As I feverishly scribble performance notes while watching my best friend Hollis perform a poem from our play Renaissance in the Belly of a Killer Whale, I cannot help but feel like I am back in the African-Latino Society room at Ithaca College. The only difference is that I am no longer directing the annual Spit That! showcase, but rather a professional play that I helped create.
When I tell friends about my archaeological expeditions to Cyprus, they picture the adventures of Indiana Jones. But mostly what Indy and I have in common are that we get to travel to exotic locales and wear wide-brimmed hats—it’s hot working out in that sun!
At Ithaca College, there are many opportunities to expand on what you learn in the classroom, whether it’s in clubs, presenting at conferences, or being a teaching assistant for your favorite course, or a course that gave you trouble. For many, summers are the time to expand on this work, in internships, or for some, working one on one with professors. Every summer, the biology department, as well as chemistry and physics, chooses students to work over the summer, doing real research in the lab.
Tony Kushner illustrates his words with his hands, making bold gestures that balance his slightly soft-spoken voice as he responds to questions on the success of his Pulitzer Prize winning play, “Angels in America: A Gay Fantasia on National Themes.” He talks about the play with surprising modesty.