drop-dead.jpgDrop Dead: Performance in Crisis, 1970s New York has won the ATDS 2017 John W. Frick Book Award, which recognizes “outstanding works that expand and challenge the field of American theatre and drama.”

Gratitude is owed to the Frick Award selection committee of the American Theatre & Drama Society, as well as those without whom the book would not exist. This includes the team at Northwestern University Press, the Performance Works series editors Nicholas Ridout and Patrick Anderson, and editor Michael Levine.

Coney Island, 1972 (image via flickr user fauxto_digit)

How To Fight for Arts Funding?

Former New York Post theatre critic Elisabeth Vincentelli recently reviewed my Drop Dead: Performance in Crisis, 1970s New York City in American Theatre. “How to Fight for Arts Funding? Lessons from NYC’s Lean Years” begins with this way:

“As we enter a period of uncertainty, to put it mildly, one of the areas most at risk is the federal funding of arts and culture. It’s no surprise to hear that the social conservatives and free-market extremists now in power are already making noises about implementing their long-held dream to eradicate the NEA and PBS.

What happens, then, when the faucet is turned off? What are the priorities, how do funds get allocated, and to whom?

Northwestern University Press, 288 pages, $34.95.
Northwestern University Press, 288 pages, $34.95.

Our current predicament makes Hillary Miller’s Drop Dead: Performance in Crisis, 1970s New York an especially fascinating read.”

Read her full review at American Theatre.

Broadening Access to Broadway?


Andreas Feininger, “Theatre Ticket Sale, Times Square,” 1979, Museum of the City of New York [90.40.27]
It’s true that all New Yorkers can take advantage of any TKTS booth by the very fact of their mobility, but this philosophy—the idea that patrons should travel to a centralized, civic arts space for their cultural uplift—has proven over the past decades to rely on faulty logic.

Read the article at City Limits.


Cut out the Nonsense (in ‘Ich bin ein Junge’)

07721a_a5ab81633fac4dcd868568fd497762ff.jpg_srz_p_295_290_75_22_0.50_1.20_0Ich bin ein Junge published an excerpt from my writing in progress, Cut Out the Nonsense:

On April 30, 1971, a public debate on Women’s Liberation was held in New York City’s Town Hall. It was not an even match. On one side was Norman Mailer, who had just published The Prisoner of Sex; on the other, four leading feminists: NOW president Jacqueline Ceballos; Germaine Greer, author of The Female Eunuch; Village Voice columnist Jill Johnston; and literary critic Diana Trilling. In 1979, footage of the debate was released under the title Town Bloody Hall. This brilliant and sadly neglected documentary by D. A. Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus…shows Mailer at his most combative, struggling in vain to maintain his composure as the women mount a relentless offensive that includes incisive social commentary, sharp-edged wit, and a lesbian cuddle puddle. The following piece reflects on this occasion.


Jimmy Carter’s Table: VoxFest, June 29-July 7

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My new full-length, Jimmy Carter’s Table, will be workshopped this summer in collaboration with director Niegel Smith.

The Dartmouth Department of Theater presents VoxFest, a laboratory festival for the development of innovative new projects initiated by Dartmouth alumni. Vox Theater will be in residence at Dartmouth from June 29-July 7, collaborating on seven new works with Dartmouth students, alumni and faculty.

Wednesday July 3
Vox Barter
conceived and directed by Sarah Hughes ’07
Friday July 5
By So Falling 
written and directed by Thom Pasculli ’05
Jimmy Carter’s Table by Hillary Miller ’02
directed by Niegel Smith ’02

Saturday July 6  
Oneida: a new musical by Beth Blatt ’79
directed by Marina McClure ’04
Strange Bare Facts by Kate Mulley ’05
directed by Kyle Ancowitz ’98
Judg[ment(al)]  by Karisa Bruin ’05
directed by Mike Brunleib

Presentations of these works-in-progess are free and open to the public. For more information, visit the Theater Department website.