Finalist for The 2019 Reva Shiner Comedy Award!

So thrilled and proud that my new play “The Clearing in the Jacoby” is a Finalist for The 2019-2020 Reva Shiner Comedy Award!

In this play, set in an ancient Australian forest famous for being an international destination for committing suicide, five very different people find themselves in need of answers, each other, and a government employee named Sharon.

The Bloomington Playwrights Project (BPP) is the only professional theatre in the entire state of Indiana dedicated solely to new plays. They select ten finalists and produce the winner’s play. I’m so lucky to have been a Finalist for this award three different times now.

Thanks to everyone at The Bloomington Playwrights Project for choosing my play as one of the ten funniest of 2019!

New "Says You!" Tapings in Seattle This Weekend!

I’ll be in Seattle for the live tapings of the NPR radio quiz/comedy show “Says You!” this Friday 4/5 and Saturday 4/6. Shows are at the University of Washington’s Kane Hall at 7:30 p.m. Tickets and more info available here.

SO MUCH FUN to banter and play with such an esteemed gaggle (cluster? murder? pride? hmmm) of smart and witty folks such as Tony Award winner Murray Horwitz, culture critic Carolyn Faye Fox, and Erin McKean, founder of online dictionary Wordnik.com. All hosted by the inimitable (though we will certainly attempt an imitation or two) Gregg Porter, the Seattle radio superstar.

I’ll post the air dates of the shows later, in case you can’t be there in person!

Either I’m applauding ourselves or measuring a small invisible animal.

Either I’m applauding ourselves or measuring a small invisible animal.

Look for "Reporter Deb" on Veep's Final Season on HBO

Starting 3/31, I’ll be appearing in a few episodes of the final season of HBO’s “Veep” as “Reporter Deb.” It was such a fun gig over the years to be on a great set, full of supportive, smart, kind, and talented people. A big thanks to Allison Jones Casting and Dorian & Sibby Casting, for bringing me in, and a fond salute to every single person I worked with on that show.

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Updated Acting Reel!

It’s so nice to have a great reason to update my acting highlights reel! Check it out here:

Watch "Batsh*t Valley Parts 1 and 2" on IFC.COM now!

Written by Seth Meyers, this two-part season premiere episode of “Documentary Now!” spoofs the Netflix documentary “Wild Wild Country.” It will be broadcast on IFC on Feb 20, but for a limited time you can watch it online free HERE.

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I play Marge Middleton, mayor of the tiny Oregon town taken over by the cult (led by Ra-Shawbard, played by Owen Wilson). The episodes also star the hilarious Michael Keaton and Necar Zedegan. Great cast and crew, and so much fun to shoot. Kudos to the makeup and hair wizards — every prosthetic waddle and sprayed-on age spot made Marge who she is!!

Watch the show online today!

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The New York Times Critics pick "Documentary Now"

The New York Times Critics wrote about the 10 things they’re looking forward to the most in 2019, and I’m in one of them!

Look for me in the Season Premiere of IFC’s “Documentary Now” on February 20, when I’m starring in “Batsh!t Valley,” a two-episode spoof of Netflix’s “Wild Wild Country.” Seth Meyers wrote the hilarious episodes, which feature Michael Keaton, Owen Wilson, Necar Zedegan, and Gary Kraus, too.

So you have time to go watch the actual documentary, but you certainly won’t have to have seen it in order to enjoy our take on it. Set your recorders for Feb 20, and check out IFC.com to stream them after that!

Writers Theatre of New Jersey "Soundings Series" on January 5, 2019

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Thrilled that my play “Miss Keller Has No Second Book” will be part of the Writers Theatre of New Jersey “Soundings Reading Series” on January 5, 2019, directed by James Glossman.

The reading will feature Tony-winning actress Maryann Plunkett, Maureen Silliman, Mackenzie Astin, Clark Carmichael, and Hannah Mae Sturges. Ms. Silliman and Ms. Sturges are reprising the roles they created in the World Premiere production at Gulfshore Playhouse earlier this year.

The Soundings Reading Series is designed to test a fairly well-developed play in front of an audience. Authors have five hours of rehearsal with professional actors and a director, and a public reading of the play with guided feedback from the audience.  All readings are followed by a discussion with the author, director, and Artistic Director John Pietrowski.

These readings permit Writers Theatre to connect with its community of patrons and artists to:

  • gain audience insight into the play

  • continue the exposure of the audience to the creative process

  • give our audience experiences with diverse narrative forms.

For tickets, click here. Writers Theatre of NJ is at 28 Walnut St, Madison, NJ 07940, and showtime is 7:00 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 5, 2019. See you there!

Performing in Moving Arts Theater Company Holiday Fundraiser!

Come support local theater and see me perform a ten-minute two-hander with the talented Mark Taylor at the Moving Arts Holiday Party/Fundraiser on December 15. We’ll be performing “Yuletime” by Lee Wochner, a moving short piece about a couple finding their way through tragedy during the holiday.

Every year Moving Arts has a holiday fundraising event at the home of one of their Board members. There will be food, drink, auction items, and site-specific plays. Moving Arts will be showing its unique form of storytelling by presenting five plays in different areas around a very nicely appointed house, nestled in the Hollywood Hills.

It all starts at 6:00 p.m. on Sat, Dec 15. Tickets are $50 and can be purchased here. Hope to see you there!

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NPR's "Says You!" Live Radio Show!

UPDATE: You can find the podcasts for my episodes of “SAYS YOU!” on iTunes and here (titles: “Buffaloed in Bozeman!”) Check ‘em out!

MONTANA friends! This weekend I’ll be a guest panelist at the live tapings of the NPR word game show “Says You!” in Bozeman (NOW SOLD OUT!!!) Friday 11/9 and in Billings at MSU’s Petro Hall (1500 N 30th Street) on Saturday 11/10. Ticket info HERE.

Come and see us play! Word nerds unite! (And I’ll be sure to post when the shows will be broadcast soon.) Now if only I could find where I stored my winter gloves….

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Appearing in Upcoming "Documentary Now!"

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UPDATE: MY TWO EPISODES WILL BE THE SEASON PREMIERE of “DOCUMENTARY NOW” on February 20, 2019! Set your DVRs for the IFC channel that night, or check out IFC.COM for more. The episodes are called “Batsh!t Valley, Parts 1 & 2!”

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Soon you’ll be seeing me in “Documentary Now!”, the brilliant IFC show that parodies classic documentaries. I’m featured in next season’s two-episode spoof of “Wild Wild Country” which was written by Seth Meyers and stars Michael Keaton, Owen Wilson, and Necar Zadegan. Exact air date TBD but check back for more info and behind-the-scenes pictures!

So thrilled that I’ve been able to part of all three seasons of this amazingly creative show, directed by Alex Buono and Rhys Thomas. Check me out in Season 1’s “The Eye Doesn’t Lie” (which spoofs “The Thin Blue Line”) and season 2’s “Parker Gail’s Location is Everything” (which spoofs Spaulding Gray’s “Swimming to Cambodia”), both available online.