"Whatever additional tasks- sometimes very practical and certainly highly varied-the dramaturge takes on in the course of an artistic process, there always remain several constants present in his work; dramaturgy is always concerned with the conversion of feeling into knowledge, and vice versa. Dramaturgy is the twilight zone between art and science."
-Marianne Van Kerkhoven,
Looking without pencil in the hand
(Thanks to Jess Applebaum for this quote!)
I have always wanted to see Brat's 24-Hour Bald Soprano.
I think the idea is amazing!
(And it is also one of my favorite plays)
Sadly I can't get away from NYC,
but Philly friends go!
I want to hear all about it.
"Yet these plays look back without nostalgia. They represent less an idealization of the past than a return to the scene of the crime. Like Phyllis taking Paula and Carl back to their vacant apartment, they are intent upon revisiting the past in order to take it apart, to analyze it, to undermine it, and so to wreak a truly creative revenge."
-David Savran, Loose Screws: An Introduction to The Baltimore Waltz and other plays
"Does the human heart exist?
Listen, you can hear them breaking."
-Steve Martin, WASP
Lulu opens on Wednesday!
Do you have your tickets?!
I am the proud, enthusiastic dramaturg of the production. Read my dramaturg's note below!
I continue to have trouble believing that Lulu was written in 1892. The play feels present, vital. It’s timeless themes concerning love, sex, power, survival, and identity all resonate loudly today. One of the meanings of the name Lulu is “protected;” but Wedekind’s male character’s protection mutes into exploitation and suffocation. In exploring the nightmare of this monster tragedy, I find that Lulu reminds us of the dangers of projecting love upon others, and the importance of proclaiming one’s true name.