The screensaver of my son, C. Ham
As I write in an essay
published by the Los Angeles Review of Books today, I have a double investment in the musical Hamilton
: I come from a long line of Hamiltons, including, according to family legend, Alexander; and I wrote the book about Rent
, a major inspiration on Lin-Manuel Miranda. I also relate to Miranda’s script, and the accompanying Hamiltome, being a piece of writing about writing. Read the full essay here: https://lareviewofbooks.org/article/whats-in-a-name/
Raul Esparza, star of the current Ahmanson Theatre production Leap of Faith, is as engaging as he is deep. Last week, in an interview for the LA Times, we bonded over our loves of Joan Jett, Jonathan Larson, Virginia Woolf, and Cuban coffee. Neil Pepe, artistic director of the Atlantic Theatre Company in New York, told me Esparza is one of “our great American actors.” My piece runs in the Times tomorrow but is online now.