• 2016-2017 Season,  Travesties

    Tabula Rasa

    By Rick Curtiss, Dramaturg To sell a show like Travesties, you have have some big names, but what is a name anyway? A rose by any other name would smell as sweet— is a popular phrase muttered by one of Shakespeare’s star crossed lover’s. It is oft quoted but perhaps not perfected until The Simpsons added, Lisa: A rose by any other name would smell as sweet. Bart: Not if you called ’em Stenchblossoms. Homer: Or Crapweeds. Marge: I’d sure hate to get a dozen Crapweeds for Valentine’s Day. I’d rather have candy. Homer: Not if they were called Scumdrops. Names are arbitrary—Names are essential. Names aren’t my strong point. Mindy…

  • 2016-2017 Season,  Travesties

    Spoiler Alert

    By Rick Curtiss, Dramaturg “he asked me would I yes to say yes my mountain flower and first I put my arms around him yes and dream him down to me so he could feel my breasts all perfume yes and his heart was going like mad and yes I say yes I will Yes.” That is the last—I hesitate to call it line—phrase from James Joyce’s Ulysses. It finishes a thirty page, punctuation free, stream of consciousness section which consists of the thoughts of Molly Bloom as she lays next to her husband. The last thing she remembers before the novel ends is the moment her husband proposed to…

  • 2016-2017 Season,  Travesties

    In Vino Veritas

    By Rick Curtiss, Dramaturg trav·es·ty  /ˈtravəstē/ a false, absurd, or distorted representation of something. As the dramaturg for Travesties, I get the ever less rare opportunity of discovering the undiscovered, or more bluntly, accessing the inaccessible. Travesties is the kind of show where having a healthy grasp of Romanian geography, early twentieth century British fashion, and Leopold Bloom will serve the audience well, but who has the time? Rather lets put aside the notion of that learning precedes understanding with some good old fashioned- In Vino Veritas It’s a Latin phrase. It means “in wine, truth.” Which is to say, “The truth is in the wine,” or “after drinking wine the truth…