Monthly Archives: June 2013


I wrote this on a vacation in New Hampshire with my wife and our three young kids. We were staying in a cottage by a lake. It was my first vacation after a year of working in New York City and transplanting the family first to Brooklyn and then to New Jersey in that one […]

IMPROVING SHAKESPEARE—Okay, Scholars, What Do You Think?

  I just completed a short run in A Midsummer Night’s Dream. One of the characters I played was Egeus, father of Hermia. He’s the one whose threat—that she be put death if she doesn’t marry his choice of suitors—sets off the main plot of the play.   In a later scene Egeus is with […]


I recently filmed a scene for a training video. The other character in the scene was portrayed by a puppet. At one point we were improvising dialog and I realized I was responding to the puppet as if it were a person. We were, in fact, having as lively a conversation as I’ve had with […]


At the mall the classical section of CDs is small if not demeaning as in smaller stores. Among the expected—Andrea Bocelli, Carl Orff, compilations for relaxation—you find oddities: Scandinavian oratorios, a version of the Latin mass based on African chant, great works performed by orchestras of obscure European cities at bargain prices. . Suddenly I […]

LILLY DUVAL – Character Source

I guess I married Michael because I guess I loved him and he had dreamy eyes or maybe I remember him best when he was stoned and we went to a commune where everyone was spiritual and I said to myself Oh I want to be spiritual and flower like a flame or something. But […]


Let your comic book subscriptions lapse; find Psychology in the library and look up Sex in each index; spend two hours daily improving hair, complexion, muscles; get the family car stuck in mud and never report what happened; speak rudely to your parents like James Dean in Rebel Without a Cause; leave the corner where […]

THE CAPTAIN & THE CABIN BOY – Drama, Deception, & Passion at Sea

CHARACTERS Captain Clyde Billy SETTING Swashbuckling days. The captain’s cabin on a sailing ship. – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – […]