We are on the eve of announcing our program for fall, 2014. It’s the middle of the day, in the middle of the week. I am standing in the second-floor lobby of The Paramount, our Randall Lobby, surrounded by a mix of students, faculty and Boston theatre makers, 60 people in all, each deeply focused on writing. This is actually a hybrid sort of performance event, an installment of Suzan-Lori Parks’ Watch Me Work project. Suzan-Lori, a Pulitzer-winning writer and MacArthur Genius Award recipient, sits at her typewriter in the middle of this crowd, clacking away. Meanwhile, across the globe, people have logged on to participate in the event via HowlRound’s New Play TV livestream.
It is also the afternoon of the opening of Guillermo Calderon’s Neva and just on the other side of this lobby, in the Jackie Liebergott Black Box, he is directing the final rehearsals. One of Chile’s leading theatre artists, he’s also written the screenplay for Violeta Goes To Heaven, which we will screen as part of our film series this weekend. He’ll be talking with the audience following that screening.
This moment encapsulates so much of why I leapt at the opportunity to join Rob, of what is possible at ArtsEmerson, and why we are so energized by the work.