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 […]

I’ve been binge-watching season one of the Canadian sci-fi drama Orphan Black recently, and I felt a pleasurable frisson when I heard a familiar voice speak in the middle of episode six. That voice belonged to Matt Frewer, who plays Dr. Aldous Leekie. It was just too, too perfect. Frewer’s voice made me happy because he played the roles […]

The New Orleans Fringe Festival is a time of much theatre and little sleep, with show schedules running until midnight followed by an “afterparty” at a different location every night of the festival. I didn’t get to see quite as many shows as I would have liked this year, because I was working the box […]

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