams of escaping on one of the passing trains. (more...)

Event Series ROOTS to Air on History, A&E and LifetimeEvent Series ROOTS to Air on History, A&E and Lifetime
by TV News Desk - Apr 30, 2015

HISTORY, A&E and LIFETIME greenlight the scripted event series ROOTS for a new generation of viewers to simulcast on all three flagship brands; it was today announced by Dirk Hoogstra, EVP and General Manager, HISTORY. (more...)

IMPOSSIBLE Magic Show Coming to the West End This SummerIMPOSSIBLE Magic Show Coming to the West End This Summer
by BWW News Desk - Apr 30, 2015

IMPOSSIBLE, the biggest magic show in decades, is set to thrill audiences in London's West End this summer at the Noel Coward Theatre. The show will feature the very best magicians and tricksters from around the world, fusing dazzling grand stage illusions, up-close-and-personal magic, cutting-edge technological tricks and death-defying escapology in a fast-paced, breath-taking spectacular for every generation. (more...)

THE ILLUSIONISTS - WITNESS THE IMPOSSIBLE Coming to Houston, 6/2-6THE ILLUSIONISTS - WITNESS THE IMPOSSIBLE Coming to Houston, 6/2-6
by BWW News Desk - Apr 29, 2015

THE ILLUSIONISTS - WITNESS THE IMPOSSIBLE, the world's best-selling touring magic show, will come to Houston for the first time as part of a 20-city U.S. tour. Presented by Society for the Performing Arts, the seven performances will take place at Jones Hall and will be held Tuesday, June 2, through Friday, June 5, at 7:30 p.m.; and Saturday, June 6, at 11 a.m., 3 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. (more...)

HISTORY's Hit Series AMERICAN PICKERS Returns 5/6HISTORY's Hit Series AMERICAN PICKERS Returns 5/6
by TV News Desk - Apr 28, 2015

Everyone's favorite pickers are back in action when Mike Wolfe and Frank Fritz return for an all new season of AMERICAN PICKERS, premiering Wednesday May 6, 9PM ET/PT. (more...)

HISTORY Premieres New Competition Series FORGED IN FIRE This SummerHISTORY Premieres New Competition Series FORGED IN FIRE This Summer
by TV News Desk - Apr 27, 2015

The most talented bladesmiths in the world will test their mettle in FORGED IN FIRE, a cutting-edge competition series coming to HISTORY this summer. (more...)

Premiere Stages at Kean University's 2015 Season to Include BY THE WATER, Staged Readings & MorePremiere Stages at Kean University's 2015 Season to Include BY THE WATER, Staged Readings & More
by BWW News Desk - Apr 24, 2015

Premiere Stages will celebrate its 11th Anniversary as Kean University's professional Equity theatre with a dynamic lineup of events, featuring a season of topical plays that focus on people of the region, both past and present. Enhanced by award-winning premieres, engaging musical presentations for young audiences, captivating summer camps for middle-school and high-school students, and collaborations with like-minded organizations both on and off campus, the 2015 season promises to be the most successful to date. In describing the season, John J. Wooten, Premiere Stages' producing artistic director, stated, 'The power of the human spirit takes center stage at Premiere as we celebrate those who refuse to be beaten by the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy, as well as those centuries before in Seneca Village who fought to keep what was rightfully theirs. The season typifies Premiere's unique commitment to presenting ground-breaking and socially relevant work, while partnering with the community to raise awareness about issues of social change that profoundly impact and empower the local community.' (more...)

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