A very busy month: events and productions of my work in May

May is a super busy month for my work.  Here are the events and shows happening around the country. I hope you can check some of them out.  (Please e-mail me if you do, or if you see me, come say Hello.)

  • Stop Rain, a short play, was produced at Actors Workshop in Ithaca, NY, on May 3.
  • My short play, Spitting Image was at Payson High School in Payson, AZ, on May 4.
  • My short play, The Discovery, was produced at the Bethune School, in Bethune, CO, on May 5.
  • My short play, Pumpkin Patch, was produced at the Henry W. Grady High School, in Atlanta, May 5-6.
  • My one-minute play, Polaroids, will be in the Gi60 International Play Festival on May 13, at the University of Leeds, 7:30 p.m.
  • My short play Eden in Chains will be in the Boston Theater Marathon on May 14 at the Calderwood Pavilion Theatre at the Boston Center for the Arts. This event features 50 ten-minute plays by New England playwrights, from noon until 10 p.m. (My show is in the 9 o’clock hour.) Plus the event supports the Theatre Community Benevolent Fund!
  • On Tuesday, May 16, at 7 p.m., Porter Square Books will host the official launch for StageSource’s New England New Play Anthology, a fantastic collection that I edited, by some of New England’s best playwrights. We’ll have actors read from scenes from the plays.
  • On Thursday, May 18, at 6:30 p.m. I’ll be part of the Four Stories reading series at the Middle East Restaurant in Central Square, Cambridge. Actor Marc Pierre will read from my novel, Steering to Freedom, about Civil War hero Robert Smalls.
  • My one-act about quantum entanglement, Both/And, continues to run at the MIT Museum. This month it will play on May 20, 21, 29 at 1:30 p.m. and 3 p.m.
  • My one-act, The Next Big Thing, will be at St. Anne’s School of Annapolis, in Maryland, May 24.
  • On Tuesday, May 25, at 6 p.m., I will be giving a talk with Stephen H. Case at the New England Historic Genealogical Society about Benedict Arnold and his wife Peggy Shippen and their plot to betray America during the Revolutionary War. We’ll have actors read scenes from a screenplay that I’ve written based on Stephen’s book, Treacherous Beauty.
  • And at the end of the month (June 1, actually), Blood on the Snow will return to the Old State House for a 12-week run. Last year the show sold out very fast–this year there will be plenty of chances to see this site-specific play about the day after the 1770 Boston Massacre. (But don’t wait to get your tickets.)
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New England New Play Anthology is now published!

After a very long time, and a lot of work and support, all across the Boston and New England theater community, StageSource and the New Play Alliance have finally published the New England New Play Anthology!

I’m so proud to share these fabulous plays with the rest of the world. Our authors are:

Walt McGough, Melinda Lopez, Marisa Smith, Kirsten Greenidge, Johnny Kuntz, Steven Barkhimer, MJ Halberstadt, and John Minigan.

Special thanks are due to Laura Neill, Julie Hennrikus, Emma B Putnam, Brian Michael Balduzzi, Haley Fluke, Ty Furman, Alicia Bettano, Daniel Begin, Clare Lockhart, Jake Catsaros (who designed the fabulous cover), Naomi Ibasitas, Mary Frances Nosser, Michaela Tucci, Juliet Bowler, Steven Bergman, Ellen Davis Sullivan, Amy Merrill, Lisa Rafferty, Stefanie Cloutier, and Karla Sorenson, Ilana Brownstein, Charles Haugland, Jessie Baxter, and many more.

I hope you’ll buy a copy (via StageSource, but bookstores and Amazon also have it), not just to support new plays in New England, but to read these fantastic scripts by some of New England’s most talented playwrights.

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Escape to Wonderland coming to Colorado, April 9

My short play, Escape to Wonderland, will be part of One Night Stand‘s “Trains and Planes” evening at the Vintage Theatre in Aurora, Colorado, on April 9th.  I’ve had quite a few plays read by One Night Stand and I’m grateful for my work to be back again.  Here’s more details:

Take a Trip with One Night Stand Theater’s “Trains and Planes” April 9

Join One Night Stand Theater for sentimental journeys of the heart and dark trips of the soul when they present “Trains and Planes: Voyages by Air and Rail” on Sunday, April 9, 7:00 p.m. at the Vintage Theater in Aurora.

This one-night-only production features short plays and stories of travel and adventure:

  • Unseen forces on an Italian train bring two young travelers together in “Physics and Tea” by Ross Peter Nelson.
  • A treacherous journey to Denver connects a worried mother and a solitary hitchhiker in “After the Rain” by Julie Excell.
  • The widow at Gate 12 has an unexpected reaction to a plane crash in “Taking Off” by David-Matthew Barnes.
  • A chance reunion of old friends on the Boston Blue Line turns criminal in “Escape to Wonderland” by Patrick Gabridge.
  • A trip to the Santa Monica Airport with a plane-loving 10-year-old resonates decades later in “Tango Oscar Mike” by Beth Foster.
  • A child’s adventurous train ride from Chicago to Cairo is not what it seems in “Train Story” by Leslie Lewis.
  • Train folk songs and ghost stories are also on the show’s itinerary.

The show features actors MaryAnn Amari, Erin Bell, David Brandl, James Crapes, Emily Gomes, Joi Hiatt, Hilarie Nelson, Lauren Russell, and Doug Tisdale, with directors Tami Canaday, Cindy Hall, Brenda Hoskins, and James O’Leary.

“Our show’s theme is travel,” says James O’Leary, One Night Stand Theater’s artistic director, “but the real journey is the twists and turns in these plays and stories. These trips go in unexpected directions and wind up in unlikely destinations: some romantic, some tragic.”

One Night Stand Theater is a Denver-area theater company that has presented one-night-only evenings of theatrical staged readings over the past eight years, each with its own theme. Performances have featured the Wild West, folk tales, Shakespeare, Hollywood, and plays about war, romance, and the Bible.

“Trains and Planes” takes place on Sunday, April 9 at 7:00 p.m. at the Vintage Theatre, located at 1468 Dayton St., one half-block south of Colfax Avenue in Old Downtown Aurora. Tickets are $10. The evening is recommended for mature audiences. To make reservations, e-mail tickets@onenightstandtheater.org or phone 303-725-4959. More information is available at www.onenightstandtheater.org and at the One Night Stand Theater Facebook page.


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How Does It Feel To Be A Problem? running at Theatre Three

Brian Smith and Skyler Quinn Johnson in How Does It Feel To Be a Problem? Photo by Peter Lanscombe.

My short play, How Does It Feel To Be A Problem? is now entering its second week at Theatre Three in Port Jefferson, Long Island, as part of their 20th annual one-act festival.  The play is about a white dad and his black adopted son, when they have to have “the talk” about how the world is going to treat the young teen differently than his white friends. Sounds like it’s been getting a powerful response so far. They produced Quack in the festival two years ago.

The festival runs through April 1.

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Both/And in “Love and Other Entanglments” at the MIT Museum

Image may contain: nightI’ve been commissioned to write a short play about quantum entanglement by the Central Square Theatre and the MIT Museum, as part of an exhibit around a really weird and cool experiment that’s been conducted by MIT Professors David Kaiser and Alan Guth and a whole team of super smart people. The resulting script, Both/And, will have its first public reading this Friday, February 10th at the MIT Museum in Cambridge at 7 pm, as part of a program called “Love and Other Entanglements” which will feature stories, music, and our play.

The script is still in development, so this is a chance for us to hear how it works for an audience. I’m thrilled to be reunited with director Rebecca Bradshaw (who directed my play Fire on Earth four years ago for Fresh Ink in Boston), and to be working with a talented and fun cast of Grace Trapnell, Susannah Wilson, and Josephine Elwood.

Come check it out!

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Santa is up and running in Orlando

PosterSanta Doesn’t Live Here Anymore opened at the Playwrights Round Table in Orlando last weekend, as part of their Launch 2017 Festival.  The festival runs through February 5th, with a terrific line-up of 8 new plays.

Tracey Jane Smith, and BeeJay Clinton and Ken Preuss. Photo by Robert Cunha.









Ken Preuss, BeeJay Clinton, Tracey Jane Smith. Photo by Robert Cunha

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It’s official: Blood on the Snow will return!

The announcement was made official today:  Blood on the Snow will return to the Old State House in Boston, for the WHOLE SUMMER.  Yep, that’s right, a 12-week run, opening June 1st. We sold out the entire run last year and the audience response was tremendous to this immersive show set on the day after the Boston Massacre. In the room where it happened. (an important meeting that might have determined the fate of America, not the massacre) Most of the original cast (who are amazing) are returning for the run. The folks at the Old State House/Bostonian society are amazing to work with. Should be a great summer.  Here’s a very cool trailer they came up with for the show.  Tickets aren’t on sale yet, but if you’re interested, get on the mailing list to find out when (I think it’s going to sell very quickly again).

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Santa Doesn’t Live Here Anymore opens in CA tonight!

Santa Doesn’t Live Here Anymore opens tonight at the Little Fish Theatre in San Pedro, California, as part of their Pick of the Vine Festival. It runs all the way through February 11th. I’m excited to be back in this festival–my play, Recognition was in it back in 2010. I just wish I could be there to see it!

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Blood on the Snow one of WBUR’s favorite productions of 2016

Daniel Berger Jones and Dale Place in Blood on the Snow, photo by Nile Hawver/Nile Scott Shots

Last week, WBUR, our local NPR station (and one that has a large presence nationally), included the May/June production of Blood on the Snow as one of their favorite productions of the year. I’m delighted for it to be included in a list of very distinguished theatrical productions.


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Santa in Korea again!

Santa Doesn’t Live Here Anymore will have a reading in Seoul on December 23, 7pm, and December 24, 3pm, at Cafe Spielen. Check it out if you just happen to be there. (and speak Korean) https://www.facebook.com/Spielen1/

(For my American friends who read Korean, you can let me know if I got the right link.)

Glad to keep the Korean connection going! This is being put on my folks who were involved with the August festival of my work in Incheon.  (Photos to come soon, I promise.)

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