sarahcordhirsch

Responsibility When Writing Outside of Personal Experience

For Playwriting I, our final is a one act to full length play. I am writing about a woman in her 70s managing PTSD after she was raped working for the army. I can only imagine what it is like to be that age and what its like navigating the world of the army. I […]

Me Too

Trigger warning – sexual assault (no details but mentioning a culture surrounding and the news, Me Too campaign) I feel guilty for avoiding some facets of the news. And overwhelmed when I engage. Sexual harassment is certainly not new, but the wave of sexual offenders in the entertainment industry actually being punished for their behavior […]

Dramaturgy of Dialects

In Dialects last year, we talked about how one can better understand a character through the specificity of their idiolect. In all four of my casting assignments, I have had to learn and put on voices that were much unlike my own: 1930s Hollywood actress voice, drawl, Western Irish, Cockney. For Cabaret, I am in […]

Artistic Responsibility and Liberties

In my collaborative theatre ensemble class, our midterm is to devise a ten minute long piece deconstructing historical event. My group was initially interested in focusing on the death of important figures from a variety of religions. We went down a rabbit hole of questions and tangential ideas and landed on the Jim Jones, the […]

Neurodiversity: To Medicate or Not to Medicate

To justify why this is the place to put this content – Neurodiversity is something I engage with in the content of my artistic endevors and also think about when in the room working with others. I think neurodiversity is an necessary thing to consider with some gusto since we work in a very collaborative […]

Presentation Matters!

Presentation matters. I am someone who tends to focus on ideas, daydreams and questions, and forget about form. As Jon Savage emphasizes in his Painting and Drawing class, no one takes the content seriously if the presentation is weak. His class forces me to think about how much time it takes to make stronger choices […]

Writing a Ten Minute Play

In Playwriting I, we just turned in our “final revision” of out ten minute play. We were asked to use the structure outlined in Gary Garrison’s book, A More Perfect Ten: Page 1- 2: set up world, introduce central characters and make sure we understand what they want/need/desire through the journey of the play. Page […]