Posts by: Ilana Brownstein

“Hollywood Dishonors the Bard”

A series of pieces worth reading on the movie “Anonymous,” opening this weekend. 1) James Shapiro, in the NYT Op-Ed section, takes on director Rolan Emmerich. This bit in particular jumps out at me as worthy of note  (especially at a contemporary moment that is witnessing the Occupy movement, protesting the sense that the privileged 1% […]

Richard Schechner: Occupy Halloween

I just got this email today. Thought the readership here might be interested…. ……………………………………………………………………………… Hello! I’m Erin, an M.A. Candidate with NYU’s Performance Studies department. I am currently taking a course at NYU taught by Richard Schechner who has requested that all of his students send out invitations to our next class meeting (Monday, October […]

The Value of Fantasy vs. Reality

This article from one of my favorite sites, io9, sparked my interest. It’s not about theatre per se, but I see many connections between this discussion of literary styles and what we wrestle with daily regarding different theatrical genres. Excerpt: People often charged that these works are escapism, merely a way for people to avoid […]

Peer Gynt Sculpture Park

In advance of the BU production of Peer Gynt next quarter, I offer this wonderful and strange little thing: a Peer Gynt Sculpture Park, located at Løren in Oslo (Norway).  As their press blurb states, “…Famous sculptors from many countries each has interpreted a piece of a play. Henrik Ibsen is Norway’s most famous playwright, […]

On Hiatus until September

Hello readers, We are on hiatus until September, when a new class of blog posters will take the reins.  Please come back in a month or so!

Women & Broadway

From our friends, the Guerrilla Girls…

Looking for Inspiration?

The outfit deviantArt has released a Periodic Table of Storytelling for your enjoyment (and use?) — check it out in its full size, here.

Being a Playwright in a Small Town

The inimitable Scott Walters (see his two excellent sites, here and here) linked recently on Twitter to two very interesting posts on being a playwright outside the urban sphere. Here’s the first, from Laura Axelrod, who talks about how the slower pace buys her time to think. She follows that post with another, here, about […]

Playwright as Teacher (LA edition)

So many of us in the professional theatre choose to teach as well as practice our craft. For some, I’m sure it’s stopgap, a necessity, something that takes them away from their art. For others, it invigorates the art, making the teaching and the doing two halves of the same whole. Here’s a post from […]

Dramaturg Maxine Kern

Check out this interview with long-time dramaturg Maxine Kern. Right now, she’s working on the 10th anniversary production of As it is in Heaven, by Arlene Hutton. The blog this comes from is maintained by Works By Women, which advocates for equity in the theatre, and organizes outings to plays by female playwrights in NYC several […]

Blog Change-Over

Readers: We’re marking a shift in blog authorship round these parts.  The spring semester has ended, and the summer session is about to begin.  I welcome a new batch of blog authors: graduate MFA playwriting & creative writing students at BU who are taking my summer course, The Dramaturg/Playwright Relationship.  Stay tuned and see what […]

Digital Dramaturgy by Your Peers

Check out Naomi Lindh’s experiment with digital dramaturgy for HOMEBODY/KABUL: http://dr408-homebody.tumblr.com/ And here’s Phil Berman’s work on the Company One production of Jason Grote’s 1001: http://companyone1001.tumblr.com/ Love it!

Ira Glass on Creativity

So brilliant. And true. “Nobody tells this to people who are beginners, I wish someone told me. All of us who do creative work, we get into it because we have good taste. But there is this gap. For the first couple years you make stuff, it’s just not that good. It’s trying to be […]

More Current News About the 1990s Balkan Conflict

Last week, a woman who was arrested in Kentucky.  She was long wanted for war crimes in connection with Croat persecution of ethnic Serbs in the early 1990s.  Here we have yet another example of the ways in which war rarely ever truly ends — its effects ripple out, decades after treaties and peace accords. […]

Rwandan Genocide Remembered in Boston

In advance of reading Ken Urban’s Sense of an Ending, I share the following.  An article from the Boston Globe this week talks about Boston’s Rwandan community, and how they continue to deal with the ramifications of the genocide 17 years on. An excerpt: The genocide, which spanned 100 days in 1994 and resulted in […]

News TODAY About 1995 Serb/Croat Conflict

Guys, check this out. I just clicked over to the NYT and lo and behold, all the historical chaos we were talking about in class re: FAMILY STORIES BELGRADE was sitting right there, in the AP News Feed. Here’s a link to the article; I’ll excerpt the first graf, below: PARIS — A United Nations […]

Deaf Culture: an Ethnicity?

Did you know that B.U. has a dynamic and important Deaf studies department, and a wonderful stable of ASL interpreters?  BUToday published an excellent article this morning on the complexities of Deaf culture — ethnicity vs. disability vs. disorder, cochlear implant vs. ASL, etc. In context of Aditi Kapil’s remarkable play, Love Person, this article […]

A Must Read

Alex Kilgore takes to The Brooklyn Rail to talk about play development hell, and the responsibility we all have to make sure it doesn’t happen.  It’s a great piece, and though the assessments and observations aren’t new, they’re important to talk about. Excerpt: “Development hell is the worst-case scenario of play fixing without production: the […]

How Not to Be a Writer

Oh lordy. I hesitated posting this since the comments thread of the original review is currently in pile-on mode, but there’s a good lesson to be learned on how not to behave if you’re an emerging writer, trying to get traction. Yes, Virginia, there is such a thing as bad publicity. Read this review of […]

Arcadia Math

Time Out New York‘s Upstaged blog had a great piece on the math in Tom Stoppard’s Arcadia.  It focuses on novelist/mathematician Manil Suri’s video explanation of the big picture topics. Check this out: