In June 2020, an editor for the organization commented on this very site to discuss my writing for them. It was a welcome freelance opportunity during COVID-19 slowdowns.
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Previews and Round-ups
In addition to all the main articles below, I also recently (June 2021) began writing arts round-up pieces for LNM.
- Juneteenth 2021 events (June 2021)
- Berkeley Rep’s 2021-22 season (July 2021)
- SF Ballet’s 2022 season (July 2021)
- EXIT Theatre and SF Fringe return to in-person performances for Autumn 2021 (July 2021)
- Bay Area theatres cancelling or postponing their season due to COVID-19’s Delta variant surge (August 2021)
- Pulitzer Center’s “End of Isolation” Tour, featuring a pandemic-redux version of Sarah Shourd‘s The Box. (August 2021)
- Oakland Theater Project returns to in-person shows with Every Brilliant Thing (October 2021)
- Museum of the African Diaspora reopens this week after 19 long months (October 2021)
- Bayview-Hunters Point artists shine at Shipyard Open Studios (October 2021)
Features and Interviews
“Out of the Shadow of COVID: S.F.’s Favorite Foul-Mouthed Puppet Show keeps you Laughing during Lockdown” (August 2020)
I interviewed Dave Haaz-Baroque of Shadow Circus Creature Theatre to discuss August 2020 show during the COVID-19 lockdown.
“I Left My Art in San Francisco: An Interview with Woke Creator/Cartoonist Keith Knight” (August 2020)
I interviewed award-winning cartoonist Keith Knight on the eve of his first live-My interview with award-winning cartoonist Keith Knight in the lead-up to his first live-action venture, the Hulu series Woke. The show, set in SF, tackles racial profiling and Black identity.
“The Price of Survival: What’s the Future of San Francisco’s Indie Performance Spaces?” (September 2020)
My first feature for the company, in which I cover the Save Our Stages Act, the RESTART Act, the IVA, and why San Francisco – nay, the entire country – needs its independent performing arts and the venues that host them.
I give particular attention to traditional live theatre, which is frequently lost in the discussion of mainstream live performance.
“Life’s a Drag(on): Writer and actor Puja Tolton discusses her surreal new short film, set in a Tolkien-inspired Oakland” (November 2020)
I’ve known Puja Tolton and the folks at Awesome Theatre for years now. So, when the publication expressed interest in a piece about their new film I Broke the Looking Glass (running on-demand all through December 2020), I figured I could give it a shot.
“Cool Yule: Kat Robichaud is ready to bring some Hilarious Holiday cheer to 2020 with her Darling Misfit Album” (December 2020)
“Dark Hues, Bright Futures: The Black Woman is God moves Online” (December 2020)
In which I chat with exhibit curator/co-founder Karen Seneferu about taking the project virtual in the year of COVID-19 and Breonna Taylor.
“The often-forgotten history of POC railroad workers is illuminated in Oakland revival of 1991’s Binding Ties” (February 2021)
My first published piece of 2021 covered the 30th anniversary of a landmark Bay Area theatre show. Not only were its PoC stories still relevant, but its “drive-in” presentation made for effective viewing in the age of social distancing.
“The Plight of the Barcades: How three gaming bars are surviving the pandemic” (March 2021)
In which I spotlight three Bay Area “Barcades” and discover how they plan to fight through the pandemic.
“Getting with ‘The Program’: SF Neo-Futurists adapt to pandemic with Two Shows, one performed Over the Phone” (June 2021)
“Chatting With Sean San José: Magic Theatre’s new artistic director to center local artists of color” (July 2021)