Essays, Practice, Opinions

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  • Queering The Room: Some Beginning Notions For A Queer Directing Practice Will Davis
    This method of working through the unknown and working with a bit of grace with the imperfect is the only way I have managed to arrive at a sense of self in my life. I’ve had to learn to listen to the impulse inside me that says, “just cross the threshold, I have no idea why or what will happen but just do it and we’ll sort it out on the other side.” That was true when I changed my name, it was true when I started making physical changes to my body, and it is true today.
  • Just Say Yes Annie Danger
    …you begin with hope. Not dependence on false hopes. Not faith in some distant heaven. But real, hard, daily belief that we can make the drastic, bone-deep changes necessary to make our world a better place. Every morning, every evening, rising and resting with hope in our hearts is the only way we can make it through the lifetimes of hard work we have ahead of us as people committed to a better world.
  • Beyond Cool: Moving Towards True Transgender Visibility MJ Kaufman
    I hear in theater constantly: a talented artist can write or act anything. Suggesting that an artist can only express their lived experience is limiting. While a cisgender writer certainly could write a nuanced, specific, and well-written trans character, I rarely see it. Instead I see cisgender writers, producers, and actors recycling offensive stereotypes and sensationalizing trans bodies.
  • Against the Dramaturgy of Punishment: From the Greeks to The Normal Heart Andy Boyd
    Tragedy arises not because of one character’s flaw, but because of the irresolvable clash of mutually exclusive value systems: family loyalty clashes with patriotism, sexual gratification clashes with social order, or friendship clashes with the realities of war.… The power of the great Greek tragedies, and the great tragedies of our age, is to be found in their unwillingness to dogmatically assert one value system over another. In a world of easy answers, tragedy dares to ask profound questions. That’s what they did in ancient Greece, and that’s what we need them to do today.

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NewCritcriticism & analysis

  • Mu Performing Arts' Lost and Found Middle Brother Chris Garza
    The night I saw the show, members of Gazillion Voices, a magazine for adoptees, were also in attendance. At the talk back, a Korean adoptee in the audience revealed, "I didn’t want to come tonight because this is such a close issue to my heart. I didn’t want to sit in an audience with non-Korean adoptees who might laugh at something that is so personal and painful to me."
  • Samuel French Off Off Broadway Short Play Festival: A Big Little Festival Martha Steketee
    There are many theater festivals and conferences that select participants and winners carefully behind closed doors. Some of these programs have public performances, and some have readings only for theater insiders and participants after the selection has occurred. The Annual Samuel French Off Off Broadway Short Play Festival provides something different—a blend of private reading and ranking that continues into a public vetting stage with the prize of publication. With a bit of elimination round talent competition flavor, finalist playwrights from around the country bring a production of their play to New York City for juried performances that serve as the final stage of the selection process.
  • Biking Beyond Linear: Past and Future in The Kirkbride Cycle Haley Honeman
    How do we harness the power of arts to inscribe places with cultural value? How does that valuing affect the wellbeing of our communities? That day, many of us brought with us the knowledge of estate’s unclear fate. The performance gave us the symbolic power to determine its future in our town.
  • Twelve Hours of Epic Tragedy with The Hypocrites Dani Snyder-Young
    "All Our Tragic," adapted and directed by Sean Graney and produced by The Hypocrites at the Den Theatre in Chicago, features all thirty-two surviving Greek tragedies by Aeschylus, Sophocles, and Euripides compiled into a single twelve-hour epic. It includes seven intermissions of varying lengths and a vegan feast of Mediterranean food is served throughout. The result is rather like a contemporary version of a Dionysian festival.

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Blognews, trends, insights

  • Trucks, Country Music, and Class Basil Kreimendahl
    I don’t want to write an article about how we don’t see enough of a certain kind of people on stage. We are all working within an unfortunate system that, for the most part, elevates the work that mirrors itself. Instead of talking about production, I want to write about the art that we are making, because we are artists making art, whether it’s produced or not.
  • Live Webcast & Twitter Discussions for Beyond the Building: Performing Arts and Transforming Place—#PerformPlace—Mon, Nov 3 HowlRound
    The National Endowment for the Arts (NEA), with support from ArtPlace America, is hosting a convening that examines how performance-based organizations, and the artists they engage, transform places through their artistic practices: "Beyond the Building: Performing Arts and Transforming Place". This multiplatform convening will be live webcasted and will have Twitter discussions on hashtag #performplace on Monday, November 3, 2014, from 6am PST to 2pm PST / 7am MST to 3pm MST / 8am CST to 4pm CST / 9am EST to 5pm EST.
  • The Trans Artistic Body Polly Carl
    I’m at the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum in the women’s restroom washing my hands. A woman walks in, “I must be in the wrong place,” she says and walks out. Then she walks back in, “No, you’re in the wrong place,” she says, seething with confidence. I walk out, not sure of my place.

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