Louisiana Blues

Trump’s election so surprised and confused me that I have undertaken some political soul-searching. How could a loudmouth, fibbing, narcissistic, fear-mongerer have been preferred by enough Americans to get elected for the most powerful job in the world? Was Neil Gorsuch really worth that price? Am I that out of […] Continue reading »

Arts Support Rises in Germany, Falls in U.S.

The 2018 federal budget proposed by the White House called for the elimination – elimination, not reduction – of the National Endowment for the Arts, the National Endowment for the Humanities, and the Corporation for Public Broadcasting. I guess the swamp Trump vowed to drain includes the arts. Last month […] Continue reading »

And in This Corner, Wearing the Producer’s Hat

I and fellow Seattle playwright John C. Davenport founded Red Rover Theatre Company last year in order to put our own work up on stage. So far we have produced a play of John’s last October and a production of my new play Das Ende just closed. Our bold and, […] Continue reading »

Learning by Stages

When actors are learning a role, the most important question they must answer for themselves is “What does my character want in this scene?” Another way they’ll ask that is “What is motivating my character at this moment?” If a character’s want and motivation are lacking, the actor has the misfortune […] Continue reading »

Original Glimpses at Originality

Any book reporting on originality in human conduct is likely to attract the attention of artists, scientists, inventors and entrepreneurs of all stripes. Originals: How Non-Conformists Move the World, written by Adam Grant and published last year, dissects originality using the tools of social science. Grant is on the faculty […] Continue reading »