The Ubu Project (Workshop)

The Ubu Project was a workshop with TheatreofplucK to devise a new performance piece based on Alfred Jerry's play Ubu Roi. The goal was to create a working script or detailed outline for a contemporary, Irish take on Ubu Roi spun on a recent political scandal in Northern Ireland.

For this workshop, I provided dramaturgical support with comparing multiple translations of the text (originally in French), providing context to our English and American actors for the current political landscape of Northern Ireland, and provided video and sound equipment to capture the actors improvisation. Below is audio captured from the workshop improvisations.  I also transcribed these improvisations throughout the week of workshops to create a script of our work.

Here, Artistic Director and Workshop Leader, Niall Rea asked actor Stephanie Weyman to improvise an active retelling of the plot of Ubu Roi within some kind of physical activity. This is the audio from that exercise.

Good Kids by Naomi Iizuka

Good Kids by Naomi Iizuka was produced by the LSU Mainstage Season in Fall of 2015 and directed by Richard Holden. I was the dramaturg on the project. For this, I created an extensive presentation (linked below), statistics handouts for the production team, and wrote the program note

View Alexander's Dramaturgical Presentation for the Project

Hoover in Love by Sam Gold

Hoover in Love by Sam Gold was commissioned by the Outworks LGBTQ New Play Festival in Spring of 2015 at Louisiana State University and was directed by Josh Rodriguez. Alexander was the dramaturg and sound designer.

For this piece, I was sent on a mission to uncover any audio which came from both the height of J. Edgar Hoover's career and following his death that concerned his affair with Clyde Tolson--as this affair was the centre of the text. This lead me down a path of very odd videos uploaded to YouTube of documentary and radio clips that I mixed to create different cues within the piece.

Hear the opening cue of Hoover in Love

Read Alexander's Program Note for Hoover in Love