June 2015

Mellon Rap-Up

Andrew is obviously the School’s resident poet – and equally gifted at tragic falling. But as

we approached this curtain all. I too heard the Muses of poetry calling:... Read more about Mellon Rap-Up

Prescenciar

Where do communities go after people are evicted and homes are destroyed? Diana Taylor told us about a series of collaborations between Bogota’s Mapa Teatro with the residents of Cartucho, a poor Bogota neighborhood destroyed in the name of urban renewal.... Read more about Prescenciar

Buckling Up, or How Wikipedia Taught Me to Dramaturg

[Our conversations about dramaturgy and curation reminded me of this mini-manifesto I wrote in the spring of 2011. I wrote it before reading D.J. Hopkins’s “Research, Counter-text, Performance: Reconsidering the (Textual) Authority of the Dramaturg” in Theatre Topics 13, no. 1 (2003)which informed my own essay in the Routledge Companion to Dramaturgy, in which I may be at odds with what I’d written below. So I reserve the right to disagree with myself in part or in whole. Some of the Wikipedia references are not extant. —M.D.]... Read more about Buckling Up, or How Wikipedia Taught Me to Dramaturg

Guest Post: Beyond Writing It

A dissertation can be an unwieldy thing. After years of partitioned thinking in coursework, the best part of dissertating for me has been sustained focus on one topic. But the worst part has been heaping it all together in words and then finding space for that translation in my mind.... Read more about Guest Post: Beyond Writing It

Guest Post: A Dispatch from Carrie Preston's Seminar - Between the Vile and the Uncomfortable

Last week in seminar, I had opinions. On the second day we met in Carrie Preston’s session, we considered Ibsen’s A Doll House. Alongside the play, we read Richard Hornby’s objection to Ibsen’s canonization as a crusader and composer of social theses. Hornby claims Ibsen is “our contemporary” due to his “sense of the bizarre, the unexpected, the unexplainable, which is one of his defining traits” (“Ibsen Our Contemporary,” New Theatre Quarterly 30, no. 3 [2014]: 243).... Read more about Guest Post: A Dispatch from Carrie Preston's Seminar - Between the Vile and the Uncomfortable