L. Nicol Cabe

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

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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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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