That’swhatgotredactedofwhatshesaid

The last time I blogged, it was to proclaim that Seattle has less of a problem supporting female theatre artists than other cities. That was five months ago. I recently had that theory slapped back in my face with a great little 70 minute solo piece called That’swhatshesaid.  The show, conceptualized by my friendly acquaintance Erin […]

Phone Etiquette and a Changing World

As usual, I’m about a week late to the conversation via blogging, although I’ve read much and commented a little on two incidents involving phones in the theatre and poor audience etiquette. For those few who are unfamiliar, there’s two stories: 1. Nick Silvestri, a 19-year-old, plugged his phone into a realistic but non-working outlet […]

I Name-Dropped Aphra Behn 3 Times in 2 Days

As the title suggests, it was a great couple of days for women in theatre. Yesterday, the Seattle Office of Arts and Culture hosted a Twitter conversation under the hashtag #SeaArtsFeminism. We didn’t come to any conclusions about how to get more women in leadership roles in the arts, but so many people were involved […]

Artistic Freedom Vs. Artistic Responsibility Forum – Neutral is as Neutral Does

About a week ago, on Monday, August 19th, I attended a forum for theatre artists, other artists, and the community called the Forum for Artistic Freedom vs. Artistic Responsibility. There’s lots of good write-ups about the discussion, including: Mikado, yellowface debate at Seattle Repertory Theatre forum All the coverage of “Mikado, yellowface” in the news […]

Week Round-Up of Director’s Lab West 2014

You know how I said I would do daily write-ups of my experiences at Director’s Lab West? There’s something about 12-hour days that makes that easy to punk out on. Anyway, here’s the roundup, based on my notes taken in a notebook provided by DLW. Swag! We got swag for the 15th anniversary. Yeah! 5/18/14 […]

Another Band-Aid Offered to the Debt Ceiling, Arts Charities Beginning to Suffer

Today, the GOP proposed a temporary debt ceiling increase. Their proposal, which extends the debt ceiling for 6 weeks to begin negotiations about the federal budget, comes with some serious restrictions – namely, the proposal would ban the Treasury Department from using extraordinary measures to avoid default. So that’s kind of extreme. Democrats, and the […]

Obama Calls for an End to the Shutdown

Today, Obama  called for Boehner to end the government shutdown so Congress could finish discussions about the debt ceiling and the budget. While there’s been no response from the Tea Party, this could signal the beginning of the end of the government shutdown. Unfortunately, it is not actually the end. Fortunately, several organizations – from […]

All Quiet on the Western Front. And the Eastern, Apparently

As we go into week 2 of the government shutdown, the most immediate damage that could have been done has been done, especially in the arts sector. As I’m on the West Coast, there’s very little happening on my end. Seattle is surrounded by national parks, which of course are all closed, but since I’m […]