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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.