Tag Archive | politics

WTF is a Play Cycle – Pt. 4

The Purpose of Play Cycles/Artist Prophet The Greeks were not only telling tales to reintegrate their citizens but they were developing stories that encapsulated their history, stories that allowed the viewer to examine civilization. In Julie Spark’s Playwrights’ Progress she states that the greek plays were performed as a mode of civic self-examination. Writers get […]

The National Anthem and the Spread of Protest

What ties Americans together as a nation? Are we bound by shared customs, interests, and experiences? Growing up, I always felt some kind of attachment to certain “American traditions” and holidays because they were usually tied to a celebration of sorts, something that my childhood and food-loving self could totally get behind. Honestly, I’ve never […]

Mainstream Media Accountability Survey: Round 1

Sometimes the greatest theatre happens outside theatrical spaces. This week, we are privileged enough to witness, not one, but TWO of the most excellent performative acts in the history of the world wide web, courtesy of our Commander in Chief. As we all know, the president of the United States has never been afraid of […]

It’s Happening Here: Berkeley Rep’s Production of IT CAN’T HAPPEN HERE Still Relevant

I thought I’d check out what leading theatres in my home state of California have been up to, and I came across Berkeley Rep’s late 2016 project “It Can’t Happen Here,” a timely play co-adapted by Berkeley Rep’s Artistic Director Tony Taccone and Bennett S. Cohen. The piece is based on Sinclair Lewis’s novel “It […]

Viewing the Arts Through Trump-Colored Glasses

I recently started watching The Young Pope on HBO, which stars Jude Law as a self-obsessed, tyrannical, and incredibly stunted ruler who is more concerned with his own image than the good of his people. Sound familiar? The Young Pope clearly understands its role in todays political milieu. Law’s Holy Father “says what he thinks, directly, loudly, whether people […]

For Those Who Like the Magic, But Not the Morals

JK Rowling seems to have broken a lot of hearts the last few days. Unlike most stories that involve the well-known author of the Harry Potter series, this time it’s not about the books. Well, not really. After publicly speaking out against the Trump administration, Rowling faced criticisms from her now ex-fans, many who vowed to […]

“Politics? Cora, we’re artists.”

So here we are today, over a month out from November 8 and the electors were not as faithless as many of us had hoped. And in this time I’ve rehearsed, teched, opened, and closed Marc Blitzstein’s 1937 operetta The Cradle Will Rock. I’ve confronted the questions I think many of us have wondered in these last […]