"The Zeitgeist of the 21st Century”

Posted Tuesday, October 11, 2016 - 2:56pm

Walter Bilderback: How would you describe the relationship between the family saga and the Anthropocene? The American writer Rob Nixon uses the phrase “slow violence” to explain why it’s so hard for us to emotionally grasp climate change and why it’s so challenging to deal with it in art: in your play, it also seems to be an apt description for the legacy of Henry Law through three generations.

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From The Desk of Kate Tarker: RESEARCH

Posted Monday, July 11, 2016 - 12:10pm

July 7, 2016

I’m in Connecticut, in residence at the O’Neill National Playwrights Conference this month. This means several things. I am enveloped in a thick fog. Every morning I wake up and can smell the ocean. And: The totality of my energy is going toward working on my plays.

How much actual writing should you be doing as a playwright? Here are two wisdoms I’ve been handed down. From Sarah Ruhl: Write a play a year. From Paula Vogel: Work on two plays at a time. Have one in an early stage and the other in a late stage, so you’re using different muscles.

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From The Desk of Kate Tarker: THIS VISIBLE MOMENT

Posted Thursday, June 16, 2016 - 1:40pm

June 14, 2016
Summer sun 

If you are reading this close to when I write it, you know that forty-nine people were just killed at Pulse nightclub in Orlando. Another fifty-three were injured. Everyone I know is grieving and in pain. The persons attacked were mostly young, and latinx; it was a gay nightclub and undoubtedly a hate crime. Recent news reports suggest the shooter might have been struggling to accept his own natural proclivities (he had previously attended Pulse with entirely different intentions). He was likely consumed by self-loathing and shame.

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From The Desk of Kate Tarker: IN PRAISE OF FEET

Posted Monday, June 6, 2016 - 12:55pm

June 2, 2016
Pale sun

“Hungarian folkdance is very sexy and dangerous,” says Blanka.

I have been thinking about feet lately.

Now I am observing Csaba Horvath’s feet. He has launched right into the dance steps, without preamble. He calls it “a kind of tap dance.” It goes: One and two and three three three. Tap and tap and foot hits calf.

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From The Desk of Kate Tarker: THE FAMILY IS JUST A METAPHOR

Posted Tuesday, May 24, 2016 - 11:31am

May 22, 2016
Mostly recovered from bronchitis.
Weather: rain, still rain. I am so tired of the rain. 

I thought this yesterday, while lying in bed.


(plucking apart a flower)

He loves me
He loves me not
He loves me
He loves me not



I walk by here everyday
And find you sitting on this rock
Beheading the hollyhocks.
Who has captured your heart so?

God, sir.
I just want to know
If He has forsaken me.

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