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  • Blog
    Mon, 27 Feb 2017
    ArticleWhen I Took On a Role Originated for a White Man

    Last year, I began playing the role of Sam Simon in the one-man (and two musician) play The Actual Dance, the story of a married couple’s navigation of the wife's breast cancer diagnosis, told through the husband’s perspective. The anxiety and anticipation of potentially losing her is compared to waiting in a ballroom to... more...

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    Fri, 20 Jan 2017
    ArticleAm I Willing to Die For Justice?

    I’ve probably heard it a thousand times now, Martin Luther King’s “Mountaintop” speech. He gave the speech in Memphis, TN the night before his assassination. It’s haunting.  Especially the end where he specifically talks about having “been to the mountaintop.”  And then it’s... more...

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  • Blog
    Thu, 22 Dec 2016
    ArticleThe Good in Messy Theatre

    “It felt very one-sided,” one audience member said. “It’s one side of the story. Good theatre should at least create a sense of doubt about the message.” “So basically, he’s saying ‘All Lives Matter,’” a friend later said to me, summing up that audience member’s gripe. I... more...

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    Thu, 20 Oct 2016
    ArticleVoting: A Petition To Save

    Dismantling the “white imagination” of what it means to be an American citizen, Claudia Rankine bridges visual aesthetic and contextual prose to expose areas of trauma. Rankine underlines the individualism assumed when internalizing societal commentary: “Slipping down burying the you buried within. You are everywhere... more...

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  • Blog
    Tue, 11 Oct 2016
    ArticleFacts versus Truth

    I just read a screenplay as part of the upcoming Intersections Play Reading Series (more on this to come). The film is called “Nines” and is set in a futuristic world where societal functionality seems ideal until people start to question it. A line in the script inspired me to write this blog. A student, in the midst of a... more...

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  • Blog
    Mon, 26 Sep 2016
    ArticleThe Language of the Unheard

    Recently, a video of a conversation between The Daily Show host Trever Noah and rapper T.I. went viral. In the snippet, Noah presses T.I. about the content of his new song and video, “Warzone.” The controversial “War Zone” video portrays an alternate reality where a young white male who lives in the suburbs is... more...

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  • Blog
    Mon, 12 Sep 2016
    ArticleBeyond the Artistic Value of Protesting

    Something I appreciate about museums and art galleries is that I can observe an art piece and tell the person standing next to me what I see in it.  And that person can say “Ah, I see that now.”  And then they can tell me how they see it, and I can nod with my thumb holding up my chin and my index finger covering my... more...

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  • Blog
    Sun, 21 Aug 2016
    ArticleWhat is Racism, Anyway?

    I’ve lived in New York City pretty much my entire life, though I was a college freshman at the State University of New York at Geneseo — over 6 hours away from home — on 9/11.  Like every other American, I was consumed by this event, and I was especially focused on who flew those planes. I saw their faces on the... more...

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  • Blog
    Mon, 25 Jul 2016
    ArticleIllumination

    I envision a world in which melanin reigns free; a world where our lights are allowed to “shine bright like a diamond;” a world where, “let it shine, let it shine, let it shine, oh yeah” is not just an anthem sung in churches on Sunday, but an outwardly expressed state of being. I envision a world where... more...

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  • Blog
    Fri, 24 Jun 2016
    ArticleA Unique Experience

    When I wrote my last blog, “The Effect of Telling Someone’s Story,” I was reflecting on how powerful it can be to tell another person’s story through theatre.  At the time, I was particularly inspired having just seen Joe Morton portray Dick Gregory in Turn Me Loose (now playing Off-Broadway), and having... more...

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