Joan Didion, 1970, photo by Kathleen Ballard, Los Angeles Times, CC BY 4.0 , via Wikimedia Commons
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Victoria L. Dammer


Eighty-seven-year-old Joan Didion, one of the greatest essayists and novelists of the 20th and 21st centuries, passed away in December 2021, leaving behind a host of writers and readers who will sorely miss her voice in the literary world.

Billy Valentine at the Chelsea Table and Stage. Photo: Courtesy Fortune Creative
Victoria L. Dammer

Billy Valentine

Every seat, including those at the in-theatre bar, was occupied with guests who were in for an outstanding presentation of Valentine’s gifts of vocals and his ability to perform music that crossed a broad genre of songs.

Golden Shield. Photo credit: Julieta Cervantes.
Off Broadway
Victoria L. Dammer

Golden Shield

Thai-Australian playwright Anchuli Felicia King wrote the play entitled “Golden Shield” about the class action lawsuit of Chinese dissidents and their subsequent human rights abuses, brought against a U.S. technology company for their collusion with the Chinese government.

Known as The Golden Shield Project or China’s Great Firewall, it enables censorship and digital surveillance, a subject recently prevalent in the news with the suppression of COVID-19 data by the Chinese government.

Broadway By The Year: From Ziegfeld to Moulin Rouge! Photo credit:
Victoria L. Dammer

Broadway by the Year

On Monday May 23rd, The Town Hall presented an amazing line-up of talent for their 21st landmark season of Broadway by the Year. Created, written, directed, and hosted by talented Scott Siegel, the audience settled in for a musical journey that did not disappoint with an array of special performances that spanned from Ziegfeld to the Moulin Rouge.

Victoria L. Dammer

Theater Forward’s Red Carpet Gala

The red carpet at The Edison Ballroom was sizzling hot with excitement as Theatre Forward’s 2022 Gala honoring Tony and Obie Award-winning director, producer, and actor Kenny Leon, and Prudential Financial for their leadership and support in the arts and the theater community.



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