This Place is a Prison…

“This Place is a Prison… “ –The Postal Service One question we received during our initial staged reading of 1,000 Hills was, “who are the people telling the story?” We lacked a framing device to properly contextualize our script. Preparing for the reading, my research focused on the genocide itself. Between the Tutsi people and […]

Episode 32: Racism, Sexuality and Daybreak’s Children

Hosts Benjamin Rexroad and TJ Jozsa interview Akron-native and playwright John Dayo-Aliya at the Balch Street Community Center during rehearsal of his show, Daybreak’s Children. “My struggle in life has not necessarily been being gay or black…it’s been more so being both.” Daybreak’s Children deals with racism, sexuality and crack addiction John got the idea […]

Director’s Notes Redux

When I first wrote the director’s notes for The Pillowman, I wasn’t sure what I wanted to say.  They came out as disconnected paragraphs, each the start of a different, but interconnected, idea. Here’s what I was trying to say: Heads Up Productions is in a state of flux.  This has been weighing heavily on […]

The Pillowman: Behind the Scenes Video

DISCLAIMER: Contains some material not appropriate for children. (Video recorded 7-6-2011) A video blog documentary of the rehearsal for the entire scene, “The Writer and the Writer’s Brother” (one of the pivotal stories within the play “The Pillowman”) and interviews with four of the cast members. Performances are Thursday August 4th through Sunday August 7th […]

A Moment of Crisis

Life is not scripted. Each moment is new, unique, different. Many people cling to routinely determined patterns, subconsciously believing repetition will keep them safe. But the only true constant is change, so why not embrace it? Change is not our enemy or our friend. Change simply is. Accepting the idea that change is a part […]

A Heads Up Freak Show

Here’s video from our first ever street performance. The Summer Series (We’ll be here all Summer.) July 22 & August 12

A Family Within a Family

A family is there for each other. A family tells each other the truth even if it is hard to hear. A family listens to each other. A family communicates in an honest, healthy way in order to avoid the unnecessary moments of hurt and to enjoy the often-missed moments of happiness. A family creates […]

Vacation (Carl and Mrs. Carl)

Here’s video from our first ever street performance. The Summer Series (We’ll be here all Summer.) July 15, 22 & August 12

Good V.S. The Pillowman

There is one particular question I find myself struggling with– no matter what I think I know or what conclusions I have drawn– it always comes back. Is anyone a truly good person? When someone does something good, it is rarely a selfless act.   Broken down, it is for their own personal gain– they wish […]


Here’s video from our first ever street performance. (We’ll be here all Summer.) July 15, 22 & August 12