“Merritt’s Musial Memories” Now Published!

In March 2017, I was lucky enough to get to catch both nights of The Magnetic Fields' marvelous live rendering of 50 Song Memoir, their latest numbered opus. What intrigued me wasn't just how Stephin Merritt wove his autobiography through the songs, but how the format of the autobiography seemed to draw him out in ways … Continue reading “Merritt’s Musial Memories” Now Published!

“American Pageant” at Sala Beckett’s Obrador d’estiu

This summer, I participated in Sala Beckett's (Barcelona, Spain) 12th annual Obrador d'estiu (Summer Workshop) as a member of the invited 10 person international participants. The workshop, run by Simon Stephens, focused on international dialogue and conversation between the playwrights. We also attended various plays at the Festival du Grec, Barcelona's premiere international theatre and … Continue reading “American Pageant” at Sala Beckett’s Obrador d’estiu

“Capitalizing on Cool: The Music that Makes Girls” out now!

This August, my chapter "Capitalizing on Cool: The Music that Makes Girls" arrived via the new book HBO's Girls The Awkward Politics of Gender, Race, and Privilege. The collection, edited by Elwood Watson, Jennifer Mitchell, & Marc Edward Shaw, features 10 essays on the acclaimed HBO show ranging from musings about the guys of Girls to feminist politics. My own contribution investigates … Continue reading “Capitalizing on Cool: The Music that Makes Girls” out now!

“The Act of Being Saved: Hell House and the Salvific Performative” in Theatre Journal Vol. 66 No. 1

In March, Theatre Journal published "The Act of Being Saved: Hell House and the Salvific Performative," an essay exploring how Hell House is able to engineer conversions in its audience. I coin the term "salvific performative" to describe the speech act whereby one changes one's faith. Using first-hand visits to  Hell Houses at Guts Church (Tulsa) and … Continue reading “The Act of Being Saved: Hell House and the Salvific Performative” in Theatre Journal Vol. 66 No. 1

“The Geography of Disappearing” out in Contemporary Theatre Review

  My article "The Geography of Disappearing: Meatyard, Butchertown, and Perspective in Naomi Iizuka's At the Vanishing Point" arrived hot-off-the-press last week, published by Contemporary Theatre Review (volume 24, issue 2). Abstract: Naomi Iizuka’s At the Vanishing Point weaves together physical and metaphysical landscapes to evince an understanding of Butchertown, a historic post-industrial neighborhood in Louisville, Kentucky, through the … Continue reading “The Geography of Disappearing” out in Contemporary Theatre Review

Palabras: Dispatches from the Festival de la Palabra Debuts

On Friday, we debuted Palabras: Dispatches from the Festival de la Palabra at the Festival de la Palabra in San Juan, Puerto Rico. This Thursday, the book goes live at the second part of the festival in New York. Come join us for the presentation of the book at the CUNY GRADUATE CENTER (365 5th Ave. at 34th St.) at … Continue reading Palabras: Dispatches from the Festival de la Palabra Debuts