More Eyes on My Play "Miss Keller...!"

Just got word that my play "Miss Keller Has No Second Book" is a Semifinalist for the 2016 Princess Grace Playwriting Fellowship, and the 2016 Gulfshore Playhouse New Works Festival in Naples, FL!

It's enormously encouraging and exciting to know that others -- especially such esteemed organizations -- are evaluating my work and finding it worthy of their attention.

In "Miss Keller Has No Second Book," it’s been nearly 50 years since the notoriously reclusive Agnes Keller published her first and only book. Now, with her protective sister recently deceased, Agnes must face the pressures from outside her small sanctuary as she grapples with the inevitability of change, the tangled tethers of family, and the question of an artist’s obligation to the world.

Members of New Play Exchange/ New Play Network can now read the play here

Finalist for the Heideman Award at Actors Theatre of Louisville

So excited to learn that "The Presentation," one of my ten-minute plays, is a finalist for the 2017 Heideman Award at Actors Theatre of Louisville. The play was submitted for consideration of this award as well as inclusion in ATL's National Ten-Minute Play Contest.

Established in 1989, the National Ten-Minute Play Contest remains one of the most enduring and significant means by which the literary staff at Actors Theatre of Louisville connects with American playwrights and is introduced to vibrant new voices for the stage. The Heideman Award was established in 1979. Made possible by the late Ted Heideman, a Louisvillian, the $1,000 cash prize is bestowed annually upon the winner of the National Ten-Minute Play Contest (1990 – present).

Won't know final results until February, but I'm honored to be selected as a finalist for this prestigious prize.

"Chain Link" at Nylon Fusion in NYC

Skyler Gallun and Nikita Tewani, as directed by Lori Kee at Nylon Fusion (NYC). All photos credit: Al Foote III

Skyler Gallun and Nikita Tewani, as directed by Lori Kee at Nylon Fusion (NYC). All photos credit: Al Foote III

My new short play, "Chain Link," will be produced as part of Nylon Fusion's "This Round's On Us" series Friday June 3 and Saturday June 4 at 9:00 p.m. The evenings will also feature a World Premiere by the brilliant John Patrick Shanley.

Directed by Lori Kee, the short play features Nikita Tewani and Skyler Gullen.

The performances will take place at TADA! NYC, 15 W. 28th Street, New York, NY 10001. Tickets available here and more info at NylonFusion.org. Catch it if you can!

"The Super Variety Match Bonus Round!" in Playwrights Union "First Peek" Series

My newest play, "The Super Variety Match Bonus Round!" is part of the Playwrights Union "First Peek" play reading series on Sunday June 5 at 2:00 p.m. sharp, at the VS Theater, 5453 West Pico Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA 90019. Tickets are FREE and available at Eventbrite (it's a small space, please get your tickets in advance to avoid crushing disappointment).

Synopsis for "The Super Variety Match Bonus Round!":
When a very modern kid with no vowels in his name rents a bedroom in the small home of a small-town Texas couple during a big desert music festival weekend, and that couple is struggling with grief and progress and how to find their tiny safe place in a big scary rapidly changing world, and that kid kindly decides to dose their applesauce with his own personalized candy-flip of party psycho-pharmaceuticals, and then that couple finds themselves in a 1970s-era game show experiencing a truth reckoning that shakes the very foundation of their marriage, hilarity ensues.

I mean, COME ON.

Singing "People Person"

Last fall I had the thrill of performing a song from a new musical called "Ghost(s) -- The Musical" in a Los Angeles showcase called "A Little New Music" at Rockwell Table and Stage.  The song "People Person" is sung by a character named DeeDee Dupree, the evil, uh... misunderstood real estate developer, and it was written by the brilliant Brian Woodbury.  Enjoy!

Cast in a new ABC sitcom pilot!

Excited that I nabbed a small role in a fun new ABC pilot. Shooting next week. Check back here for more details once I am authorized to blab about them!

In Judd Apatow's New Netflix Sitcom "Love"

Look for me in a brief appearance in Episode 10 of Judd Apatow's new sitcom "Love," available for streaming anytime on Netflix. I play Carly, sex and relationship addict, in a scene with the talented and kind Gillian Jacobs and Robin Tunney, among others.


"Miss Keller's Second Book" Selected as Semi-Finalist in 2016 O'Neill National Playwrights Conference

Honored to announce that my play, "Miss Keller's Second Book" is a Semi-Finalist in this year's Eugene O'Neill National Playwrights Conference. The Eugene O’Neill Theater Center is the country’s preeminent organization dedicated to the development of new works and new voices for the American theater. The O’Neill has been home to more than 1,000 new works for the stage and 2,500 emerging artists. Scores of projects developed at the O’Neill have gone on to full production at other theaters around the world, including Broadway, Off-Broadway, and major regional theaters.

In "Miss Keller's Second Book," it’s been nearly 50 years since the notoriously reclusive Agnes Keller published her first and only book. Now, with her protective sister recently deceased, Agnes must face the pressures from outside her small sanctuary as she grapples with the inevitability of change, the tangled tethers of family, and the question of an artist’s obligation to the world.