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 ( 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 ( 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 –



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)


  • 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



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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