Posts by: atsiegel

Frank Wedekind is Rolling in His Grave

Alright, so there were a few things I wanted to post this week, but I have to start with this because I found it so unbelievably, mindbogglingly strange that I couldn’t help but share it. Remember that cycle of plays by Frank Wedekind that we read in freshman year? Lulu, the story of a woman who entranced […]

Patrons in Unlikely Places

So it was a couple of weekends ago, and I was hanging out at a friend-of-a-friend’s apartment. It was around one in the morning and I was damned uncomfortable. Most of the people I had come there with had already left, and as more strangers came pouring in from outside I realized I barely knew […]

Hey Dudes, Let’s Talk About Music

I was inspired by Caroline’s post last week to explore what it is about the music I like that causes me to become attached to it. Ever since I picked up my first pair of drumsticks at age 9 (and recently, bought my first guitar), musical performance has been an integral part of my life, […]

What In The Hell Did I Just Watch

[My opinion on this production is half-formed and will probably change several more times throughout the next week. What I’m writing here is how I feel tonight, in this moment, in my body as it currently exists. These thoughts are neither concrete nor completely flexible. Such is the challenge when examining the avant-garde.] One of […]

Some Sunday Night Poetry

Speaking on my creative influences some more – “The Cremation of Sam McGee” by Robert Service will always be one of my favorite poems. When I found a recording of Johnny Cash reciting Service’s classic tale, I couldn’t help but share it with all of you. I was homeschooled all through my elementary years, and my […]

I Chose Rapture

I’d like to take a moment to talk about a work of contemporary art that holds a special place inside my heart. It is frightening, awe-inspiring, chillingly beautiful, and has more depth than most movies, books, or plays that I’ve read over the last several years. It has influenced my views on the boundaries of […]

The Rediscovered Works of Pinter and O’Neill

I recently came across a couple of articles with a common theme: the rediscovery of works by renowned playwrights which were considered lost for many decades. “Umbrellas,” a short comic sketch by Harold Pinter, and “Exorcism,” a one-act by Eugene O’Neill, were both recently uncovered and published; both of these pieces were thought to have […]

Frank Langella On Acting, Aging And Being Very Bad

Gotta love NPR and their theater interviews. Frank Langella gives insight into the challenges and benefits of playing characters with a serious lack of redeeming qualities, and provides a careers worth of advice in only three succinct phrases. I’m happy I ran into this article at this particular point because of the examinations of Antigone […]

Ganesh Versus The Third Reich

This article jumped out at me while browsing some theater news today. At first I clicked on it because I found the premise to be quirky and amusing, but after viewing the text and video within, it got the dramaturgical gears turning in my brain. In short, the play is about the Hindu god Ganesh […]