Author Debra Levine

Final Exam Question:

Judith Butler writes, “gender is a stylized repetition of acts .. which are internally discontinuous … so that the appearance of substance is precisely that — a constructed identity, a performative accomplishment which the mundane social audience, including the actors… Continue Reading →

Week 13 prompt. Due Monday evening April 29th at 8pm.

Read a blog.  Write to your fellow classmate and reflect what you found interesting and generative about that blog.  You don’t have to read or write like an instructor.  Instead, be a generous classmate and try to witness what the… Continue Reading →


Hello all and thanks for a spirited reading of Cloud Nine today. We’ll finish the scene when we meet on Friday afternoon, May3rd at:  29 Garden Street (entrance on Chauncey Street) at 2pm.  We will be finished by 4pm. BEFORE… Continue Reading →

Peng Zhu in Chekhov’s Uncle Vanya The short scene I choose is from Anton Chekhov’s Uncle Vanya, in Act II, before Professor Serebryakov and Yelena Andreevna meet. This actions in my performance piece are not denoted in the script. I, as Serebryakov, wake up in the… Continue Reading →

10 Works Over 5 Years by Black Playwrights. All Intended to Unnerve.

Molly Peterson in Chekhov’s The Seagull

I chose this scene from Chekhov’s The Seagull, slightly adapted into a webcam monologue, because I will be performing in the play as Masha later this semester (very sorry if this is a cop-out). However, I feel like the experience was… Continue Reading →

Week 12 prompt. Due Monday evening April 29th at 8pm.

In “A Problem Like Maria,” Stacy Wolf writes: “Identification is but one mode of engagement with representation. In addition to wanting to be or wanting to have a character, a spectator might simply admire a character; sympathize with her; find… Continue Reading →

Kami Krisa and Julia Riew in Chekhov’s The Cherry Orchard

  From Kami: Why I chose the play & the scene: I chose to look at The Cherry Orchard because Chekhov’s plays although satisfying the elements of realism, also manages to overcome its limitations. It communicates more than is said… Continue Reading →

João Paulo Krug Pavia and Jonathan Castillo in Sam Shepard’s True West

Jonathan’s knowledge of this piece was very important, for me. It was part of the reason why we chose it: he could explain to me how he had done it in the past, and the ways in which different performances… Continue Reading →

Isaiah Michalski in David Hare’s Skylight

I chose Skylight by David Hare because the play is both overtly political, but at the same time incredibly nuanced. I believe the play achieves its nuance from its naturalism. In the show the main character Kyra cooks a whole… Continue Reading →

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