My review of three new books on ensemble theatre making appears in the March 2014 issue of AMERICAN THEATRE.
Also, my new play A WIRE IN WATER, about Alexander Graham Bell's alleged theft of a key part of the telephone patent, will have its first public reading at Luna Stage on Monday, April 21. Details to follow.
My short play GHOST LITE will be featured in the 9th Annual InspiraTO Festival in Toronto, May 29-June 7, 2014. It was previously performed in Chicago, IL, Reading, England, and Carrboro, NC (Raleigh-Durham area). 12 plays were selected for InspiraTO from a record 614 submissions.
Last night I was honored to co-moderate the first-year class of the BMI Musical Theater Workshop, of which I'm a longtime member.
Writing for The Water Coolers has reached a fever pitch, with projects in just the last two months for the BizBash Style Awards, NACD, IFMA, the Iowa State University Research Foundation (ISURF), Harland Clarke, USAA, and the CIC Hall of Leaders. Plus, a new song for the group's core material and a holiday song to be released shortly.
Two of my comedy sketches, "Actionable Intelligence" and "EndUser," were featured in The Arts Center of NC's No Shame Theatre. I've also recently finished a new draft of the EST/Sloan Foundation commissioned play A WIRE IN WATER. And I've been writing a ton of material for The Water Coolers and its sister production You! The Musical - dozens of songs for 11 clients since July. More to come!
The musical-in-progress THE NOTORIOUS MR. BELL is now a play-in-progress called A WIRE IN WATER. As always, further changes may occur!
The song "Angora" from THE PASSION OF ED WOOD (music by Rob Kendt) is one of this month's "Featured Five" in the Directory of Contemporary Musical Theatre Writers, under the appropriate heading "Wonderfully Absurd."
Holy smokes! PARENT INTERVIEW swept the finals of the 19th Annual NYC 15-Minute Play Festival, winning Best Play, Best Actress (Christine Brooks Bokhour), Best Actor (Dan Hodapp), Best Director (Jim Santangeli), and Audience Favorite! Full results here. So proud of my amazing team!
PARENT INTERVIEW has advanced to the finals of the 19th Annual NYC 15-Minute Play Festival! A sold-out house voted us Best Play of our evening in the semi-final round. We'll perform again in the finals on Friday, May 3, 7 pm, and Saturday, May 4, 5 pm. Featuring the talents of Christine Brooks Bokhour (Broadway's CHICAGO, DIRTY ROTTEN SCOUNDRELS), and Dan Hodapp and Langan Kingsley of the hilarious Upright Citizens Brigade sketch group Beige. Directed by Jim Santangeli.
On a completely different note, I recently wrote an article about a young man living with a lab-engineered bladder for ChemMatters (PDF). And more lyrics for the corporate musical comedy troupe The Water Coolers.
Another article in AMERICAN THEATRE (April 2013 issue). This one's about the continuation of The Liaisons Project, which has commissioned 36 adaptations of Stephen Sondheim compositions for solo piano. Many new pieces just debuted at Symphony Space in NYC; pianist Anthony de Mare will perform them on tour through at least summer 2014.
I'm both the subject and author of articles in the latest HAVERFORD alumni magazine. My recent reading of THE PASSION OF ED WOOD is featured in the "Mixed Media" column (PDF), and my profile of indie film innovator Emily Best, founder of Seed & Spark, starts on p. 41. (PDF)
Meanwhile, the Northwest Playwrights Alliance/Western Washington University "Theatre Ambassadors" tour, which includes my short play PARENT INTERVIEW and others, continues through England, with performances Wed. March 20 at the Banbury Mill and Sat. March 23 at Sophie's Barn in Chacombe. The tour culminates with a performance at the Abingdon Theatre in NYC on March 30.
Wrote this short feature in the latest AMERICAN THEATRE magazine on Michael Mitnick's ED, DOWNLOADED at the Denver Theatre Center. (PDF)
Great turnout and audience response at THE PASSION OF ED WOOD reading! Thanks to everyone who made it possible. We look forward to the next stage of development. More news to come!
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