Essays, Practice, Opinions

Journalin-depth stories

  • Invisible Inclusions: Planning the 40th Anniversary Season at People’s Light Zak Berkman
    It is a thoughtful, celebratory, ambitious season, filled with giant heart and profound humor. Four new works. Three iconic classics. Two family productions. It is a season that fully expresses our artistic and civic vision… From the standpoint of gender equity, however, the results underwhelm: eight credited male writers and three credited female writers; four credited female directors and four credited male directors. …One step forward. One step back.
  • A Lover's Guide to American Playwrights: Kia Corthron Todd London
    There is so much to say about Kia, because Kia herself has so very much to say, and because what she says in her work is always so urgent, so vital. Because to fail to listen to what she has to say is to fail some part of our own humanity, to fail in our responsibility as citizens of this world to engage the world.
  • Sarah Ruhl in Conversation with Polly Carl Sarah Ruhl, Polly Carl
    Playwright Sarah Ruhl’s collection of short essays is called "100 Essays I Don't Have Time to Write: On Umbrellas and Sword Fights, Parades and Dogs, Fire Alarms, Children, and Theater". The first chapter, “On Interruptions,” appears at the end of this interview.
  • Ferguson Moments: Artists Respond Claudia Alick, Danny Bryck, Mica Cole, Rebecca Martinez, Katy Rubin
    The Ferguson Moment was born from the impulse of theater makers across the nation to spark and organize artistic responses to the oppression, violence, and resistance happening in Ferguson and its relationship to all of our communities and American history. We recognized our own communities within the community of Ferguson. We will witness. We will serve. We will collaborate artistically. We will lift up voices that are too often silenced. We will offer alternative narratives to our communities and to the nation. We will do better. Theater responds. Theater reflects. Theater connects us to our collective humanity. This is the Ferguson Moment. Respond.


NewCritcriticism & analysis

  • A Huge Epic in a Small Package Georgina Escobar
    I was on my way to Santa Fe, New Mexico to catch the opening night of Irma Mayorga’s "Cascarones" presented at Teatro Paraguas, directed by Daniel Banks and presented in collaboration with DNAWORKS. New Mexico, like Texas and other highly colonized spaces in the United States are rich with cultures that live in a world-view that involves ancestors and ancestry.
  • The Bolshoi Ballet at The Lincoln Center Festival Marcina Zaccaria
    The Bolshoi Theatre, based in Moscow, brought three full-evening ballets and an opera concert to New York City this year. According to Nigel Redden, the Director of The Lincoln Center Festival, the Bolshoi Theatre “stands for music and dance charged with drama and emotion presented with an unmistakably Russian flair.” The prestigious company performed Don Quixote, based on the story by Miguel de Cervantes. This two hour and fifty-five minute ballet, was, for me, particularly welcome.
  • A.R. Gurney: Saved by Off-Off Broadway, Back on Broadway with Love Letters Jonathan Mandell
    More than a decade ago, A.R. Gurney, who had written some forty plays over forty years, wondered whether he would be forced to retire. Now, at age eighty-three, Gurney has shows in both the new Broadway season, and the new Off-Broadway season. Ask Gurney what happened to change things around, and his answer is succinct: Off-Off Broadway saved him.
  • Theater as Necessity: The 29th International Hispanic Theater Festival of Miami Teresa Marrero
    Latin Americans bring a wider breadth of theater-going experiences than we are used to in the U.S. Latin American theater does not terminate at some artificial geographic border; Hispanic (Spanish-language dominant) and Latina/o (English-language dominant) works are transnationally cross-fed in content, form, and affect in a south to north axis.


Blognews, trends, insights

  • Livestreaming Sliver of a Full Moon by Cherokee playwright Mary Kathryn Nagle—Sun, Sept 21 HowlRound TV
    The National Indigenous Women's Resource Center, the Indian Law Resource Center, and the National Congress of American Indians present "Sliver of a Full Moon", a powerful new play by Cherokee playwright Mary Kathryn Nagle as part of the United Nations’ World Conference on Indigenous Peoples. "Sliver of a Full Moon" documents the grassroots movement that led to the historic reauthorization of the Violence Against Women Act (“VAWA”) in March 2013, complete with a new provision restoring tribal jurisdiction over non-native offenders who commit crimes against Native women. Livestreaming twice on the global, commons-based peer produced HowlRound TV network at on Sunday, September 21 at 1pm EDT from the Church Center for the United Nations Chapel and again from Joe's Pub at The Public Theater at 7pm EDT.
  • Your Guide to Theater Education: Steppenwolf David Dudley
    Since 1984, Steppenwolf Theatre Company has offered internships to students, graduates, and others to experience the inner workings of a professional theater from every angle. The company has developed a collection of programs purposed to identify, train and mentor a diverse group of students, graduates and early-career professionals in arts administration, stage management and production.
  • Playwrights, Rewrites, Multiple Productions: End Days Deborah Zoe Laufer
    What I imagine the greatest impact of the National New Play Network Rolling World Premiere was to "End Days" was the buzz, publicity, approval it got before it even started. I do think it's a play with broad appeal, but I can't flatter myself that it would have had over fifty productions world-wide without that kind of launch.