Tell Me a Story: Multimedia Expression Night

[ B ] Tell me a story. In this century, and moment, of mania, Tell me a story. Make it a story of great distances, and starlight. The name of the story will be Time, But you must not pronounce its name. Tell me a story of deep delight. from Robert Penn Warren’s...

Drop and give me 15 haikus!

by Elizabeth Long Lingo I had the wonderful opportunity to present my ideas at TedX Furman University last week.  At the end of all the presentations, their local student improv troupe offered mini-improv skits based on each of the talks. Here’s the one spoofing...

An Unstaged Reading

by Aidan Carr Looks like this. There have been a couple historical models for developing new musicals. In the so-called “Golden Age,” shows grew via the out-of-town tryout—a month or so in New Haven or Philadelphia where changes would be made by gauging audience...

What A Bookwriter Does

  by Aidan Carr The blueprint. If a musical is a house, the bookwriter is its architect; he also shares interior/exterior design duties with the composer and the lyricist. Most of the spoken language of the piece (most) falls under his jurisdiction, but he also...

Music is Sculpture

by Aidan Carr Writing music before the 20th century was a lot like painting—you had certain colors and certain brushes, and you painted certain things. Like painters, composers outgrew these boundaries—painters stopped painting things, composers stopped writing tonal...