L. Nicol Cabe

Stage Director, Dramaturge, Acting Coach, Theatre Teacher, and general Artist

Director’s Lab West, Fifteenth Anniversary Edition: Day One

Since I haven’t been too active on my blog for awhile, and I’m actually doing something really interesting and different for me, I thought I’d try to do daily write-ups for DLW this year. Problem is, several nights I will be back to my lodging somewhere between 11 and midnight. Oh well. The first day …

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“Turn Off the Derp” Makes Broadway’s Worst History

Let’s all heave a huge sigh of relief – “Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark” will close in the first week of January 2014. I am considering throwing a party to celebrate the end of a show that has been more cursed than MacBeth, and which has left a dark stain on theatre history. Not only …

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The Virtual Version of the National Innovation Summit for Arts + Culture

This past week, I was in virtual attendance at three of the six sessions at the National Innovation Summit for Arts + Culture. A lot happened at the actual, physical gathering I’m sure, but those of us who attended the summit through the powers of the internet had quite a lively time, as well. I …

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Our first review of “Rosemary” is, well, thought-provoking for the wrong reasons

This past Thursday, RiOT [productions] opened a new play by Seth Tankus called “Rosemary,” which I directed. It’s a hard play with loud music, abrasive characters, and a tragic ending. It’s not for everyone. As the director of the show, I admit that I am attached to the show. I chose to direct it, so …

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Two Massive Seattle Arts Events

It’s time, everyone! It’s fall, officially, and we’ve watched the end-of-summer celebrations – Bumbershoot and PAX – come and go. That means that indoor arts events will be all the rage for the next two months. Two big ones that I’m looking forward to are the Seattle Fringe Festival (September 18-22) and ArtsCrush (the month …

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Digital and Analog

I’ve mentioned before that I’m a nerd, both for theatre and video games. I kind of love technology and think it’s amazing, but my craft is in theatre. I’m not a stage technician or engineer of any sort, either – I’m a director and dramaturg, with occasional forays into writing and acting. That’s pretty analog …

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Working Artists in the US

I didn’t participate in this survey, but I think – between the day job, theatre work, and some other pursuits – I count as a working artist. That’s kinda cool. The National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) released a survey recently stating that there are “2,081,735 million artists in the United States, identified by the occupation …

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It has a name!

Transmedia storytelling!  “Transmedia storytelling (also known as transmedia narrative or multiplatform storytelling) is the technique of telling a single story or story experience across multiple platforms and formats using current digital technologies, and is not to be confused with traditional cross-platform media franchises,[1] sequels or adaptations.” Beautiful. I love it. I want to do it. Thank you, Robert Matney, for your HowlRound article “Hacking …

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Running My Fingers Through the Water: Creating a Play from Scratch with Annex’s and Rain City Projects’s SECOND DATE

It’s nearly April, and it’s been over a month since SECOND DATE, a project co-produced by Annex Theatre and Rain City Projects, ended. It’s taken me awhile to get it together to write about this project, but here we go.   Back in December, I mentioned an email I received proposing the SECOND DATE project …

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Algorithmic Theatre

This weekend, On the Boards is offering a show called “A Piece of Work (formerly False Peach)”. The show, per it’s website write-up, mixes live performance and AI software. As part of the show’s run, OtB will also offer a master class with Annie Dorsen, who created the show. Dorsen has created basically a new …

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