Hey, folks! I thinned out the script shelves this week and I have a stack I’m willing to give away to anyone who is interested.

Updated: At the bottom, there are links to updated stories including OSF’s statement on the project. Overall, it sounds like they are doing this carefully and with stringent standards. “The Oregon Shakespeare Festival will announce next week that it has commissioned translations of all 39 of the Bard’s plays into modern English, with the idea […]

Claudius is one of those extremely efficient characters in Shakespeare’s canon. He drives from moment to moment, action to action with a clear direction and overarching purpose: to solidify his power and maintain a stable realm. If only it weren’t for that pesky step-son mucking things up. Which is why his soliloquy in Act 3 […]

I tend to be attracted to strong performances by female actors. Even more so when they are working in ensemble and not expecting the glare of the spotlight. In StageWorks Fresno’s Dogfight, Kelsey Deroian has a moment as Mama, Rose’s mother, where she communicates so much with a well-executed look away from her daughter that the […]

In the past few months, I’ve experienced several incidents of the “Fresno Apology Moment.” It’s that moment when you’re out of town, you mention you’re from Fresno, and people give you their sympathy. Nothing pisses off an Angeleno more than when you refuse to accept their sympathy, believe me! As often as not, though, the anti-Fresno vibe […]

My friend Charles (and now my friend Jen) shared this post on my Facebook about Patti LuPone confiscating an obsessive texter’s cell phone during a show. I was reading another ditty yesterday about how actors are getting angrier at their audiences. The cell phones, texting, talking, noisy eating, and lack of respect for space has become […]

 The moment, intensely brief though it was, pounded my heart into my throat for its raw power and desperation. In Act II, when the Witch is giving her mightiest effort to convince the others to give up Jack to the Giant, she becomes so frustrated with their lack of decisiveness that she shouts, with a […]

Just finished the Rogue Performance Festival, which means I’m slowly coming back to myself after going a bit mad. I have one more major event to finish through next weekend, then I refocus to some work with StageWorks Fresno and (one hopes) a few of my own creative projects over the summer. Jaguar is working […]

So the question becomes: Are we taking our work beyond what we personally think/feel/ believe/experience into the realm of other people? Are we going beyond ourselves into and truly communicating and sharing with an audience?

StageWorks Fresno has made a name for itself producing fantastically high-quality musicals for the Fresno area, but in recent seasons their choices of language plays have made just as big an impact. This season, “The Mountaintop” dazzled audiences with its unconventional, but ultimately loving portrayal of Martin Luther King, Jr.’s last night on earth. For […]