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.
I’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.
Santa 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
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).
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!
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.
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.)
The Christmas comedy had six productions and readings in 2016 and is fast on its way to becoming one of my most popular short plays. I’m hoping to be able to travel to Toronto for the InspiraTO festival. My play Quack was in the festival last year, but I missed it.
Santa Doesn’t Live Here Anymore
10 minutes. Holiday comedy. 2m, 1w (gender casting in this play is flexible)
Mom and Dad have never gotten around to telling Jeffrey that there’s no Santa. He’s 30, and he still believes. This Christmas the truth comes out about Santa, as well as a few other family secrets.
Lack of posts, in this case, is not because of lack of stuff happening. But rather, there has been lots of it. The past six months have seen the end of the run of Blood on the Snow, Flat Earth’s terrific production of Blinders, a reading of my new play Chore Monkeys from the North Shore Readers Collaborative, a workshop of my super new play, Drift, by the Huntington Theatre Company, a festival of my short plays in Incheon, South Korea (which I got to attend), plus two new commissioned projects. Plus a few other things. All while doing major renovation work on our house. Photos of all of this, to come, soon. I will have time to breathe and catch up. Very soon.
I’m delighted that my play, Ms. Claus, will be part of Suburban Holidays V, staged by Quannapowitt Players, in Reading, MA, November 25-December 3. Last year they produced my short play, Santa Doesn’t Live Here Anymore. QP has been putting on theater in their community for 79 years! I’m excited to see the show–it’s always nice when the plays get produced close to home.