The Context

The Context
A Podcast for the Dramaturgy of Everything Awesome

10: Wake Up and Be Yourself with Roger Q. Mason
Jan 20 • 67 min
Our first episode recorded in the Seattle studio! Playwright Roger Q. Mason joins us from his home in Los Angeles — close enough to my old place that we totally could have recorded together in person if I just had a short-term time machine. We talk about…
9: Season 2! Weaponized Ignorance with Anne Morgan
Jan 7 • 67 min
Full disclosure: I recorded this episode with Anne Morgan a year ago. The episode is still awesome, but add 1 year to everything she says regarding timelines: She's now been at the American Shakespeare Center for a little over two years instead of a…
8: Your Shameful Family with Jacqueline Goldfinger
Jan 20, 2019 • 46 min
Welcome to perhaps my fanciest playwright friend, Yale Drama Prize-winning Jacqueline Goldfinger. "Yale Drama Prize-winning" is such a classy sounding phrase, she could become a crawfish deveiner tomorrow and still be in the running for the title of…
7: Cabaret’s Poison Cookie with Sally Ollove
Dec 12, 2018 • 56 min
Seattle and Philadelphia-based dramaturg and director Sally Ollove joins us on the show to get into some of our good "why-"based questions abotu cabaret: Who's if for? What does it do that other forms of entertainment can't? Will anyone be taking their…
6: The Fuñata and Spanglishisms with Bernardo Mazón Daher
Nov 29, 2018 • 75 min
Bernardo Mazón Daher talks to me about life as a theatre-maker living on the border, both in his So-So-SoCal Chula Vista upbringing and in the liminal spaces between English-language and Spanish-language art. We get into about our mutual (if limited)…
5: Winners and Losers with Jenna Rodgers
Nov 16, 2018 • 57 min
It's the day of the show, y'all! Winners and Losers is running through November 25th and, if you're in Calgary or can get to Calgary, you should go see it! Buy tickets here. If you're not in or able to get to Calgary, you should still check out the…
4: Magician, Mentalist, & Cultural Anthropologist Paul Draper
Oct 31, 2018 • 49 min
Happy Halloween birthday to our first recorded guest, Paul Draper! He was kind enough to be my Context guinea pig back in August, and what with the birthday and all, today seemed like a great time to share his wisdom with the world. Paul is a stealth…
3: “Sweat” in Baltimore with Lindsey Barr
Oct 24, 2018 • 64 min
Lindsay Barr is the production dramaturg for Everyman Theatre's production of Lynn Nottage's Pulitzer Prize-winning drama "Sweat." She's also our administrator and sole staff member at the Literary Managers & Dramaturgs of the Americas. She also has like…
2: Tiki-Turgy with Karen Jean Martinson
Oct 17, 2018 • 80 min
Dr. Karen Jean Martinson takes a deep dive into tiki culture and the vintage racism (and progressivism!) of Rodgers & Hammerstein's "South Pacific." I intend to fill this in with some real serious dramaturgy notes later, but I don't want to keep you…
1: Burletiquette with Natalie Ann Valentine
Oct 6, 2018 • 57 min
So, some broader context: It feels a little absurd to launch a fun arts podcast on such a hellscape of a day. For reference, Kavanaugh was confirmed to the Supreme Court a few hours ago, and every woman I know, myself included, has gone into the pain-fog…
0: Coming Attractions
Sep 25, 2018 • 3 min
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