The Devil In The Detail

There’s a kind of magic that happens when putting together a feature film project. Sure, everybody says that, but having been on the inside, both now and years ago when I worked for Paramount Pictures, I can tell you, watching a project like Lady Belladonna’s Night Shades take shape is truly marvelous. To go from…… Continue reading The Devil In The Detail

The Sacred And The Profane

I’ve seen a few plays this season, staged at the venerable, time-honored locations, but none have had the visceral punch that The Last Days Of Judas Iscariot, staged by the little troupe that could, Dona Ana Repertory Theater, leveled at its audience last night. A well-deserved standing ovation capped what had to be the most…… Continue reading The Sacred And The Profane

2015, The Year That Was

One of my favorite authors, the incomparable Ray Bradbury, once said, “Love what you do and do what you love. Don’t listen to anyone else who tells you not to do it. Imagination should be the center of your life.” For the better part of 25 years, I have been doing just that – following…… Continue reading 2015, The Year That Was

A Passion That Soars

There is something momentous and magical taking place in southern New Mexico’s theater community: a growing sensibility that professionalism and uncommon stagecraft is not out of reach. Las Cruces may not have the deep pockets and wide community appeal of other metropolitan regions, but it does have an enormously capable pool of talent to draw…… Continue reading A Passion That Soars

Hard Sell Merchant

A lot has been written about William Shakespeare’s most disputatious play, The Merchant of Venice, with its themes of profiteering, greed, questionable agendas and religious persecution casting deep shadows on the conduct of its characters. Here is a play in which the main characters formulate a plan to bilk a young heiress out of her…… Continue reading Hard Sell Merchant

Raising The Bar, Chicago Style

There is something wonderful happening down here in the borderlands. If you have been following my writing over the last few years, you know that has become my mantra of sorts. Whether it’s because the dry heat is mummifying my brain or there really is a change taking place I really couldn’t say at times,…… Continue reading Raising The Bar, Chicago Style