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My Guide to Making the Most of Your Theater Minor

My Guide to Making the Most of Your Theater Minor, or How to Alliterate Your Blog Posts, or Goodbye Yellowbrick Road (College Edition). Being a theater minor was hard and compelling. Not only did it take a bajillion credit hours and hard work, but it also involved a certain amount of making a place for […]

Genocide? Rock on!

Earlier this weekend I sat in the audience of BU on Broadway’s production of Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson. Going into the play I knew almost nothing about it. I’d heard a couple of the songs, but mostly out of context. I really only knew that it was about Jackson. Let me say, I am a little […]

Goooooooooooo Sports!

This Friday The Clark Museum in Williamstown, MA is unveiling Albert Beirstadt’s 1870 painting “Puget Sound on the Pacific Coast.” As far as landscapes go, Bierstadt did a pretty good job (this is an understatement). As far as museums go, The Clark is my favorite (Western Massachusetts has a special place in my heart). But […]

Gloria’s Cause: An Examination of Present America in Light of the Past

Dayna Hanson‘s piece Gloria’s Cause is first and foremost a collage. It is not entirely dance theater, not exactly a musical, and it is definitely not a straight play. It kind of takes place during the Revolutionary war and it also kind of takes place now. In my first encounter with it on Ontheboards.tv, I did […]

A Note on Casting

A few months ago I wrote a post called “Disability in the Theater” in which I gave my embarrassed account about how little I knew about physical disability in the theater. At the time, I focused more on the idea of people with physical disabilities playing roles typically performed by abled bodied actors. Since then […]

Visual Stroytelling

Something that has started to interest me more and more is the way that theatre makers create the visual landscape of the play. How do we read a script and then from that, develop the visual world of the play, drawing on scenery, lights, costumes, and more? The visual world of the play has its […]

In Response to Emma Weisberg

I was perusing Howlround.com earlier today and came across Emma Weisberg’s piece “The Language of ‘Gender Parity’: 19 Women Playwrights and Their Voices.” Something that comes up in the piece is the idea of “women playwrights” and the narratives they tell. Weisberg spent some time interviewing women playwrights and their perspectives on the gender parity […]