Category: Personal Reflections

Reflections on life and career. Commentary on work and issues

  • Essay on the state of U.S. theater in “World of Theatre” published in Bangladesh and Paris, with book launch in China

    XIAMEN, CHINA and PARIS, FRANCE:  The International Theatre Institute (ITI) – the world’s largest organization for the performing arts – is holding its 33rd world congress at the Xiamen International Conference and Exhibition Centre in Xiamen, China, from Sept. 19 to 24, 2011.  Held under the auspices of UNESCO, the congress will have a strong education and artistic focus, as well as offer a sumptuous showcase of xiqu, the generic terms for Chinese music theatre. On this occasion, ITI will celebrate the book launch of the newest edition of The World of Theatre, an account of the world’s theatre seasons 2007-2008 and 2008-2009, for which I contributed a critical essay that sums up and critically evaluates the state of U.S. theatre from coast to coast. The U.S. Center of the ITI invited me to publish an essay on USA theater, summarizing the 2007-2010 seasons. The period which my essay considers coincides with dramatic unraveling of the Aught Decade, which resulted in a worldwide economic recession, and a political transition that brought about the rise of an African-American as the 44th president of the United States. The 2011 edition of The World of Theatre is a major biennial ITI publication that contains articles by ITI …

  • Reflections after my induction into Chicago Filipino American Hall of Fame

    In thinking about the meaning and significance of winning a Chicago Filipino-American Hall of Fame Award, I must say that it is very flattering to be inducted into something called a “Hall of Fame.” Ay naku! Masaya talaga! But if I pause for a moment to re-consider: Fame is not as important as the belief in and the firm commitment to something real and important that is outside of your self.