Essays, Practice, Opinions

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  • New Orleans and The DISTILLERY: Creative Visibility Emilie Whelan
    The DISTILLERY is a creative residency for mid-career New Orleans-based performing artists to utilize while they are crafting a new performance. The DISTILLERY values local and national mentorship, consistent roundtable critical discussions amongst its four participating fellows, documentation of artistic processes, and audience engagement.
  • Celebrating the Audience: Approaches to Participatory Performance Josh Sobel
    The onus is on the artist to create an atmosphere and scenario for an audience to be open to an interactive experience, and to understand the techniques and considerations necessary to successfully engage with patrons. After all, the audience is placing their individual and collective trust in you, the artist(s), as soon as they enter the theater.
  • Where Broadway At?: Meditations On the Closing of the Tupac Musical. Idris Goodwin
    Is a successful jukebox musical featuring rap music possible? I think it’s inevitable, but not without a certain amount of consideration towards rap’s unique and specific position in the music sphere. Also, I am doubtful of its ability to be successful using the same formulas of other more successful jukebox musicals.
  • A Borderless Future Luis Alfaro
    It has been fifteen years since I have gone to a TCG conference. I always liked them, but for this playwright of color, they were always lonely affairs. This used to be a conference mostly for artistic directors (missing in woefully obvious numbers this year) and staff from theaters. One could count the artists and people of color on one hand back then... What happened?

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NewCritcriticism & analysis

  • Chosen Family: A Festival of Plays, for Pride Week in Boston Allison Vanouse
    Connecting experimental drama, drag, the claimed ancestry of the French symbolists, Pride week in Boston’s South End: none of this was coincidental or exploitative marketing on Meehan’s part. Her decisions were principled and formal—truly based on a wrestle with ideas, and not cosmetically celebratory.
  • end of play/7: Gender Stereotypes and Their Subversion Alice Stanley
    The humorous satire on masculinity is just one stop on the wild ride of gender exploration, narcissism, and longing in Chris Danowski’s "end of play/7".
  • Generation Y Feminism at Teatro Luna Dani Snyder-Young
    "Generation Sex" was directed by Alexandra Meda and developed by a team lead by Abigail Vega over a seventeen-month process of workshops in cities and on university campuses across the country. It is an episodic auto- and ethno-biographic collage, utilizing a wide range of performance styles from satire and musical theater to modern dance and slam poetry to examine sex, feminism, technology, and love.
  • Talking About The Sonic Life of a Giant Tortoise by Toshiki Okada at JACK Morgan Gould
    What if you knew that a major critic’s favorite play was "Life is a Dream?" Maybe you would think about their review of an avant-garde movement piece and context it differently, rather than dismissing the piece as “bad” because of unfavorable reviews. Tons of major critics and publications (and artists! We’re guilty too!) don’t acknowledge that a show one person might walk out of in disgust, another person might be telling people about for years to come.

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Blognews, trends, insights

  • Parenting and Playwriting: Gotta Dance Catherine Trieschmann
    Nothing stirs my blood quite like the soft knock of toe shoes on a wood floor during a piqué. And so I admit, I may have exhibited a little too much enthusiasm when Laura, four, expressed a passing interest in taking a ballet class this summer.
  • Livestreaming The 2nd Annual Philadelphia One-Minute Play Festival—Sun, Aug 3 HowlRound TV
    The One-Minute Play Festival & InterAct Theatre Company present The Second Philadelphia One-Minute Play Festival livestreaming on the global, peer produced, open source HowlRound TV channel at howlround.tv on Sunday, August 3 at 5pm PDT (San Francisco) / 7pm CDT (Chicago) / 8pm EDT (Philadelphia).
  • Beyond Victims and Villains: From Ethnography to the Stage Pardis Mahdavi
    I had become exhausted from fighting the trafficking fights... The result has been policies that do more harm than good, and wide scale media misrepresentations of the problem. Those of us doing the actual on the ground fieldwork—talking to survivors, working with people who have experienced the harrowing challenges of exploitation—have been writing against the wave.

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