• blog
    Thu, 6 Apr 2017
    blogMy Workplace is Sacred

    I often refer to Studio 145, the performing space housed at Intersections International, as a sacred space. Its prestige is tied to religion, but not one particular religion. It’s a space where reverence is expected for all people, with respect for their spiritual beliefs. I believe that universal kind of reverence is foundational... more...

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    Mon, 27 Feb 2017
    blogWhen 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
    blogAm 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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    Thu, 22 Dec 2016
    blogThe 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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    Tue, 11 Oct 2016
    blogFacts 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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    Mon, 12 Sep 2016
    blogBeyond 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...

  • blog
    Sun, 21 Aug 2016
    blogWhat 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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    Fri, 24 Jun 2016
    blogA 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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    Mon, 23 May 2016
    blogThe Effect of Telling Someone's Story

    Let me be honest... I enjoy talking about myself. I especially enjoy telling cherished stories, like the one about how I met my wife, the time I lost my son in a supermarket, and the time I scaled a fence to find myself face-to-face with Niagara Falls. You know what else I really enjoy doing? Telling other people’s stories.... more...

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    Mon, 9 May 2016
    blogDream on Church Street

    For the past three months, I’ve been working with a company of actors in Montclair, NJ to create a new play that addresses community–police relations there, similar to the way Uniform Justice was created in Memphis, TN. It’s an intense process to write a play in three months, especially when that play needs to reflect... more...