‘Looking for Alaska,’ a sweet fantasy that transcends the adaptation
‘Looking for Alaska’ follows bookish teen Miles “Pudge” Halter as he transfers from Miami to a boarding school in Alabama in order to find, in the words of French poet François Rabelais, his “Great Perhaps.”
‘Sweat’: a brilliant production that steels the show
Middle-aged mothers Tracey and Cynthia have each put in around 20 years at Olstead’s, the local steel plant, clocking in as soon as they graduated high school. When the managers decide that it’s time to cut salaries and bring in migrant workers to replace the old-timers — and when even the worker’s unions decide to fight back — tensions start to rise.
‘The Cake’: slow to bake, but layered with sweetness
Inspired by her father's own opposition to same-sex marriage and her own Southern upbringing, Brunstetter presents dialogue that speaks to the trauma of growing up queer in a Christian community.
‘The pride I felt after volunteering’
The weekends I spent volunteering at events around the city soon translated to hours leading students.