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StinkyLulu Says

StinkyLulu Says

By Brian Herrera
An Irregular Podcast about Contemporary Theatre
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SS2e3: Should Theatre-Makers Stop Making Theatre? and the Legacy of Diane Rodriguez

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SS4E11: We’re still “remote” but where are we actually — at the end of the “remote moment,” the middle of the “remote turn” or the beginning of the “remote era”?
Profe Herrera (aka StinkyLulu) reflects variously on a loose assortment of topics: the anticipated “return” to face-to-face college come Fall, my first “four-show Saturday” in a long time, the possibly permanent end of the podcast — all as I ponder the question of whether we are at the end of the “remote moment,” the middle of the “remote turn” or the beginning of the “remote era”…  Transcripts for Season4 of StinkyLulu Says are typically available within 24-48 hours of each episode's release. Links to those transcripts are available here.
52:54
April 25, 2021
SS4E10: What Does It Mean to Publicly Announce that You Are “Stepping Away”?
Profe Herrera (aka StinkyLulu) reflects on I’ll reflect on the act of “stepping away” from one’s profession as I consider Karen Olivo’s recent declaration of her decision to “lead by leaving” and in the context what is sometimes called academic “quit lit”… as I consider the question: What Does It Mean to Publicly Announce that You Are Stepping Away? Transcripts for Season4 of StinkyLulu Says are typically available within 24-48 hours of each episode's release. Links to those transcripts are available here.
48:19
April 18, 2021
SS4E9: What’s with All the Manifestos Lately?
Profe Herrera (aka StinkyLulu) reflects on how the pandemic seems to have stirred all kinds of folks to write manifestos (often without even realize they’re doing so), as I also reflect on the experience of engaging Mike Daisey’s actually live-streamed performance What the F*ck Just Happened…as I also ask: What’s with All the Manifestos Lately? Transcripts for Season4 of StinkyLulu Says are typically available within 24-48 hours of each episode's release. Links to those transcripts are available here.
51:05
April 4, 2021
SS4E8: How Are We to Keep Going When the Rules Keep Changing?
Profe Herrera (aka StinkyLulu) reflects on a recent essay by memoirist Tanya Ward Goodman and on what this 13th month of shutdown seems to be stirring up for folks in the theatre, for folks in academia and for folks everywhere, as I also ask: How Are We to Keep Going When the Rules Keep Changing? Transcripts for Season4 of StinkyLulu Says are typically available within 24-48 hours of each episode's release. Links to those transcripts are available here.
44:35
March 28, 2021
SS4E7: What Makes for a Memorable Remote Theatre Experience?
Profe Herrera (aka StinkyLulu) grapples again with the recurring question: “But is virtual theatre ‘film’ or is it ‘theatre’?” Thinking alongside two essays — one by journalist Alexis Soloski and another by scholar Kieran Fenby-Hulse, — as I consider the tensions among liveness, remoteness and artificial (or artistic) scarcity, as I also ask: what makes for a durable (or memorable) remote theatre experience?  Transcripts for Season4 of StinkyLulu Says are typically available within 24-48 hours of each episode's release. Links to those transcripts are available here.
44:01
March 21, 2021
SS4E6: How Do You Measure a Year of Theatre without Theatres?
Profe Herrera (aka StinkyLulu) reflects on today’s anniversary — one year to the day since my last in-person theatrical experience — and considers how the StinkyLuluSays podcast itself offers a necessarily idiosyncratic, incomplete and imperfect documentation of a year in the life of one particular theatregoer; plus some preliminary thoughts on why it might be that the works of certain playwrights — Beckett, Fornés — adapt so readily to remote theatre… Transcripts for Season4 of StinkyLulu Says are typically available within 24-48 hours of each episode's release. Links to those transcripts are available here.
52:51
March 7, 2021
SS4E5: What Does Reality TV Have to Teach a Performance Historian?
Profe Herrera (aka StinkyLulu) reflects on the “Corona Can’t Keep A Good Queen Down” episode of RuPaul’s Drag Race — both for its documentation of some of the realities of reality television production in a pandemic and for its reminder of what every performance scholar might learn from reality tv. Transcripts for Season4 of StinkyLulu Says are typically available within 24-48 hours of each episode's release. Links to those transcripts are available here.
55:12
February 28, 2021
SS4E4: In Defense of “Remote Performance”
Profe Herrera (aka StinkyLulu) reads the full text of his essay, “In Defense of ‘Remote Performance’” — published this week in Prompt: A Journal of Theatre Theory, Practice and Teaching. Transcripts for Season4 of StinkyLulu Says are typically available within 24-48 hours of each episode's release. Links to those transcripts are available here.
32:16
February 21, 2021
SS4E3: So What Is it about Performance on Social Media Platforms that Stirs So Much Stuff?
Profe Herrera (aka StinkyLulu) contemplates the question of why performances stage on — and performers working on — social media stirs so much controversy; some reflection, too, on the past, present and future of “filmed” solo performance. Transcripts for Season4 of StinkyLulu Says are typically available within 24-48 hours of each episode's release. Links to those transcripts are available here.
54:34
February 14, 2021
SS4E2: Why Do We Keep Asking the Question — But Is It Theatre?
SS4E2: Why Do We Keep Asking the Question — But Is It Theatre? Profe Herrera (aka StinkyLulu) contemplates the disruption of familiar theatrical rituals — and discovery of new ones — as we enter the 49th week and begin the twelfth month of what will be a full year of theatre without theatres; some reflections, too, on some recent remote encounters with the work of María Irene Fornés. Transcripts for Season4 of StinkyLulu Says are typically available within 24-48 hours of each episode's release. Links to those transcripts are available here
57:18
February 7, 2021
SS4E1: Why is your newsletter called #TheatreClique anyway?
Profe Herrera (aka StinkyLulu) takes a moment — on the occasion of a new calendar year, a new academic semester, a new cycle of episodes — to reflect a bit on both the personal and pedagogic reasons why I do this podcast and, especially, why I publish a mostly weekly theatre newsletter. As I do, might just address the perennially perplexing question: why is your newsletter called #TheatreClique anyway? And who in the is StinkyLulu? Transcripts for Season4 of StinkyLulu Says are typically available within 48-72 hours of each episode's release. Links to those transcripts are available here.
51:27
January 31, 2021
SS3E11: Season Finale with Thoughts on Accessibility, Audiences, Documentation, Voices and How the Show Might Go On from StinkyLulu and Some Special Guests
Profe Herrera (aka StinkyLulu) reflects on the last twelve weeks and offers a preliminary summary overview of Fall 2020, offering thoughts on Accessibility, Audiences, Documentation, Voices and How the Show Might Go On in response to the offerings of some special guests — Angelica Qin ‘23, Aria Buchanan ‘22, Dezytnee Rivera ‘21, Molly Bremer ‘22 & Norman Champ ‘22 — who each share how their own thoughts have been stirred by Theater & Society Now … Transcripts for Season3 of StinkyLulu Says are typically available within 24-48 hours of each episode's release. Links to those transcripts are available here.
51:16
November 22, 2020
SS3E10: What Are Pre-Show Announcements for Anyway?
Profe Herrera (aka StinkyLulu) ponders  some of strategies live-event presenters are using to communicate their safety strategies to audiences and what these evolving conventions might tell us about the genre formation of what I call “remote performance”… Transcripts for Season3 of StinkyLulu Says are typically available within 24-48 hours of each episode's release. Links to those transcripts are available here.
35:05
November 15, 2020
SS3E9: Why Do I Insist on Using the Term “Remote” Theatre?
Profe Herrera (aka StinkyLulu) puzzles through some emerging thoughts on why “remote” theatre might be the term we need to describe the way theatre is evolving in 2020 Transcripts for Season3 of StinkyLulu Says are typically available within 24-48 hours of each episode's release. Links to those transcripts are available here.
32:08
November 1, 2020
SS3E8: How Are We to Document Theatre in the Pandemic? With some extended reflections on how remote theatre is "becoming" its own thing…
Profe Herrera (aka StinkyLulu) considers the challenges of documenting, archiving and simply keeping track of all the theatre being made in the time of pandemia, followed by reflections some of the ways remote theatre seems to be “becoming” as it enters its ninth month of being a thing… Transcripts for Season3 of StinkyLulu Says are typically available within 24-48 hours of each episode's release. Links to those transcripts are available here.
51:19
October 25, 2020
SS3E7: Tony Nominations — Really? With comment on some recently notable examples of “zoom-aturgy”…
Profe Herrera (aka StinkyLulu) offers some thoughts (speaking as an unrepentant awards-show devotee) on what seems notable about this year’s Tony Award nominations, followed by some reflections on three notable examples of zoom-aturgy: Richard Nelson’s THE APPLE FAMILY: LIFE ON ZOOM, Natalie Margolin’s PARTY HOP and the NBC sitcom CONNECTING…  Transcripts for Season3 of StinkyLulu Says are typically available within 24-48 hours of each episode's release. Links to those transcripts are available here.
54:25
October 18, 2020
SS3E6: What Happens When a Demand Goes Unheeded? With comment on what might be three ascendant signature genres of remote performance.
Profe Herrera (aka StinkyLulu)considers the ten-year history of the annual reports from the Asian American Performer’s Action Coalition and asks what happens when a demand goes unheeded, followed by some thoughts on what might be the three “signature” genres of remote theatre: the remote reading, the virtual benefit, and the hand-made puppet show… Transcripts for Season3 of StinkyLulu Says are typically available within 24-48 hours of each episode's release. Links to those transcripts are available here.
45:19
October 4, 2020
SS3E5: What Does Theatre Leadership Look Like? With commentary on the “zoom lecture” as a genre of remote performance.
Profe Herrera (aka StinkyLulu) asks what does theatre leadership look like in a time of political, economic and ecological crises and offers some ruminations on the “zoom lecture” as a genre of remote performance. Transcripts for Season3 of StinkyLulu Says are typically available within 24-48 hours of each episode's release. Links to those transcripts are available here.
46:10
September 27, 2020
SS3E4: What Do We Do with an Accountability Pledge? With commentary on Seize the Stage’s A CHORUS CRIME
Profe Herrera (aka StinkyLulu) considers the risks and rewards that follow an anti-racism “accountability pledge” and then offers some reflections on some recent experiences in remote theatre-going, including Seize the Show’s most recent Sydney Styles mystery A CHORUS CRIME. Transcripts for Season3 of StinkyLulu Says are typically available within 24-48 hours of each episode's release. Links to those transcripts are available at this link.
50:10
September 20, 2020
SS3E3: What to Do with Demands? With commentary on Richard Nelson's INCIDENTAL MOMENTS OF THE DAY & My Experience Being Part of a "Live TV" Audience.
Profe Herrera (aka StinkyLulu) considers the documentary value of a “we demand” statement and offers some reflections on some recent experiences in remote theatre-going, including Richard Nelson's INCIDENTAL MOMENTS OF THE DAY and brief commentary on the experience of being part of a remote “live audience” for a network tv show. Transcripts for Season3 of StinkyLulu Says are typically available within 24-48 hours of each episode's release. Links to those transcripts are available at this link.
52:55
September 13, 2020
SS3E2: Defunding Anti-Racism? With commentary on CUCÚ AND HER FISHES by Ensayos & MT21's SENIOR ENTRANCE.
Profe Herrera (aka StinkyLulu) considers the peculiarly predictable calls to "defund" anti-racism, and offers some reflections on some recent experiences in remote theatre-going, including Cucú and Her Fishes by Ensayos and MT'21's "Senior Entrance" video. Transcripts for Season3 of StinkyLulu Says are typically available within 24-48 hours of each episode's release. Links to those transcripts are be available at this link.
49:57
September 6, 2020
SS3E1: Reopening? What Does That Even Mean? With commentary on JUST GIVE ME ONE HALF HOUR WITH MY MOTHER by Deb Margolin. Plus a tribute to Chadwick Boseman (1976-2020).
Profe Herrera (aka StinkyLulu) considers the paradox of "reopening" colleges and theatres during a period of continued uncertainty, and offers some reflections on some recent experiences in remote theatre-going, including Just Give Me One Half Hour with My Mother by Deb Margolin (a benefit for Dixon Place, NYC) and remotely "attending" the 2020 Outfest film festival.  With a tribute to the life, work and legacy of Chadwick Boseman (1976-2020). Transcripts for Season3 of StinkyLulu Says will be available within 24-48 hours of each episode's release. Links to those transcripts will be available at this link.
44:48
August 30, 2020
SS3E0: We're Back?! A Preview of This Next Cycle of Episodes. With commentary on PACKAGE PLAY by Katie Farmin and BEFORE AMERICA WAS AMERICA by DeLanna Studi.
Profe Herrera (aka StinkyLulu) reintroduces the podcast and its new cycle of episodes, provides some context for the relaunched #TheatreClique Newsletter, and offers some reflections on some recent experiences in remote theatre-going, including The Package Play by Katie Farmin (Tricklock Company, Albuquerque NM) and Before America Was America by DeLanna Studi (Theatre For One: Here We Are, NYC, in partnership with Octopus Theatricals and Brookfield Place's #BFPLatHomeProgramming). Transcripts for Season3 of StinkyLulu Says will be available within 24-48 hours of each episode's release. Links to those transcripts will be available HERE and at this link.
52:53
August 23, 2020
SS2E6: Is This Virtual Revolution So Great? With brief comment on WHEN THE PARTY'S OVER by Edwin Rosales and the future of STINKYLULU SAYS.
Professor  Brian Herrera (aka StinkyLulu) considers some questions about the short- and long-term impacts of the shutdown-necessitated "digital turn" in theatrical production, presentation and participation. With brief comment on WHEN THE PARTY'S OVER by Edwin Rosales and some thoughts about what's next for this podcast pedagogy experiment.
55:16
May 3, 2020
SS2E5: Does Anyone Have a Plan for What It Will Take to Reopen? and AND THEN THEY FORGOT ABOUT THE REST by Georgina Escobar
Professor Brian Herrera (aka StinkyLulu) ponders why the postponement of the film version of IN THE HEIGHTS threw him for a loop; distills some common threads among  the many contingency plans informing disparate  conversations on what it will take for theatres (and colleges) to reopen; and contemplates the particular current resonances of the world built by Georgina Escobar in AND THEN THEY FORGOT ABOUT THE REST. 
51:15
April 26, 2020
SS2e4: When Will Theatres Reopen -- and Will Audiences Show Up? and BETTER MAYBE by Caridad Svich
Professor Brian Herrera (aka StinkyLulu) contemplates the complicated uncertainties surrounding the question of when theatres might reopen; notes some questions of form and practice raised by recent experiments in livestreamed performance; and contemplates the relevance of "open drama" as both strategy and style in Caridad Svich's short play, BETTER MAYBE.
44:36
April 19, 2020
SS2e3: Should Theatre-Makers Stop Making Theatre? and the Legacy of Diane Rodriguez
Professor Brian Herrera (aka StinkyLulu) considers the buzz of opinion around the question of whether (and how) theatre-makers should make theatre during the shutdown and offers a remembrance of Diane Rodriguez (1951-2020). Plus a quick shoutout to Tony Meneses's THE WOMEN OF PADILLA.
50:34
April 12, 2020
SS2e2: Are Playwrights Job Creators? and Guadalís Del Carmen's A SHERO'S JOURNEY OR WHAT ANACOANA AND YEMAYÁ TAUGHT ME
Professor Brian Herrera (aka StinkyLulu) considers the paradoxical status of playwrights in the American theatre and offers some thoughts on A SHERO'S JOURNEY OR WHAT ANACOANA AND YEMAYÁ TAUGHT ME by Guadalís Del Carmen.
40:01
April 5, 2020
SS2e1: Must the Show Go On? & THE WAY SHE SPOKE by Isaac Gomez
Professor Brian Herrera (aka StinkyLulu) introduces the premise of this cycle of episodes as he offers his reflections, first, on the impact of the COVID-19 shutdown on the contemporary US theatre and, then, on the way she spoke, an audioplay by Isaac Gomez.
33:42
March 29, 2020