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magic

  i am sitting on a stack of platforms in room 109 watching my peers play an ever-growing game with an inflatable beach ball. they are trying to keep it in the air as long as possible. they have all turned into kids again, eyes going wide as the ball descends over their heads, their […]

Ambition vs. Skill

This weekend, I was lucky enough to be able to attend Jiehae Park’s master class with Company One at the Boston Public Library. The class was an hour and fifteen minutes of unending wisdom, but one piece of advice in particular stood out to me. Park, whose play Peerless is currently running with Company One, spoke about […]

Mental Illness on Stage

In Simon Stephens’ Punk Rock, we watch a group of students preparing for their mock exams. We follow them for a little over a month, watching their interwoven relationships come to an end and ultimately end with one of the students, William Carlisle, shooting and killing three of his classmates. Before I continue, I want it to be […]

Memento Mori

Canon conducted an experiment about the power of perspective. They asked six photographers to take portraits of the same man. Before the session, though, each photographer was told a different story about the man’s life before the session. To one, he was an ex-con; to another, he was a recovered alcoholic; to another, he was a […]

Snow Day

Winter makes me depressed, which sucks because I love the snow. But Seasonal Affective Disorder has disregarded my fond childhood memories. So on the first snow day, as is the tradition, I slipped on black ice and fell ass-first into a depressive episode. SAD used to greet me with unpleasant thoughts and a bottomless pit of […]

For Those Who Like the Magic, But Not the Morals

JK Rowling seems to have broken a lot of hearts the last few days. Unlike most stories that involve the well-known author of the Harry Potter series, this time it’s not about the books. Well, not really. After publicly speaking out against the Trump administration, Rowling faced criticisms from her now ex-fans, many who vowed to […]

I’m Lost.

The thing about these post-election rants is that the only people who read them either dismiss them or agree with them already. In the same vein, I’m finding it difficult to find something to say in my day-to-day life that feels meaningful. Talking about this country hard, blogging is hard, having a conversation about art is hard. This election […]

Backlash

  Historically, there has always been backlash to progress. The best and only thing I can tell myself is that this is what that is. Big, scary backlash. It doesn’t make anything better, really. But it means that we’re progressing. And change is scary. Change is so scary. A lot is going to change now. […]

Baltimore; Having The Tough Conversations

Last night, I got the opportunity to see Baltimore, written by BU’s very own Kirsten Greenidge. The play, directed by Adrienne Boris, revolves around the racist drawing on Alyssa’s door, drawn by Fiona, one of the residents of the dorm. While she continues to insist that it was “a joke,” and her floor-mates are too sensitive, the others grapple with the […]

I Love New Work.

This weekend, my ensemble and I performed our devised piece, The Identity Project, for our peers. While the process of creating and the journey we underwent each performance taught me a lot, I learned the most when talking to the audience afterwards. After every show, I would hear, see, and feel the excitement of our […]

At Least My Closet Is Walk-In

Yesterday (October 11) was National Coming Out Day. It got me thinking about my sexuality. I have been so (so, so, so, so) lucky to not face a lot of negativity about my sexuality. But this is largely because I, for the most part, don’t talk about it. And when I do, it’s with a very specific […]

I Finally Stopped Thinking About Writing

Over the summer, I spent a lot of time writing. And by writing, I mean this: “I’m writing a play,” I told my friends and family members. “You can read it soon,” I assured the curious ones. But really, I was just sitting around and picturing the act of writing in my head. Not a huge amount […]

Intentions: Why are you telling this story?

During the Tonys this summer, I remember celebrating The Color Purple’s win of Best Revival of a Musical, and watching the heavily-white production team take the stage to accept their award. A friend of mine texted me almost immediately. “That’s not right,” the text read. “There are too many white people up there.” A few days later, […]

Just Be Yourself

I am absolutely not alone in my love for Lin-Manuel Miranda. I look to him quite often as my inspiration, I read his tweets daily, I ask myself “what would Lin do” whenever I feel stuck. He is a great man and inarguably a huge talent. So, obviously, when his interview with GQ Magazine hit […]