I keep listening to the Hamilton cast recording. My son C and I listen to it aaaaallll the time, and he knows almost all the words. He tells me Hamilton’s son Philip should have his own musical, and I tell him he can write it if he wants. We take him to piano lessons. He […]Read More Hamilton: an appreciation
This post is the penultimate in my series of interview this year’s Fire This Time writers’ group writers on the plays they’ve been developing. I went into this profile project without any expectations, or at least I thought I did, until I read Ed Chisholm’s play and it was far from what I was expecting. […]Read More “‘Do it better’ is relative.” talking casting & classics with Edgar Chisholm
The Fire This Time Festival is already underway! If you haven’t checked it out, you can do so, in NYC, right now. This Obie Award winning festival features stellar work from new and more established African American writers, and many of the events at The Kraine on East 4th Street are free. I talked to […]Read More “The characters know what they want to say,” talking to Maia Matsushita
I feel like this topic needs no introduction. In our American artistic spaces there has been an ongoing conversation about race and racial disparity, about gender and gender disparity, about minorities and minority disparity. We’ve been talking and reading alot about perspective, agency, representation, about being heard and being given a voice. Theatre festivals all […]Read More “Mr. Rochester definitely needed a better support system.” Talking writing and identity politics with Tiffany Monique
“I either go ham or I ghost” talking to Ngozi Anyanwu I talked to Ngozi Anyanwu about her compelling play in progress Homecoming Queen. The play about– thus far– family, belonging, and the contemporary shifting concept of home. Ngozi writes with a direct voice. She is not afraid of uncertainty or questions, instead I think […]Read More “I either go ham or I ghost” talking to Ngozi Anyanwu
When you write a play, you can’t check out. You have to go into the room and make it be what you want.Read More On the importance of being in the room.
“I’m getting better at writing when I’m happy” talking Fire This Time with Christine Jean Chambers I remember Christine Chambers vividly from the first day of classes at Columbia. We all sat around a group of tables brought together to the center of the room to form one. Now that I think about it, this […]Read More “I’m getting better at writing when I’m happy” talking to Christine Jean Chambers