When A Facebook Comment Says More Than a Long Blog Post About Diversity

October 16th, 2015 § 7 comments § permalink

“Is there a link for this so I can read the whole thing if there's more?” “Maybe this wants to grow up and become a blog post?” “I've been encouraging him to do so!!!!” “This, I feel, is not just a statement for theater folk, but a life statement, a ‘how are you living in the world’ statement.” The quotes above have all been written in the past 24 hours or so in response to a comment I made on Facebook – not a blog post, not an essay, but a comment, although admittedly Continue reading...

Upon Receiving The DLDF “Defender” Award

February 24th, 2015 § 1 comment § permalink

Last night, I was extremely flattered and honored to receive the second annual Dramatists Legal Defense Fund’s “Defender” Award, for my work on behalf of artists' rights and against censorship. My remarks were fairly brief (I know a little something about brevity and awards presentations, even when there isn’t an orchestra to “play you off”), so for those who have expressed interest, or may be interested, here’s what I had to say, following a terrific and humbling introduction by playwright Continue reading...

Why David Adjmi’s “3C” Still Has No Company

February 10th, 2015 § 3 comments § permalink

  Seen any good productions of David Adjmi’s play 3C lately? Sorry, that’s a trick question with a self-evident answer: of course you haven’t. That’s because in the two and a half years since it premiered at New York’s Rattlestick Playwrights Theater, no one has seen a production of 3C because no one is allowed to produce it, or publish it. Why, you ask? Because a company called DLT Entertainment doesn’t want you to. 3C is an alternate universe look at the 1970s sitcom Continue reading...

Rebuilding “Hardbody” At A Houston Chop Shop

June 20th, 2014 § 87 comments § permalink

“First, let’s define what we mean by ‘changes’.” This statement came up not once but twice in my conversation with Bruce Lumpkin, artistic director of Houston’s Theatre Under The Stars and director of their current production of the musical Hands on a Hardbody. The comment arose when I asked Lumpkin specific questions about my communications with Hardbody creators Amanda Green and Doug Wright. Green, who attended the show’s opening at TUTS, detailed a fairly extensive list of Continue reading...

Dramatists Legal Defense Fund To Honor Trumbull High’s Thespian Student Leader

February 13th, 2014 § 1 comment § permalink

I’m not given to posting press releases here and this isn’t the start of a trend, but I’m making an exception to insure this good news gets around. There’s nothing for me to say beyond what this press release from The Dramatists Guild already says so well. *   *   * First Annual “DLDF Defender Award” Goes to Connecticut High School Student The Dramatists Legal Defense Fund will present the first ever “DLDF Defender Award” to Larissa Mark, a high school senior from Trumbull, CT Continue reading...