Mad Dash report (it really happened)

We ended up having a blast at Mad Dash last month.  (July was crazy busy with theatre stuff.)  I was paired up with Amy Merrill, whom I’ve known for a long time, but I’d never had a chance to work with her.  After the initial meeting at Doyle’s pub, we headed out for IHOP, just like I did last year.  It’s the perfect spot for Mad Dash writing–lots of sugar, coffee, and they’re open all night.  Plus it’s never too crowded.   Chocolate chip pancakes did the trick for me.  Amy was much more sophisticated, going for the crepes.

We kept plugging away at a script, and by 1:30 am, we had a ten-minute play called Sanctuary, about a landscaper and her customer–who is not pleased that he can still see and hear his neighbors, despite the urban sanctuary he was promised. Since the World Cup was in full swing, there were plenty of soccer references, too (the landscaper made an unfortunate bet on one of the games).

After a little sleep, we were paired up with our director, Derek Fraser, and our cast, Chris Larson and Jordan Clark. They were an immensely talented trio, and Amy and I sat half-awake though rehearsal, as they turned our midnight ramblings into an actual play. I love how the 24-hour play festivals highlight the essential elements of the rehearsal process–there is initial blind fumbling and excitement, then questions, attempts at answers, and then plunging ahead in 3-dimensions, and learning lines, all as curtain time looms.

They labored away all day, and by 8pm, they were ready.  And so were all the teams–8 new plays were birthed in a frenzy of activity at the Cambridge YMCA theatre, and played to a sold-out, appreciative crowd.  It was a night with the magic of theatre on full display, thanks to the dedication of dozens of artists and the organizational skills of Fresh Ink and Interim Writers.

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Mad Dash, year two!

maddash-idea-99-15-editedI’m taking part in the Fresh Ink/Interim Writers 24-hour hour play festival and fundraiser, The Mad Dash, for the second year in a row.  Tonight, 16 playwrights will meet up at Doyle’s Pub in Jamaica Plain and be paired into 8 writing teams.  We will go find someplace to write and magically churn out a brand new ten-minute play (based on prompts we’ll receive tonight) by 7 a.m. tomorrow morning.  We’ll meet with directors, start rehearsing with the casts, and plays will be fully staged by 8 p.m. tomorrow night, at the Central Square YMCA in Cambridge.

Tickets are $15 in advance, or $20 at the door.  This fundraiser is all the more important this year, because we just found out the the Factory Theatre, where Fresh Ink normally performs (and where my play, Distant Neighbors was scheduled to open in November) will close on October 31 (see the story in WBUR’s ARTery site).  So they’re going to need all the resources they can get to find a new space.

I already took two naps today, trying to get ready for tonight. It’s always a little nervewracking, knowing that you must come up with a new play by morning.  Last year, we had a blast and turned out some pretty fun work. (I’m hoping my partner will want to write at IHOP again–I could go for a serious sugar rush.)

I can’t wait to see what we come up with this year.

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Super Good News: Distant Neighbors will be produced by Fresh Ink in November

Yep, that’s right, my full-length play, Distant Neighbors, will get a full production from the Fresh Ink Theatre here in Boston, at the Factory Theatre, November 14-22.  And if you want to get little taste of the play, as it starts it’s growth through workshop and rehearsal, you can check out a reading of the play at the Factory Theatre on Tuesday, May 27th, at 7:30pm, 791 Tremont Street, Boston (the reading is free).

I’m super excited to have a chance to work with Fresh Ink again.  They produced my play, Fire on Earth, last February, and did a fabulous job.  The two plays couldn’t seem to be more different, which is part of what makes Fresh Ink so cool–they’re just looking for plays that get them excited, whether they’re about 16th century Biblical translators and smugglers, or alien space ships. Getting the chance to build a long-term relationship with a theatre is so important for playwrights, and I feel very lucky.

In Distant Neighbors, a group of suburban neighbors are strangers to each other until an alien space ship crashes into their back yards. After its arrival, they get to know each other a lot better, and faster, than they ever expected (or wanted).  Distant Neighbors is a space-age love story about loneliness and longing, and the barriers we set up between us.  It looks at the possibility for wonder, not just at the skies and the universe and the thought of unknown life forms, but also at the person living right next door.

We’re going to have great time with it, in both the reading and the production, and I hope you’ll come check it out!

 

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The Retriever to be read in NYC, May 19

My short play, The Retriever, will get a staged reading from That Thing! in New York on Monday, May 19th, at 8pm.  There will be about an hour of readings of short plays at the Characters Bar, 243 W. 54th Street.

In this fun play, Mr. Lenox is sent to retrieve one of his students who has run off prom, but her price for returning presses against some difficult secrets. I wrote this one last summer, for the T Plays festival in Boston. I’m excited to have a chance to hear it with a new cast and new audience.

If you’re in New York and have a free evening on the 19th, I hope you’ll stop by, check out the reading, and say Hi!  This reading is giving me a good excuse to head to New York and visit friends (and have an in-house reading of another play while I’m there).

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Curse the Darkness is now available from Brooklyn

curse covers smallerLook what came in the mail!

Curse the Darkness is now officially available from Brooklyn Publishers.  Watch out world!

This play has been one of my most popular short plays–it’s been produced in Boston, New York, Rhode Island, Montana, Minnesota, and even in Seoul, South Korea! It’s a very funny stealth comedy about a scene change gone wrong at a short play festival.  (Cast of 4, flexible gender.)

You can order a copy from Brooklyn here.

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Double Shot of Good News

All kinds of good news today!

My short play, will/did/is (which starred Dakota Shepard and Brett Milanowski in its premiere in Mill 6′s T Plays), tied for first place in the Vittum Awards (ten-minute play division) with Mary Steelsmith‘s Seldom is Heard.

Also, Clockwise Theatre in Waukeegan announced today that it will produce my play, Constant State of Panic, in 2015!  Richard Shavzin will direct.   We had such a great time this show with Madcap Players in DC.  I can’t wait to work on it again.  https://www.facebook.com/pages/Clockwise-Theatre/163011487061401

Here’s an image from the DC production of Constant State of Panic.

Jenny and Dave in Constant State of Panic

Dave and Jenny battle it out.
Paul McLane and Tori Miller in Constant State of Panic, produced by Madcap Players, photo by Isaac Liu;

 

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Another Giveaway for signed copies of Moving

I’m doing another giveaway of signed copies of Moving (a life in boxes) over on Goodreads. It’s completely free, so if you’re a Goodreads members, just click to sign up.

Goodreads Book Giveaway

Moving by Patrick Gabridge

Moving

by Patrick Gabridge

Giveaway ends March 11, 2014.

See the giveaway details
at Goodreads.

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Win a copy of Moving (a life in boxes) on Goodreads

I’m still doing everything I can to get copies of my new novel, Moving (a life in boxes), into the hands of readers.  Right now, I’m running a giveaway over on Goodreads, where three people will win copies of the book.  It’s easy to sign up (I’ll paste the little widget below).  I hope you’ll check it out!

 

Goodreads Book Giveaway

Moving by Patrick Gabridge

Moving

by Patrick Gabridge

Giveaway ends February 17, 2014.

See the giveaway details
at Goodreads.

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Win one of 3 Signed Copies of Moving (a life in boxes)!

The new paperback version of Moving (a life in boxes) is out, and I’m eager to get it into the hands of readers.  To start, I’m going to do my first Rafflecopter giveaway of three signed copies.  I’ve never used this application before, so we’ll have to see how it goes. In theory, it’s supposed to be easy (for both you and me).

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I want to share what a few of my fellow writers and friends have had to say about the book:

What Others are Saying about Moving (a life in boxes)

“When you’re always in motion, where does the heart come to rest? Patrick Gabridge’s latest novel brilliantly illuminates a relationship that’s forever looking over the horizon — and what happens when two people who’ve always grown together may now be growing apart. Insightful, compelling and beautifully detailed, Moving is that rare book whose effect on the reader is exactly described by the title.”     –Mike Cooper, author of Clawback

“In Moving (a life in boxes), Patrick Gabridge has rendered a story brimming with passion, humor, and irony as it rides the inner roller coaster of one unconventional couple’s marriage in modern times. Be prepared to take sides and don’t be surprised if you change your mind.”    –Jessica Maria Tuccelli, author of Glow

“In Moving (a life in boxes), Patrick Gabridge unpacks the fascinating history of a peripatetic marriage, defined by eighteen years of moves, open houses, real estate brochures, and a stash of marked-up cardboard boxes awaiting their next journey — until the couple come to a crossroads. Artfully plotted, emotionally stirring, and often laugh-out-loud funny, Moving bravely explores the mysterious terrain of modern marriage, and offers an intimate look at a family who will take up residence in your heart.”   –Diana Renn, author of Tokyo Heist

“With a playwright’s eye for telling detail and ear for crackling dialogue, Patrick Gabridge’s Moving (A Life in Boxes) vividly captures the complexity of modern marriage. After eighteen years and eighteen moves, Lila and Jed have finally settled down. But what does it mean to stay in one place when your life has been built around moving and change and the next new experience? Is it possible to let go of your dreams without losing who you are? Gabridge creates a lyrical and unexpected love story about a man escaping his present only to be drawn back to the family he adores.”  –Laura Harrington, author of Alice Bliss and winner of Massachusetts Book Award

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Win a Copy of Tornado Siren

I’m doing a little promo work for my two novels right now, and starting today I’ve got a giveaway going on over on Goodreads.  You can sign up to win one of three autographed copies of the paperback of Tornado Siren.  This is the first time I’ve done one of these, so I’m very curious to see how it works out.  I’ll be doing for for Moving in early February.

Goodreads Book Giveaway

Tornado Siren by Patrick Gabridge

Tornado Siren

by Patrick Gabridge

Giveaway ends January 31, 2014.

See the giveaway details
at Goodreads.

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