Alisa Solomon

Alisa Solomon, director of the Arts & Culture concentration at the Columbia Journalism School, is the author of Wonder of Wonders: A Cultural History of “Fiddler on the Roof.”

A Staggering Story of Palestinian Exile

A Staggering Story of Palestinian Exile A Staggering Story of Palestinian Exile

Mona Mansour’s The Vagrant Trilogy is the Public Theater’s first full-length, main-stage production to address the aftermath of the Nakba.

Jun 23, 2022 / Books & the Arts / Alisa Solomon

The Story of Capitalism in One Family

The Story of Capitalism in One Family The Story of Capitalism in One Family

The Lehman Trilogy proposes that the downfall of a financial dynasty is enough to tell the economic and political history of America

Jan 26, 2022 / Books & the Arts / Alisa Solomon

How Covid Transformed US Theater

How Covid Transformed US Theater How Covid Transformed US Theater

The art form has been forced to reinvent itself.

Apr 20, 2021 / Feature / Alisa Solomon

Shakespeare’s Contentious Conversation With America

Shakespeare’s Contentious Conversation With America Shakespeare’s Contentious Conversation With America

James Shapiro’s recent book looks at why Shakespeare has been a mainstay of the cultural and political conflicts of the country since its founding.

Dec 17, 2020 / Books & the Arts / Alisa Solomon

Larry Kramer’s Righteous Rage

Larry Kramer’s Righteous Rage Larry Kramer’s Righteous Rage

His jeremiads against the state and those complacent during the AIDS crisis galvanized generations of activists.

Jun 4, 2020 / Alisa Solomon

Tony Kushner on Making Serious Political Theatre in 2019

Tony Kushner on Making Serious Political Theatre in 2019 Tony Kushner on Making Serious Political Theatre in 2019

In a conversation with The Nation, Kushner discusses the first major revival of A Bright Room Called Day, his Reagan-era political drama set in Weimar Germany.

Oct 28, 2019 / Editorial / Alisa Solomon

The Play Challenging Us to See the Rot at the Heart of Our Democracy

The Play Challenging Us to See the Rot at the Heart of Our Democracy The Play Challenging Us to See the Rot at the Heart of Our Democracy

As its New York run ends, What the Constitution Means to Me remains an urgent and salient critique of the country’s foundational document.

Aug 6, 2019 / Alisa Solomon

Suzan-Lori Parks Dares to Get Into Your Head

Suzan-Lori Parks Dares to Get Into Your Head Suzan-Lori Parks Dares to Get Into Your Head

In her recent play White Noise and a new film adaptation of Native Son, Parks probes the terrible truths of the American imagination.

May 28, 2019 / Alisa Solomon

In Claudia Rankine’s ‘The White Card’, Timely Questions of Race and Representation Take Center Stage

In Claudia Rankine’s ‘The White Card’, Timely Questions of Race and Representation Take Center Stage In Claudia Rankine’s ‘The White Card’, Timely Questions of Race and Representation Take Center Stage

The poet’s debut play addresses appropriation, cultural ownership, and dirty money in the art world.

Apr 10, 2019 / Alisa Solomon

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Young Jean Lee’s Domestic Surrealism Young Jean Lee’s Domestic Surrealism

In her newest play, Lee offers us a look at the straight white man as a specimen.

Sep 11, 2018 / Alisa Solomon

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