Wednesday, March 2nd, 2016

The Coat Room Scene: Lily’s Perspective

—Is it snowing again, Mr. Con-ner-roy?  asked Lily. A snide smirk spread across Gabriel’s lips, making Lily’s face flush.  Lily was annoyed by his pretentiousness, but she was too stubborn to show that coming from a lower class than him embarrassed her.  She had known Gabriel since she was a little girl, and understood even […]

Wednesday, February 17th, 2016

Widow Quin and Pegeen are getting catty…

The scene that made me laugh the most was when Pegeen and Widow Quin physically fight over Christy.  Both women embody such unchecked brashness, and their animated discussion rises almost to the verge of hysteria.  In the script, there is some stage direction that hints at both women’s physical manipulation of Christy–“(she pulls Christy up)…(seizing […]

Monday, April 21st, 2014

A Part of Something Entire

Jim’s moment of reflection in the garden, as seen by his grandmother: Jim lies in the garden, a wash of sun spilling over his pale features.  I can only see the slight rise and fall of his chest as he breathes in the pungent air.  Aside from this, he blends with pumpkins and the leaves […]

Thursday, April 3rd, 2014

Afternoons by the Bellamy

I am a toddler, clad in strawberry-print pants and my favorite sparkly red boots.  I am walking– rather, bouncing–hand in hand with my mother, through rows of shelves at the Dover Public Library.  She lets me go in front of her, free to thumb the spines of books on the lower shelves, titles in vibrant […]

Thursday, March 27th, 2014

The Power of the Concrete

My question for Paul Muldoon is a question I suppose I could ask of any great poet: How do you select such precise, vivid images to convey the complexity of your abstract themes?   As a creative writer, I am often tripped up by poetry, because I get too “stuck” in the abstract concepts, which […]

Wednesday, March 5th, 2014

A New Play: Desdemona

In my re-staging of Othello, I would center the play on the role of gender, rather than race, in relation to power. I made this choice because I feel that Desdemona’s impact is understated in the original script, while in actuality she has ample potential to influence other characters and their actions, thus making her […]

Wednesday, February 5th, 2014

Road trips and Questions of Travel

My last summer before leaving for college, I was struck by the significance of my choice to attend school eight hours away from my hometown: I would not have the opportunity to visit my family and friends everyday.  Consequently, I chose to take advantage of my last eight or so weeks with the people whom–yes, […]

Tuesday, January 28th, 2014

Perceptions of Love

“Heart’s Content” – Brandi Carlisle Brandi Carlisle’s “Heart’s Content” explores the complexities and ambiguities of a couple’s romance, a relationship steeped in confusion that is mainly spurred by the lovers’ unmatched perceptions.  The song begins with a litany of speculation: “Maybe you thought I hung the moon, maybe you thought we were Johnny and June. […]