Monthly Archives: March 2014

Write more / write less

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 […]

What the audience wants

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 […]

Black humor and cynicism

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 […]

Meta-theatre in the 17th Century

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. […]