As a dramaturg, the most serious danger I'm aware of at work is a bad papercut. At least, as far as my physical safety is concerned. Preparing for the production of Hard Cell, which starts rehearsals tomorrow, has made me think of a whole different type of risk. In this world of mass data collection and monitoring of online activity, what do my internet searches say about me?
It has been 3 months and 19 days since my first day here at Geva Theatre Center as a Literary Intern. Walking in on my first day, I was feeling a number of emotions, from nervous and shy to excited and simply in awe of everything around me. And after writing for the Geva Journal this long, … Continue reading Let’s talk about Dramaturgy
In Geva Theatre's upcoming show, Steel Magnolias, the entire story takes place inside Truvy's Hair Hut. And there's no place quite like a hair salon to bring people together.
This weekend I was able to witness what it was like to see a show in the very beginning of its life, beginning with a piece that is seldom thought of in the creation of it all, the script.
For our third and final Hornets' Nest of the season, we take a look at Michael Weller's play, Buyer Beware. In this play we meet Ron, a Brandeis College student who has a new-found fascination with the performances of Lenny Bruce. After discovering Bruce's work in the school's archives, Ron is eager to create a performance in honor of the … Continue reading Hornets’ Nest creates a conversation about Freedom of Speech here at Geva
As Geva Theatre prepares for the opening of its third world premiere this season with One House Over, there are several people who have already been down this road. The director and cast of this show are fresh from a run at Milwaukee Rep that opened in February. All they have to do now is adjust … Continue reading A Conversation with One House Over’s Justin Huen
As Gabriel Jason Dean’s Heartland heads into its final week at Geva, we’d like to introduce you to one of the unseen collaborators on the play, cultural consultant and translator Humaira Ghilazi. Born and raised in Kabul, Humaira and her family fled Afghanistan during the Russian occupation. While growing up in the United States wasn’t easy … Continue reading A Conversation with HEARTLAND consultant Humaira Ghilazi
Here at Geva Theatre Center, we've been able to reach our younger audiences through student matinees and it's been amazing to witness the impact The Diary of Anne Frank has on those who come. Theatre is a tricky beast in that most of the time when an audience leaves the theatre, you never get to know if you hit your mark with … Continue reading TalkBack with Rochester Holocaust Survivor Steven Hess
Within Geva's Lipson Lounge, underwritten by Dawn Lipson and the late Dr. Jacques Lipson, there is a collection of all the playbills from every show ever produced at Geva. But unfortunately, there's almost an entire decade missing from the collection. Recently, I had the opportunity to go through a large number of donated playbills, in an attempt … Continue reading A Look at Gevas Past Playbills
Anne Frank became the voice for millions of Jews who were a part of the Holocaust. But something that often gets overlooked is the fact that her vivacious voice came from a thirteen year old girl. Whenever the Holocaust is discussed, we tend to look at it as a statistic. Up to 6 million Jews were killed, … Continue reading Jewish Youth during the Holocaust