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 Violence, Women, and the Stage
Word to Your Drama I’m currently reading New Playwriting Strategies (not quite so ‘new’ now; Routledge, 2001) by Paul C. Castagno, which attempts to flesh out one of the more recent aesthetic trends in American playwriting. Castagno identifies his case studies as ‘the language playwrights’: Len Jenkin, Eric Overmeyer, and Mac Wellman. More on this … Continue reading Word to Your Drama
Links Thank you to George Hunka for this post over at Superfluities Redux, which directs our attention to an interview of Sarah Kane by Dan Rebellato (Professor of Contemporary Theatre at Royal Holloway, University of London). This 65-minute interview from November 3, 1998 was likely her last interview before her death in February 1999. Just a reminder to South … Continue reading Links
***Links*** Women in the Arts This lengthy film article, “Women in the Seat but Not behind the Camera,” by Manohla Dargis in yesterday’s NYT is the film complement to Marsha Norman’s recent piece, “Not There Yet,” in American Theatre magazine. Both articles convey pretty grim portraits about the so called progress of women in these … Continue reading Links,etc-Women in the Arts, Sexy Titles, TV’s at the Pump!
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 Queer to Cheer or Jeer At; Or, “A Gay” (Mentioned) in Every Play continued
Redemption for Dowd? I’ve read less of Maureen Dowd’s Op-Eds lately because, well, quite frankly, I got bored with them. Over the summer, I found myself becoming less interested in her own words and, instead, becoming more lost in the dramatic and entertaining comments (always several hundred) that her pieces elicited. For instance, while a … Continue reading Redemption for Dowd?