Tag Archive | new theatre

Antarctica: A Blank Space for Possibility

“We will appear very soon,” reads the sign hanging above an empty stage. At least, the stage is void of people. It is however, covered with instruments—a drum set taking center stage, keyboards and pianos strewn left and right, microphones all over, guitars to the left, other various instruments, and large mysterious domes hanging out […]

Obsession with Flicks

Film possesses a quality, a certain key to the mysteries of life, which can resonate deeply within our souls.  Live theatre has this same un-nameable quality.  But, unlike live theatre—which is a mutable, living entity that changes with each performance, cinema is a recording of a moment in time, and once it is recorded it […]

Those Who Shape Our Futures

Two things have sparked my reason to write today… an occurrence in Drama Lit where we were shown this video and Howl Round providing me with this article. The video starts off with an amazing quote: If you want to make a human being a monster, deny them, at the cultural level, any reflection of themselves. […]

A Solution (maybe) for Non-Profits: A Sense of Place

A sense of place—this is an idea Carlos Uriona of Double Edge Theatre talked about recently in a Tedx Talk.  I think this is particularly important for artists.  In his talk, Carlos tells of his journey from Argentina all the way to Ashfield, MA, USA to Double Edge Theatre.  Carlos was an artist and theatre […]

New York, I Love You, But You’re Bringing Me Down

It’s been said time and time again, over and over, like a broken record. New York is over. New York is dead—you know, because Hip Hop is dead and Punk is dead and Times Square has been fully Disney-fied since a thorough clean-up effort began in 1980. New York is no longer the cultural capital […]

Matchmaker, Matchmaker: The New Play does Online Dating

Anyone ever been on OkCupid? It’s a hipper match.com, an online dating site which has you declare you interests (from sociopolitical to sexual), take personality quizzes, and post some arresting photos—all to attract a potential mate. Once you’ve completed your OkCupid profile, you’re visible to all sorts of local hopefuls who may or may not […]

Changing the “dramaturgy of the land”

“When you’re marching down the levee, something amazing happens: the dramaturgy of the land changes” – Nick Slie (Mondo Bizarro, New Orleans, LA) While the human race is capable of such magnificent acts of creation, we are equally as capable of devastating destruction.  In making life more convenient for ourselves, we have begun to systematically […]

This One’s for the Kids

This weekend, I had the pleasure of seeing three of my peers in Phil Berman’s new play Three Blessed Brothers.  Now, compared to other plays done at Boston University, I’ll be honest– this one was an oddball. Not only was it a comedy (an unheard of type of production here in the school of theatre), […]

Don’t Please Everyone

The other night I googled “Sopranos” and “risk.” My thinking was this–what made cable TV decide to go from bland, crowd-pleasers to some of the best television writing and art direction I’ve ever seen (think how The Sopranos has led to The Wire and AMC’s Mad Med & Breaking Bad). David Carr neatly summarizes HBO’s move in his New […]

Something Old, Something New, Something Borrowed

On Sunday (homework day), while reading Mark Lord’s “The Dramaturgy Reader”, I spilled 16 fluid ounces of sparkling water on my laptop. Black screen. Dead. No pulse. No hope. The journey to the Apple Store was wrought with self-reproach and frustrated grunts. And when the man at the Genius bar (who, I assume, is accustomed […]

Strindberg, Women, and Albee

Those of us in the BU community have been fortunate in that we have had the opportunity to explore August Strindberg in much more depth than most others. Not only did we read “Miss Julie” in Dramatic Literature, but many of us were lucky enough to see a student produced, directed, and acted version of […]