This will be the final weekend for Constant State of Panic at Clockwise Theatre in Waukegan, Illinois. I was fortunate to be able to fly out for the opening weekend a couple weeks ago, and they’re doing a great job with it. The cast is absolutely lovely and the set is awesome. I was especially glad to finally get to meet director Richard Shavzin in person–we’d talked many, many times on the phone, as we worked on making the script tighter and tighter. I always feel lucky to work with a small company like this that is able to make such a strong commitment to doing new plays. Waukegan is lucky to have a gem like Clockwise.
Here’s a photo with (back to front, left to right) Richard Shavzin, me, Christopher Davis (Jim), stage manager Carol Alleman, Michael Wollner (Dave), Nicholia Q. Aquirre (Sonia), and Megan Skord (Jenny) on opening night.
My short play, Quack, will be part of the Boston Theater Marathon on Sunday, May 10th. Sleeping Weazel is producing, and Kelly Smith is directing a lovely cast of Elle Borders and William J. Moore.
The Marathon is my favorite theatrical event of the year, featuring 50 different ten-minute plays, by 50 different New England playwrights, produced by 50 New England theatre companies. All to benefit the Theatre Community Benevolent Fund. It runs from noon until 10pm, with five new plays every hour. (Mine will be in the 4pm slot.) It’s an amazingly fun day, and there’s no better way to see an entire cross-section of the theatre scene in our region. My daughter and I usually try to stay for the entire ten hours–I don’t like to miss a single minute.
This will be my 11th time being included in the Marathon, and I’m especially excited to share this play with the Marathon audience. (It’s one I like a lot.)
My short play Quack is continuing is initial foray into the world, after having gotten its tart in Boston in December. It’s now running through April 4th at Theatre Three in Port Jefferson, NY (on Long Island), in their Festival of One-Act Plays. I’ve been submitting to this festival since 2008, so it was very gratifying to finally have one of my plays selected. If you’re in the area, I hope you’ll check it out.
On Thursday, March 19, at 7pm, Theatre on Fire will present a reading of my play Constant State of Panic at the Charlestown Working Theatre, 442 Bunker Hill Street, Charlestown. (Here are directions to the space.) This darkly comic love story follows two people trying to stay together, despite the insanity of the world around them–the story of a man afraid of everything, and a woman afraid of nothing other than losing her husband. Lines between reality and fantasy become blurred as we journey through the looking glass of our modern NSA-era Wonderland.
Anna Trachtman is directing a terrifically talented cast of Bob Mussett, Kris Sidberry, Paul Melendy, and Amanda Ruggiero. Bob played Tyndale in the production of my play, Fire on Earth from Fresh Ink a few years ago. Kris and Amanda both just finished giving lovely performances in Intimate Apparel at the Lyric Stage Company. Paul Melendy is currently appearing in That Hopey, Changey Thing at Stoneham Theatre.
It’ll be a fun night for the audience, but also especially useful to me as a writer–this play is in rehearsal for a production that opens in Waukegan, IL at the Clockwise Theatre , in April, and this is a chance for me to hear the latest changes I’ve been making, in front of an audience. (The audience is SO important in developing a play.)
I hope you’ll come check it the reading this Thursday. (It’s free!)
My short play, How Does It Feel to be a Problem?, will be read by One Night Stand Theater in Aurora, Colorado, on Sunday, April 12, 7pm, at the Vintage Theatre (1468 Dayton Street). One Night Stand does a monthly reading of short plays, around a theme. This month, the series is entitled, Voices for Change–Tales of Social Strife and Injustice.
My piece is about a conversation between a white adoptive father and his teenage black son about the rules they need to have now that the son has more independence to wander around town. And the rules don’t seem fair at all. This play is drawn directly from my own life and from conversations I’ve had with both my kids.
One Night Stand does an excellent job with these readings–they’ve done a bunch of my plays, including Quack, Santa Doesn’t Live Here Anymore, The Sky is Falling, and The Invisible Husband. I’m glad to be included again.
The folks at the Bostonian Society have put together this cool graphic for our Blood on the Snow play. This is one that they commissioned from me and that we’re hoping to produce this fall.
This Saturday, as part of the annual commemoration of the Boston Massacre, we’ll be reading a scene from the play at 11am and 2pm, at the Old State House in downtown Boston.
We’ve also got a web page for the play. Check out www.bloodonthesnow.com. We need to raise another $60,000 by August in order to put it on, so there’s a pitch there for funds, but also info about the play and the history.
The Clockwise Theatre is making fast progress on the production of my play, Constant State of Panic, which will open on April 17th, in Waukegan, Illinois. Rehearsals start this weekend, the set is already being built. Here’s the poster!
I got some good news from the Massachusetts Cultural Council earlier this month. I’m one of five finalists for the MCC Dramatic Writing Fellowships. We each get $1,000! (The winners got $10,000 each.) This is my 8th time applying for the fellowship, so clearly persistence does pay off. I’m very grateful to the MCC for their continued support of individual artists. Over the past few decades, grants for artists have largely dried up, but the MCC has stuck around, and this year marks an increase in the amounts they’re giving out. (My timing is perfect.)
Here’s the list of winners and finalists. A very talented bunch.
If you’re in the Boston area, I hope you’ll come see the reading of my full-length play, Lab Rats, at the Munroe Center for the Arts in Lexington, 7:30pm, on February 21. Rebecca Bradshaw (who directed my play, Fire on Earth) is directing a stellar cast of Omar Robinson and Brenna Fitzgerald.
In Lab Rats, Mika and Jake live on the margins of society, earning a slim living as test subjects in medical and psychological experiments. With Mika’s fiery outbursts and Jake’s extreme shyness, they seem like an unlikely pair, but as they get to know each other in medical waiting rooms they develop a friendship and romance that starts to ease their painful isolation. Lab Rats brings a fun theatricality to the lives of two people desperate to find a hand to hold on to through the twisting maze of life.
I was fortunate to be able to work with Rebecca and Omar and Brenna on Lab Rats for a reading in November from Argos Productions, and am super grateful to continue with them for this new reading.
My short play, Quack, which just received a lovely production in the Firehouse Center for the Arts New Works Festival in Newburyport, MA, will be part of One Night Stand Theater’s next set of readings, Weird Love, Dark Kisses. The readings will take place on Sunday, February 8, at 7pm, at the Vintage Theatre in Aurora. I just wish I could be there to see it and to visit with my Colorado friends and family.
Quack is having a strong introduction to the world, after having won SlamBoston, and will soon appear in festivals in New York and Virginia.