Oct 24, 2013
commented on Animal Cruelty: Down-and-Dirty Noir with Puppets
Tip: tonight (Thursday 10/24) is a Pay What You Can performance so...cheap seats!
I really loved this show - funny, but also bittersweet. I appreciate what you say, Paul, about it not being just a send-up of noir. It's better than that.
Mar 22, 2012
commented on A Theater Noir
#6 - It hasn't been published yet, but you can contact email@example.com to see about getting a copy of the script.
Dec 4, 2011
commented on Bullying Victim's Video Goes Viral
I'm rarely an automatic defender of parents, just because we see too many instances when parents are checked out, lazy, or even an active part of the abuse of a child. But in this case - and in a lot of bullying cases - the parents may be unaware of the extent of the abuse Jonah is getting from his classmates because he hides it. He says it right there in the video - he smiles and fakes it. A lot of kids who are bullied hide it from their families and friends because having the only people who seem to care about you know that you are not liked by your peers, that you are called names and beaten up and made to eat their shit all day at school is just too much additional humiliation to bear. I hope that getting this video out there turns out to be a good experience for Jonah and that it prompts his family and the adults around him at school to intervene and make things better, but I wouldn't assume just because he says at the end of the video that he not suicidal that he isn't. I've seen commenters on other websites calling him a whiny bitch and an attention whore and saying he needs to suck it up and just deal with the bullying like everyone else has to. This kid needs some ongoing support, not just pats on the back for a brave public statement. I hope he gets that from his community because while it does indeed get better for many of us, for some kids, it doesn't get better soon enough. My best to you, Jonah.
Oct 5, 2010
commented on Strangercrombie Wants to Know: Who Is Your Favorite Local Charity?
Youth Suicide Prevention Program - www.yspp.org
Youth suicide's been a problem in Washington State for a long time and is now surpassing auto accidents as the leading cause of death for teens. With the recent spate of tragic deaths among LGBTQ youth, it's time to support this local organization (Seattle-based, but serves the entire state) in getting prevention programming into schools and communities. Parents, teachers, administrators, etc. do NOT want to talk about suicide any more than they want to talk about kids being gay, but they need to -- and perhaps now that the brilliant It Gets Better project is stirring a national conversation about youth suicide, YSPP will be able to garner more community support (and willingness to open institutional doors) behind its work.
Please, please support this work. As a survivor, I know prevention works. It just has to come in time.
Jun 22, 2010
commented on The Historic INS Building Wakes Up Again
Isn't one of the goals of historic preservation to preserve the stories contained within buildings, even those stories of misery, injustice, discrimination, et al so that they can serve as reminders and cautionary tales for the community? I hope that would be a part of the plan for this place.
Jun 4, 2010
commented on From Zoo to Doolymoog
This show is exactly what theater ought to be: not boring. John Paulsen is a quietly mesmerizing performer and his show is moving, troubling, comforting, and funny. Without being marinated in sentimentality. It was really exactly what I wanted to see all along without knowing it.