Plays by Women are Missing on Stage

Less than a fourth of the plays produced at regional theatres in the U.S. have been written by women. Hmm. A number that I trust will be less surprising is 51% of the U.S. population is female. That difference represents a discrepancy that the Dramatists Guild (the national organization of […] Continue reading »

Meaning in a Cave’s Shadows

They are we. That may be the most profound and moving insight that strikes the viewer of prehistoric cave art in France in Spain. Thirty thousand years ago they were our genetic and, it would certainly appear, our aesthetic forebears. (Last week I wrote about the Chauvet and Lascaux caves.) […] Continue reading »

The Never-Say-Die Appeal of Live Art

The making of theatre starts with a blank piece of paper (well okay, maybe a computer screen). Then someone corrupts that virginal document by putting words on it. In the rare event that all goes well, those words will eventually be spoken on a stage by actors dressed up in […] Continue reading »

Trees Leading to Awe

For someone with a secular bent but spiritual yearning, someone, say, like me, the Olympic Rain Forest on the large peninsula between Seattle and the Pacific Ocean is an evocative place to visit and perhaps catch a glimpse of God. The lush rain forest holds spaces that are like sacred groves protected by moss-clothed […] Continue reading »

Try Again. Fail Again. Fail Better.

The headwaters of success is territory I keep returning to in this blog. What factors contribute to success, particularly in the arts? Indeed, how does one even define success? I’ve examined the nature vs. nuture conundrum, the 10,000-hour rule, luck vs. skill, the importance of grit and perseverance. I’ve even […] Continue reading »