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.

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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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Three-part series on What Farming is Teaching/Reminding Me about Playwriting and Theater

goofy market photo smallerOver the past month or so, I’ve had a three-part blog series running on the HowlRound web site: What Farming is Teaching/Reminding Me about Playwriting and Theater.  It sums up a lot of what I’ve learned from the past two years of farming.

This year, I’m taking a year off from farming–our site was too far from home, so I need to find a field a lot closer (which is a big challenge), and I need to devote some more time to writing and family.  But I will definitely do more farming, somehow, somewhere, in my double-life as a writer/farmer.

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Moving (a life in boxes) is now in paperback

IMG_0968Look what came in this mail this week!

Yep, paperback copies of my novel, Moving (a life in boxes).  I put out the ebook earlier this year, but had decided that self-publishing it as an actual physical book would be too much hassle.  But a friend  published his novel using Amazon’s Createspace service, so I decided to check it out.  It turned out to be pretty easy (especially since I already had a proofed text and cover).

So now it exists!  And the physical quality of the books is very high.  I couldn’t be more pleased with how they’ve turned out.

If you had wanted to read it, but weren’t into e-readers, I hope you’ll take this chance to check it out.  (And please let me know about what you think about both the story and the physical book–I’m curious to see if the quality continues to be consistent.)

Here’s a quick summary of the novel:

Moving (a life in boxes)

Jed and Lila are compulsive movers.  For them, moving boxes, packing tape, and open houses are the ultimate aphrodisiacs.  They meet on a moving day, Jed proposes on a moving day, and they end up moving 18 times in 18 years.  Moving defines their lives, their identities.  They move for fun, to recover from tragedy, and for new opportunities—until Lila decides she wants them to put down roots, in Boston.

Moving tells the story of a marriage challenged by wanderlust, regular old lust, obsession, infertility and adoption, and race.

 

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One Minute Play Festival returns to Boston

The One Minute Play Festival will be returning to Boston, January 4-6, at Boston Playwrights Theatre (949 Commonwealth Avenue, Boston), for its third year.  I will have two of these micro plays in this year’s festival–House Rules, directed by Jeff Mosser (who just did a fabulous job directing my full-length historical play with music, None but the Best, for In Good Company), and Diamonds Are Forever, directed by Vicki Shairer (who co-directed the very fun Project Project piece, How May I Connect You?).

The One Minute Play Festival is a super fun blur of plays–more than 100 in one night–that gives a quick barometric reading of the creative mental state of Boston’s theatre scene.  It’s the kind of evening that requires that you gulp it down now and then reflect back later on the moments and sparks that made you laugh or that hit you hardest or surprised you.

Writing for this festival requires me to write quickly and openly. For me, the trick to writing a good one minute play is getting the hell out of the way. I’ll set aside a few hours and write at least four of them, as fast as I can.  There’s no point in dithering about them, though there’s plenty of work to be done in honing them once they’re down on paper.

Tickets are $20 and are available at www.bostonplaywrights.org.

Here’s the list of playwrights into whose minds you will get a brief flash:

Barbara Blumenthal-Ehrlich, Jack Neary, Elisabeth Burdick, Steven Bogart, Bill Doncaster, Stephen Faria, Peter Floyd, Patrick Gabridge, Deirdre Girard, Rosanna Alfaro, Kirsten Greenidge (fellow Rhombus member), Israel Horovitz, Colleen Hughes, Dan Hunter, Emily Kaye Lazzaro, Christopher Lockheardt, K. Alexa Mavromatis (fellow Rhombus member), Walt McGough (fellow Rhombus member), James McLindon, Rick Park, John Shea, Matt Mayerchak, Donna Sorbello, Mwalim *7 (Prof MJ Peters), Heather Houston, Thom Dunn, Michael Bradford, Eleanor Burgess, David Valdes Greenwood, Tyler Monroe, Nina Louise Morrison, Lindsay Soson, Noah Tobin, Lila Rose Kaplan, Ginger Lazarus (fellow Rhombus member), Joyce Van Dyke, Obehi Janice, Clifford Odle, Cliff Blake, Robbi D’Allessandro, Mary Conroy, Shari D. Frost, Steve Barkhimer, Karmo Sanders, Payne Ratner, Terrence Kidd, Cassie M Seinuk, Ceelia Raker, James Ferguson, Jess Foster, John Greiner-Ferris, Fiona Kyle, Laura Neubauer, Max Mondi, Mike Meadors, & MJ Halberstadt.

 

I hope to see you there!

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Soak up some Boston history: None But The Best opens November 2 and 3

This Saturday and Sunday, In Good Company will premiere a new play with music that they commissioned from me, None But The Best.  The initial performances will be at the historic Tremont Temple, 88 Tremont Street, Boston, Saturday, November 2 at 7:30 pm and Sunday, November 3 at 4pm.  The play is directed by Jeff Mosser with music direction by Kay Dunlap.
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None but the Best follows Boston publisher Daniel Sharp Ford through the turbulent latter half of the 19th century.  His family newspaper, Youth’s Companion, goes from a small regional rag to a nationwide enterprise, bringing him to the heights of wealth and power, despite a near pathological shyness.  His paper influences a nation with the voices of poets and presidents, through Reconstruction, industrialization, the rise of labor and the fight for women’s suffrage. As the Gilded Age brings great economic disparities, he attempts to balance commerce and his strong sense of moral responsibility to the poor.

I hope you’ll come check it out.  (In an interesting historical note–our play will be done in Lorimer Hall at Tremont Templer, the exact room where Daniel Sharp Ford’s memorial service was held in 1900!)

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Mark your calendars: It Came From Rhombus, October 7

It_Came_From_Rhombus_finalIf you’re in Boston, I hope you’ll come celebrate Rhombus‘ 10th anniversary with an evening of readings of scenes from all 12 past and present Rhombus playwrights:  It Came From Rhombus. In addition to fun new plays read by some of our favorite actors, we’ll have plenty of tasty snacks and the evening is a fundraiser for Boston Playwrights’ Theatre. (Our way of saying thanks for 10 years of support.) October 7, 7pm, Boston Playwrights Theatre, 949 Commonwealth Avenue, Boston. Suggested donation $10.

Our playwrights are: Joe Byers, Carl Danielson, Leslie Harrell Dillen, Patrick Gabridge (me), Kirsten Greenidge, Ginger Lazarus, Walt McGough, Mike Manship, K Alexa Mavromatis, Kathleen Rogers, John Shea, and Ken Urban.

Our fabulous actors that night will include: Becca A. Lewis, Paul Vincent Melendy, Robert D. Murphy, Sarah Newhouse, Dale Place, Omar Robinson, Christine Power, and Jessica Webb.

I am so grateful to all the many actors we’ve worked with over the years (I need to go make a list all of our many Rhombus actors and see how man that actually is).  Their talent, insights, and time have helped us shape scores of plays that have appeared on stage in front of thousands of audience members all around the world.

 

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