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Emily Woods

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Swomo says goodbye to graduating members with final show

Longform improv is when performers improvise a series of short scenes often interrelated by story, characters, or themes. Swomo kept audiences laughing Friday night as they played out their story, complete with larger-than-life characters, such as a sassy swim coach and a Southern schoolboy who gets called a “scrimper” by his playground bullies.

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Wedding bells and prohibition

Directed by Nicky Maggio, a junior performing arts major, Musical Theatre Society’s production of The Drowsy Chaperone premiered Tuesday night to a full house in the Greene Theater, and was followed by another sold-out performance the following night.

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In the Round: Wax on Felt brings musicians and songwriters together

Eleven Emerson students, and four students from Berklee College of Music, gathered Tuesday night a 7 p.m. for Wax on Felt Records’ 2nd annual In The Round event, an opportunity for local singer-songwriters to share an original song with the community.

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Behind the lens of HIV

Emerson students and faculty, and a few Bostonians, showed up on Wednesday, March 27 to see Mia Donovan’s debut documentary, which began with a flashy montage of porn stars, strippers, and sex.

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Zombies on Beacon Hill

Emerson student BA film Soulless explores the stereotypical zombie horror flick from a new perspective.

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NewFest brings back ghosts of the literary past

Fresh off of the Tuesday morning redeye flight from Los Angeles International Airport, Robert is back in Boston until Sunday to witness the debut of his work onstage at the Jackie Liebergott Black Box.

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SAE brings History Boys to the stage

It is a contemporary English play that follows a group of secondary school students in their quest for knowledge, sex, and acceptance into a top university. It is a heavy script. But assistant director Billy Finn, a junior performing arts major, said defying the Greek life stereotype was one of the production’s goals.

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Emerson Film Festival in LA brings filmmakers together

This year’s showcase and festival, which will be held at the Harmony Gold Preview House, features a question-and-answer session with seasoned director James McTeigue.

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Vic Perillo: how to succeed in show business by really trying

Perillo’s knowledge of the ins and outs of the acting industry comes directly from personal experience. An actor since the age of seven, he said that he had never done anything else. Perillo has worked in theaters and on sets in New York, Chicago, and Los Angeles.

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Emerson professor is a 2013 Oscar nominee

Life of Pi follows an Indian zookeeper’s son who, after surviving a shipwreck, is forced to spend 227 days on a boat with a newly freed tiger. Magee said projecting this bestseller to a movie-going audience was difficult at times.

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Waxing poetica with Miles Walser

The Emerson Poetry Project (EPP), founded in 2008 with the intent of fostering an atmosphere wherein students can share their poetry and compete in slam competitions, hosted an hour-and-a-half long poetry reading open to all students.