A Tale of Three May Thirteens

The photo on the left is from two years ago after completing my final performance of Johnna Adam’s World Builders. Working on the show, I had an odd sense of finality that gave an already meaningful process even more significance. Each moment was precious because I felt sure that I’d never play such a great role again. In a way, […]

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Facilitating Post-Reading Conversation of Rage Play

Tonight I’ll be facilitating a post-reading discussion of the themes of Rage Play by Nandita Shenoy along with the director Lori Elizabeth Parquet. In December of last year, I facilitated a similar post-workshop talkback, and I was moved and energized by the conversations we had about uprooting internalized patriarchy and then disrupting and dismantling it everywhere. It was a significant […]

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My 2018 in Review

Eighteen is my new favorite number. It has to be. Mercena, my daughter, recently informed me that I could no longer claim five as my favorite. As with so many things I used to own, five now belongs to her. But I’m feeling very good about 18, and not just because Jewish tradition has 18 as synonymous with life. In […]

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Operating Systems: New Scene for Stephen and Benita

WARNING: LIGHT SPOILERS AHEAD Learn more about Operating Systems. BENITA Because no one knows how to hurt us like we know how to hurt us. I don’t want us to hurt each other, Bel. BEL I don’t want that, either. BENITA I don’t want us to compete against each other. BEL No, I won’t. BENITA You understand how hard it’s going to be? How vigilant you’ll need to be? BEL Do you understand how you’ll need to forgive me when I fuck up sometimes? BENITA Because they’ll see it, all right? Those kids will see us doing that to each other and then they’ll start doing it to themselves. This exchange comes early in the play before an act of sexual misconduct makes their relationship even harder to hold together. Benita’s complicated response to Bel’s allegations leads Bel to take covert action herself. When word gets back to Benita, she attempts to deal with the issue without confronting Bel. Then Stephen, the founder of their company and perpetrator of misconduct, uses his power in the field to find incriminating evidence of Bel’s past. He triumphantly presents it to Benita, expecting she will be thrilled to weaponize it against her former student. Their conflict culminates with this exchange: STEPHEN Never mind, I’ll do it myself, it’s too hard for you, I get that. You’re a teacher, that’s what you do, you can’t hurt your student, even when she’s trying to ruin […]

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