“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

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“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

Scranton Story Slam

This August, I was asked to do a short story about a Road Trip for the Scranton Story Slam. Awkwardness and hilarity ensued. Enjoy it below and many thanks to Pamela Hill and Scranton Story Slam.  It was a blast!  

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