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Ragtime and the N-Word

Ragtime and the N-Word

Although I had read the text, libretto, and seen Ragtime rehearsal previous to the production opening, I was not offended by the usage of the term”nigger” until I saw the production live. After the show, I found myself wondering why I had such a visceral reaction to Michael Oliver’s portrayal of Willie Conklin. Despite having some historical […]

What a name!

What a name!

There must be some ugly fun or at least an emotional release to be had in letting those racial slurs fly during the “What a Game!” baseball fan number. Interestingly, we’ve not yet discussed the show’s use of the n-word. And the k-word(s), the p-word, and the m-word. Maybe the script gives us the necessary […]

Immigrant Theater Artist

Immigrant Theater Artist

Marcy Arlin, artistic director of the Immigrant Theatre Project, has started a blog series for Theatre Communications Group (TCG) chronicling the work of immigrant theatre artists who often labor out of sight of mainstream theater goers. Her first interview is with playwright Chiori Miyagawa, author of Thousand Years Waiting, America Dreaming, This Lingering Life. A […]

Houdini the he-man

Houdini the he-man

To spare Matt from having to undertake an intensive escapism course, we’re going to be doing some misdirection to support the illusion of Houdini’s skills. To assist with this, here are some images of Houdini’s more “strong-man” pre- and post-escape poses. Sidenote, during my doctoral work at UNC-Chapel Hill, I had the privilege to take […]

Baseball Fans of the 1900s

Baseball Fans of the 1900s

Tonight we tackle “What a Game.” In an earlier post, I uploaded a YouTube clip featuring narration of the 1905 world series game 2 between the New York Giants (later the San Francisco Giants) and the Philadelphia Athletics (an American League Philadelphia team from 1901-1954). I also posted a picture of an early 1900s Harvard […]