The past few days our community has needed a vessel to use to talk about the shooting. I wrote this up based off of facebook posts, links and blogs- we’re presenting it here and making it available to anyone who needs a conversation starter.
I think there is a general fear in sharing responses like these. The complication of wanting the response to be genuine and useful to the community without exploiting it. I know with this right now I very much feel that way. We create it and then what to do with it? Post on a blog for people to see or use? Send out? Use ourselves?
These are my struggles. But I imagine other artists have them too.
Below is the entirety of the script we are performing tomorrow in Iowa City. It is based off of facebook messages, links that were uploaded, the plethora of information in the past week and more. The resources include CNN, Fox News, Gawker, Anarchist Mom Blog, Morning Joe, NY Times, Hartford Courant, NPR, New York Review of Books, NRA Website, Facebook (including the Emilie Parker fund page), O Magazine, Huffington post, Slate, New Republic and comments sections of numerous newspapers around the country:
HMU ep. 1 So myself and Megan Gogerty have begun a comedic podcast about well… everything. Babies, the artistic life, feminism, crazy Irish families, crazy Norwegian families, crappy jobs, stand up comedy and more. A laugh riot with hopefully a bit of poignancy from us to you and yours. Pass it around. The damn thing [...]
There’s a lot of parties going on tonight. Wine bottles opened. I know in other houses there’s crying and cursing and the usual frustration at the Electoral College that the losing side’s of elections complain about. I want to celebrate. I am happy to not be under a presidency that won’t value human rights over [...]
When you start a theater company there are many things you’re supposed to do. We never did with Working Group. Like have a mission statement. They seemed fake and bullshit-y… nonsense you wrote for grants “OUR MISSION is to create new plays and bold interpretations of classics!” “our mission is to do plays straight from [...]
Sean Christopher Lewis … the recap from Available Light on Vimeo. Just stumbled across this today. Matt Slaybaugh- who directed both these shows and JUST KIDS did it. I have some great friends and collaborators- Matt and Matt Dellapina. Martin Andrews, Jennifer Fawcett. I’ve been lucky enough to go to Africa to do theater, to [...]
“I’m not interested in producing plays. I’m interested in the theater.” – When the musical HAIR came across his desk it was just notebook paper with scribbles. – A CHORUS LINE was just a few taped interviews with nothing written. – Liz Swados was supposed to create a musical about ALICE IN WONDERLAND and at [...]
So the story at this point is well known (at least if you’ve ever read this blog). A group of theater artists working around the country decided to take a grand experiment and start a company in the heart of the Midwest to create plays about America right now. Agents were loss, insults were hurled [...]
When I was a kid my dad said to me “life is just a series of evolutions.” This was my real dad. The one I wrote a show about. The problem father. It seemed ironic when I got older that he had said it since he basically hadn’t seemed to evolve himself. More drink, more [...]
At my hotel the lobby television is a 24 hour cycle of gunshots, 911 calls and testimonials. It is all Aurora all the time. “When will we see the killer?” “Doesn’t he look dazed?” Cut to the girl with the ice cream cone. Repeat. I was born in Denver, Colorado. I lived in Aurora for [...]