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PAY ATTENTION TO ME, DARLING! I LOVE YOU!

I’m in love with a theatre. Honestly. She’s my last thought before I go to bed; and my first thought when I wake up. We’ve been on a few dates, and I even met her in person a few weeks ago. She’s beautiful: Has two stages, gorgeous gothic architecture, and she’s warm and friendly. I […]

Reflection on “Skeleton Crew” #wow

After a semester of reading at least 26 plays and talking about them in class, reading a play and not having a space to talk about it feels repressive. I read “Skeleton Crew” by Dominique Morrisseau and I’m feeling intense emotions and have lots of thoughts that NEED TO COME OUT, AHHHHH. So I’m using […]

I <3 NY — Wait, Do I?

I have a complicated relationship with New York. My dad took me when I was a youngster and I was ecstatic to see my first Broadway show. I was less ecstatic about the stench, the grime, the frustration, and the anger on its streets. This past semester I revisited after nine years and stayed with […]

Abandoning the Skin that Feels Less True

Living out your own authenticity is the sexiest thing. It’s gorgeous. More and more, I feel myself stepping into my own authenticity as I commit myself to the theatre world, leaving behind a skin that felt less true. That’s why it was so beautiful to read about the work and journey of Will Davis, director […]

A Response to the Huntington’s THE WHO AND THE WHAT

Walking into the Calderwood Pavilion for a Sunday matinee I was unsurprised by the audience make-up, mostly older and white, with about six to seven people my age and about twenty people of color, including a Muslim Sudanese couple, and two parties of Muslim Pakistanis, who introduced themselves as such when they spoke during the […]

A Process of Outrunning Fear

I’ve chosen to pursue theatre professionally after college and it’s exhilarating. It’s exhilarating to see how much I’ve grown into my own skin these past four years at and outside of BU. My freshman year I came in as an International Relations major, yet I knew I’d always be a theatre minor — I couldn’t […]

Some Thoughts on Billy Porter’s Topdog/Underdog at the Huntington

First off, the set energized me to the core. It consisted of a dilapidated, nondescript room at the center of the stage that didn’t bind itself to one moment in time. It feels as if it could’ve been a room during any time within the 20th and 21st centuries. The director, Billy Porter, goes as […]

On “Theatre as a Form of Resistance to Oppression & Genocide”: How Theatre Normalized Life for a Jewish Ghetto in WWII

Last night I attended a talk by Joshua Sobol, an Israeli playwright and director who has written over 75 plays and directed internationally, including in the U.S., Germany, Austria, Switzerland, and, of course, Israel. BU was fortunate enough to have him through the efforts of the BU Elie Wiesel Center for Jewish Studies and the […]

What Brings America Together? And Why Can’t I Be American in America?

Just finished reading Lauren Yee’s “Ching Chong Chinaman” and it’s got me thinking more deeply about something I often think about: What the hell brings America together? Like, honestly, it’s a land made up of different peoples with different cultures, different backgrounds, different languages, different dialects. It’s a big country with an even bigger range […]

I Communicate, Therefore I Am

Let’s play word-association?: When I “say” “communication” what’s the first thing you think of? If it were me answering a week ago I would’ve said “words.” But after reading Aditi Brennan Kapil’s play “Love Person” and talking about the world it asks us to learn about (the deaf community, Deaf community, and ASL), I think […]

Meditation on Noise: Why Can’t I Just be SILENT for Once?

Two years ago a very dear professor (awesomely) invited our class to dinner at his home. Maybe a tradition my British professor imported from the Isles. All I know is I felt like a veritable Harry or Hermione sitting at Professor Slughorn’s table, pretty sure I’d peaked cause, y’know, #SlugClub. He and his wife prepared […]

It’s Happening Here: Berkeley Rep’s Production of IT CAN’T HAPPEN HERE Still Relevant

I thought I’d check out what leading theatres in my home state of California have been up to, and I came across Berkeley Rep’s late 2016 project “It Can’t Happen Here,” a timely play co-adapted by Berkeley Rep’s Artistic Director Tony Taccone and Bennett S. Cohen. The piece is based on Sinclair Lewis’s novel “It […]

In a divided country, how can art make us SEE one another? or On the Art of Connecting

Marina distills theatre. Theatre becomes performance. Performance becomes sitting across from someone — and with someone — in silence. (You can work from the other way around too. Sitting across from someone becomes performance. Performance becomes theatre. It’s a frame. You can frame it how you wish to frame it. It’s your own experience.) We […]

Tension. Discomfort. Paranoia in LA.

Tension. Discomfort. Paranoia in LA.

You know those performances that rob the audience of a ritual applause for discomfort’s sake, never releasing them from the experience? Keeping the audience in the play even once they’ve entered the real world? Yeah, those are scary. Well, The Tension Experience takes this idea and amplifies it by ten, creating a narrative that never […]

“Vaudevillian Folk Punk?”

“Vaudevillian Folk Punk?”

“A Tim Burton soundtrack meets Jewish music meets Freddie Mercury meets pirates,” I thought as I watched Bella’s Bartok last weekend at The Middle East, Upstairs. My friend described their sound as “bar mitzvah meets carnival” and they’re self-described as “Vaudevillian folk punk” and “Bohemian Klezmer Punk with pop sensibilities.” I’d also add in that […]

THIS IS MY BIOLOGY. Choke on it.

THIS IS MY BIOLOGY. Choke on it.

REVOLT. SHE SAID. REVOLT AGAIN. at Company One asked important questions about gender equity. The Company One lobby did too. Walking in I was asked four questions by green and red placards: “How will you work to ensure the health and safety of all women in the U.S. in the next 4 years?,” “What does […]

Today’s America Begs Artists to Reveal People’s Humanity to Others.

America’s President-Elect is anti-Islam, racist, misogynistic, and against the rights of the LGBTQ community. He retaliated against the parents of a Muslim U.S. Army officer who died while serving in the Iraq War. When the officer’s mother didn’t speak while on screen Trump insinuated that perhaps it was due to a constraint by the Muslim […]

I ACCEPT THE CALL TO ARMS.

I recently watched Ivo van Hove’s “Kings of War” at the Brooklyn Academy of Music, a commentary on politics today through the use of three Shakespearean kings, Henry  V, Henry VI, and Richard III. The show tracks how each king gains political power, many times involving manipulation, especially in Richard III’s case, who not only […]

Why am I afraid of being an “Artist”?

So, I don’t feel comfortable saying, “I’m an artist.” Saying it to myself is a little more bearable, but out loud? Definitely not. It feels foreign and contrived. And it makes me feel pretentious. I worry that by labeling myself as an artist, I become “that person who’s at risk of becoming a starving artist” […]

Formidable Institutions Cultivating New Works in the American Theatre Scene

Last week I peered into the UK new works theatre scene and learned that about two-thirds of its productions are considered new works (according to the Guardian) and learned of The Royal Court’s breadth and scope in cultivation of new works. This week I looked at American theatre-related institutions that are largely contributing to the […]