Identity Politics and Fictional Characters

[First a word from our sponsors. Visiting Cezanne, a new play of mine about artistic struggle, is currently running in Seattle. Audience response has been embracing. In case you are near Seattle and might wish to see it, four performances remain.] If you do catch Visiting Cezanne one thing you won’t […] Continue reading »

Free Speech Under Fire

Free speech is suffering collateral damage during America’s culture wars. Of late, theatre has been drug onto that battlefield, taking artillery fire from the far left of the political landscape. The Boycott, Divestment, Sanctions (BDS) movement, an anti-Israel group, tried to pressure Lincoln Center in New York to cancel the […] Continue reading »

Fairy Tales, Russian Style

At the same time as I was writing the recent blog essay about older artists, I was meeting for the first time a 79-year-old Russian writer, Ludmilla Petrushevskaya, through the pages of her short story collection There Once Lived a Woman Who Tried to Kill Her Neighbor’s Babies (U.S. publication 2009). If that […] Continue reading »