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Miss Keller Has No Second Book

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!

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?

NYC Casting for My New Play "Miss Keller Has No Second Book"

Met so many wonderful, talented, generous actors and actresses while in New York and casting for the world premiere of "Miss Keller Has No Second Book." It was a fast trip made easy by the amazing casting director Michael Cassara and his team. Looking forward to getting into rehearsals in early March at Gulfshore Playhouse in Naples, FL, with our opening night set for March 31. Thanks to all who auditioned for us!

New Jersey Repertory Reading of "Miss Keller Has No Second Book" in March

Can't wait for the "Script-in-Hand" reading of my play "Miss Keller Has No Second Book" at New Jersey Repertory Company on Monday March 20, 2017 at 7:00 p.m. A Core Member of the National New Play Network, New Jersey Rep's primary mission is to develop and produce new plays and to make a lasting contribution to the American stage. They have produced 93 plays in seventeen seasons including 61 world premieres, and were the recipient of the American Theater Wing's National Theatre Company Grant in 2012.

Directed by James Glossman, our reading will take place on Monday March 20 at 7:00 p.m. at the theater: 179 Broadway, Long Branch, New Jersey 07740. Tickets are $10, first come, first served. See ya there!

Gulfshore Playhouse New Works Festival!

So honored to be selected as one of four playwrights who will be workshopping new plays at the prestigious Gulfshore Playhouse in Naples, FL during the first week of September! My play, "Miss Keller Has No Second Book" will be featured in their 2016 New Works Festival, and will have a public reading on Sunday 9/11 at 3:00 p.m.  More info and tickets HERE!