23
Sep

Top Five

Seeing people’s #threefictionalcharacters posts this week (which has been super fun, by the way), I’ve been thinking of other ways to sum up a person in just a few items. Here’s one: What are your top five creations? Ground rules: Listing your children is cheating. It should be stuff you’re proud of and that helped […]

Guiding Principles

Last spring, while on tour at King University in Tennessee, with Pigeon Creek Shakespeare, Katherine snapped (and subsequently facebooked) a sign in their greenroom that said, “Pursue your goals. Pick up your cues. Tell the story.” I joked that I need that on my tombstone, so I can direct from beyond. When he was directing […]

21
Sep

Within the House Is Jove

Recently, a friend was in an accident. It was one of those situations where a split second was the difference between serious injury or death, and a painful, but remediable, injury. Luckily, the timing went the latter direction. She’s injured, but she’ll be back to normal at more or less the moment she gets used […]

1
Mar

Duchess Photos

Remember that time I said I was done with Duchess-obsessed posts? Lies, lies, all lies! I meant it at the time, but then Scott Lange sent me the production photos and they are SO GOOD and I love them. Sarah Stark took them during a performance at the Dogstory Theater in Grand Rapids. I’ve added text to […]

10
Feb

When I Muse Thus…

I haven’t written as much as I would have expected about my theater work on this blog. In part, this is because it’s hard to find the right time to write about it. During the process, I have so much to say, and no one I can say it too–so many things, I fear, would […]

26
Jan

Duchess of Malfi Review (Encore Michigan)

Duchess of Malfi intrigues and delights Review published in Encore Michigan, by Marin Heinritz, 1/26/2016 Playwright John Webster, Shakespeare’s contemporary, is known for his twisted, macabre sensibility as well as his gorgeous use of language. T.S. Eliot described him as a poet “much possessed by death, and saw the skull beneath the skin.” Webster’s masterpiece, The […]

14
Mar

Romeo and Juliet

In rehearsal the other night, Sean Kelley, who had been Romeo in my 2012 Romeo and Juliet at Pigeon Creek Shakespeare, pulled out his phone and started showing me pictures of my play that I had never seen before. Pigeon Creek remounted my production in 2014 to perform at The Rose, a reproduction Elizabethan theater at […]

Julius Caesar Review (MLive)

By James A. Kroll NEW YORK CITY – Last night (Aug. 13) I had the opportunity to see the Pigeon Creek Shakespeare Company’s New York City Debut, a production of “Julius Caesar” performed with an all-female cast. It was staged at the Kraine Theatre in the East Village, once renowned as the home of the […]

Julius Caesar Audience Response (Jo Miller)

This is a note from Jo Miller, of the English Department at Grand Valley State University. Katherine asked her to record her thoughts on the production. Overall, I thought the production was characterized by crisp, clear, uncluttered storytelling. The production obviously took much care with language, was sensitive to the humor in the play, and […]