Tag Archive | program notes

Notes on things to do as a Production Dramaturg at BU

What follows started as a reference list for me, but I think it could be useful for me to be transparent with what I’ve learned in the hope that it can make the role of Production Dramaturg easier on other students.  I am not doing this work perfectly.  That’s part of why I’m writing it […]

I’m No Expert, But…

I love art museums. They have always filled me in a way that is simultaneously comforting and unexpected. I will go back to the same exhibit in a museum time and time again, just to feel that while the art itself has not changed, maybe I have, and maybe now it looks a little different than it did before. […]

Critical Response: “Over There” by Mark Ravenhill

“Over There” by Mark Ravenhill is an incredibly well crafted portrayal of the conflict in Germany between native Berliners after the fall of the Berlin Wall. Twin brothers, separated by the wall for years, reunite and attempt to live together, learning that despite having blood, parents, and a cosmic connection all in common, they are […]

“She Kills Monsters” at Company One Kicketh Major Ass

I first encountered She Kills Monsters by Qui Nguyen when a friend of mine was auditioning for one of the parts in the play. I read sides with her to help her prepare for the audition and from that, I was able to see snip-its of the script. Even from these short excerpts, I could tell […]

You for Me for Us

Mia Chung’s You for Me for You, a New England premiere presented by Company One, imagines the cost of the Crossing from North Korea to the Unites States for two sisters who have only each other left to lose. The play captivates from the opening scene as, with measured movements and without fear of silence, […]

Voice and guitar recital: This is my letter to the world

For those interested, here is a 21st century version of a salon recital that I am involved in next Saturday night in Dorchester with the Greater Boston House Concert Series.  A portion of the ticket sales will be given to organizations helping families in the wake of Hurricane Sandy.  I believe there is a discount […]

La Traviata: A Dramaturgical Experience

I am so glad I went to see La Traviate last night at The Huntington. I so rarely find time to watch shows that are not BUSOT affiliated, let alone operas and classical concerts. The show was not only beautifully organized (blending three schools within the CFA to form one spectacle of a representation of an infamous tale) […]

Does the order make a difference?

Brecht on Brecht – love this concept of looking into a person’s life through his or her own words.  I incorporated this idea in my last recital with the lives of the Schumanns and Brahms, utilizing their music and hand-picked poetry to reflect their inner emotions and life journeys.  As I was watching the BU show […]

Program Notes & New Dramaturgy Tools

A quickie post about writing and editing program notes… In preparation for the writing the blog authors here will be doing this week in their dramaturgy class, I thought I’d open the window a little bit into how my editing process works, and then show you a fabulous audience tool. Here’s an example of program […]

Recital program notes

Since I have mentioned these a few times in class, I thought I might put up the program notes here for folks to read and give feedback if they would like to.  I thought about explaining my expected audience or what I was trying to achieve by the way I wrote them but instead I […]

The good, the bad and the ugly

Wednesday night I visited the Cantab lounge for the first time in my 9+ years in Boston to attend a weekly poetry open mic/slam (that has its 20th anniversary coming up in the next few weeks!).   Not only was it my first time at Cantab but it was actually my very first attendance of […]

Selective Dramaturgy

Below, I have attached the dramaturgical materials I put together for New Rep’s The Kite Runner. The program notes are fairly straightforward, mostly discussing author Khaled Hosseini’s relationship to the material as well as historical and cultural background information on Afghanistan. I think the notes served their purpose, in that they (hopefully) got the audience in […]