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What’s at the Root? Reflections on First Read

This past June, The Syndicate met up in Chicago, where Co-AD Ellenor Riley-Condit and some of our favorite collaborators are based. With the tireless work of Co-Producers Hal Cosentino and Denise Yvette Serna, we presented four new play readings and two community gatherings as part of First Read Chicago 2019 at The Martin. 

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Are We All Obsessed With Gender?

For The Syndicate’s May blog, Co-Producers Ellenor Riley-Condit and Hal Cosentino sat down to talk about First Read Chicago 2019, coming to The Martin from June 10th-16th You can learn more about the festival and reserve tickets here.

Elle: To start, you were just saying you’re obsessed with the plays that we’re doing.

Hal: Yes. That feels like a good place to start.

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Killing Time

By: Megan Hanley

I’m spending a lot of time on the NYC subway these days. I live in Midwood, teach in the Village and in East Flatbush, and am rehearsing uptown. It’s all right if you don’t know New York City geography. What I’m trying to convey is, I’m covering a lot of ground.

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It Doesn’t Have To Be Perfect

by Jackie Rivera

In the summer of 2017 I had the opportunity to join a bicycle touring theatre company on a tour of Montana.

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Practice, Practice

by Leigh Hendrix

Show up.

Pay attention.

Tell the truth without blame or judgement.

Don’t be attached to the outcome.

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With a Capital “C”

With a Capital “C”

by Ellenor Riley-Condit

“And if someone wants to tell me what I have done to deserve this disrespect, go ahead, I’m listening.” Continue reading “With a Capital “C””

Who’s it for? Making art in times of crisis

Who’s it for? Making art in times of crisis
By Megan Paradis Hanley

“When I stopped worrying about what New York could do for me, and started thinking about what New York needed… that’s when the art got good.” – Taylor Mac

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Get In Where You Fit In: Showing Up for the World Through Our Work

Get In Where You Fit In: Showing Up for the World Through Our Work
By Leigh Hendrix


“Art is large and it enlarges you and me. To a shrunk up world its vistas are shocking. Art is the burning bush that both shelters and makes visible our profounder longings.”

Jeanette Winterson, Art Objects

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