Well, I'm back from the annual conference of the Association for Theatre in Higher Education in Boston. That's no thanks to the MTA, who made me walk home from 96th Street after I got back, since they refused to run their promised shuttle buses for the hundreds of people waiting on the sidewalk after getting kicked off the 2 and 3 trains.
Once I got up to the upper level of the station, I was able to get to the Westin without too much of a problem. The first day got off to a rocky start, as the orientation time was moved forward at the last minute. The conference organizers had a printed program, but since so much of the information in it was incorrect, they asked that we instead use the conference app. They provided easy-to-follow instructions on how to install the app, but apparently never tested them on an Android device. While people with iPhones had no problems, anyone without an expensive iPhone had to find a workaround. Hopeless old-timers with flip-phones were completely screwed. Accessibility seems not to have been a big priority of organizers.
second day of the conference, which was also when they had the society's awards ceremony.
third day of the conference I went to the focus group meeting on theatre and religion (an issue Hudes addressed in her speech the previous day). I also presented a second paper on a panel sponsored by the group. It was great to meet other people interested in theatre and religion (many of them atheists, as it so happens, but who at least share an interest in exploring spirituality). A performance given on Saturday by History Alive spoke to the intersection of theatre and religion as well. Their interactive play Cry Innocent told the story of Bridget Bishop, the first person executed for witchcraft during the Salem Witch Trials.
Sunday I woke up too late to go to any of the morning sessions at the conference, but instead went to church with Natalia and then to Revere to see the annual sand-and-flower mandala that is built on the beach and then washed away with the tide. It was a performance of a different kind, but one that I very much enjoyed.