Dramaturgy and Scholarship

Dramaturgy

Leguizamo

Ongoing work in the D.C. area includes serving as the dramaturg for the Teens Behind the Scenes program at The National Theatre, which previously included preparing materials and running talkbacks for shows like Latin History for Morons (pictured here chatting with John Leguizamo himself).  Since the pandemic began, our projects have shifted online into a series of microsites documenting the history of The National.  You can check out A Brief History of The National Theatre for an overview the institution’s life; Big Before Broadway for a look at some of The National’s biggest pre-Broadway hits, including an exclusive interview with lyricist Sheldon Harnick; and West Side Stories, a look a the landmark classic that includes an exclusive interview with Chita Rivera.  Discussions an the nature of the classics has also been a running concern, including in the Dramaturging the Phoenix initiative operated by the Literary Managers and Dramaturgs of the Americas (LMDA) and in past work with the Literary Circle at the Shakespeare Theatre Company.  Other recent dramaturgy projects include: The Visit at the University of Maryland, directed by multi-Tony-winner Brian MacDevitt (check out the dramaturgy website here); The Last Days of Judas Iscariot at Lubbock Community Theatre, and Shame on Me and Of Beauty Queens and Childhood Dreams, student-written plays workshopped as part of the WildWind Performance Lab at Texas Tech University.

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Previous Dramaturgy Projects include Twelfth Night, or What You Will (2014), The Illusion (2013), The Seagull (2013), Dog Sees God: Confessions of a Teenage Blockhead (2012), and serving the Raider Red’s One-Act Play Spectacular (RROAPS) as the first ever RROAPS dramaturg (2012), all at Texas Tech University.  Other new works dramaturgy projects include Blood is Thicker Than Roswell at the 2012 Prague Fringe and several new works at the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival (KCACTF) Region VI Festival.  Work on The Illusion included brief correspondence with author/adapter Tony Kushner and the Dramaturgy Award from Region VI of the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival.


Scholarship

Primary scholarly research concerns the performance of soccer on the pitch and the on the stage.  Other interests include African theatre and drama, Christo-centric religion in theatre, adaptation studies, and the aesthetics of play.

Publications include “The World Cup’s Double-Headed Eagle: Gestures and Scenarios in the Football Arena,” in the Spring edition of Theatre Research International and “‘This Antigone is just right for us’; Redefining Antigone on The Island” in Texas Theatre Journal (2013).  Current projects include “Playing On Playing, Along: Soccer’s Performative Activism in the Time of COVID-19,” forthcoming in the Journal of Dramatic Theory and Criticism; “Between the Rainbow Nation and the Melting Pot: Troubling Reconciliation with The Fallin Comparative Drama; and a review of Sarah DeLappe’s The Wolves, streamed online by Philadelphia Theatre Company, in Theatre Journal.  Also in the works: a co-authored chapter on the sporting performances of Recep Tayyip Erdogan and Vladimir Putin with Dr. Sean Bartley.

Presentations include “The President Takes to the Pitch: Publics and Counter-Publics in the Football Arena” (American Society for Theatre Research); “‘Atheism’s Love-Letter to Religion’: Dogma, Humanitarianism, and the Power of Story-Telling in the Musical The Book of Mormon” and “Timeless and Terrible Desire: Confronting the Eternal, the Malevolent, and the Political in Alfred Jarry’s Ubu Roi” (15th International Conference on Language, Literature, and Cultural Policies in Craiova, Romania); “The Colonial Tongue in the African Mouth: Death and the King’s Horseman and Embodied Resistance in the Yoruba Communicative Mode” (TTU Comparative Literature Symposium); “The RROAPS Experience: Creating, Refining, and Critiquing the Collegiate One-Act Play Festival” (Association for Theatre in Higher Education Conference); and “The East Side Arts Camp: Designing, Framing, and Sustaining a Summer Camp for Elementary Students” (Regional Academic Engagement Symposium at TTU).