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Tracee Ellis Ross remains bullish about 'Black-ish'

Tracee Ellis Ross (top row, second from left) is the co-star of ABC's
Tracee Ellis Ross (top row, second from left) is the co-star of ABC's "Black-ish."
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Tracee Ellis Ross can cope with change

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As Tracee Ellis Ross prepares for season five of ABC’s critically acclaimed comedy, "Black-ish," she also faces some tough challenges. The show has always focused on serious issues, and last season addressed postpartum depression, marriage troubles and racial bias, earning Ross an Emmy nomination for lead actress in a comedy series. But this season, the show grapples with the departure of series creator Kenya Barris for Netflix. Still, Ross is optimistic about her future on "Black-ish." When she spoke with The Frame’s John Horn, she discussed directing episodes and highlighting her character as a strong, female voice. (repeated from Aug. 22)

A timely theater production about fire and water is mounted on an L.A. horse farm

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The Circle X Theater Company partners with playwright Octavio Solis to mount a production about people, water and fire in an unlikely location – a Los Angeles horse farm. The company's Kate Jopson told Solis that she wanted to create a piece of theater that addresses the strife those factors create for Scott Valley, the area in rural Northern California she calls home. When Solis interviewed ranchers, tribal members, environmentalists and politicians throughout Siskiyou County, he asked about their lives, their hopes and how they were addressing the problems that arise as the Earth’s temperature climbs.  Those conversations became his new play, "Hole in the Sky," which is being performed through Sept. 23 at the Courtship Ranch in Lake View Terrace.