New Play Exchange Launches Tomorrow, Plus Small Personal Update

I’ve said it before – I’m a huge proponent of new plays. Since 2011, I’ve been lucky enough to spend at least 90% of my theatre time in any given year devoted to developing new plays. While I think it is endlessly important to understand our theatre history and continue to read old plays, I […]

The Revolution Will Be Digitized

I gave myself the month of June to make final edits to my solo performance, “Infinite Expectation of the Dawn.” And I did. And now it’s July and just in time for Independence Day, I get to quit that part of the process and move on. Yay! (I also pulled out numerous eyebrow hairs and […]

Oh wait, what? I have a blog. That’s right, I remember now.

Since I posted in March about my excitement to go to Director’s Lab West 2014, I have remained quiet. What’s that crap about? Seriously. Well, the big note is depression. Until this past Monday, I had no theatre plans after DLW, and that always makes me antsy. Once “Mr. Pim Passes By” opened in January, […]

“The Artist’s Way” Criticism – Week Three: Recovering a Sense of Power

The summary, written in a gray box along the right side of the page, says of this week: “This week may find you dealing with unaccustomed bursts of energy and sharp peaks of anger, joy, and grief. You are coming into your power as the illusory hold of your previously accepted limits is shaken. You […]

The Artist’s Way Criticism: Week Two And Being Told Who You Are

Week Two of “The Artist’s Way” is titled “Recovering a Sense of Identity.” The first week was “Recovering a Sense of Safety,” so this is a nice bit of linguistic symmetry. As we continue into the rest of the 12 weeks, “Recovering a Sense of ____” starts every title sequence. The subtitles in this chapter […]

The Artist’s Way Criticism: Hunkering Down Into Week One

The title of Week One is “Recovering a Sense of Safety.” It’s true, it is important to feel safe practicing art. Classes can help with this, but classes also force you to practice. Ironically, reading a book about art does not force you to practice that art. In general, the chapter encourages readers to overcome […]

A little bit more about “The Artist’s Way” and why I want to write about it

Overall, I was severely disappointed with “The Artist’s Way.” I was expecting it to be a practical book, I suppose – a myth that was quickly dispelled by the subtitle, “A Spiritual Path to Higher Creativity.” There are several inherent problems with the book. First, Julia Cameron does not seem to know how she wants […]

The Benefits of Backing Off a Little

The brain is such a cool organ. Radiolab’s blog recently posted an article called “The Benefits of Playing Hooky,” which is really about facing a problem head-on, and how giving yourself a break is really beneficial. This is something I’ve experienced a lot lately, as I write and re-write my solo performance. I’m just going […]