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 [...]

Oregon Shakespeare Festival 2016

This weekend my dad and I went up to Ashland for their renowned Shakespeare festival - one of the oldest and most revered in the country. It was started during the Fourth of July celebration in 1935, when eager theatre teacher Angus L. Bowmer asked the city if he could put up a play festival in the [...]

We’re Here

These are dark days in our United States. The constant barrage of violence in the 24-hour-news-cycle only serves to compound our trauma and grief. For Black America it can be hard to go on with this feeling that we are under attack. It is imperative that we take time for self care, for loving one-another, [...]