I’ve been invited twice this semester to participate in “Talkbacks” at The Red House Arts Center in Syracuse. These are post-performance discussions for the audience to pose questions about the play, its production, and its history and context to a panel of experts — including cast, crew, and a scholar (me!). The Red House puts on spectacular productions with a tiny stage — I highly recommend them. So far I’ve participated in Talkbacks for William Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream and Sarah Ruhl’s Passion Play, and I’m very much looking forward to participating again. I really got to dork out to the audience for Passion Play — Sarah Ruhl really did her research on the medieval origins of the Corpus Christi play cycles and the English Reformation’s anti-Catholicism, and she carried their themes through Nazi Germany and Reagan’s America. It was chilling and moving and didn’t for a second feel like a 3.5 hour play.