What a Difference A Year Makes

On August 28 of last year, I posted my opening article for Bravo, Bloomington! Happy belated anniversary to my little blog!

The stated purpose of this blog is to celebrate Bloomington’s inspiring theater and performance culture, and during this past year, I have met wonderful, talented people, promoted shows I believed in, and gained a little foothold in the Bloomington theater world.

On a more personal note, though, this blog had a bigger purpose. When I started the blog, I had just made the hardest decision of my life, to withdraw from my PhD program. For me, this was more than just quitting a job. I didn’t really know who I was outside of school. I had to rediscover my skills, my career goals, and my place in the world.

Bravo, Bloomington! was a key element to my emotional recovery. Read more

On Stage This Week(end): June 29 – July 2

It’s a very light weekend for theater most likely because is it the weekend before Independence Day. However, I highly suggest that in between the cookouts and fireworks you check out Bella Bravo’s play As Bad As They. I recently did a piece for the Limestone Post about the play, and I personally can’t wait to see it on Friday. Get more information below.

~Jen

As Bad As They

Written by Bella Bravo

In As Bad As They, Jordan Ternin tries to decipher the fine line between her impulses to help and control after her brother Caleb decides to quit using. This play is set in present-day Bloomington, Indiana—in the midst of the Midwest’s opioid-heroin epidemic. The play begins with the estranged lives of Caleb and Jordan. The siblings are reunited on the most dangerous day for an addict, the day he’s released from state custody. On this day the dosage that Caleb handled comfortably two weeks before could cause his death.

Presented by Monster House at the Blockhouse on July 3o. Tickets are $5 and an addition $5 donation is encouraged. All proceeds go to Courage for Change, peer-run, sober-living, and low-barrier halfway house in Bloomington.

Get Tickets Here!

And We’re Back!

Hello all! Sorry I was away for so long, but there have been so many big life events this past month that I’ve not had the time to attend theater events, much less write about them. What did I miss? Did you guys see any great performances while I was away? If you did, you should tell me all about them in the comments. I’d love hear what performances inspired you this past month.

Now that I am back, I will resume posting “On Stage This Week,” and I will post an article or review here once a week, barring a lack of events or an over-abundance of writing work for other publications.

Also, I want to try to make Bravo, Bloomington! a bit more interactive. Please tell me if there is something you would like to see here. Perhaps you want me to feature an organization near and dear to your heart, or maybe you are really interested in theater lighting techniques and would like me to put a spotlight on that topic. Whatever the case may be, please drop me a line and let me know. I am always on the lookout for new, interesting projects.

Bravo, Bloomington! Will Now Take a Short Intermission

Hello all,

First, I want to say thanks to all my readers and all the organizations that have supported Bravo, Bloomington! for the past few months. When I started this project, I did not expect for it to bring so many new and interesting opportunities for me so quickly. This really has been a wonderful experience, and I love how truly welcoming Bloomington’s performance organizations have been when I come visit for interviews or shows. I also want to say thank you so much to the Limestone Post for seeing something useful in this little blog. Writing this blog and for the Post has been wonderfully rewarding, and I look forward to doing more.

That said, I have to take a little break from writing. As much as I hate the idea of taking time off, I feel like it is a necessity. With a wedding coming up and my increased responsibilities at the Limestone Post, it has been hard to keep up with Bravo, Bloomington! these past few weeks. Do not fear, however, I will be back towards the end of June. Starting July, I hope to offer up more articles, subscription options, and an updated site.

Thank you all again for your support, and I will see everyone again at the end of June.

~Jen