A lot of the work I did is privy to the playwrights and other artists involved, I think. But I wanted to be able to share some of my work with you. Below you will find short articles written for the three plays I worked on. I have also included a brief synopsis of each play to give you context. My friends, I'm so proud of this work! I'm so curious to learn this craft by practicing it. And I'm so grateful to the people making space for me to learn. The Acting Dramaturg is making it happen.
It's interesting that when you put these three articles together like this you can see the through-line of how I perceive new American stories. Or perhaps you can see the message that many modern story-tellers are most compelled to illustrate.
Our Moral Relativism: Or why we need Red, White, Black & Blue
Confronting Our Moral Relativism: Or why we need Red, White, Black & Blue
Bid it Quiet: Or Why With will Resonate with Our Audience
With by Carter W. Lewis
An elderly couple hilariously argue over the simple frustrations of old age and the mundane annoyances of a long relationship. But it doesn't take long to recognize the spiraling repetition of these last days of their lives. And once you realize exactly what it is they are arguing over the dread of their oncoming winter turns icy.
Minnie and Clifford are becoming increasingly disconnected from the physical world (no phone, no car) as their failing minds become disconnected from reality. They have already withdrawn from the cycles of their lives as parents and professionals. Clifford’s mechanics business is probably sold and the teaching profession is completely different now from what Minnie remembers in her youth. At what point do we actually die – when our hearts stop or when we stop engaging with our humanity? The world they know is already gone and they are vestiges of it. There is nothing holding them to this life now; it’s just the letting go.
“If we’re so afraid of death and dying, I have to wonder if we’re also afraid of life and living.”