19
May

Realtime Dramaturgy

For someone who practically never works with a dramaturg, I sure love dramaturgy. I love learning about the text, learning all of the history and backstory and background and cultural themes that contribute to the rich tapestry of the play. I haven’t thought of myself as a dramaturg, despite pretty much every dramaturg I know […]

13
May

Happy Mother’s Day, Elizabeth Woodeville

I came across this thing I wrote for Mother’s Day last year. I had largely forgotten about it, but on rereading it, I realized that my production of Richard III is completely based on these ideas. Most notably this quotation from “The Mother’s Day Proclamation,” by Julia Ward Howe: “Let [mothers] meet first, as women, […]

6
May

Ad Nauseum at Dad’s Garage

Dad’s Garage is a comedy theater that does a mix of scripted and improvised shows. I caught a preview performance of a new, scripted show called Ad Nauseum, written and directed by Megan Leahy. I almost didn’t go to this show because the premise sounded a bit tired and reductive: It takes place in a […]

5
May

Fat Juliet at Atlanta AppCo Alumni

You may remember Bridget McCarthy from my (depressingly popular–I wish this didn’t resonate with everyone) post about Juliet being played by somebody whose body type is not… sylphish? She’s developing a one-woman show, called Fat Juliet, which she says was catalyzed by our work together on her Juliet audition monologue. That story isn’t in the […]

29
Apr

Audience Response

I have been noodling over a mystery for the past couple of weeks, and I’m curious to hear other theater makers weigh in on it. The audience response to Richard III at Pigeon Creek Shakespeare has been incredible. People are hissing and booing at Richard when he’s messing with Queen Elizabeth. High school kids at […]

25
Apr

Be Kind

I’ve been thinking a lot about what it means to do a play about wickedness with such fundamentally kind people. Richard, after all, isn’t the only mean-spirited or ambitious person in this play. A number of people are out for revenge. At least three are willing to take a life in exchange for a few […]