Not just another college play…
What are we teaching and learning with each production?
Index card activity: My “best” college production? Not the title but the why
Context: The return from Kosovo
Dying for It (Moira Buffini, based on Nikolai Erdman’s The Suicide)
The Trojan Women (Gilbert Murray)
Machinal (Sophie Treadwell)
Men with Broken Hopes (company-adapted from Shaip Grabovci’s Albanian play)
An exception: Cardenio
We finalized our season for the 2018-2019 academic year here at SHSU:
Jacques Brel is Alive and Well and Living in Paris
music by Jacques Brel with English lyrics by Eric Blau and Mort Shuman
directed by Laura Avery
adapted from Shakespeare’s play by Guy Roberts
directed by Tom Prior
The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time
play by Stephen Simons, based on the novel by Mark Haddon
directed by David McTier
KCACTF participating entry
Our Lady of 121st Street
by Stephen Guirgis
directed by TBA (our new directing professor)
by Moira Buffini
directed by Penny Hasekoester
music by Tom Snow, lyrics by Dean Pitchford, and book by Pitchford and Walter Bobbie
directed by Kyle Craig-Bogard and Kevin Crouch
There also will be 3-4 student-directed productions as part of our Director’s Debut.
Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo
Houston, Texas (March 12, 2018)
Back home now after 50 weeks abroad.
I just finished a six-week journey across Europe to Romania, where I now am serving as a U.S. Fulbright Scholar for the 2016-2017 academic year. During the fall term, I’ll be in Bucharest, teaching at the University of Bucharest and at the National University of Theatre and Cinematography; during the spring term, I’ll be in Cluj, teaching at Babeș-Bolyai University.
I was honored to be featured in the Spring 2016 issue of SHSU’s Heritage Magazine.
May Break in Belize
For my May break before summer school, I spent 10 days in Belize, a former British colony (British Honduras) in Central America, and still a member of the Commonwealth. For me, this was a personal retreat: nothing planned other than reading, writing, and contemplation. Belize City is an inexpensive and direct two-hour flight from Houston, and a trip to this serene country can be quite budget friendly, if you stay away from the touristy stuff.
Spring Break in Costa Rica
I spent my week of Spring Break in Costa Rica. For part of the trip, I reunited with Stuart Brown, a classmate of mine at UT-Austin in the late 80s. The country is beautiful but absolutely overrun with American tourists and, consequently, a bit pricey. Still, I’m glad I got to go and was particularly happy to reunite with an old friend.
National Theatre, San Jose