Tag Archive | film

Take 17! 18! 19!

As we wind down tech for Agamemdawn, I find myself reflecting on three things. One, I have still not figured out how to spell Aggamemnonn. Two, a statement that our director opened tech with: “Some actors use this time to be extra creative. As you run things over and over for the technical elements, you […]

The Honesty of Horror

It’s Spooktober kids! That means everybody is picking their Halloween costumes, candy companies are getting ready for an almighty rush of business and horror movies have become America’s favourite pass time. There’s lots of frustration levelled at Horror movies, especially from those who believe that they promote violence and are unnecessary gore fests that serve no purpose other […]

First Time Being a Dramaturg! Ah!

Night Owl: https://vimeo.com/218082778 Citizen: https://www.amazon.com/Citizen-American-Lyric-Claudia-Rankine/dp/1555976905/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1505964534&sr=8-1&keywords=citizen I believed, before this summer and this class, that a dramaturg was vital to the creation process, but was not an artist. I believed that a dramaturg did research, and put together a packet of information for the cast and crew. The end. Dramaturges did not go to rehearsal, were […]

Help Me Help You Help Me

I recently came across a HowlRound article that I can’t seem to get out of my head. It’s titled What are We Watching? What are We Teaching? Preparing Acting Students for the New Golden Age, and was written by actor-director-teacher Welker White. Here is one of my favorite passages: Right now, students at hundreds of MFA […]

Sci-Fi’s New (Old?) Theatre Magic

I want to connect some threads I’ve been thinking about as of late. Part of this stems directly from one of my last blog posts, in which I re-examined my conceptions of ancient Greek theatre and how it can become a fascinating tool for a modern audience to reconnect with the past and, by doing […]

The Middle Ground of Resistance

Last night, I saw I Am Not Your Negro at the Coolidge Corner Theatre. It was my Valentine’s Day date with myself. I Am Not Your Negro tells the story of James Baldwin, from the perspective of the writer himself. The film was narrated by the powerful Samuel L. Jackson, who managed to embody both Baldwin’s relentlessness […]

It’s La La land but much better, and Irish.

There has been a recent trend in hollywood to recapture the “American Movie Musical”. This has been a trend a long time in the making but, is finally beginning to gain ground with the box office success of films such as Les Miserable and Into the Woods. La La land technically also falls into the […]