The best website ever.

Posted in creativity, me by L. Nicol Cabe - Nov 17, 2013

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

Posted in humanity by L. Nicol Cabe - Oct 11, 2013

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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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

Posted in humanity by L. Nicol Cabe - Oct 08, 2013

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 […]

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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

Posted in humanity, large theatre by L. Nicol Cabe - Oct 03, 2013

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

Posted in humanity, large theatre, small theatre by L. Nicol Cabe - Oct 01, 2013

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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Seattle’s theatres have echoed a common complaint in the last several years – we’re tired of feeling stifled by continuous Shakespeare and Arthur Miller productions. We want to do new work, locally-produced and -created. Fortunately, Seattle theatre artists have caught up very quickly with the request. Theatres like Annex, Washington Ensemble Theatre, and the Satori […]

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Working Artists in the US

Posted in humanity, me by L. Nicol Cabe - Jul 02, 2013

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!

Posted in creativity, me, theory, Uncategorized by L. Nicol Cabe - Apr 18, 2013

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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