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Carol Chu

The Oscars nominations were announced this year with no women nominated for Best Director, the hashtag #OscarsSoMale began trending online. In the past 92 years, only five women have ever been nominated in the category.

For some, this outrage is nothing new. In a TED Talk that went viral, Atlanta-based actress, writer and producer Naomi McDougall Jones proposed that nothing short of a revolution would break the predominantly male hold on power in the film industry.


Grant McGowan

Theatrical productions with more than one act can run anywhere from 90 minutes to about three hours. One famous — some might say infamous — adaptation of The Great Gatsby lasted a whopping eight hours.

That is a commitment from the cast, crew and the audience.

What if you could see a number of plays in less time? The Annual Atlanta One-Minute Play Festival brings brevity to the boards. It showcases full productions, rehearsed and performed by actors. 


Southern accents are inexplicably linked to a sense of culture, identity and community. They can also summon stereotypes about intelligence and education, something writer Laura Relyea found when her family moved from Charlotte to Chicago when she was young.

Relyea explored her relationship to her own North Carolina drawl on a recent episode of "The Bitter Southerner Podcast." Her story of losing and finding her way back to her accent resonated with listeners all over Georgia. She joined "On Second Thought" to discuss how accents form a pillar of Southern identity.

 


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It's hard to tell when, but the "what" is clear: everyone and everything that lives will someday die.  Many of us banish thoughts of the inevitable from our minds. That's not the case for Tim McDonough. The veteran actor and now retired artistic director at Emory University Theater has written a series of monologues about mortality.

McDonough visited "On Second Thought" to speak about his one-man show, "A Bunch of Different Ways I'd Like To Die."


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A foreign accent can invite intrigue, conversations and stereotypes. One Atlanta group wants to debunk the stigma for immigrants. "Accents" is a web sitcom featuring six actors from different backgrounds.