PUBLIC WRITING

“Runt of the Litter: Disability in the Age of Pandemic.”  Essay, Reed Magazine, 2021.

“On Screen and on Stage, Disability Continues to be Depicted in Outdated, Cliched Ways.” Essay, The Conversation, 2020.

“Slave Play: Can a Subaltern Consent?” Performance review, The Theatre Times, 2019.

“The Comic Frame of Sławomir Mrożek: Or, How to Tell if You Live in a Totalitarian Country.” Essay, LA Review of Books, 2018.

“The Wooster Group’s A Pink Chair: Can You Ever Return?”  Performance review, The Theatre Times, 2018.

The Context of Contemporary Polish Theatre: Spotlight on Poland.” Editorial, The Theatre Times, 2018.

“The Theatre Times: Why? Why Now?” Editorial, The Theatre Times, 2016.

“Boston’s Theatre Scene: Not All Arts Are Created Equal.” An opinion piece, The Boston Globe, 2015.

“Mieczyslaw Weinberg’s Opera The Passenger: On Memory and Forgetting.” Performance review, The Cosmopolitan Review, 2015.

“How I Survived Socialism: A Self-help Guide For Worried Americans.” Essay, The Cosmopolitan Review, 2012.

“Between Art and Science: A Conversation with Roald Hoffmann, Nobel Prize-winner, Scientist, Playwright, and Poet.” The Cosmopolitan Review, 2014.

“Interview About The Post-traumatic Theatre of Grotowski and Kantor.” Anthem Press Blog, 2014.

“How the Holocaust Shaped Theatre: Emerson Professor Describes Its Impact on Polish Directors.” The Jewish Advocate, 2013.

“Meet the Dramaturg – Conversation.” Opera blog, Boston Lyric Opera, 2014.

“Building the Future for Opera in a Digital World.” Opera blog, Boston Lyric Opera, 2014.

“The Case for National Theatre.” Opinion piece, The National Performing Arts Convention, 2013.

“Escape From Circus: Review of Mabou Mines’s Dollhouse.” Performance review, Hot Review, 2012.

“Bogusław Schaeffer: Poland’s Renaissance Man.” The Cosmopolitan Review, 2012.

Runt of the Litter: Disability in the Age of the Pandemic

There was a saying in the Eastern Bloc back in the days of the Soviet regime: “You might not want to follow the news, but the news will follow you.” It meant that if you’re not aware of what’s happening in the larger world, you might not be able to escape the next...

On Screen and On Stage, Disability Continues to Be Depicted in Outdated, Cliched Ways

The #MeToo and Black Lives Matter movements have forced Hollywood and other artists and filmmakers to rethink their subject matter and casting practices. However, despite an increased sensitivity to gender and race representation in popular culture, disabled Americans...

“Slave Play”: Can a Subaltern Consent

In her 2011 book, Techniques of Pleasure: BDSM and the Circuits of Sexuality, Margot Weiss, an anthropologist, links BDSM games to the complex nexus of socioeconomic power relations, involving gender, race, economic and social status, and whatever else might affect...

The Comic Frame of Sławomir Mrożek: Or, How to Tell if You Live in a Totalitarian Country

On August 15, 2013, the Polish dramatist, writer, and cartoonist Sławomir Mrożek died at the age of 83 in Nice, France, his home since 2008. Throughout his long and rich career, Mrożek created a diverse body of work, consisting of plays, short stories, and cartoons,...

The Wooster Group’s “A Pink Chair” – Can You Ever Return?

The Wooster Group’s newest production, A Pink Chair (In Place of a Fake Antique) was commissioned by the Adam Mickiewicz Institute as part of the Tadeusz Kantor centennial as a tribute to the famous Polish director. The show is based on Kantor’s 1988 piece, I Shall...

The Context of Contemporary Polish Theatre: Spotlight on Poland

Today, we are launching The Spotlight on Poland. Here’s the context….. Following the fall of the Berlin wall in 1989 and the dissolution of the Soviet Union and its regime in Eastern Europe, Polish theatre found itself without a subject. Always political during the...

The Theatre Times: Why? Why Now?

TheTheatreTimes.com is a non-partisan, global portal for theatre news. With an expanding collaborative team of Regional Managing Editors around the world, we aim to be the largest global theatre news source online. TheTheatreTimes.com publishes news stories on daily...

Disability in Comic and Tragic Frames

The connection between humor and disability is perhaps one of the most challenging and underresearched, aspects of comic theory. Modern theorists of humor and comedy generally pursue two lines of inquiry: along one they analyze how, historically, humor at the expense...

Mieczysław Weinberg’s Opera “The Passenger”: On Memory and Forgetting

“The Passenger” at New York’s Lincoln Center © Stephanie Berger Polish classical musicians and opera singers have always enjoyed global renown, with singers such as Mariusz Kwiecień, Ewa Podleś, Piotr Beczała, Aleksandra Kurzak, and Andrzej Dobber regularly performing...

How the Holocaust Shaped Theatre: Emerson Professor Describes Its Impact on Polish Directors

"In Jerzy Grotowski's 1967 staging of Stanislaw Wyspianski's 1904 play, "Akropolis," a retelling of stories from the Bible and Greek mythology, actors dressed in caps and rags labor on a bare set. Their movements become increasingly mechanistic as if consciousness has...

Escape From Circus: Review of Mabou Mines’s “Dollhouse”

  During the ten years of its run, when asked what I thought of Mabou Mines’s Dollhouse, I’ve always responded that based on the reviews, and the video of the production, I felt ambivalent about it. Now that the show is finally closing forever, and after finally...

How I Survived Socialism: A Self-help Guide For Worried Americans

"The regime was harsh, the system absurd but rules made up in Moscow were no match for the individualistic Poles. Magda Romanska’s delightful short story shows us how it was done. Elegantly, of course."  “The Solidarity period in Poland lasted from August 1980 until...

La Boheme: BLO’s Version.” Dramaturgy opera blog, Boston Lyric Opera, 2015.

“The Ethics of Don Giovanni.” Dramaturgy opera blog, Boston Lyric Opera, 2015.

“Don Giovanni: The Law of The Father.” Dramaturgy opera blog, Boston Lyric Opera, 2015.

“BLO’s Version of Mozart’s Don Giovanni. Dramaturgy opera blog, Boston Lyric Opera, 2015.

“Don Giovanni in Prague and Vienna.” Dramaturgy opera blog, Boston Lyric Opera, 2015.

“The Legend of Don Giovanni.” Dramaturgy opera blog, Boston Lyric Opera, 2015.

“Opera Blog: The Women of Don Giovanni.” Dramaturgy opera blog, Boston Lyric Opera, 2015.

“Conversation with Michael Beckerman about Kátya Kabanová.” Dramaturgy opera blog, Boston Lyric Opera, 2015.

Kátya Kabanová – The Drowned Woman and The Cult of L’Inconnue.” Dramaturgy opera blog, Boston Lyric Opera, 2015.

Kátya Kabanová and Aleksandr Ostrovsky’s Groza.” Dramaturgy opera blog, Boston Lyric Opera, 2015.

“Kátya Kabanová – Political and Cultural Context.” Dramaturgy opera blog, Boston Lyric Opera, 2015.

“Kátya Kabanová – Love, Death and Marriage.” Dramaturgy opera blog, Boston Lyric Opera, 2015.

“Kátya Kabanová – The Woman Behind the Story.” Dramaturgy opera blog, Boston Lyric Opera, 2015.

“A Conversation with Byron Adams about The Love Potion.” Dramaturgy opera blog, Boston Lyric Opera, 2014.

“The Love Potion – Love Death, or Liebestod.” Dramaturgy opera blog, Boston Lyric Opera, 2014.

“The Love Potion – Background Story.” Dramaturgy opera blog, Boston Lyric Opera, 2014.

“The Love Potion – BLO’s Version.” Dramaturgy opera blog, Boston Lyric Opera, 2014.

“The Love Potion – The Myth of Tristan and Iseult.” Dramaturgy opera blog, Boston Lyric Opera, 2014.

“A Conversation with David Rosen about La Traviata.” Dramaturgy opera blog, Boston Lyric Opera, 2014.

“La Traviata – Background Story.” Dramaturgy opera blog, Boston Lyric Opera, 2014.

La Traviata – Beautiful Death.” Dramaturgy opera blog, Boston Lyric Opera, 2014.

La Traviata – Love for Sale.” Dramaturgy opera blog,Boston Lyric Opera, 2014.

I puritani: Why we killed Arturo.” Dramaturgy opera blog, Boston Lyric Opera, 2014.

“A Conversation with Mary Ann Smart about I puritani.” Dramaturgy opera blog, Boston Lyric Opera, 2014.

“The Romantic Trope of a Madwoman in I puritani.” Dramaturgy opera blog, Boston Lyric Opera, 2014.

I puritani Production History.” Dramaturgy opera blog, Boston Lyric Opera, 2014.

“The History of the Court Jester and Verdi’s Rigoletto.” Dramaturgy opera blog, Boston Lyric Opera, 2014.

“A Conversation with David Rosen about Rigoletto.” Dramaturgy opera blog, Boston Lyric Opera, 2014.

“Boston Lyric Opera’s Version of Verdi’s Rigoletto.” Dramaturgy opera blog, Boston Lyric Opera, 2014.

Rigoletto Production History.” Dramaturgy opera blog, Boston Lyric Opera, 2014.

“The Background Story Behind Lizzie Borden.” Dramaturgy opera blog, Boston Lyric Opera, 2013.

“A Conversation with Cheree Carlson about Lizzie Borden.” Dramaturgy opera blog, Boston Lyric Opera, 2013.

“The Background Story, Symbolism and Legacy of Mozart’s The Magic Flute.” Dramaturgy opera blog, Boston Lyric Opera, 2013.

“A Conversation with Professor Neal Zaslaw About The Magic Flute.” Dramaturgy opera blog, Boston Lyric Opera, 2013.

“BLO’s Interpretation of The Magic Flute.” Dramaturgy opera blog, Boston Lyric Opera, 2013.

“Genuine Illusions of our Times: Conversation with Richard Foreman.” Hot Review, 2012.

Café Variations – A Constellation of Moments. On Making Meaning in Theatre.” Dramaturgy blog, Boston Lyric Opera, 2012.

Café Variations – The Music of Gershwin.” Dramaturgy blog, Boston Lyric Opera, 2012.

Café Variations – Café Culture History, Part 5: Cyber Café.” Dramaturgy blog, ArtsEmerson, 2012.

Café Variations – Café Culture History, Part 4: Boston. On the history of Boston coffee – and tea.” Dramaturgy blog, ArtsEmerson, 2012.

Café Variations – Café Culture History, Part 3: Café Culture and Public Spaces.” Dramaturgy blog, ArtsEmerson, 2012.

Café Variations – Café Culture History, Part 2: Café Culture and the Age of Enlightenment.” Dramaturgy blog, ArtsEmerson, 2012.

Café Variations – Café Culture History, Part 1: Sobering Up of Europe.” Dramaturgy blog, ArtsEmerson, 2012.

Café Variations – The Connection. On Meeting Anne Bogart.” Dramaturgy blog, ArtsEmerson, 2012.

“Conversation with Lawrence Switzky about Robert Lepage’s The Andersen Project.” Dramaturgy blog, ArtsEmerson, 2012.

“Conversation with Jed Horne about Ameriville.” Dramaturgy blog, ArtsEmerson, 2012.

“A Conversation with John Huston, Polar Explorer, about 69˚S. (The Shackleton Project). Dramaturgy blog, ArtsEmerson, 2012.

“A Conversation With Harvey Young about Robbie McCauley.” Dramaturgy blog, ArtsEmerson, 2012.

“AAPEX Interview: Magda Romanska.” 2011.

“Travelogue: Notes from Italy.” 2010.

“Do We Need Another Book on Beckett? – Book review of A Beckett Canon by Ruby Cohn.” Platform: Journal of Theatre and Performing Arts, 2007.