It’s a hot topic. Many people seem confused by it. Here’s my take:
I have developed a 3 point litmus test for cultural appropriation: Context, Consent and Equity.
Is the design shown in an appropriate context; is it not disrespectful of the original source?
Is the design something that culture has given consent to share?
Are the profits and credit shared with the originators of the design in a way that is fair and equitable to all parties?
If the answer to any of the above 3 questions is “no” it’s probably cultural appropriation.If all three questions are “yes” then it isn’t, it’s probably cultural exchange.
See it here! Look how their fur blows seductively in the wind!
A review for Floyd Collins at La Mirada from 2014!
The above-ground action, staged with a stylized surrealism, works better: Balloons are sold, tall tales are told, and three newspaper hacks suddenly perform in tight harmony as a vaudeville act. One actor, Michael Byrne, plays multiple roles and keeps appearing in new costumes (by Kara McLeod) at a speed that defies explanation.
Read the whole review here
I recently completed a project for a commercial that involved building these 4 walkabout heads, based on the company logo. The faces are blank because the features will be animated in during post.
Ready for delivery!
Two years ago, I met Deb Bell at a conference. She told me she was putting together a book about Masquerade and I pitched a topic to her. Now you can buy the book, with my essay on Halloween as the American masquerade in it!
Killer Heels at the Brooklyn Museum
Theater of Note has created a new trailer for the show with interviews from our writer, Erik Patterson and director, McKerrin Kelly.
I Wanna Hold Your Hand
I Wanna Hold Your Hand has been extended, and we have a new review!
“…design elements are thoroughly first-rate, from Cricket S. Myer’s edgy urban sound design to Bosco Flanagan’s subtly mood-enhancing lighting to Kara McLeod’s character-perfect costumes to Misty Carlisle’s multitude of props that fill in the blanks in the play’s Starbucks-hospital waiting room-Manhattan apartment settings.”
Via Stage Scene LA
The book I am contributing to is now up on the publisher’s website! Available for pre-order!
Production elements create an imposing backdrop for the insanity on stage including the cold gray and wine colored palette of Dean Cameron’s scenic design and Kara McLeod’s shredded textiles.