Teaching John Steinbeck, Part 4, The Door Opens

Teaching John Steinbeck, Part 4, The Door Opens

The door opens.  Short teenagers, tall teenagers, teenagers of many colors, shapes, and intellect enter.  I am introduced.  On the first day I am always introduced as ‘Lois the teaching artist with The Acting Company,’ otherwise they might think I … Continued

Teaching John Steinbeck, Part 3, Getting There

Teaching John Steinbeck, Part 3, Getting There

Northridge:  Valley Academy of Arts and Sciences… 1st School… Valley Academy of Arts and Sciences is a far piece from Lisa and Kathryn’s Hollywood home.  I head south on Deronda Dr, turn right onto Rodgerton Dr, turn left onto Ledgewood … Continued

Teaching John Steinbeck, Part 2

Teaching John Steinbeck, Part 2

On October 20th, 2012, I fly Jet Blue to Burbank, California.  It is a smooth flight.  After my arrival at Burbank Airport, I saunter over to the Enterprise Rent A Car people at the rent a car booth.  They try … Continued

Teaching John Steinbeck, Part 1

Teaching John Steinbeck, Part 1

Before I knew I was going to blog, I wrote a blog. Last October I travelled out West to teach John Steinbeck. I’m going to give you the story as it happened, step by step. I have been on the … Continued

More Thoughts on the Old Ham, “Hamlet.”

More Thoughts on the Old Ham, "Hamlet."

As for Hamlet, if that isn’t a melodrama, I don’t know what is?  Rubbish!  That’s what I say.  Of course every actor, some great, some not so, has played the role.  The list includes Mel Gibson, David Tennant, Richard Burton, Kenneth … Continued

To Be or Not to Be: Teaching Hamlet to Teens

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“To be or not to be?”  Getting ready to teach ‘Hamlet’ on the road, before which I will teach in London, where I will teach teenagers about some themes in my book, “Afterworld.”  It will be a 2nd.  I taught … Continued

Drifting and Duned on Cape Cod

Drifting and Duned on Cape Cod

On Cape Cod, having just read Thoreau’s “Cape Cod.”  Thoreau predicted few people would ever get to these glorious beaches; too hard to get to… I guess when he was alive it was just that… now…cars…traffic…retired people… people… gays… straights … Continued

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