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Accessibility of Form

I was listening to the Royal Court Playwright’s Podcast with Simon Stephens recently in which he interviewed playwright and screenwriter Anya Reiss. They were talking about Reiss’s three-year stint writing for EastEnders, an incredibly popular British soap opera. At one point in the conversation, Stephens talks about the estimated total amount of people who have seen his most […]

Diversity in Theatre Criticism

With the firing of Charles Isherwood from the New York Times and the subsequent hiring of Jesse Green to replace him, conversations surrounding diversity in theatre criticism have emerged across major theatrical publications and platforms. When The New York Times announced Isherwood departure and the subsequent open search for someone to fill his position, the implicit question amongst […]

Topdog/Underdog Response

Topdog/Underdog (2001), Suzan-Lori Parks Pulitzer Prize winning play, explores the effects of institutional racism, masculinity, and resonances of slavery on African-American men and families. The play explores the relationship of two adult brothers, Lincoln and Booth, as they attempt to build stable lives for themselves in a culture dead set on watching them fail. Lincoln […]

‘Fearless Girl’ Statue Makes Sixth Female Executives on Board of 28

On International Women’s Day, a male-dominated global investment firm erected a statue of a nine-year-old girl across from the famous “Charging Bull” statue in New York City to draw attention to the lack of gender parity in executive positions on Wall Street. Let’s check in with State Street Global Advisors, the firm responsible for the statue, […]

Truth or Beauty?

In The Method Gun, the performers of the Rude Mechs pose this question to the audience: “Truth or Beauty?” It seems rather easy to answer. Yet when sitting in a theatre, a space predicated on finding truth through artifice and meticulously crafting beauty through forced perspective, the question becomes infinitely more complex. The truth is not objective, […]

Artifice and the Evocation of Tactile Memory

Last week I saw The New York Theatre Workshop production of The Object Lesson, created by and starring Geoff Sobelle. Upon entering the theatre space, audience members were given a sheet of instructions before entering a warehouse full of cardboard boxes and various trinkets. There is no separation between audience and playing space. Hell, it’s hard to figure […]

Art and Activism: The Gray Area

Yesterday I attended a panel of artists who’s work intersects with activism and social change. The panelists included Heidi Latsky, a choreographer who works with dancers with disabilities, Shanta Thake, the director of Joe’s Pub, Channon Judson, co-artistic director of Urban Bush Women, Jessica Bauman, a theatre director who works with refugees, and Taylor Mac, […]