Jane Austen’s Emma, adapted from Austen’s novel by Michael Bloom and directed by Brooke Aiello for Fresno Pacific University, is a lovely production that will satisfy “Janeites” everywhere. Shannon Brewington’s alley stage “covered” in parchment with lines from the novel scratched in like 19th century letters captures Emma’s machinations as if they’re indeed written straight […]

Drive Thru Interview: Brooke Aiello, director of “Jane Austen’s Emma” at Fresno Pacific. “Emma is the story of a gardener figuring out how to listen to her garden.”

For those who may have missed it, here’s my little piece of our show Art or Evidence?: Tea Liturgy. Our theme was on creativity and how we put together this show, one bit at a time.  But my piece turned out to be a little more about what I did when I wasn’t feeling all […]

These are the shows I’m most directly involved with at Rogue Festival this year. They all have multiple performances on Saturday, the final day of the Festival! Tea Liturgy with Art or Evidence? Three musicians and a writer get together to create a show about everyday rituals and share their creative process with each other. […]

Y’all know I don’t review shows. . . but I DO recommend them!

by Emily Kearns. “Drink, sir, is a great provoker of three things,” notes Shakespeare. I would contend that in the case of S’Will, those things are engaged hilarity, colloquial wit, and bubbling chatter. I had the pleasure of seeing The Fools Collaborative’s second reincarnation of S’Will at the Rogue Festival this past weekend and thoroughly […]

by Emily Kearns. Stepping into Wishon Avenue’s Vista Theater on Friday evening, a certain air of transcendence ushered me into a crowded room. Dark and misty sounds of tuning instruments dripped down twinkly lights and pulled a warm audience close and out of the rain as people filed in and took their seats. I knew […]

Liturgy: a communal response to and participation in the sacred through activities reflecting praise, thanksgiving, reflection or repentance. Tea Liturgy: A communal response to and participation in the creative through activities reflecting song, spoken word, music, and beverages brewed from camellia sinensis. Building a show song by song, word by word, laugh by laugh and […]

A couple of upcoming theater listings that may not be in your regular feeds this month: Hanford Multicultural Theater Company Waiting Women, an original play A female-western stageplay about the notorious stage coach robber Pearl Hart. In vaudeville storytelling, Pearl recounts her life in a prison with colorful women at the Yuma Territorial Prison in […]

Get the Show on the Rogue: Art or Evidence’s Heather Parish (wherein the owner of this blog interviews herself)