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 »

Holiday Visitor from Afar

Two months ago, right on time for the holidays, we received an unexpected visitor from far away. By we I refer to “earthlings” and “far away” means hailing from another stellar system somewhere in the Milky Way galaxy. Our guest was an interstellar asteroid. Immediately after its initial discovery in October by […] 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 »

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 »