The Art of Satire, and Those Who Fail to Make It

by Mariah Schultz and Aidan Senn There is a fine line between satire and humor. The two can often coalesce, but humor is merely a byproduct of satire, not the sole function. At its heart, satire is meant to critique a clear truth in an exaggerated and often  absurd (and humorous) extent. It requires precise... Continue Reading →

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A Director’s Journey (or You’re An Artist of Color) with Mikael Burke

by Bri Schwartz Photo by Michael Brosilow In my three years here at The Theatre School at DePaul University, I have worked on shows about topics as broad as trauma and heartache and as niche as beastiality and basketball. Never have I worked on something that talks about something as close to me as race.... Continue Reading →

Laura Biagi’s S.A.D Self Love

by Emma Durbin When I am single on Valentines Day, do I feel failure because I am lonely, or is it because I’ve been told that my relationship status determines my value as a human being? And what if I chose to be alone and ignore “Galentine's” Day? Does my decision to not be with... Continue Reading →

Letter From the Editors

Hello, wonderful Grapplerites! We here at The Grappler are excited for the promise of what 2018 has to bring, and hope that you are excited about the potential change that could be brought about within this new year. Part of the ability to change or to encourage change is to start with looking at how... Continue Reading →

The Re-Whiting of American History

By Rachel Perzynski, Associate Editor Graphic by Klaire Brezinski If you needed more evidence as to how our nation continues to undermine the struggles and triumphs of black Americans, you would only have to pick up a U.S. History textbook at your local library. While looking for resources on antebellum slavery for The Theatre School’s... Continue Reading →

A Question of Equine Consent

By Emily L. Witt, Staff Writer Graphic by Emily L. Witt Great theatre should cause its audience to question their own morality and tolerance. Hampton Cade’s recent lab For Want of a Horse by Olivia Dufalt did just that. Those of us that identify as liberals like to think we’re so satisfyingly open-minded to the... Continue Reading →

The Ten Commandments for Dramaturging Shakespeare

By Mariah Schultz, Associate Editor Graphic by Daniella Ashley Mazzio When it comes to working with playwrights, Shakespeare is definitely a fickle fellow. Commanding the language, deciphering relationships, and pilfering through tons of research can be demanding for even a dramaturg extraordinaire. And Shakespeare isn’t even alive, making the brunt of your work grueling at... Continue Reading →

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