2020 Wrap up
It's been a long time since our last update. There wasn't a lot of theater happening in 2020, for obvious reasons, but I did have a few things I wanted to tell you all about!
-First, coming up next week is the premiere of BREATHE. Written and performed by Philicia Saunders, this one-woman show fuses art activism, live performance, cinema, and performance art. It is based on Philicia's life-changing personal
journey towards activism after a chance trip to a Civil Rights monument, and a mentorship with one of Watts, CA's most beloved community organizers, Sweet Alice Harris. I was lucky enough to work with Philicia on the script over the last year, including adapting it for a virtual audience, and it has been a fantastic, eye-opening experience. I highly recommend you check it out. The show streams Dec. 10-12. You can find more information here.
I also recommend you check out The Dybbukast, a new podcast series from Theatre Dybbuk. I've been working with Theatre Dybbuk as a dramaturg for almost a decade, and I am very excited to see them moving into this medium. The podcasts combine performed readings with recorded interviews with scholars. This first episode, presented in collaboration with Hebrew Union College – Jewish Institute of Religion (HUC-JIR), features selections from a children's play found in I-Tell-You, a 1926 religious school journal from Congregation Rodeph Shalom in Philadelphia. The episode also includes essays from the publication written by both students and clergy and a discussion with scholar Miriam Heller Stern, PhD, National Director, School of Education and Associate Professor of HUC-JIR.
Lastly, after 15 years, I decided to leave my position leading the Playwright's Lab at the Robey Theatre Company. It was simply time for me to take on some new challenges and for the program to get a fresh perspective. I'm incredibly proud of the work I did there, helping playwrights to find their voices and get their work to the next level. Many of the plays developed in the lab have now been published, and you can see (and maybe buy!) them here.