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I had a great time last week recording an episode of On TAP: A Theatre & Performance Studies Podcast. Find it on iTunes or wherever you get your podcasts.

I’m delighted to report that my latest book, Playing God: The Bible on the Broadway Stage, has won the 2016 John W. Frick Award, presented by the American Theatre and Drama Society. Thanks to the award committee and all my ATDS colleagues for this wonderful recognition.

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[Harvey Young presenting me with the ATDS John W. Frick Award at the ATHE Conference in Chicago]

Great reception for my talk “That Time Swedish Actors Wore Blackface to Act Out the Bible” here at the IFTR Conference in Stockholm, Sweden! Nice to have a chance to present one of the “deleted scenes” from Playing God, and a special thrill to walk by the Royal Dramatic Theater (“The Dramaten”) where a Swedish translation of The Green Pastures by Marc Connelly played 115 performances in 1932.

This concludes a busy Spring of talking about Playing God in a variety of places and contexts, but my Fall calendar is wide open (hint, hint)…

Just got back from a delightful visit to Southwest Baptist University (go Bearcats!) in Bolivar, Missouri. SBU Professor Bethany Wood organized a public talk and guest lecture for me, and her students are really on it. It’s always fun to discuss Biblical theatre with an audience that really knows their Bible.

Delighted with the full house at the Hall Center for the Humanities Celebration of Books yesterday. Next stop: New York City’s Drama Book Shop, where the American Theatre and Drama Society presents the sixth annual “The Brilliance of the American Theatre” reading series, featuring me, David Carlyon, and Dorothy Chansky. Thursday, March 24, at 6:00 pm.

Over the next 100 days, I’ll be talking about theatrical adaptations of the Bible in several different venues, starting with the Hall Center for the Humanities Celebration of Books on Thursday, March 10 and concluding with an appearance at the International Federation for Theatre Research conference in Stockholm in June.

February is almost over, and when it’s gone, so is your chance to save 30% off the list price of my books, Playing GodActing Jewish, and Theater Historiography. Order via the University of Michigan Press website and enter the code UMBIAL16 at checkout.