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Dramaturging Yellowstone

A couple of weeks ago I took a small trip with my family to Yellowstone National Park in Wyoming. While we were walking around the park and doing some exploring I had some thoughts about how nature performs for us and how park rangers might sometimes be the dramaturgs of those performances.

The Music Bechdel: Sia, This is Acting

This is Acting is Sia’s seventh studio album, released in January 2016. The second single, “Cheap Thrills” was Sia’s first number one on the US Billboard Hot 100 chart.

The Music Bechdel: Shania Twain, Up!

I don’t think I’ve ever listened to Up all the way through and I really enjoyed it. Give this album a listen if you haven’t, it’s a good one.

DPS Book Club Script Reviews – May 2021 Box

I thoroughly enjoyed my first DPS Book Club box and I’m looking forward to receiving my next one this upcoming week. Check out these amazing plays that were included in the May box!

Bay Area Playwrights Festival 2021

After such a wonderful experience in the fall/winter of 2019/2020, I joined the national reading committee again for the 2021 Bay Area Playwrights Festival.

The Music Bechdel: Taylor Swift, Red

It is one of my favorite Taylor Swift albums and it is her next re-release coming in November, so the first album I’m putting through the Music Bechdel is Red by Taylor Swift.

The Jester: A Reflection

A week ago today I attended the closing night performance of The Jester in Provo, UT. This production dramaturgy experience was unlike any I had had before.

Favorite Father-Daughter Shows/Movies

I’m a couple of days late, but I wanted to share a list of my favorite father-daughter movies and tv shows for Father’s Day. I hope everyone had a wonderful day on Saturday celebrating the father figure in their life.

In the Heights: Let’s Talk About Colorism and Representation

Walking out of the theater with tears dried on my cheeks and mask I thought I’d never seen a more beautiful film. Then the critic reviews and tweets started rolling in.

The Medieval Period and The Jester

I’m a dramaturg and dramaturgs ask questions. So, here are five questions that I just had to ask about the Medieval Period when I started learning more about the time period of The Jester.