NEW PROJECTS AND PUBLICATION IN 2022
It's been a while since I made any updates. I've mainly been focused on teaching my students through the difficulties of the COVID pandemic. But plenty is coming up!
First, I have a new article that will be published during the Fall. This article has been in the works for some time, so I can't wait to have it released to the public! As soon as I can announce full details, I will!
Second, I am excited to be directing We Are Proud to Present a Presentation on the Herero of Namibia, Formerly Known as Southwest Afrika, from the German Sudwestafrkia, Between the Years 1884-1915 by Jackie Sibblies Drury. This production will be at CCBC, opening at the end of October.
Finally, I am collaborating with some old Living Room Playmaker compatriots on a wideranging project. I am excited to launch it, and will share more when I can.
All cryptic, but all exciting!!
ONLINE PROJECTS ACROSS THE COUNTRY
I had a blast working with some collaborators across the country.
First, I loved joining forces with The Radiograph in Los Angeles on Upgrade Now! a short radio drama written by Karen Fisher. You can listen to the full track here.
I also enjoyed getting to work with Rorschach Theatre in DC on their annual Klecksography. I directed Mother Nova by Adrian Iglesias. I love Rorschach's new direction with psychogeographies, so go check it out!
SOME WORDS ON COVID, BLACK LIVES MATTER, AND #WESEEYOUWAT
A lot has happened in the world since I last updated this website. Currently, my city remains under restrictions for COVID-19, and Black Lives Matter is finally getting the attention it truly deserves.
I stand in solidarity with the Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC) community. I dedicate myself to the work of antiracism and promise to combat it in all its forms - from criminal justice initiatives to my own classroom. I say unequivocally: Black Lives Matter. I also support We See You White American Theater, which is demanding a radical reshaping of our theatrical infrastructure.
As a white cisgender heterosexual man working in both the arts and at a community college that is majority black, I have to regularly reckon with my privilege and my implicit biases. I promise to own my mistakes, make space for marginalized voices, and find ways to divest my own power.
Now is the time for change, and I hope, as always, to be a force for good.
THANKS TO ALL WHO ATTENDED THE ELM TREE!!
My last directing project in Boston, The Elm Tree with Alight Theatre Guild, had a glorious but all too short run this past summer at the Boston Center for the Arts. Thanks to all who came to see this new immersive theatre piece created by Dori Robinson and based on the Greek myth of Orpheus and Eurydice.
The myth is told through the story of a pair of twins, who’s shared understanding keeps them together until a secret nearly forces them apart: one of them is actually trans. Through an experiential, immersive style, The Elm Tree seeks to familiarize its audience with the experience of those who identify as gender queer, and to open hearts and minds to a world that is safe and open to them.
You can see photos here.
MIDTERM SHAKE UP AT BRIDGE REP WAS A BLAST
This past fall, I returned to Bridge Repertory Theater to direct their Midterm Shake Up! I owe so much to Bridge Rep and loved working with them once again.
As our deeply divided country hurtled toward another election, Shakespeare offered non-partisan breathing room and historical perspective on our modern civil strife. Marc Antony's "Friends, Romans, countrymen" headlined an intense lineup from a smattering of plays, all of which sh a light on the questions and forces shaping our time.
NOMAD AMERICANA AT FRESH INK A "BREATH OF FRESH AIR"
My production of Kira Rockwell's Nomad Americana for Fresh Ink Theatre met with positive reviews and great audiences!
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.
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.
PUBLISHED IN THE FALL '16 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!!
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.