"'Strange Garments': Borrowing Africa's Robes." This essay appeared in Asides, the program for Macbeth, Dir. Liesl Tommy, 2017. This project began when I was asked by Michael Kahn, Artistic Director of the Shakespeare Theatre Company in Washington, D.C., to write an essay for their Guide to the Season’s Plays. A full version of this essay appeared in that publication. A shorter version appeared in the program of the April-May 2017 production of Macbeth, directed by Liesl Tommy, whose recent Broadway production of Eclipsed, starring Lupita Nyong’o, was nominated for six Tony awards; it was also the first Broadway production to have an all-female cast, director, and playwright. Liesl Tommy is the first African-American woman nominated for a Tony in directing.
"Nature's Journeymen-Cultivating Political Desires in New York City's Shakespeare Gardens." This essay will appear as a chapter in Enchanted, Stereotyped, Civilized: Garden Narratives in Literature, Art, and Film (Königshausen & Neumann, 2018), eds. Sabine Planka & Feryal Cubukcu. The essay began as an invited lecture given to the Central Park Conservancy--the private-public partnership which serves as steward and custodian of the park--to commemorate the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare's death.
"Shakespeare in 2016," Public Books, May 1, 2016. Public Books is an online multimedia site affiliated with the print journal Public Culture (Duke University Press). Public Books is an initiative of the Institute for Public Knowledge at New York University.
"Striking Our Debt to Moral Tragedy: Retributive Economics in Julius Caesar," in Julius Caesar: A Critical Reader. Ed. A.J. Hartley, the Arden Early Modern Drama Guides series, London: Bloomsbury Publishing (forthcoming in October, 2016, solicited by editor)
“The Tempest’s ‘Standing Water’: Echoes of Early Modern Cosmographies in Lost," in Shakespearean Echoes. Eds. Kevin J. Wetmore Jr., and Adam Hansen (Palgrave Macmillan UK, 2014, article solicited by editor)
"Hamlet on the Potomac: Anti-Intellectualism in American Political Discourse Before and After ‘the Decider’," in Hamlet Handbook: Subject Matter, Adaptations Interpretations. Ed. Peter W. Marx (Stuttgart/Weimar: Verlag J.B. Metzler, April 2013) (article solicited by the editor)
“Hip Hop Macbeths, “Digitized Blackness,” and the Millennial Minstrel: Illegal Culture Sharing in the Virtual Classroom” in Weyward Macbeth: Intersections of Race and Performance. Eds. Ayanna Thompson and Scott Newstok. New York: Palgrave, 2009 (solicited by the editor) Click here for reviews.
“The African-American Shakespeare Company’s Macbeth Project” (Performance Review), Shakespeare Bulletin Special Issue: African-American Shakespeares, Ed. Ayanna Thompson. 27.3 (Fall 2009) Washington: Johns Hopkins University Press, 462-468 (refereed journal)
“George W. Bush’s ‘Three Shakespeares’: Macbeth, Macbush, and the Theater of War,” Shakespeare Bulletin 26.3 (Fall 2008) Washington: Johns Hopkins University Press, 1-29 (refereed journal)