Elena Morris

The Accessibility Cycle

A few weeks ago, I did a presentation on John Belluso’s Pyretown, which was the first play I’ve read by a playwright with a disability. It was also my first encounter with the term “person-first language”. Going into this presentation, I knew there was a lot I didn’t know, and a lot that would be counter-productive […]

We’re on each other’s [production] team

This week my senior thesis, Theresa Rebeck’s Seminar, teched, opened, and closed. Within one week, we loaded in five huge pieces of furniture, printed a poster, and went though a ton of troubleshooting to get lights, sound, and transitions up to speed. There were only a few bumps in the road, and overall everything came together, but […]

Get Tough

This week I stumbled upon James Grissom’s blog, Follies of God. The author, who is famous for his biography of his mentor, Tennessee Williams, publishes blog posts of his interviews with actors and artists, most of whom he was led to through his connection to Williams. One post, a conversation with the actor Kim Stanley, […]

Oh my god you were sooo good

There is a phenomenon I have observed with my behavior at the theatre. When I see a performance and the show ends, I usually feel like I need some time to digest the experience. But after the doors open and the audience floods into the lobby, chatter begins and I’m caught up in a whirlwind […]

Million Dollar Community Theatre – The Conundrum, Part One

Over winter break, I saw a production of Robert Schenkkan’s All The Way at the Grand Rapids Civic Theatre, one of the few theaters in my hometown, and one of only several in West Michigan. (This is a town I am still getting to know, having only lived there on breaks from college for the past three […]

The Search for Meaning

When I was home over winter break, in my tonsillectomy-induced stupor, I mourned my ability to ring in 2018 without falling asleep in my mother’s clam dip. Painkillers aside, I was excited for the beginning of a new year, and I knew that I wanted to set some new goals for myself. I’m not one […]

Interview with Arden Lasalle, playwright of “The Dark Comes at Night”

This week I had a conversation with Arden Lasalle, who is going to be reading his play The Dark Comes at Night, at a Sunday Sit Down next week, hosted by S.T.A.M.P. Here is a transcript of our conversation about monsters, anime, and new play development: E: So if you could write a note, or a blurb […]