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Articles from No. 38, 2010

"A Little Alien Thing": Introduction to Smudge
Rachel Axler's profoundly moving and disturbing dark comedy Smudge begins innocently enough: a young couple, Nicholas and Colby (the latter in her third trimester of pregnancy), look at a blurry and indistinct ultrasound photo. This is a familiar ritual...
Approaching the Closest Farthest Away
I met Sage Lewis in February 2006 in a grant writing class at the California Institute of the Arts. We were both getting our M.F.A.s, me in Writing for Performance, Sage in Music Composition. That first day of class, I noticed what would soon become...
Bridging the Florida Straits & Beyond: U.S.-Cuba Theatre-Making
Meditations on the complex historical relationship between U.S. and Cuba have been fuel for a wealth of novels, short stories, plays, performance pieces, musical collaborations, and films before and since the Cuban revolution. In the last fifty years...
Cornerstone Theater Company's Justice Cycle
The audience nestled on the stone steps of the California Plaza amphitheatre in downtown Los Angeles quiets as an actor, sporting a dark red security-guard blazer, crosses downstage and exclaims, "Listen up, people: I got one thing to say to you: I see...
David Greenspan and Sybil Kempson Breathe New Life into Impossible Theatre
Picture it: On a stage, a tower crumbles beside the sea. A titanic seagod raises his green head above the waves, shaking his slimy locks. His daughter, a giantess, calls piteously to him. He cannot help her, so, dangling a tiny corpse from one massive...
FRAMING METROPOLIS: Performing Theatre Affect at the Burning Man Project, 2010
TO PLAY NEEDS MUCH WORK. BUT WHEN WE EXPERIENCE THE WORK AS PLAY, THEN IT IS NOT WORK ANYMORE. A PLAY IS PLAY.-Peter Brook, The Empty SpaceOur truck is loaded high with camping equipment, bicycles, musical instruments, and plastic bins loaded with costumes...
Smudge
CHARACTERSCOLBY: Late twenties. Female. Married to Nick.NICHOLAS: Late twenties. Male. Married to Colby.PETE: Mid-thirties. Male. Nick's older brother.SCENE 1Colby and Nicholas are in a strange, sterile hospital room. Something about the scale or dimension...
The Closest Farthest Away/La Entrañable Lejanía: An International Collaboration
by Project Por AmorPRODUCTION CREDITSOriginal Concept and Producers: Sage LewisAleigh LewisWritten by: Boris Gonzalez ArenasAgnieska Hernandez DiazJane PickettJoy TomaskoLyrics: Xavier CalderínThe ClickDoble FiloDerde VerdeSage LewisDirected by: Chi-wang...
The Story of Dah
During the summer of 2008, I spent three weeks in Belgrade, Serbia, working with DAH Theatre. DAH is a group of professional performance artists with a growing international reputation and an active commitment to theatre and its potential for social...