This week, Jared Bowen reviews New Repertory Theatre’s production of “We Will Not Be Silent” and tours “Expressions Unbound: American Outsider Art” at Tufts University’s Aidekman Arts Center.

“We Will Not Be Silent,” presented by New Repertory Theatre at the Mosesian Center for the Arts through November 4

Arts This Week | October 18, 2018
Conor Proft and Sarah Oakes Muirhead in "We Will Not Be Silent"
Andy Brilliant/Brilliant Pictures, courtesy of New Repertory Theatre

New Repertory Theatre’s artistic director Jim Petosa brings a powerful message of resistance to the Mosesian Center for the Arts with “We Will Not Be Silent.” Written by David Meyers, the play is based on the true story of Sophie Scholl, a German college student executed by the Nazis for her participation in the White Rose resistance movement peacefully protesting Adolf Hitler. Set in an interrogation room, the young Scholl must stand up for herself and her beliefs in the face of an interrogator trying to alter her perception of the Nazi regime. Jared describes “We Will Not Be Silent” as “well acted” and “a vital story.”

“Expressions Unbound: American Outsider Art from the Andrew and Linda Safran Collection,” on view for free at Tufts University Art Gallery, Aidekman Arts Center through December 16

Expressions Unbound: American Outsider Art from the Andrew and Linda Safran Collection
Thorton Dial, A Hippo Got a Tight to The Tree of Life, 1989. Tufts University Permanent Collection: Gift of Andrew and Linda Safran, 2017.037
Steve Briggs, courtesy of Tufts University

Discover a trove of material by artists who create works outside of mainstream academic institutions in “Expressions Unbound: American Outsider Art from the Andrew and Linda Safran Collection.” Featuring works by some of America’s most prominent self-taught artists including Thorton Dial, Bessie Harvey and Jimmy Lee Sudduth, the exhibition highlights examples of regional art making – particularly from the American South – that exist outside of the conventional art world. “The artwork has a real immediacy to it,” says chief curator Dina Deitsch. “The imagery is very direct and profound. But it really speaks to this idea of thinking of something through an innate artistic hand.” The exhibition features 19 artists who created quintessentially American works of art using a variety of unconventional materials such as dirt, scrap metals and re-purposed wood. Jared describes “Expressions Unbound” as “a show that makes great strides in filling the gaps in narratives and art in America.”

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This article has been updated.