Krista Knight is a young playwright well-known and well-loved in the new plays community. She’s well-loved both for her work (her plays have been produced all over the country) and for her personality, which is supportive, generous, and kind. If you scroll through her Instagram (@playtrixx), you’ll see her promoting the work of other […] via … Continue reading For the record, I loved Krista Knight’s (Un)hinged
“I don’t see color! WE ALL BLEED RED.” People of color, you have almost certainly had white people say this to you, or some version of it, numerous times. It’s a lie. But you already knew that. White people, of course we “see color.” We see that people are Black, or Asian, or Latinx. So … Continue reading Why I Write Plays About Race
Made this on the fly this morning from some farmers' market items and stuff I had around, and it worked! Micromanaged instructions are aimed at me; please don't be insulted and feel free to adjust to your needs. Per serving: 1 smallish yam (I suspect it's actually a sweet potato but the farmer calls it … Continue reading Recipe: Chas’s Microwaved Yam Surprise
Melissa Hillman's post came just in time for me to see Brownsville Song (B-Side for Tray) by Kimber Lee at Shotgun Players. It's great to know that at Shotgun, the answer is yes, both in front of and behind the stage. At Marin Theatre Company as well, where they regularly do more than one show … Continue reading Processing “Do Black Lives Matter at Your Theatre? In Your Films?” by Bitter Gertrude
*sigh* Will there be any airline left for me to fly with? The Public Theatre is staging Shakespeare’s Julius Caesar as part of its annual Shakespeare in the Park, and hauling out that most overdone of concepts: Julius Caesar is POTUS! They’re all in suits! It’s AMERICA! This is exactly why I never directed Julius … Continue reading Julius Caesar: Suddenly Controversial — Bitter Gertrude
Theatre during the next four years – read this!
There is no more powerful tool for changing ideas, shifting cultural zeitgeist, and resisting authoritarianism than art. While theatre is not the biggest bat artists wield, our impact on the culture is not nil, especially if you include community theatre and school plays, and we must. Resistance to the Trump regime is the most crucial political battle of our lifetimes because this regime– and the zeitgesit behind it– stands to undo progress in every area of our society. Trump, Pence, McConnell, Ryan et al are actively seeking to impoverish you to enrich themselves, roll back every civil rights and workers’ rights gain of the past 100 years, eliminate every consumer protection, eliminate the social safety net, and pretend you begged them to do it. It’s telling that the very first appointee of the incoming administration was an amoral white nationalist, and the very first act of the new Congress was…
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Playwrights, we need audiences like this at our readings. Reblogged on WordPress.com Source: In For a Penny: Bum-rush the Show!