Races, especially ones that draw a large number of participants, are incredible spectacles, street theatre on-the-run, with a structure fairly analogous to a ‘well made’ stage play, not to mention the obvious runner/performer spectator/audience aspect. They also create a sense of intimately shared space and human connectedness that relates a lot to what we theatre … Continue reading
Elizabeth Maupin has “quit” her 26 year-post as Theatre Critic for the Orlando Sentinel … Read here.
Did you read this 2/24 NYT article “Violence that Art Didn’t See Coming”, which was inspired by Alabama Neuroscience Professor Amy Bishop’s recent opening of fire on 6 colleagues that resulted in the death of 3? If you didn’t, you should because it provides a fairley extensive and interesting scan of the way violent/criminal women … Continue reading
S/HE S/HE, by Tanzanian born, Kenyan raised, playwright Nanno “Nick” Mwaluko, is a brave exploration of a 17-year old Black woman’s journey as she transitions sartorially and then surgically from female to male. The play opens with a school playground scene that foregrounds Sam(antha)’s difference from her female classmates and her insistence that “I’m not no … Continue reading
For those not familiar with the work of Split Britches, it is the lesbian feminist theatre company founded in 1980 by Peggy Shaw, Lois Weaver, and Deb Margolin. The story behind the company’s name is fantastic and resonates with a family anecdote of my own. Here is their explanation of it: “Split Britches takes its name from a … Continue reading
On Colleagues, Contacts, and Coworkers; or What We Call People We (kind of) Know (With a side of vintage Paul Reubens)
As a writer, I am not unique in finding words fascinating … and funny and frustrating and fickle (ie. slippery, deceitful, dangerous, and unreliable). I’m equally interested in how our individual vocabularies change throughout our lifetime; there are endless examples of this, but I am thinking specifically of the acquisition of “grown-up” words. As we … Continue reading
Scott Walters of Theatre Ideas offers what is in my opinion an apt assessment of the theatre blogosphere in general and the recent race debate in particular. London political blogger Penny Red weighs in on misogyny in the political blogosphere, particularly the treatment of women political bloggers. (In spite of the fact that the theatre blogosphere … Continue reading