The Art of Waiting

I don’t know how Beckett did it. I don’t know how he made waiting seem graceful, provocative, iconic. My life consists of a lot of waiting right now and I am BAD AT IT. It does not feel iconic. It feels clunky and frustrating and that cliché from the medieval poem “Piers Plowman” keeps echoing […]

reflection by a girl 3 weeks away from graduation

*This reflection was sparked by Sarah Ruhl’s gorgeous remarks on the endurance of writing in a Trumpian moment. Read it, be inspired.* When we read Sarah Ruhl’s Passion Play in first semester Drama Lit, my life changed. Seriously. I was taking the class as a sophomore. At the end of my freshman year, I had auditioned […]

When Mike Met Alexander (Hamilton)

One step forward, two steps back. Is this what “progress” feels like? In the same year that Hamilton wins 11 Tonys and redefines the scope of American musical theatre, Donald Trump is elected to be the next President of the United States. For us theatre people, I think Hamilton has been this untouchable beacon of hope […]

Thoughts on Translation

Making theatre is an act of translation. You start with this stuff, this… mindstuff, that swirls around and up and down between your head and your heart and your soul, and usually it’s pretty complicated to sort through it because the only tool you have to sort through it is also the thing that is generating […]

Anything Goes?

In a span of 5 days, I have felt the highest of highs and the lowest of lows. Saturday was closing night of my student theatre group’s production of Anything Goes. Since this is my last semester of school, it was my first big “last” of my college career- my last show. Tuesday night… well, we all […]

Build Me Up: Architecture in the Theatre

Build Me Up: Architecture in the Theatre

This week has me thinking about architecture (thanks to Jeremy and his insightful post last week). I spent every summer from 2011-2015 working for an architecture, engineering, and interior design firm. In addition to padding my savings account, the job gave me a real appreciation for how much time, energy, coordination, compromise, and thoughtful design goes […]

Performance in Politics

Social media is a curious thing. I tend to scroll through my Facebook newsfeed as if it were an actual newsfeed, as if it represents some conveyor belt of factoids springing from an unbiased, universal source of world events. But let’s be real: Facebook is not a news source. It is a reflection of things […]

climbing out of the trap

The following is a record of a conversation I had with my roommate on Tuesday, October 18, 2016: —I have to write a blog post tonight and I have nothing to say. -What does it have to be about? —Theatre. Where I meet the world of theatre. -And you don’t think you have anything to […]

I Expected Windows!

This weekend I attended the Abbey Theatre’s visiting production of The Plough and the Stars by Sean O’Casey at the A.R.T. On my way to the theatre, I tried to remind myself of all the things that fascinated me about The Plough and the Stars. In between rainy Sunday afternoon yawns and puddles, I thought […]

Burst My Bubble: Race in the Theatre

I live in the bubble. Boston University provides me with a beautiful bubble, safely padded with educated liberals who are all just as fired up about social injustices as I am. The bubble is a wonderful place where my beliefs and ideals are strengthened, confirmed, validated. The bubble is a place where I am allowed […]

The Tyranny of Autocorrect

“This [blog] is the place where you and the theatre and the world intersect.” –Ilana Brownstein Right now, I have no idea what that place sounds like. After drafting exactly 1 extremely academic blog post and spending approximately 6 hours wondering if I was doing it “right,” I realized that I have no voice! Okay, […]

A Well-Made Play for Today

Sam Weisberg and Rob Onorato recently published a review on HowlRound entitled “Bored with the Well-Made Play: Jordan Tannahill’s Theatre of the Unimpressed,” in which they advocate for the importance of Jordan Tannahill’s demands for an updated theatrical form. Weisberg and Onorato highlight some of Tannahill’s most concentrated and poignant claims: 1. “Film has once and […]