Transman Comedian Ian Harvie in Melbourne, Australia

While I was in Los Angeles this past week, I had the pleasure of having lunch with Ian Harvie, a transman comedian based in Los Angeles.  Ian started doing standup almost a decade ago after relocating to LA from Portland, Maine.  Margaret Cho recognized his talent early on, and he began opening for her several … Continue reading

Reminder: In NYC Monday 3/22? Check out Nick Mwaluko’s “S/He”

I encourage my fabulous and friendly NYC readers to check out the staged reading of S/He that will be taking place tomorrow, Monday, March 22nd.  See below for details. MIXED PHOENIX THEATRE GROUP Ryan Victor Pierce & Danielle Soames – Artistic Directors Richard C. Aven – Associate Artistic Director present A Staged Reading of S/HE By Nick … Continue reading

In NYC and Free on Monday 3/22? Check out Nick Mwaluko’s “S/He”

Since reading and posting about Nick Mwaluko’s play S/He a few weeks ago, I’ve had the pleasure of corresponding with him and learning more about his work and upcoming events.  For those of you just tuning in and/or unfamiliar with Nick and his fine work, he is an F to M transgendered playwright. He was … Continue reading

Nick Mwaluko’s “S/HE” and Some Thoughts on (Cross-)Gender Casting

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

More Reflections on Gender and Race in Today’s Theatre

This post is an attempt to pull together and work through simultaneously a number of thoughts/issues/concerns that have been rattling around in my head lately, spurred by both my own reading and writing and also by conversations that have been taking place on other theatre blogs. As my regular readers know, I recently compiled a … Continue reading

Metablogging: Drama Daily’s 2009 Recap

Metablogging: Drama Daily’s 2009 Recap As 2009 draws to a close, it’s time to reflect on the plays and topics Drama Daily has covered and what lies ahead for this theatre blog.  Since its inception last March, this blog has discussed and/or reviewed approximately 40 plays, which are listed below in ABC order by author’s last … Continue reading

Another Link: The Crap Archivist

Aaah, the dramatic insights that other people’s rubbish affords us.  See Studies in Crap, Alan Scherstuhl’s Village Voice blog.

Before Gaga, There Was Aphra: “Or,” Liz Duffy Adams’ Bisexual Bombshell.

Before Gaga, There Was Aphra: Or, Liz Duffy Adams’ Bisexual Bombshell (Review)  For more than a century, scholars, activists, and playwrights have found personal,  political, and literary inspiration in writings by and about Oscar Wilde, catapulting the 19th century Anglo-Irish author to mythic status as an icon for the contemporary gay movement.  The 17th century authoress Aphra Behn is now experiencing something akin … Continue reading

A Queer to Cheer or Jeer At; Or, “A Gay” (Mentioned) in Every Play continued

A Queer to Cheer or Jeer At; Or, “A Gay” (Mentioned) in Every Play continued A week ago, I wrote a post in which I suggested that every play I read or see these days contains a gay or lesbian character.  I continue to question whether or not this is a sign of true progress or a new trend in … Continue reading

“A Gay” in Every Play ?

“A Gay” in Every Play “? It feels like every play (and film) I see these days has a gay or a lesbian character.  And this is not counting the Shakespeare productions that camp up or make effete a clown or a fool.  I am trying to decide if this is cause for celebration–because it … Continue reading

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