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 […]

How many times have you heard the phrase “I don’t do math.”? Lots, I bet. It’s a common enough sentiment, sometimes stated with pride. On the other hand, I’ve never had anyone tell me, “I don’t do words.” Literacy is considered essential, indeed it’s a marker of how well a country educates its citizens. In […]

Today, among other things, I created two puppets, edited some music, created a (fake) company logo, and cobbled together a “tail” out of fake fur and rope. None of these things are jobs that I normally do, and it’s one of the creative aspects of play-making that I find enjoyable. Using Photoshop and Audacity give […]

As part of my MFA comps (comprehensive exams), I’ve been reading Eugène Ionesco’s The Bald Soprano, and have been startled by how much it resembles the comedy of Monty Python. A little research shows that this is not a unique observation, and troupe member Terry Jones has mentioned it as a foundational element of Python humor. Mr. […]

There’s nothing like producing a show to teach a lesson on the economics of theatre.  As I mentioned before, I was interested enough in getting some work on stage to go the DIY route.  I’m happy to announce that after all expenses were paid, we cleared $21.40. Now, in many ways, this is worth celebrating, […]

“Don’t be a critic,” is a common expression, but one that writers should probably avoid. Not only should we welcome critics, but we should be critics as often as possible. Good criticism exercises a necessary writerly muscle. I came to this realization as I was explaining the workshop process to my new group of undergrads. […]

Many of the schools I considered when applying for my MFA include production of the thesis as part of the process. UNO, unfortunately, does not. Because of this, I’ve been finding myself more involved with the local community and engaging with theatre-makers all over the city. In particular, I’ve been working with Southern Rep, which […]

Follow

Get every new post delivered to your Inbox.

Join 633 other followers