Alligator Road at Stoneham Theatre

Thrilled to announce that "Alligator Road" will be produced at Stoneham Theatre in Boston this October, directed by Artistic Director Weylin Symes. An earlier version of the play was done at Mad Horse Theatre in 2015.

Big thanks to Cait Robinson for introducing me to Weylin and advocating for this play over a year ago!

Two-Week Playwriting Class in Portland, Maine

Portland, Maine!

Ever wanted to learn how to write a play? Or do you have a half-finished draft gathering dust in a drawer? Come to my two-week class at Acorn starting in April!

Tuesdays, April 25 and May 2, 6:30-9:30pm. Only $65!

A play can entertain, puzzle, frustrate, provoke, or confirm or challenge a worldview. This workshop will supplement the basic elements of playwriting such as character, setting, and plot, with discussions and exercises around image and spectacle, form and structure, space, language, rhythm, and the importance of questions. This workshop will give you tools to build the engine of your play while nurturing the igniting spark. Suitable for beginners and experienced playwrights alike, the workshop will be a mix of lecture, discussion, in-class writing exercises, and hearing your work read aloud.

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PWC Affiliated Writer

I was a Core Apprentice at The Playwrights' Center in Minneapolis for the 2012-13 year, and now I'm proud to be an Affiliated Writer with my very own page on the PWC site!

MAY 39th reading in East Hampton

East Hampton!

This Saturday, March 25, at 6:30pm, the amazing J.Stephen Brantley and Chloe Dirksen will perform in a reading of my play "MAY 39th" at Malia Mills pop-up gallery, 55 Main Street. Directed by Nick Gregory.

I wrote this play 11 years ago, and it remains my most-produced piece, with six productions and several readings. It's set 1,000 years in the future, the morning after a first date.

A jacked-up homage to Terrence McNally's "Frankie and Johnny in the Claire de Lune."

HYENA in Miami

Miami!

So proud that my play HYENA will be a part of The Future Is Female Festival through Andie Arthur's Lost Girls Theatre, alongside plays by Mariah MacCarthy and Marisela Treviño Orta.

This is the same theatre company that did a reading of my play DREAMS OF THE PENNY GODS recently.

Monday, March 20, 7pm at Colony Theatre, 1040 Lincoln Road, Miami Beach.

Free and open to the public!

Essay to Be Published in TCG Book

Proud to have my essay "When Your Play Is Set in a Yarn-Bombed Hardware Store," about the world premiere of my play ALLIGATOR ROAD at Mad Horse Theatre Company included in this collection edited by the wonderful Caridad Svich for Theatre Communications Group.

Audience (R)Evolution is now available for pre-order. I believe they'll be sold at the TCG conference in DC this June, but the official publication date is September.

Interview on Moment to Moment

While I was in Chicago last month for the world premiere of DREAMS OF THE PENNY GODS at Halcyon Theatre, I sat down with Artistic Director Tony Adams to record the first episode in his new longform podcast, Moment to Moment.

I managed to include shout-outs to Jenn Adams, Kelley O'Donnell, Chris Weikel, Johnna Adams, Holly Hepp-Galvan, Sean Daniels and the great audience engagement work he's doing at Merrimack Repertory Theatre, Reginald Edmund, Bridget O'Leary, the Source Theater Festival, Tina Howe, and oblique references to texts and IMs with Brian Polak and Kari Bentley-Quinn that only they will recognize.

Also, I say um a lot because Tony's questions were GOOOOOD and I had to think.

It's about 40 minutes long, so it's good for those liminal travel times, and you can listen to it here or on iTunes.

SOFONISBA is a Finalist for the O'Neill

Pleased as punch to share the news that my play SOFONISBA is a Finalist for the O'Neill Playwrights' Conference.

While it ultimately wasn't chosen for the Conference, it's such a thrill to have this play reach Finalist status. (The play was also a Semi-Finalist for the Shakespeare's Sister Award a year-and-a-half ago, not really an "official" public status, but nonetheless I'm proud of it, and it was on The Kilroys' nominee list last year.)

I'm looking forward to workshopping it next month at Portland Stage as part of the Little Festival of the Unexpected, where it won the Clauder Gold Prize.

I started the play 8 years ago with a grant from the Ludwig Vogelstein Foundation, and many people and theatres have supported its development along the way, including Washington Shakespeare Company, Project Y, Electric Pear Productions, the National Museum of Women in the Arts, the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, and The Lark.

The play is listed on NPX. The O'Neill will make public their list shortly!

First review for DREAMS OF THE PENNY GODS at Halcyon in Chicago

Oh heck yeah! First review for Dreams of the Penny Gods...

"This is the kind of off-Loop theater that put Chicago on the map: low-budget, superbly acted, performed on a tiny but well-designed set (here by Michael Chancellor) in an awkward, cramped space (in this case the third floor of an Albany Park church). The play, by Callie Kimball, about a 13-year old girl trying to break free from an abusive grandmother, her legal guardian, is full of wit and fire, and this Halcyon Theatre ensemble, directed by Jennifer Adams, finds the heart in Kimball’s words. In particular, there's a creepy chemistry between the protagonist (played to the hilt by Caity-Shea Violette) and her sleazy ex-con father (Ted James). The result is an evening of intense, satisfying live drama." —Jack Helbig

WORLD PREMIERE OF DREAMS OF THE PENNY GODS AT HALCYON THEATRE

After a week of previews, we are officially open! The show runs through May 1 in Chicago at Halcyon Theatre, directed by Jennifer Adams. I couldn't be prouder of this show.

Bug is just your average 13-year-old girl who happens to have been born into a criminal family that's hiding out in a storage facility. So naturally, she's transformed herself into a high priestess who's trying to raise the dead. On this particular summer day, her incantations seem to work, setting off an acceleration of events ending in a rough Armageddon that launches her into the world.

This play was featured in Playwrights' Week at The Lark in 2013, and twice was on The Kilroys' nominee list. It also won the Rita & Burton Goldberg Award. Here is the play listed on the NPX.

Click here for more info on the Chicago production.