Posts by: Ilana Brownstein

If You Liked Theater of War…

We’ve spent a lot of time talking about Bryan Doerries’ excellent project Theater of War, which takes new translations of Ajax and Philoctetes to military audiences.  After seeing the Boston performances at A.R.T. earlier this month, I thought you’d like to know about a similarly-themed theatre company called American Records. (They’re also on Facebook.) American […]


In our Contemporary Drama course, we recently dove into the worlds of playwrights John Belluso (Pyretown) and Aditi Kapil (Love Person).  The concept of “ableism” came up, and we stumbled around in the definition of the term for some time. I offer now an informative article from Bitch Media titled “Transcontinental Disability Choir: What is Ableist […]

Starving Artists & Crowdfunding

There’s an interesting movement afoot that taps the power of grassroots fundraising.  The Chicago Tribune is calling it crowd funding, and I think I’m going to borrow their terminology (if with my own spelling tweak). First, check out the article here: I’ve been interested in the development of websites like Kickstarter, IndieGoGo, and others, […]

Aphra Behn, Charlie Sheen, Joseph Roach. (What?)

Happy spring break! I wanted to alert you to two very interesting articles. The first is a review from the NYT about a happening-now production of Aphra Behn’s THE ROVER, done as site-specific/environmental theatre at the World Financial Center (yes, you read that right).  The company calls their particular style “panorama theatre.” The review notes, “The actors […]

Dead City Tour in the NYT

Here’s a link to the article from the NYT I was talking about in class, in which Sheila Callaghan and a reporter take a tour of the NY locations represented in her play, Dead City.

Theatre Events in Boston (etc)

Ok, so here we go. 1) Actor Chris Cooper in a reading of Sam Shepard’s “Curse of the Starving Class” — produced by Commonwealth Shakespeare Company. 7p, Mon Feb 21, at the Calderwood Pavilion This event is free, but there’s been high demand for tix, so CommShakes posted the following instructions on their website. (If […]

Guerrilla Girls

This is a bit blast-from-the-past, but I thought I’d introduce you to the Guerrilla Girls.  This feminist arts group started in the 1980s to protest the ridiculously obvious underrepresentation of female artists in major art collections worldwide.  They are a collective of anonymous activists/artists who tend to make their statements in gorilla masks and via […]

The Rude Mechanicals

Check out this map/chart/thing that visually describes how the collaborative ensemble THE RUDE MECHS manage the division of artistic labor. Very very interesting!

Shanley on Doubt

We spoke in class the other day about John Patrick Shanley’s op-ed in the Boston Globe, on the occasion of the bway touring production of Doubt that came to town.  I promised to get the text of that to you.  Here it is.

A Playwright to Know About

I worked with Nathan on his powerful play Broke-ology when we workshopped it at the Huntington’s Breaking Ground Festival several years ago.  At the time, he was just finishing his grad playwriting degree. Since then, his work and career have really taken off, and it’s lovely to see him receiving so much attention.  Check out […]

Happening Now

The Denver Center’s Colorado new Play Summit opens today and runs through Sunday.  Check out the brand new plays of one of this country’s rising stars of new play festivals (including video interviews with playwrights Caridad Svich, Michele Lowe, and Ken Weitzman): Colorado New Play Summit Their twitter feed is @DenverCenter

For those who want to see Sleep No More in NYC

I contacted the folks at the Sleep No More NYC pdxn this last week, and heard back.  There aren’t any single ticket or student discounts at present, but you might consider geting a group together to attend during InCite.  Here’s their twitter message to me: “No discounts on individual student tix at this time but […]

On Bob Rauschenberg

In anticipation of our work on bobrauschenbergamerica this week, I offer the following article and slideshow on the art of Robert Rauschenberg:

Shortening Weblinks

Tech tip of the day: If you’re dealing with pasting a particularly long and unwieldy weblink, you can shorten it by going to: Paste the long url into the “shorten links here” box, click “shorten” – and then click “copy” next the new short links. All you have to do then is paste the […]


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A Starting Point For Finding News

Hello all, I created the following list about a year ago. As a measure of how fast technology grows, it is now totally out of date. There’s so much more out there than there was one year ago!  That said, this list is still a good starting point.  Together, let’s curate a new list by […]

How to post to the blog

If you’re a member of Contemporary Drama, you’ve been added as an author of the blog. So, how do you actually write a post? Easy. Follow these steps. 1) Go to our blog’s home page (you’re already there if you’re reading this from the blog): 2) Along the top of the page, find the […]

Welcome to the Blog

Hello there. This is your blog. It’s here as a forum for your burgeoning knowledge of the theatre world beyond Comm Ave. Starting after our next class, we’ll be looking for everyone to post at least one news item per week. Details to come in class on Friday.