basically

Few things.

 

Check out “God is Battle Axe” by Sister Wynona, esp. in relation to Cixous – Steps on the Ladder of Writing…

 

Another puppet show off the hook. Katie Shook’s Star is a wonder to behold. Caught it last night at Automata’s new space (http://www.automata-la.org/) in Chinatown/LA. Great scene in this neck of the woods – lots (lots) of galleries, initiatives. The Institute for Figuring is down the street, for example (www.thieiff.org). Katie’s team is deep, deep. The meals will be so fine in NY when we’re all together.

 

And having to put together an overview of everything for a program re: some short plays opening July 12 in NY –

 

How the work is working –

 

Brown

Curriculum – the civil, chaotic, strange and queer

Class – Acting Together on the World Stage (based on the books out of Brandeis); featuring a lab with the Tenderloin Opera Company (new works of music theater created with people who are homeless and homeless advocates, downtown Providence)

Convenings:

  • All that Rises (international performances with a social change agenda)
  • International Writers Project – an extended fellowship for a writer-at-risk, featuring a festival centered on the fellow’s work
  • Arts in the One World (annual series of conversations on art for social change)
  • Centre by Centre – an annual performance festival in Kigali and Kampala; we’ve had three, am hoping for 4
  • Art and Healing (ad hoc, this year) – A group of international artists in association with Soulographie (see below) gather to share work and practices concerning art in the midst and aftermath of violent conflict

 

Projects

Soulographie – 17 plays about genocide and US policy; developed by 17 separate companies, converging at La MaMa in November 2012

What a Stanger May Know – A thousand-page play as memorial for events at Virginia Tech in 2007; staged readings at multiple campuses last year

The Station Fire Project (in development) – 100 plays by 100 playwrights for the 100 victims of the Station Fire in Rhode Island; the 10th anniversary is coming up in February

 

In general

I like an anarchic dramaturgy and a syndicalist means of production. By anarchic – texts may be read across multiple vectors, navigated by will of the audience rather than coercion of a fixed narrative. By syndicalist – they require the formation of a community in their construction; an audience coalesces into a meaning-meaning/sharing community in witnessing/co-creating

 

This is the idea, anyway…

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