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July 18, 2009

DAY SIX

Today’s early session at the Kennedy Center was excellent. Shifting Boundaries: Perspectives from African American Dramaturgs – was a discussion of issues of race theory, aesthetics and the agency of theatre.  It was perhaps the most thoughtful and ultimately wide reaching sessions I’ve attended at the conference.

Potomac from Kennedy Center

Potomac from Kennedy Center

Our regional caucus meetings were in the Café at Kennedy Centre. Most of the discussion was centered on next year’s conference, which will be held at the Banff Centre.

Lunch was followed with a walk around George Town. A municipality founded in...

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July 17, 2009

DAY FIVE

The sessions in DC started quite late. Today’s session on dramaturging the museum started at 1:30, but since I was using the whole city as my point of departure, I decided head off on my own.

The Spy Museum store clerk liked my Motherland Sputnik t-shirt. I was pleased.

My first session of the day was on International Dramaturgy and it was held at the Canadian embassy, which is a truly beautiful building designed by Arthur Erickson.

Erickson Embassy DC

Erickson Embassy DC

Erickson Embassy Two

Erickson Embassy Two

I was thrilled to meet panelist Robyn Quick (Towson University), a kindred spirit who has taken an interest in...

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July 16, 2009

DAY FOUR

Today I moved to my new apartment in Foggy Bottom. As part of my Dramaturging DC effort, I felt it was necessary to stay in a couple of neighborhoods.

You MUST

You MUST

After I deposited my suitcase in my new flat, it was off to Woolly Mammoth theatre, to register for the conference proper. The theme of the conference was “Out of Bounds: Inspiration from Outside Theatre”. The first session was the university caucus, which I always enjoy. The second was entitled “Dramaturging Politics” which presented three young individuals who were involved in writing the narrative of the nation. One of them...

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July 15, 2009

DAY THREE

This is my last day before the conference officially begins.  After doing some office work I prepared for a trip to Arlington Cemetery, one of the most iconographic sites in the USofA. I was late leaving my place and found myself grabbing a corner breakfast at Starbucks, a first for me, but it was fast food and it came with coffee.

There’s a Metro stop at Arlington Cemetery one stop from the Pentagon (Jose Rivera calls that iconographic building "the five-sided beast" in Marisol, his surreal apocalyptic play). Arlington Cemetery itself is a grand place. Row after row of white tomb...

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July 14, 2009

DAY TWO

Today was a great day for walking. The temperatures were in the mid 80’s. Cool for this time of year.  I headed in the direction of the White House and the National Mall. Washington is about myth building and tourism, policy making and government, the military, education and history. I was puzzled by the single sign in front of the White House until I realized that although the photo below looks like a protest, it supports Obama's current nuclear treaty negotiations with Russia.

White Housse

White House

One thing I found remarkable were the number of large union buildings – headquarters of the...

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July 13, 2009

DAY ONE
I’m crossing the continent today to attend the Literary Managers and Dramaturgs of the Americas (LMDA) annual general meeting and conference in Washington DC.  I’ve never been to “DC” and I’m looking forward to it. It’s one of the most storied cities in North America, if for no other reason than it’s the Capitol City of one of the most storied countries on earth.  A great spot for a dramaturgy conference.

The UA flight was bumpy, but I arrived at Ronald Regan National Airport (or National as the citizens of the city prefer to call it) on time. I hadn’t been on the ground for more than...

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