Mies Julie at ArtsEmerson

Watching Mies Julie at Arts Emerson, I was surprised by how, well, surprised I was. The story strayed so far from the original that, by the end, I had nearly convinced myself that the play would end on a positive note. Well played, cast and company, well played. The most striking element of the production […]

The Theatre of Failing: A Manifesto

I wrote this manifesto last night in about 10 minutes. If it is ill-formed, or incomplete, I welcome criticism and open communication. Discussion needs to happen, and it needs to happen now. I demand a theatre that denies the existence of fear. A theatre that stands with its toes over the edge and leaps, trusting […]

Equal Pay: A Tentative Cost-Benefit Analysis

This month’s American Theatre magazine had an interesting article by Eliza Bent entitled “Equal Pay, Equal Play.”  Bent talks about one of the topics a lot of people think about, but in the art world, often pretend not to care about: getting paid. The equal-pay, or parital pay, structure is one in which for every […]

You Good-For-Nothin’ Know-It-All

This post is for all those who are not the ‘official’ dramaturg in the room:             As I’ve embarked on dramaturgy on my own, I’ve come to a frightening realization: there is a mistaken, albeit very flattering, assumption by many people in the room that the dramaturg is the source of all knowledge on the […]

On Point: Art, Academics, and Checks and Balances

A friend of mine who loves ballet and dance sent me an incredibly interesting video about 2 weeks ago. The video, En Puntas, is by Javier Pérez, a Spanish artist, and features ballerina Amelie Segarra dancing on the razor sharp points of two knives on top of a piano. The images alone are visceral and […]

Get In My Belly

As a young dramaturg, still learning what it is that I actually do (which seems to change on a daily basis), the book The Process of Dramaturgy was an interesting approach to what we’ve been talking about, and a resource I will cherish for a long time. As I finished reading it, I also felt […]

Why The Hell Are You Laughing: Humor, Satire, and Cunning in Egypt

On Tuesday from 4-5:30pm, I had the privilege to listen to guest lecturer Dr. Hazem Azmy, a dramaturg from Egypt. He talked about drama in Egypt before and after the ‘Arab Spring,’ and I soon noticed that humor played a significant role in the revolution. From satirical posters criticizing President Muhammad Morsi, to Bassem Yousef’s […]