Of course you’d expect a writer to say “respect the text,” but I’ve got to say, it really makes a difference.  I saw the musical Pippin last night, and I came away thoroughly confused by the the penultimate number. The Lead Player is trying to convince Pippin to go out in a blaze of glory. […]

Dear spiders, It is well-known that there are those of your kinsmen who enjoy an early morning peregrination through the vast, cool expanses of porcelain and fiberglass that encompass the washroom. Among these so-called “shower spiders,” is one Stavros. You may have encountered him recently, spinning a tale of being wondrously transported far afield in […]

Thanks to the miracle of U-Haul, I’m now in Montana, and the number of theatre productions in town is noticeably smaller than when I was in New Orleans. Nonetheless, I did managed to find a production of Twelfth Night nearby, and I was happy to attend, since it’s one of my favorite Shakespeare plays. I found […]

Aside from working on an MFA, one of the reasons I was looking forward to university life was the prospect of meeting academic women. After all, smart is sexy. What I failed to consider was that most of my fellow students would be twenty-somethings, which means they’re about half my age. Not wanting to be […]

At the graduate banquet, where all the new MFAs have a chance to read from their work and make a few statements, I joked that going through the writing program was a little like being the scarecrow in the Wizard of Oz. You make new friends, have adventures, dance and sing with people who are […]

I the nearly three years I’ve spent in New Orleans, I’ve seen at least 150 plays, well over 200 if you count all the ten-minute plays at Southern Rep’s 6×6 series. I wanted to reflect on a few of them to see what made them stand out. The Top Five These made my list because […]

    Most arguments against Creationism (and its bastard stepchild “Intelligent Design”) are predicated on its conflict with established fact and its misuse or misunderstanding of science. But that only addresses part of the question, and specifically, the part that those who are invested in the religious perspective are most likely to ignore. But Creationism […]

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