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, [...]

Ode To Joy

On Saturday night, I attended the live show for my favorite podcast, The Read. The audience was black, opinionated, loud, joyful. Afros, Beyonce t-shirts, and bold lipstick abounded. It was surreal to share something I usually consume alone in my car with hundreds of other enthusiastic black people. It felt a little like church, complete with [...]