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Manifesto of an Extroverted Playwright

I recently finished a project focused on Anne Washburn, specifically her play Mr. Burns. The quick and dirty origin story of that play goes something like this: Anne had this idea, or question, in her head: what happens to a pop culture narrative when civilization crumbles? She decided to write a play about it. She […]

Street Performance and the Continued Legacy of Minstrelsy

This past weekend my family visited me for my thesis. My Dad, sister, and I went to Faneuil Hall on a particularly beautiful day to walk around and see the sights. It had been quite a while – over a year, at least – since I’d been to Faneuil, but I hadn’t forgotten about the droves […]

Ephemera, or something

My thesis has closed. It’s dead, it’s done. The play, though I hope it goes on to have a plethora of further productions, will never exist in the same way it did, in that silly studio in Boston in late April, early May. I spent a week without sleep perfecting every square inch of it. […]

Blasted & the importance of content warnings

Okay. CW: suicide ____________________________________________________________________________________________   I just read Sarah Kane’s Blasted for the first time. Like, I finished it five minutes ago. I wanna hurl. If there ever was a play that needs content warnings, this one is it. This play really fucked me up. And not in the fun, wow theatre is so crazy […]

Dramaturgy: Chicken Soup for the Soul

This afternoon, in our New Play Development class, we video chatted with dramaturg, theatre-maker, and all-around lady boss Catherine María Rodríguez. Hearing her speak passionately about how she defines dramaturgy, how her work intersects with activism, and her all-around joy to be doing what she does illuminated something within me. Ideas simmering below the surface began […]

Sci-Fi’s New (Old?) Theatre Magic

I want to connect some threads I’ve been thinking about as of late. Part of this stems directly from one of my last blog posts, in which I re-examined my conceptions of ancient Greek theatre and how it can become a fascinating tool for a modern audience to reconnect with the past and, by doing […]

Developing the Negatives in Company One’s Really

Recently I had the opportunity to catch Company One’s production of Jackie Sibblies Drury’s play Really. And it was really damn good. The play has kept me thinking about the nature of death and memory, about how my baby brother has more picture and video footage of him than any of my grandparents, about how […]