Karen Finley’s “Written in Sand”

Written in Sand by Karen Finley Presented at the Baruch Performing Arts Center Review By Sydney Arndt   Karen Finley is performing something sacred at the Baruch Performing Arts Center this month. The performance artist, author, and educator is known for the complexities of her work, but this piece particularly strikes me as beautifully intimate…

“Indigo Dai: Immortal Men” and the Death of Fear

Several religions and belief systems trust that rebirth sprouts from death. The spirit can remain immortal long after the body decomposes. As the essence of our truest self illuminates, the brittle bones, organs, and tangible material falls away. “Indigo Dai: Immortal Men,” produced by Incubator Arts Project (New York City) and directed by Molly Murphy; narrates…

REVIEW: Memory, Play, and Interactivity in “The Photo Album”

“The Photo Album” by The Story Gym at The Brick Theater Review by Sydney Arndt It’s unfathomable and somehow magical to think about the limitless number of memories that are hidden between the nooks and crannies of the most lived-in New York City homes. When a new tenant settles into her abode in Ditmas Park,…

Emancipating the Dramaturg: An Auto-Ethnography

I want to share my Performance Studies Thesis Introduction with you, entitled “Emancipating the Dramaturg: An Auto-Ethnography.” It’s intent is to explore the subjectivity of the dramaturg in creating socially-engaged theatre as one with agency. It takes a self-reflexive mode as I explore my own relationship with the writers and cast of Girl Be Heard’s…