Theatre & Protest

I recommend this book, Theatre & Protest, by Lara Shalson. It's a great essay on how theatre can inspire, and be inspired by, protest. "Could theatre respond differently to protests against it, neither cancelling the production nor, as happens more frequently, evicting protesters as quickly as possible? Such evictions are almost always justified in the …

Despacito from the other side

Despacito cartoon

The awesome power of this music video is best appreciated with the sound off. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kJQP7kiw5Fk Important note: the events in this sketch are not the fault of any of the characters. Behind every stupid music video is a stupid director. SCENE ONE A young, beautiful, scantily-dressed woman is walking through a small Puerto Rican village, …

What we say when we experience racism second-hand

A group of actors are preparing to read from scripts. FIRST ACTOR So, then he said sorry but he couldn’t help me and that I needed to go to the other office, where I’d already told him I’d been, but he just said I had to go back there again. THIRD ACTOR No, you’re wrong. …

A history lesson from the future

A short drama about how history repeats itself. 5 min read. The year 3000 A.D. A middle school history class TEACHER: Today I want to talk about borders. Believe it or not, for a brief period of human history, people actually used to block off enormous sections of land mass to prevent people from outside getting …

The Killer

the-killer

A short comedy about being assassinated. 8 min read. A man walks into his apartment to find another man sitting in his armchair, holding a gun. KILLER: I’ve been waiting for you. The man says nothing. KILLER: I’ve been really, really waiting for you. Seriously. Where have you been? MAN: What? KILLER: Where have you …