From Darwinism to Television: Michael Rubenfeld’s Muse Cluster

Hello SummerWorks Blog Readers! This is an important post for our blog. It is our first Muse Cluster. The first person to be featured in our Muse Cluster Series is appropriately Michael Rubenfeld our passionate and inquisitive Artistic Director. 

This post includes Michael’s inspirational list and brief comments about why these particular things catch his attention as an artist.








Photograph of Peter Singer by Sarah Lee/Guardian

1.  Peter Singer He’s an applied ethics philosopher.  I just read a short book he wrote on the need for the left to adopt Darwinism as fact, and accept it as a major factor in left-wing ideology.  I’ve been trying to write a play that deals loosely on evolution, and it was nice to enter someone’s mind who has been dedicated in effects on ideology.
2. The New Sunparlour Players album – Us Little Devils – It is a major recording leap for this band that I have loved for so long now.  This is the first album that I feel actually does them real justice.  It is a really well produced album full of incredible new songs.

3.  Philadephia – I’ve been working on the great play, Our Class, at the Wilma Theater in Philadelphia for the past 7 weeks.  This is my first time here, and it is a great city full of incredible architecture, a vibrant theatre scene and great people.  Its also full of complexities surrounding class, race and American culture as a whole.  This is a really interesting time in this country, and its been cool to get to live inside it for a while.

4. Parenthood- I’ve just discovered this show on Netflix (Which is a trillion times better in America than Canada).  I’ve avoided watching it forever because I assumed it was an extension of the Steve Martin movie.  It’s not.  It’s actually a really sophisticated show about family that has some really great writing and some great acting and stars Peter Krause (Nate from Six Feet Under).  The story-lines get a bit repetitive at times, but there is also a dedication to complexity within the context of universal simplicity.

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