L. Nicol Cabe

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

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 …

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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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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, …

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The best website ever.

The internet has brought me cats, video games, social media, the television of my youth, Neil de Grasse Tyson, and some of the most ridiculous memes that I have ever seen. But today, through the infamous Tumblr #WhatShouldWeCallPlaywrights, I discovered 500Letters.org. Once we have all used it to generate our artist statements, I think the …

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Furlough YOLO

Personal disclosure: I am one of those curmudgeonly old people who hates the term YOLO, unless you use it in this context: UNTIL NOW. That’s right, I discovered another context in which I find “YOLO” acceptable, and it is the Twitter trend of #FurloughYOLO. You can read more about that here. Speaking of “YOLO,” Utah’s …

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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 …

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Obama Calls for an End to the Shutdown

Today, Obama ┬ácalled 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 …

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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 …

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Day Three of National Hissyfit

I’m covering news stories related to how the arts and entertainment are being affected by the American government shutdown, and I’m glad to say that, into day 3, there’s finally some good news. First, the Kennedy Center will remain open during the government shutdown. While they are curtailing some of their hours, no employees will …

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GOVERNMENT SHUTS DOWN, ANARCHY ENSUES

NASA, Panda Cam, the Smithsonian – all shut down. More detrimental in the long-term, the FDA, CDC, DEA, and DOJ are all shut down, too. So, regulation of pollution, contamination, drugs, products, and criminals – all gone. While this is a terrifying thought, I’m actually more sad about the loss of the Curiosity Rover’s Twitter. …

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