A Short Response to Mr. Burns: a post-electric play by Anne Washburn

February 14, 2017.  Reading and seeing Mr. Burns, a post-electric play were two completely necessary and significant experiences. Watching the show here at the University of Iowa helped inform my thoughts from the script itself; however, to those who had not read the play before seeing the show, they expressed confusion and even indifference to whatContinue reading “A Short Response to Mr. Burns: a post-electric play by Anne Washburn”

The Word is “Substitute”

Substitute, as a noun: a replacement, such as almond milk for dairy milk because fuck skim milk, it doesn’t do anything for the cow. A basketball player squelched to the benches unless his coach pries them off in a final moment of need. A surrogate father, a surrogate mother, a surrogate someone you never hadContinue reading “The Word is “Substitute””

Reflection on Climate Change Theatre Action 2019 in Shanghai & Nanjing, PRC

First off, my thoughts are with China in this time as they battle coronavirus. 加油中国! Shanghai Event – November 13, 2019 The Shanghai CCTA event was produced and organized by myself and 张沁心 Ivy Zhang. It was held at the EF People’s Square Center and featured the fellow artist-collaborators in the following CCTA plays: “SteamyContinue reading “Reflection on Climate Change Theatre Action 2019 in Shanghai & Nanjing, PRC”

A Reflection on a Sentence from To the Lighthouse by Virginia Woolf

*This was originally a small assignment for my Writers’ Seminar in Fiction, and I couldn’t help but share it because I am so in love with this sentence.  ** “Loveliness and stillness clasped hands in the bedroom, and among the shrouded jugs and sheeted chairs even the prying of the wind, and the soft noseContinue reading “A Reflection on a Sentence from To the Lighthouse by Virginia Woolf”

Racism in the Dance World via Costuming

Yesterday I watched my little sister perform in her last dance recital before moving to L.A. in the fall to attend AMDA. I could not be more proud of her for going to further her training and to foster further love for dance, but the day was not without many thoughts. One thought that keptContinue reading “Racism in the Dance World via Costuming”

Five-Act Film Structure in The Perks of Being a Wallflower

I find The Perks of Being a Wallflower to be an excellent example of the type of screenplay and structure I want to write. The film’s protagonist Charlie must take a strenuous mental and also spiritual journey to overcome his path and both acquire and utilize the knowledge of life (as far as ninth grade,Continue reading “Five-Act Film Structure in The Perks of Being a Wallflower”

Regenerative Iowa City, Part Four: Transportation and Future Habits

In May 2015 I wrote a proposal as a final project for a class called Literature of the Anthropocene. My proposal was in regards in turning Iowa City into a regenerative city. While I hope we as a city take the initiatives needed to make this a reality, I’m going to be posting my longContinue reading “Regenerative Iowa City, Part Four: Transportation and Future Habits”

Regenerative Iowa City, Part Three: Permaculture, Community, and Culture

In May 2015 I wrote a proposal as a final project for a class called Literature of the Anthropocene. My proposal was in regards in turning Iowa City into a regenerative city. While I hope we as a city take the initiatives needed to make this a reality, I’m going to be posting my longContinue reading “Regenerative Iowa City, Part Three: Permaculture, Community, and Culture”

What a Great Story Should Have

1. A great story should have diversity. This includes having minority characters who play a substantial role and are not just there as a token stereotype.   2. A great story should have ambiguous characters or situations. By ambiguous I mean that the audience should not have all the characters figured out completely, that noContinue reading “What a Great Story Should Have”

Regenerative Iowa Ciy, Part Two: Policy and Education

In May 2015 I wrote a proposal as a final project for a class called Literature of the Anthropocene. My proposal was in regards in turning Iowa City into a regenerative city. While I hope we as a city take the initiatives needed to make this a reality, I’m going to be posting my longContinue reading “Regenerative Iowa Ciy, Part Two: Policy and Education”

Regenerative Iowa City, Part One: The Anthropocene vs. Nature

In May 2015 I wrote a proposal as a final project for a class called Literature of the Anthropocene. My proposal was in regards in turning Iowa City into a regenerative city. While I hope we as a city take the initiatives needed to make this a reality, I’m going to be posting my longContinue reading “Regenerative Iowa City, Part One: The Anthropocene vs. Nature”