It's times like these, after I watch The O'Reilly Factor's Chinatown segment, that I wonder if I'm doing the right thing being a playwright, my hands to write words instead of hurling rotten fruit or large boulders at the perpetuators of intolerance in the world.
It's been about a week & a half since I wrapped up my summer road trip, and although I haven't posted anything since Saturday, August 13, I haven't slowed down either. I'm in the middle of my second week at my alma mater First Stage Children's Theater, working as a Resource Teacher with students on the autism spectrum in their Next Steps program. I really wanted to spend some time reflecting on the six weeks I spent on the road before I write something up, so I've taken the past couple days to sit with my thoughts, and here's what I've come up with.
Even though it's been almost a week since Montana ended, I want to reflect on my time at the Big Sky Theater Workshop in writing. I've been running around the Bay Area for the past couple of days without much coffee shop time to crank out a blog post (eventually I'll have to write a post or two up about my time in San Francisco!). I promise I'll get to my experience in beautiful Big Sky, but I have a few words first about why programs like Big Sky Theater Workshop are so important for "emerging" artists like myself.
This past weekend, I was in Ashland, a beautiful college town in southern Oregon. In the midst of the beautiful vistas of mountains & forests, Ashland is the home of the Oregon Shakespeare Festival, which I was checking out for the very first time. I met some awesome folks [shout out to Mildred, Steven, & Lue] who also helped me get tickets to two shows, which I discuss below.
But before I get to that, I want to acknowledge OSF for doing diversity right.
I'm sitting in a coffee shop in Scottsbluff, NE as I quick post this before heading out for Colorado to explore the Rockies & do some hiking! You know you're not in NYC when there's a café with wifi that doesn't have password protection. I couldn't post this yesterday because the Internet was down at the farm, but I wrote the essay that follows about my time in Nebraska, some things that are on my mind from being here the past three days. Check it out & expect more pictures today!