Modern Adaptations

Between our in class presentations, and an article making the rounds on reddit, and writing my own reflections on my work this semester, I’m thinking about adaptations again. Specifically, I’m wondering what makes for a successful adaptation of non-theatrical and non-traditional source material? I found it interesting that both Steelbound and Polaroid Stories were dual-adaptations; a mixture of Greek […]

The Good, The Bad, and The Interesting

I rarely see theatre that is truly exceptional, either exceptionally bad or exceptionally good. Whatever we want to tell ourselves, most is by definition average. Average doesn’t mean unsatisfying, unstimulating or unintersting, but it’s rare to see a piece like Mies Julie, and even rarer to walk out to discover that the world has changed […]

Reviewing Criticism

I was struck by our conversation in class yesterday about the dearth of good theatre critics in Boston. We do have plenty of local reviewers though. So what what makes the difference? And what could a good culture of theatre criticism look like? I think we know what press on theatre shouldn’t look like; it […]

Working with People

In my last post, I talked about working with myself. This, week I’ve been thinking about working with others. Between reading excerpts of Mark Bly’s wonderful resource The Production Notebooks, our in class discussions, Michael John Ciszewski’s insightful post, and my current project heading into tech, the importance of working in and on relationships is becoming clearer […]

Working With Mistakes

I’m a recovering perfectionist. I have a phobia of mistakes and want everything to go perfectly, and without conflict. But that’s not how creative processes work, and that’s a good thing. As my fellow blogger Jackie points out, it is the nature of life, especially a life in theatre, to be full of new situations […]

Bringing it (and us) all together

As I write this, I’m psyching myself up. After writing this post, I’ll be heading over to ‘symposium’ where I’ll be presenting my research. Well, standing next to a poster anyway. This summer, I was lucky enough to receive funding to conduct independent research on the sociology of the theatre. Its going to be a strange […]

On the Process

I’m in a strange but enjoyable position at the moment. As I’m taking my first class on dramaturgical methods,  I’m working as the dramaturg on Boston University’s production of Stephen Berkoff’s  Metamorphosis, which started rehearsals this past Tuesday. This is the second show where I’ve had the title of ‘dramaturg,’ and the first where I feel I’m […]

The Perils of Valuing Love Above Life

I’ve read several articles recently about the intersection of passion, art, and finances. As Meron Langser points out, no one has to remind aerospace engineers that their time is valuable and they deserve to be compensated. This compensation can take two forms–monetary or emotional. Working in the arts tends to involve necessarily privileging love of the work […]

When the Audience Isn’t Up to Par

Last night, I had the chance to see a large scale musical that is playing in town. A number of friends and acquaintances saw and raved about this production but the show didn’t hit me the same way. This is not to say that that show wasn’t visually lush or well acted. But the performance […]

Evolving the Rules

Reading Durkheim for a sociology course has me thinking about  form, function, and rules. Durkheim pushes his readers to examine the mechanisms at work in the social world as external facts, and to understand how these facts evolve like species. That is, a social fact that evolves must be useful, and when it stops being useful it […]

Dramaturgy and Dramaturgy

As a student of both theatre and sociology, I look forward to finding the intersections between different elements come together and create resonant meaning. My latest discovery is the intersection of dramaturgy and dramaturgy; that is Irving Goffman’s dramaturgy of the social world and the dramaturgy of theatre. Goffman’s 1959 monograph on social dramaturgy, The Presentation […]