I’m feeling a bit overwhelmed, I’ve now had two staged readings (of different plays) in under a week’s time.  It’s interesting to compare the two experiences.  I wrote about the earlier performance last week, so now I feel obligated to comment on this one. The most recent reading was two days ago, at City Lights […]

At school on Thursday, I had a staged reading of my most recent piece, Becoming Number Six. The story follows a mother whose son is flirting with an anonymous hacker organization called Incognito, and a shadowy government spy agency who puts pressure on the family in hopes of forcing the hackers to reveal themselves. I though […]

Since Shakespeare is basically the only English-language playwright from the Renaissance that is performed with any frequency in our day, we tend to assume he’s the universal prototype of the outlooks and attitudes of the era. But you get a very different picture when you expand your circle of dramatists. Shakespeare may have been the […]

If I were going to have lunch with an English Renaissance dramatist, and it couldn’t be one of the big three (Shakespeare, Jonson, or Marlowe), I’d probably pick Francis Beaumont, since he practically invented meta-theatre. His use of the technique, however, was about 300 years too early, and it bombed in London at the time. […]

Around this time of year (actually for the entire period between Epiphany and Fat Tuesday), residents of New Orleans go mad for King Cake. Imagine a dense, dinner plate-sized cinnamon bun injected full of gooey substances like cream cheese and chocolate pudding and loaded up with fistfuls of colored crystalized sugar and a dead baby. […]

One of my classes this semester bears the title Radical Theatre. So far, we have studied Mac Wellman’s 7 Blowjobs, Alfred Jarry’s Ubu Roi, Dutchman by Amiri Baraka (né LeRoi Jones) and the choreopoem for colored girls who have considered suicide when the rainbow is enuf by Ntozake Shange. Each embraces the term in a different way: Wellman using form […]

Another Marlowe play is on the reading list. This time it’s The Jew of Malta. In this play, Barabas, a rich Jew living on the island of Malta has his wealth confiscated by the governor, and he avenges himself against the Christian leaders, only to end up double-crossed and eventually dead. In modern parlance, the treatment […]

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