6: The Magic of Light

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"Historians say she practically invented the profession of 'lighting designer' a field that had been the domain of electricians and stagehands [...] "

Today we announce the second of two book reviews in the Pilot Issue of New Theatre Magazine! The Magic of Light: The Craft and Career of Jean Rosenthal, reviewed by Merridawn Duckler.


Merridawn Duckler is a poet and playwright from Portland, Oregon and the author of “Interstate” forthcoming from Dancing Girl Press. She has adapted works by Bertolt Brecht, Franz Kafka and Omar Khayyam’s Rubaiyat with recent performance work published in a Yoko Ono themed issue of Nerve Lantern.  Her plays have appeared at the Fertile Ground Festival in Portland, IPOP Festival in Olympia, Washington, Playwrights Forum Festival in Spokane, in staged readings at Seattle Repertory, in the Emerging Female Playwright Festival of the Manhattan Shakespeare Project, and SWAN festival at Oregon Contemporary Theatre. She was librettist for the mock-opera “C’Opera” performed at the LAPD and previewed in the New York Times. Previous works in the Red Cat NOW Festival, at LACE, LACMA and the Phoenix Art Museum. Her fellowships include Yaddo, Last Frontier Theater Conference in Valdez, Alaska, Southampton Theater Conference with Annie Baker and the Norman Mailer Center with Paul Carter Harrison. She is the drama editor for Narrative Magazine and an editor for the international philosophy journal Evental Aesthetics.