November 29th, 2018 | 1 hr 15 mins
attractions, chula vista, disneyland, dramaturgy, immigration, indiana jones, language, mexico, performance studies, politics, race, san diego, the fuñata, theatre, themed entertainment, tuyo theatre, u.s. border
Bernardo Mazón Daher talks to me about life as a theatre-maker living on the border, both in his So-So-SoCal Chula Vista upbringing and in the liminal spaces between English-language and Spanish-language art. We get into about our mutual (if limited) Anaheim roots, historical and cultural significance of the piñata and how to turn that knowledge into theatre, and our theories on the dramaturgy of the queue theming of the Indiana Jones attraction at Disneyland. Bernardo suggested we cut that bit, but it's the most on-brand conversation I think I've had on this podcast yet, so...
October 23rd, 2018 | 1 hr 4 mins
baltimore, dramaturgy, elections, everyman, george w. bush, lynn nottage, midterms, opioid epidemic, pennsylvania, politics, rust belt, sweat, theater, theatre, vote
Lindsay Barr is the production dramaturg for Everyman Theatre's production of Lynn Nottage's Pulitzer Prize-winning drama "Sweat." She's also our administrator and sole staff member at the Literary Managers & Dramaturgs of the Americas. She also has like 4000 more degrees than I remembered. She's also super insightful. We bumped this episode WAY up the queue. With "Sweat" opening this week and midterm elections just two weeks away, this content feels pressing AF. Hop aboard The Context train!
October 16th, 2018 | 1 hr 20 mins
culture, politics, theatre, tiki
Dr. Karen Jean Martinson takes a deep dive into tiki culture and the vintage racism (and progressivism!) of Rodgers & Hammerstein's "South Pacific."