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An Experimental Argument: Ethan’s Lipton’s Outer Space Odyssey Toward a Sustainable Life

[article originally published in HowlRound, September 8, 2017.] Ethan Lipton has assembled a creative family of musicians and designers who have worked with him on a series of projects in New York and around the country. David Zinn has designed sets and costumes and Leigh Silverman has directed Lipton’s plays for over a decade, from 100 Aspects of the Moon in 2005 to

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A Collective Call Against Critical Bias

[image caption: Playwrights Lucas Hnath, Lynn Nottage, Paula Vogel , and J.T. Rogers nominated for Best Play Tony Award 2016-2017. Photo by Marc J. Franklin.] I am one voice among two dozen signatories to this piece that addresses selected critical response to several New York shows in the 2016-2017 season, and raises some questions about the

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2016: excavation review themes

  After six annual marathons captured in “what Martha has seen” lists of theater and film adventuring (2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016), I’ve learned a few things. I’ve learned that sometimes theater gluttony can build personal knowledge but impede creative critical output. I’ve learned that it’s a great privilege to be among the frequent

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Stretching the Canvas in Ethan Lipton’s Tumacho

[article originally published in HowlRound, September 6, 2016.] Playwright and lyricist Ethan Lipton creates fun theatrical worlds and lyric-driven music about socially-relevant topics. In Red Handed Otter, for example, produced by The Playwrights Realm in 2012, a community of office colleagues work through quiet disappointments and revelations of character through their passionate relationships with pets and each

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Shared Vocabulary and Puppetry in Ramesh Meyyappan’s Butterfly

[article originally published in HowlRound, June 21, 2016.] Theatremaker Ramesh Meyyappan has opinions about the cultural position of “deaf” or “signed” theatre and its role in his own art including his most recent work Butterfly, which ran through May 14 at 59E59 as part of the Brits Off Broadway series. The wordless one-hour piece was developed

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Barriers, Needs, and Next Steps: A Convening on the State of Deaf Theatre-Making

[article originally published at HowlRound April 6, 2016.]   Several dozen artists, administrators, academics, funders, and advocates assembled on the afternoon of January 20, 2016 in the BareBones Studio of the Lark Play Development Center, invited by the National Endowment for the Arts, to discuss barriers, needs, and opportunities for American deaf theatre makers. A number

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Subversively Smart and Turning the Tide: Lauren Gunderson’s Women Heroes

[article originally published in HowlRound March 15, 2016.] I and You, which recently closed a well-received co-production from Merrimack Repertory Theatre (MRT) in Lowell, Massachusetts and Richard Winker at 59E59 in Manhattan, is not your typical teenaged girl yarn. Lauren Gunderson has created a flawed young woman protagonist who plays the lead in her own story. Catherine

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History, Legacy, and Light: The Consciously-Embodied Art of Erica Fae

[article originally published in HowlRound March 12, 2016.] Erica Fae, barely into her forties, has been making theatre for over three decades. You can see her on television as a nude psychiatric asylum inmate in an episode of Boardwalk Empire or as Virginia Woolf in an episode of Doll & Em wandering a contemporary New York City

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Theatre and Social Justice: Everything Has to Come Out of Session

[article originally published in HowlRound, January 16, 2016.] Theatre and Social Justice Crafted out of Session to Engage Audience The Actors Studio is known for creating socially relevant material but not for creating socially engaged public programs. Their first goals are to serve the actors, playwrights, and directors who are their members. Associate Artistic Director and

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Theatrical Research: Percolating and Data

[article originally published in HowlRound, December 12, 2015.] I joined the first three hours of a December 3, 2015 all-day meeting on parity in theatre, involving some two dozen women, one man, and a multitude of organizations, initiatives, and publications that work on the topic. “P” words seem to rule in this work lately—“parity” and “performance”

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