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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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Interviewed in Dramatists Guild Magazine

My play "The Super Variety Match Bonus Round!" was part of Rogue Machine Theatre's 2016-2017 season which received the Ovation award for "Best Season." I was excited to be interviewed about it for Dramatists Guild's "Season in Review" magazine edition, which is available now.  Big thanks to Larry Dean Harris for reaching out to me for the article, as well as my director Cameron Watson, and Rogue Machine's Artistic Director John Perrin Flynn for believing in my play.

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"Chain Link" Featured in NYC's Nylon Fusion Theatre Company Festival

Nylon Fusion Theatre Company has selected my short play "Chain Link" for their "Best Of 'This Round's On Us' Festival" opening June 27 - July 15 in New York City. I'm honored and excited! It will be directed by the amazing Lori Kee.

The theatre has hosted their short play collection "This Round's On Us" for ten years, and have now selected twelve plays to run in two groups, on alternating dates. Audiences will vote on which short play they'd like to see as a feature-length play, and then Nylon Fusion will produce it (once it's written!) in an upcoming season.

SO PLEASE COME SEE (AND VOTE FOR) "CHAIN LINK!"

My play is in Group A, which runs on the following dates: 
WEEK ONE:
Wednesday June 27th at 8PM
Friday June 29th at 8PM
Saturday June 30th 3PM* (note performance time)
Sunday July 1st 5PM* (note time) 

WEEK TWO:
Thursday July 5th at 8PM
Saturday July 7 8PM
Sunday July 8th 2PM* (note time)

WEEK THREE:
Friday July 13th at 8PM
Saturday July 14th 3PM* (note time)
Sunday July 15th 5PM* (note time)

Tickets are available HERE ($20 in advance, $25 at door) and all shows are at Medicine Show Theater, 549 West 52nd Street (10th/11th).

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Hope to see you there! Here are some pix from the theater (all photos by Al Foote III):

New Reading of "The Escape Thingy" at Moving Arts Saturday May 19 -- FREE!

UPDATE: This went GREAT! Big thanks to all who showed up and supported new work! It's greatly appreciated. And a big thanks to my wonderfully patient director Gabby Griego and my talented cast.

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So excited about the upcoming FREE reading of the latest draft of my new play "The Escape Thingy" at Moving Arts theater company in Los Angeles on Saturday May 19 at 11:00 a.m. Did I mention that it's FREE? Just click here to let us know you're coming but no need to pay anything because it's definitely FREE!

Directed by Gabrieal Griego, the reading will be held at Harmony Toluca Lake, 4301 Cahuenga Blvd. Starts promptly at 11 a.m. Here's the synopsis: Two very different couples meet in an "Escape Room" game night, each needing very different types of escape. The clock is literally ticking as they attempt to solve the puzzles, decide what reality to believe, and weigh the risks of unlocking the door to the dangerous world outside.

The wonderful cast includes Mark L. Taylor, Penny Peyser, Victoria Ortiz, Lizzie Zerebko, and Taylor Jackson Ross. Please come and judge my work right to my face, for FREE!

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"The Escape Thingy" is a Semifinalist for The Garry Marshall Theatre New Works Festival!

In its very first year, The Garry Marshall Theatre New Works Festival selected my new play "The Escape Thingy" as one of the Semifinalists!

In this 5-person comedy, two very different couples meet in an "Escape Room" game night, each needing very different types of escape. The clock is literally ticking as they attempt to solve the puzzles, distinguish facts from alternative facts, and weigh the risks of unlocking the door to the dangerous world outside.

This new play, written as part of the Playwrights Union New Play Challenge 2017, was a Finalist for the 2018-2019 Reva Shiner Comedy Award, and is also a Semifinalist for the 2018 Ashland New Play Festival and the 2018 Bay Area Playwrights Festival.

Reviews for "Miss Keller Has No Second Book" at Gulfshore Playhouse (March 31 - April 15, 2018)

The opening of the World Premiere of "Miss Keller Has No Second Book" at Gulfshore Playhouse in Naples, FL was wonderful. The design team created a magical world full of haunting original music and breathtaking sets, lights, and costumes. The crew -- both backstage and front of house -- were as professional as they were fun to hang out with. And the entire cast (Amy Van Nostrand, Maureen Silliman, Alex Grubbs, James Lloyd Reynolds, and Hannah Mae Sturges), led by director Emilie Beck, was outstanding.

All that was just my "review," simply as the person who wrote the thing. Here's what Florida Weekly had to say: “'Miss Keller Has No Second Book' is one of those rare things in theater: a new play that works on all levels, has a superlative cast and grabs your heart and won’t let go." BroadwayWorld says our show "is most definitely a premiere you will not want to miss." Naples Daily News says "riveting as well as enlightening."

I couldn't be more proud of this show. This production runs until April 15. Tickets and more info available here

Click the side arrows below to see some images from the show (photos courtesy of Gulfshore Playhouse): 

Rehearsals for "Miss Keller Has No Second Book" World Premiere Begin

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I'm such a lucky playwright to have these amazing artists bring my play to the stage for the first time. Gulfshore Playhouse, in Naples, FL, brought these actors (and our director) in from New York City and Los Angeles, to work with the amazing GP staff. In the photo above: Actors (L to R) James Lloyd Reynolds, Hannah Mae Sturges, Maureen Silliman, Amy Van Nostrand, Alex Grubbs; Production Assistant Morgan Taylor; Stage Manager Jamie Eckhold, and Director Emilie Beck.

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Is it weird that every play I've had produced features at least one beat-up recliner? IS THAT WEIRD?

"The Escape Thingy" is a Semifinalist for the 2018 Bay Area Playwrights Festival

So thrilled that my new play "The Escape Thingy" is a Semifinalist in the prestigious Bay Area Playwrights Festival. I'm honored to be selected among over the 700 submissions for their 41st annual festival. I have also been entered into the BAPF pool of writers that are considered for the other developmental opportunities at Playwrights Foundation, including their monthly Rough Reading Series.