I don’t believe in glory days. Or, rather, I don’t believe in the recognized usage of the term. Over time, it has become my belief that every day has the potential to be a glory day. Sure, some days are better than others, but for the most part, 16 hours is plenty of time to…… Continue reading April Showers
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 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
It’s an exciting time here in the downtown Las Cruces theater “district.” Even as we roll into the third and final weekend of performances for Harold Pinter’s The Hothouse, at the Black Box Theatre, we are in preparations for the One Act Play Festival, which will be presented at the same time down the street…… Continue reading Why Live Theatre?
The Las Cruces Community Theatre (LCCT) began its first capital campaign fundraiser on Monday, Sept. 15, during an informal ceremony held at the historic State Theater, 313 N. Main St., which has been the organization’s home since 1977. “For those who are not aware, this building does not belong to the community theater,” said LCCT…… Continue reading Curtain Rises On A New Era
How do you make a play, adapted from a hit movie, about a group of guys who decide to become strippers, palatable to a community theater audience? If you’re Megan McQueen and are faced with bringing The Full Monty to the Las Cruces Community Theater stage, you pull out all the stops and concentrate less…… Continue reading Full Exposure
John Mortimer once said, “Farce is tragedy played at a thousand revolutions per minute.” Author and critic Michael Arditti takes the barrister-turned-playwright’s famous quote one step further by defining the genre thusly: “The action of a farce is propelled by panic, with characters lying to save face, which compounds their troubles since they now have…… Continue reading Farce Forward
Is there ever a good time to rewrite an older work; applying lessons learned to a past project in the hopes of reinvigorating it for contemporary audiences? It’s a quandary every writer faces at some point in his or her career. The greatest example of this would be Tennessee Williams, who spent the better part…… Continue reading Odds-on Favorite