The Performance of Ghost Hunting, Part I

This is a two-part post about my studies into the relationship between performance and the act of ghost hunting. A performance is typically defined as an event where there is someone who is presenting something, and there are a group of people observing. This definition of performance is not limited to only theatres or television… Continue reading The Performance of Ghost Hunting, Part I

Howard Barker & Theatre of Catastrophe

A truly fascinating and yet terrifying playwright I've come across is British playwright, Howard Barker. Granted, he's not Sarah Kane-scary, but his work is disturbing.  Barker created the genre of "Theatre of Catastrophe" to describe his work, because no other genre described his style the way he wanted it.  In the 1980's, Barker coined the… Continue reading Howard Barker & Theatre of Catastrophe

A “Brief” Rant About the Oxfordian Theory of Shakespeare’s Authorship

Most people know that I'm very much obsessed with Shakespeare.  I studied his work quite immensely in undergraduate and graduate school, and I still conduct research for my own personal endeavors.  I'm by no means an expert, while some disagree (aw, shucks).  But I can work my way out of paper bag when it comes… Continue reading A “Brief” Rant About the Oxfordian Theory of Shakespeare’s Authorship

Anton Chekhov and The Seagull

Biography “Medicine is my lawful wife and literature is my mistress” – Anton Chekhov Anton Chekhov (1860-1904) is known as the father of modern theatre.  Anton was born in Taganrog in 1860.  Chekhov is best known for his works such as The Seagull, Uncle Vanya, The Cherry Orchard and The Three Sisters.  Taganrog is a… Continue reading Anton Chekhov and The Seagull

Staged Reading of “Japanese Eyes/American Heart” in San Diego

You are invited to a staged reading of my play... Japanese Eyes/American Heart by Alex Matsuo An original play that centers around memory. It tells the story of a granddaughter’s journey to solve the mystery of unexplained war medals of her deceased grandfather who was a Japanese-American soldier in World War II. As she tries… Continue reading Staged Reading of “Japanese Eyes/American Heart” in San Diego

Yotsuya Kaidan and Japanese Ghosts

I will start off by saying that the Japanese really know how to tell a good ghost story.  Merely listening to a Japanese ghost story sends shivers down my spine and makes the hair on the back of my neck raise on end.  Being a quarter Japanese, I've had a fascination with this part of… Continue reading Yotsuya Kaidan and Japanese Ghosts

Actor, Playwright, Director, Researcher…Superhero

Well, not really.  I just seem to have a lot of my plate but for no reason.  It is self-inflicted. You know you're a nerd when you go to the library and you have to refill the meter twice and pray that you don't get a ticket for going over the 1-hour parking limit.  I… Continue reading Actor, Playwright, Director, Researcher…Superhero