She Should Have Died Hereafter

I set out from the west end of Richmond late Saturday morning, following Google Maps bicycling directions from out to Charlottesville. The route mostly meanders around route 250, occasionally winding off down various country roads to keep you from the more heavily trafficked 250 which can be scary at times. I’ve never owned a car, […]

Parting is Such Sweet Sorrow. Richmond and Charlottesville. Days 1-3

Friday. Romeo and Juliet opening night. The sendoff. So the day finally arrived. June first. Opening night of the Richmond Shakespeare Festival at Agecroft Hall. All week the weather forecast was calling for thunderstorms Friday so I spent most of the last few days panicked about how we’d manage the sendoff in bad weather. But […]

What a Piece of Work is Jan

This week, my boss Jan Powell announced that she would be stepping down as artistic director of Quill Theatre due to an illness in her family. Although I know it will not be the end of our friendship, and hope it will not be the end of our collaborations together, I thought that the end […]

What is BardCycle?

The inaugural post on the BardCycle Blog! Given that I have a lot of prep work to do and a lot of blog posts to come, I’ll keep this one short and sweet. What is BardCycle? BardCycle is a cross-country tour of American Shakespeare via bicycle. When is BardCycle? I will set off from Richmond […]

The Kurlan Naiksos

In the Star Trek: The Next Generation episode, “The Chase,” Captain Picard’s archaeology professor gifts him an ancient artifact called a Kurlan Naiskos. A sculpted bust of a humanoid, it opens to reveal a number of smaller humanoid figurines inside. This represents the Kurlan belief that a person’s consciousness is made up of a chorus […]

Cincinnati Shakespeare’s “Othello”

Saturday I flew to Cincinnati to see the Cincinnati Shakespeare production of Othello. I should begin by saying firstly, that I am not a theatre critic by trade, so this shouldn’t be read as a review per se, but more a writeup of my personal and very subjective experience. I should also say, in the interest […]

Past Year’s Accountability 2017

It’s that time of year again, when one year is winding down and another is just about to start, well at least if you follow the Gregorian calendar. For folks using the Chinese lunar calendar, we’re like a month and a half early. So y’all can come back and read this in six weeks if […]

Fog Released

We released a new poetry zine called Fog at the Philly Zine Fest last week. Zoa and I each submitted five poems, and our friend Emily did illustrations and designed the zine. We sold most of our copies at the fest but we have some left that we’ll put up on the store today.

Brief Candle 4 Released

Brief Candle Issue 4 was completed just in time for Philly Zine Fest last week. We sold most of our copies at the fest but we have a few left that we’ll be posting on the store today. This was the first issue of BC to come out after Zoa joined the editing staff, and […]

No More Cakes and Ale

A couple years ago, I was asked to write an article for a straight edge zine that never came out. Rather than let an interesting piece languish unpublished, I recovered from the depths of my hard drive and present it here, a loosely organized meditation on being a straight edge bardolator. No More Cakes and […]