Plays in Performance

Plays in Performance Response #449

Skeleton Crew Response So, I saw Skeleton Crew (at the Calderwood Pavilion produced by the Huntington Theatre Company). My first Dominique Morisseau play I have ever seen. As a black theatre artist, I am ashamed that this was the first play of hers I have ever heard after learning about her name in the past […]

A Letter of Thanks

My senior thesis. This weekend. aaaaaAAAAHHHH!!!!! This is probably the shortest tech week process I have ever been apart of. loaded in Monday. Tech days on Tuesday and Wednesday. Thursday is open dress. Friday we open. WOW. Though there are many things I could look to as sources of stress, I want to instead flip […]

An interview with playwright, Olivia Z. Cote; director, Jasmine Brooks; and dramaturg, Elena Toppo of the World Premiere of Final Flight

Final Flight is a new play by Olivia Z. Cote that is being produced as apart of the Senior Theatre Arts Majors Productions’ season at Boston University, School of Theatre. I conducted the following interview with my thesis partners, Olivia and Elena, as a way for us to discover more about this play, Olivia’s process […]

I Fell in Love with an Actor

Yesterday, at 2pm, I saw a show. And I fell in love. Have you ever felt that rush of electricity buzz to your fingertips as your body perked up in confusion? Well, she made my body perk.                                      […]


Tonight, I saw a show where the lead did not know their lines. Before I go off, I will say the actor was the third replacement after the other two actors for the role dropped out. During this 7th performance of the run, this actor was stumbling on their lines and holding an Ipad only […]

We’re on each other’s [production] team

This week my senior thesis, Theresa Rebeck’s Seminar, teched, opened, and closed. Within one week, we loaded in five huge pieces of furniture, printed a poster, and went though a ton of troubleshooting to get lights, sound, and transitions up to speed. There were only a few bumps in the road, and overall everything came together, but […]

An Intimate Analysis of Intimate Apparel

I want to open this post by addressing the elephant in the room: this is not the blog post you were promised. Last week, I published a piece that serves as the springboard for a conversation I’m very much interested in having about cross-cultural sharing between Ancient Egypt and Ancient Greece. In it, I mentioned […]


For my thesis, I did ‘Imperceptible Mutabilities in the Third Kingdom’ by Suzan-Lori Parks for students and teachers at the Boston University College of Fine Arts School of Theatre as well as for family of the cast. When I first read this play, I fell in love. Sounds I had never read or heard aloud. […]

HYPE MAN Lives up to the Hype

On Friday, I was happy to see Company One’s production of Idris Goodwin’s HYPE MAN: a break beat play. Following the production, I was lucky enough to help host an event called Cahllege Mixah as apart of my position as College Coordinator at Company One. The night went amazingly. It was filled with tons of energy […]

Where is my Hair Care

I am in the beginning stages of investigating black female hair in plays. This identity is my own, so why not start here and then expand…? In my opinion and research, there are blind spots and there always will be, but I hope it will open my awareness and eyes to other hair around me […]

Hype Me Up

I don’t like art that tells me what to do. I don’t like the preachy-preachy the-world-is bad-and-it’s-all-your-fault plays. Do I like political theatre? Hell yeah. Scream and fucking curse, make my blood boil, make my stomach hurt, drown me in guilt to the point where I’m inspired to do something.  Aha! Inspiration. This weekend I had […]

Git on Up

What does it take to rock a theatre audience? When is the moment we can sit them down and get them back up again.                                     …And sit ’em down and get ’em back up again. In my experience, curating […]

Creating Accessible Theatre

“Access” is a hot word in theater discourse right now. Often conversations revolve around how to make a performance accessible, and the solutions people come up with usually have to do with – a matinee performance labeled as Family Friendly, one or two pre-planned shows with interpreters for Deaf and Hard of Hearing patrons, Relaxed […]

Playwrights Play with Playlists

I am loving the trend happening these days where playwrights are making public Spotify playlists that accompany their new plays. I’m sure the act of playwrights creating playlist for their plays has been happening for years in various forms; burned CD’s, iPod playlists, etc, but what is special about the current form is how publicly […]

Fun Home, or: the Genealogy of Queer Stories

Autobiography has, in fact, come to a close. We just have to turn in some assignments such as reader responses to finish off the course. In this vein, I had my first complete experience with Fun Home on Sunday. I had, of course, been watching the Tony’s when “Ring of Keys” was performed. And I was, of course, captivated […]

That World Premiere Thing

Last Monday I attended a fascinating presentation by Theatre Development Fund and Theatre Bay Area on their new play study, Triple Play. Click here to watch the livestream of the discussion. The study centered on the motivations and reactions of single-ticket buyers with regard to their new play ticket purchases, and there was a lot […]

If You Liked This Album, Check Out This Playwright! Pt 3

If You Liked This Album, Check Out This Playwright! Pt 3

And we’re back . . . If you liked Marry Me by St. Vincent . . . . . . . check out Jen Silverman! I was introduced to St. Vincent on a 2016 mixtape made by a dear friend. I would listen to ‘Actor Out Of Work’ while driving my mom’s truck through the backwoods of […]

How vulnerable am I willing to be?

The Autobio performance is fast approaching. In fact, it is less than one week away. Yesterday, we took the time in class to watch what everyone has been working on, to see the scope of the performance as a whole. This includes a piece that I wrote. This particular piece was one that I had […]

It All Goes Too Fast!

A few weeks ago I wrote a blog post… Message in a Bottle to Another Young Asian Actor:   and here we are now! We had our final dress rehearsal for Our Town tonight – all we have left are 5 performances. I might have started the process taking every second in – the experience had […]

If You Liked This Album, Check Out This Playwright! Pt. 2

If You Liked This Album, Check Out This Playwright! Pt. 2

I know y’all have been very patient . . . If you liked To Pimp A Butterfly by Kendrick Lamar . . . . . . check out Amiri Baraka! Did Lamar’s silver-tongued politics over live jazz make the last few years bearable? Did his poetry-packed lines help to release a battle cry within you? […]