Gender Inequality In The Theater

Originally written in December 2016 as a final assignment. 

Audra McDonald. Patti LuPone. Bernadette Peters.

These are some of Broadway’s brightest stars.

LuPone and Peters have become household names through their prolific careers, McDonald became the first actor in history to win a Tony in each of the four acting categories.

It is not hard for them to find roles on stage.

Julie Taymor. Garry Hynes. Cyndi Lauper. Lisa Kron. Jeanine Tesori.

These women work on the creative side of the theater, as directors, lyricists and composers. Only recently, they have had the opportunity to become more successful and recognized for their work.

The opportunities are less abundant as a female creative in the theater.

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A Continuing Tradition

Originally written in November 2016 as a midterm assignment.

There is one word to describe how “Fiddler on the Roof”’s fictional shtetl of Anatevka kept its balance through the rocky beginnings of the 20th century: tradition. In the opening number of the musical – aptly titled “Tradition” – a milkman named Tevye, states that they have traditions for everything – “How to eat, how to sleep, how to wear clothes.” Continue reading “A Continuing Tradition”

Book Review: The Great American Whatever by Tim Federle

Originally published November 2, 2016 via The Charger Bulletin.

In young adult literature, it is rare to find plot lines that does not feel excessive, overdone, and fake. The Great American Whatever, the debut young-adult novel from Tim Federle, is none of these things. It’s a refreshingly real take on grief, sexuality and coming of age. Continue reading “Book Review: The Great American Whatever by Tim Federle”

Breaking the Internet with Check, Please?!

Originally published October 3, 2016 via The Charger Bulletin

Lately, it’s rare to see both a well thought out plot and an extensive cast of characters to drive and execute the storyline in works of original fiction. Check, Please!, a webcomic on the blogging website Tumblr, has this and so much more. With an already large fandom that seems to be growing daily, Check, Please! is surely about to become one of the biggest web originals on the internet.

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