Category Personal Experiences

So You Want To Put on a Show at Capital Fringe

Advice from a Fringe Producer/Reviewer/Fan The Capital Fringe Festival in Washington, D.C. is an annual festival which will be returning in July 2014 for the ninth time.  Anyone can apply and, if accepted, put on a show in Capital Fringe, which is part of an international network of unaffiliated festivals celebrating and providing opportunities to adventurous, […]

Making Less Art Leads to More Art

I’ve been thinking a lot lately about focus in artmaking.  More and more, it seems to me that in order to make great art – of whatever kind – you have to achieve a balance in side projects and distractions. A lot of the great achievers I read about – artists, scientists, whoever – seem […]

31 Plays in 31 Days: What I Learned, and a Table of Contents

Last week, I completed the 31 Plays in 31 Days project along with several dozens of other playwrights from around the world. The rules of the project were simply that you had to write 31 new plays, at least one page long, with a beginning, middle and end; none should have been started before August 1, […]

Capital Fringe 2012 Postmortem

Thanks everyone who came, read, discussed, and passed around my Subjective Fringe Guide and Fringe Review Roundup. The Review Roundup should be effectively complete, so feel free to use it as a reference FOR ALL TIME.  I also updated it with the winners of the Theatermania Audience and Director’s Awards.  If you pick up on any […]

Enjoying Prometheus: It All Depends On Forgiveness

I’m’a attempt to make this shorter than my usual.  Just want to get a theory out there. I sawPrometheusrecently.  I thought it was okay.  Grade of C, by way of a mix of A- and D-.  I thought it was admirable for reaching for lofty ideas, was gorgeous to watch, but overreached some in its themes, […]

I Have Judged You For Not Liking Those Characters

As I mentioned, I saw Bachelorette last week at Studio Theatre, and really responded to it. On the way out, I overheard someone in the audience complaining that they didn’t like the play because the characters were vulgar, disgusting beasts.  Their sentiment was similar to this commenter’s on the DC Theatre Scene review. My reaction to their reactions: […]

The Black Cat and the Facebook Event Formula

My band (that I play drums in) played at the Black Cat this past Saturday.  It was pretty cool.  It’s always a little unreal being the guest of a well-run and high-profile venue — whether as a theatre artist or a musician.  I wonder if it ever ceases to be unreal, if one is lucky enough […]