set design


mona hatoum.


just became more intrigued by her work. i think that the image shown above is maybe one of the best set designs that i have come across as of late. of course. she is not a set designer. but i am able to create an amazing play to go with some of these images. she recently had a solo exhibit, interior landscape, in venice – to coincide with the biennale. there is a pretty great interview on the bbc… she says…


I’m working on a very, very much more general kind of level where I’m trying to make people question what they’re looking at, walk away with more questions than answers, complicate things so that it becomes a kind of one, challenging one’s assumptions about the world, you know…



kristine moran.

kristine moran.

And also: I sit on the grass, too, in the shade, but an anxiousness invades my mind as if a thorn is pricking me. And also: Yet I desire nothing, and till now I have had no reason for complaint. And at this point, after sighing deeply, Florita Almada would say that several conclusions could be drawn:

eleanor avery.

eleanor avery

(1) that the thoughts that seize a shepherd can easily gallop away with him because it’s human nature;
(2) that facing boredom head-on was an act of bravery and Benito Juarez had done it too and both had seen terrible things in the face of boredom, things she would rather not recall;
(3) that the poem, now she remembered, was about an Asian shepherd. not a Mexican shepherd, but it made no difference, since shepherds are the same everywhere;
(4) that if it was true that all effort led to a vast abyss, she had two recommendations to begin with, first, not to cheat people, and, second, to treat them properly. Beyond that there was room for discussion.

-roberto bolaño


hotel modern…amsterdam.


a friend of mine recently went to amsterdam. he described visiting an “avant garde” theatre where the show consisted of shrimps that were puppets. shrimp puppets. i had to find out more. describing the work as theatre with shrimp puppets really doesn’t do it justice. describing it at all is pretty difficult. needless to say… they describe it this way… In the theatre we create a universe in which the objects, people and sounds deployed are of equal standing. Scale models are of central importance in this universe: they provide an opportunity to view the world, literally, from a macro perspective. okay. they use scale models. they film the action taking place in the scale models and they project the action on a large screen. all in front of a live audience. confused? excited? intrigued? go here for more illuminating fun.



new obsessions…


cy twombly. just cannot seem to stare long enough at his work. five years ago i probably would not have been so moved. what changes? curious. how our vision. our perception. our passions. change.


anne bogart. this book. really. so many great thoughts. and. of course. the siti company is doing a production of one of my all time favorite plays. freshwater. by virginia woolf. i really wanted to produce it years ago. did all the research. had a reading. hmmm… what happened?


robert edmond jones. this quote. “realism is something we practice when we aren’t feeling well. when we don’t feel up to making the extra effort.” alas.



coney island…


coney island amusement park closed on sunday. if i had a favorite place … this was it. i think a lot of things are changing. more info on the sad day.


amir h. fallah

he is the editor of the magazine, beautiful/decay, which sometimes is neither beautiful nor decayed- alas- there is something intriguing about these structures. i think it is the plexi-glass that really gets me. the suffocation of our interior/exterior worlds… anyway. it is certainly poetic in some abstract sense… even if i can’t put my finger on it. check out his website– and the beautiful/decay site.





something i am working on. it is kind of a fancy long term project with the ghost road company. the oresteia. three parts. shown in many incarnations. the first is showing tonight at lmu. then it will travel to the catskills. to this festival. nacl. and then it will move to this playhouse. it will continue to change. mutate. until eventually all three parts will be shown at the ford. more info on this later. but for now. it is showing for one night at loyola marymount university. 8pm.




pasadena. one colorado. yoko ono. wish trees. go. make a wish. tie it to the tree. info. and even more info.

of interest…when the wish tree installation closes on november 9, all the tags will be placed and buried in special containers at the imagine peace tower off the coast of iceland.