November 11th, 2016
“In a dark time,” Roethke says, “the eye begins to see.”
Artists of all disciplines have a responsibility to their art, whatever form it takes, to see without flinching and to tell truly what is seen.
It is my privilege as an artist and collaborator to be working with Marlowe’s words and my immensely talented creative team, to present NIGHT SCHOOL the day after Inauguration Day, 2017. Time to learn what our time teaches us.
October 24th, 2016
Collaboration is a tricky, alchemical thing: when it works, it works immediately, effortlessly, gleefully, thoughtfully. When it doesn’t . . . It really doesn’t.
Working on NIGHT SCHOOL with Rena Hopkins, Ben Willis, Rachael Ahn Harbert, and Marianne Brass – this collaboration works, the mind enacted in the physical world, eyes ears muscles brain, making the real even more real. It’s a lab, it’s a poem, it’s a playground. And we learn from one another, so for us it’s night school, too.
[Photos courtesy Rick Lieder: Rena Hopkins/ALI<E, Ben Willis/Garden of Earthly Delights, Rachael Ahn Harbert/the Heights, Marianne Brass/ALI<E. ]
October 14th, 2016
This month I’m working and playing especially hard.
– talking literature – what it’s for, how it changes us – with the bright and engaging students at Cranbrook Kingswood . . .
– joining in the amazing yearly #TheLiteraryOthers LGBT reading event at Roof Beam Reader, with a post that looks at how we act when we act out our truest selves . . .
– popping up in the Indie Spotlight at TNBBC’s The Next Best Book Blog to talk about CHRISTOPHER WILD . . .
– going into rehearsals for NIGHT SCHOOL, my newest nerve production, based on Marlowe’s immortal DOCTOR FAUSTUS and inspired by the “Night School” section of, yes, CHRISTOPHER WILD . . .
– and heading to St. Paul MN to be guest of honor and present a solo performance piece, “The Art of Darkness,” at Arcana 46.
And every day I’m at my desk, working hard and having wild fun with CHRISTOPHER WILD. Whee, what a month!
September 23rd, 2016
Worth a thousand words and then some: the cover for CHRISTOPHER WILD.
Art and design via Rick Lieder.
August 29th, 2016
Give me whatsoever I shall ask.
Tell me whatsoever I demand.
Going ever deeper into CHRISTOPHER WILD – the novel is two-thirds complete, now – I’m also writing a companion piece: harsh light and darkness, music and movement, hell and heaven and everywhere in between, a one-night-only performance of Marlowe’s words and mine. January 2017, time for NIGHT SCHOOL.