First Year PhD
Q: If you could act in or direct any production, what would your dream role be?
If the Master of Revels didn’t close the theaters due to pLaGuE?
I still dream of Hamlet. I directed an absurdist version (called, “hamlet.”) the week before the Bay Area lockdown, and it was supposed to go to the Edinburgh Fringe Festival last summer. Alas.
But I haven’t given up on it. Outside of cramming a lot of people into a small theater (which was awesome, but would now breed contagion), I know I’d love to stage it again in front of what will be a very altered audience. The reopening of the theaters will mark a transition from a time of mass death to a time of mass grief, so to press my sweet prince against that gray landscape feels important.
If not Hamlet, then Beckett’s Endgame. If not Endgame – there’s a whole list. (Grab a coffee w/ me. Will happily drone on and on.)
Q: What food or drink represents your scholarly work?
Goldfish. Original, not flavor-blasted. I went through a gallon last semester. But that’s a secret.
Q: What's the last book/play, movie, or piece of art that made you scream with laughter or horror?
The hit 2000 claymation film, Chicken Run.
Q: What's one question you have about academia or life at Notre Dame? (serious or silly)
When do I get to meet Dr. Karnes’s cats?