DIRECTING NOMAD AMERICANA FOR FRESH INK
I am beyond happy to announce I will be directing Kira Rockwell's Nomad Americana for Fresh Ink Theatre's seventh season!
The play follows a young woman named Bridgette who has been travelling the country with her idiosyncratic, yogi family members in an old RV, selling soap and avoiding painful memories. When Bridgette meets a young dreamer named Danny and begins a romance, she starts to question her responsibilities to herself and to her family. It is a play about family, love, sacrifice, and the things left unspoken.
We recently finished a workshop of the play earlier in August. The play will premiere in February, 2018 at Boston Playwright's Theater. More information here.
ARTISTIC CONSULTANT ON STORIES OF SUBSTANCE, FEATURED ON WBUR
I am currently consulting on a new production of Stories of Substance in Beverly, MA. I am so happy to see other schools and programs becoming interested in promoting this wonderful project.
Stories of Substance, the long anticipated play about opioid addiction pulled for the stories of young survivors, premiered in Salem on June 5. I spent over a year developing this play with the North Shore YMCA, Salem Athenaeum and New Liberty Charter School. WBUR's Deborah Becker attended the event and interviewed our creative team. You can hear her report on the project here.
RETURNING TO MIT THIS FALL!!
I am excited to be back at MIT leading the MIT Shakespeare Ensemble in their fall production of Hamlet. This production will respond to the current political climate and focus on the question, "Can brutality and authoritarian actions be stopped by liberal values, or does one eventually have to embrace brutality to defeat it?"
The production will open in early November. Stay tuned for more details.
RETURNING TO BRIDGE REP
This winter, I will once again be working with the fabulous members of Bridge Repertory Theatre on a very special project.
I can't say much yet, but stay tuned for more details!!
FUN WITH BRIDGE REP AT THE BOSTON THEATRE MARATHON
I had a great time this May Bridge Repertory Theater's production in the Boston Theatre Marathon.
I was lucky to collaborate with Jeni Mahoney on her play Diversity and Inclusion: A Report from Mrs. Abernathy's Fifth Grade Class. The play followed three middle school students delivering a report on diversity and inclusion that goes off the rails when one student tries to control the whole narrative. It brought a humorous eye to the challenges of practicing inclusion both in academia and our daily lives.
Thanks to the folks at Bridge Rep, Jeni, and my wonderful performers, Bridgette, Ashley and Arthur!
RETURNING TO EMERSON AND ROXBURY IN FALL 2017
I am beyond happy to announce I will be coming back to Emerson College for a fourth straight semester! I will once again be teaching multiple sections of Theater into Film.
I am likewise happy to announce I am returning to Roxbury Community College, teaching multiple acting classes!
Teaching has become a source of great joy for me, and I am happy to be so involved at two great institutions.
PUBLISHED IN THE LATEST THEATRE TOPICS
I am proud to announce that my article, "Dissonant Witnessing: the 'in' and 'above' of Thou Proud Dream," has been published in the Fall 2016 edition of Theatre Topics, published by Johns Hopkins University Press.
The article documents my work on Thou Proud Dream, the site-specific adaptation of Shakespeare's Henry V I created with Jenni Lamb. It discusses my attempts to articulate a practicable means of transforming spectators into witnesses by considering their place both embedded in the story and standing outside of it.
Thank you to all of my mentors, who guided me through this process!!
BERNARDA ALBA OPENS AMIDST ELECTION
Thanks to everyone who came out to my production of The House of Bernarda Alba by Federico Garcia Lorca at Emerson Stage.
This production, in a fantastic translation by Caridad Svich, opened two days after the election. It sold out nearly all performances, and provided an opportunity for Emerson students to discuss their fears amidst a surprising election result. Read the write up we received in the Berkeley Beacon.
I am immensely proud of this production, and especially of the insanely talented cast who bringing incredible heart and raw power to this script. Thanks to Emerson College for this amazing opportunity!
See Pictures of the production here.
DISCUSSING AUDIENCE RESPONSIBILITY ON HOWLROUND
My ongoing blog series for HowlRound, entitled The Audience Position, explores how tools of interactive theatre can promote social awareness and audience repsonsibility. I hope it leads to further discussions about how interactive and immersive theater can spark conversations about strengthening our communities.
Read the first post here, introducing the series.
Post #2 talks about point of view and the audience contract.
Post #3 discusses how much agency to give an audience.
Post #4 explores the power of proximity and distance.
Post #5 examines what it means to watch other audience members.
In Post #7 I share my experience trying to figure out how to get an audience to collaborate within a performance.