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    Mon, 26 Jun 2017
    blogAn Artist on Top of the World – Remembering...

    One night during Memorial Day weekend of 2014, my friend Bobby and I stood on the roof of a skyscraper residential building on 72nd street. As our friends and family partied around us and fireworks went off in the distance, we looked down upon New York City. I said to him, “Everything that we want is within reach, bro.” He... more...

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    Mon, 12 Jun 2017
    blogPeace Is Complicated

    The philosopher Confucius was onto something when he stated, “Life is really simple, but we insist on making it complicated.” This quote applies to many areas of life, but these days it makes me think specifically about conflict resolution, particularly on a national and global level. It seems that the higher the stakes are,... more...

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    Thu, 18 May 2017
    blogWhen Companies You Love Do Bad Things

    I find myself running out of airlines to choose from. Recent news reports of passenger mistreatment leave me disappointed in these companies for their policies and/or personnel, and I remember these feelings when I travel, which is fairly frequently. If I am to maintain a stance of solidarity with the grossly mistreated, my options are... more...

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    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...

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    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...