Retracing Our Theatrical Roots

Today we celebrate Thanksgiving, a time for gratitude, for feasting, for family. But is also a time to relearn the myths we've been taught about the landing on Plymouth Rock. (They ain't even eat turkey back then, y'all). It is in acknowledging every part of our past that helps us repair the damage erasure has wrought [...]

It Can’t Happen Here…Can It?

Last weekend I saw a play at Berkeley Rep called "It Can't Happen Here," based on Sinclair Lewis' 1935 satirical novel of the same name. The plot unfolds like so: fictional presidential candidate Buzz Windrip runs against FDR in the 1936 election. Windrip is a businessman with no political experience who runs a campaign based [...]

October Rituals

Rituals are a hallmark of what makes us human. Whether they take the form of a tea ceremony, a coming-of-age dance, or a Sunday supper, they help us center on the things most important to us. And in times of stress, tumult, or change, they ground us. Though spring and summer promise lighthearted celebrations like musical festivals and fireworks, fall [...]