After three years-plus of more or less consistent daily blogging, I have decided it's time to take a serious break. Actually, the need is not for relaxation but for time to deal with a couple of big events in my off-line life. In a couple of weeks I face the daunting "Second Exam" in my Theatre PhD program at the CUNY Grad Center. Then, at the end of September, I'm getting married! Yes, there is a Playgoerette. (And you should buy her poetry anthology in the right margin here.)
But what better opportunity, I thought, than now to turn these virtual pages over to some of my smart and gifted theatre-loving friends and colleagues who have not yet had a web presence but have tons of interesting things to say about the artform. AND who have perspectives totally different from mine!
So, without further ado, for the month of August, please enjoy the blogging stylings of...
- Abigail Katz: Dramaturg and Literary Associate for the award winning downtown theatre company, The Civilians, and a graduate of Columbia's MFA program in dramaturgy.
- Chris Mills: Editor, dramaturg with Theater Mitu, and teacher at NYU.
- Brook Stowe: Editor of the New York Theater Review and the initial founding director of the New York Theater Project, Inc.
- ...and last but not least, frequent Playgoer commenter Dr. Cashmere, who prefers to be identified as "a theatre artist living in the New York area."
Sure, I may butt in from time to time in Comments, or even make a post here or there when the spirit (and the news) moves me. And I will still be reading all comments as well as my email at playgoer [at] gmail [dot] com. So feel free to contact me as usual. I will return for a bit after Labor Day, and then probably hand the reigns over to some new guests for September.
But otherwise, I am now officially on hiatus. I hereby hand over the keys to these brave four. Please welcome them and show them every courtesy you have to me. Scratch that--be nice!