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.
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.
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.
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
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.
I sat down and answered some questions about my play DREAMS OF THE PENNY GODS, which is in previews at Halcyon Theatre in Chicago.
Here's an excerpt:
Q: Tell us about some things that helped inspire this piece.
This play was inspired partly by the monsters in Beowulf. I find it fascinating that Grendel even has a mother, and doubly fascinating that she's also a monster. I asked myself who would count as monsters in today's world, and it has to be someone who has killed a child. Then I was reading some of the testimony from the Casey Anthony trial, and it astounded me how that family had set up a whole infrastructure of lies and tacit agreements that, when viewed from the outside, were completely unsupportable and ridiculous, but that worked for them. So in this play I'm exploring how a criminal family behaves, and how they provoke emotional collusions and physical collisions of a higher order. Can someone from such a family ever escape? And if they escape, where do they run to?
On this big day, where my play DREAMS OF THE PENNY GODS premieres tonight in Chicago at Halcyon Theatre, I woke to the news that my play RUSH was nominated for Best Original Play by the Seacoast Spotlight on the Arts Awards for its production at The Players' Ring, directed by Jasmin Hunter.
Two more nominations for the play: Whitney Smith and Liz Locke were both nominated for their fantastic work playing Alice and Rosie!
I am thrilled and honored to be nominated alongside Pontine Theatre and Greg Gaskell in the category. This is very special to me, and I'm grateful to have been embraced by this community.
And it's thanks to this inaugural production that it went on to have a NY premiere last fall, directed by Christopher Diercksen at Team Awesome Robot.
So much love for this play. Thank you.
Thrilled to announce that my play SOFONISBA won the Clauder Gold Prize at Portland Stage Company. The play will be workshopped and have two public readings the week of May 9 at PSC's Little Festival of the Unexpected.
Playwright Brent Askari is curating a new reading series in Portland, Maine at Mad Horse Theatre. It's called "By Local" and I'm proud to have my new play ALLIGATOR ROAD be a part of it.
Thursday and Saturday, 12/12 and 12/14, at 7:30pm, pay-what-you-can (suggested donation $10).
The readings hit the calendar listings in all the local papers up in Portland, so hopefully we'll have a good crowd. Should be a fun event--I'll be at both readings and there will be a talkback each night.
Here's a blurb for the play:
Kathy has yarn-bombed knit cozies over all the hammers, saws, and paint cans at Alligator Road Hardware in central Florida. It's her whimsical farewell to the store she's always hated before she hands the keys over to Chantay, a complete stranger. But Kathy's daughter has other ideas. A play that unravels ideas about entitlement, reparations, and family responsibility.
The play is about 65 minutes.
I'm thrilled to be part of this year's Playwrights Week at the Lark Play Development Center! My play, "Dreams of the Penny Gods" will be workshopped and have a public reading the evening of Wednesday, September 25, at 7pm. The reading is free, but reservations are strongly recommended and will be able to be made after September 3. Here's a news article about the event on Broadway World.
Wonderful news today from Tony Adams, Artistic Director of Halcyon Theatre in Chicago. My play MAY 39th will be produced this September as part of their Alcyone Festival! This will be my Chicago debut, and I'm pleased as punch to have my work done in rep with Marisela Treviño Orta's wonderful play, Heart-Shaped Nebula.
I started a new play this month, called Aria (for now). I sent off the first 15 pages to a short play festival, and today I learned it will be performed in Core Artist Ensemble's "Summer Readings" series at Barrow Group Theatre Company on Sunday, July 21 at 8pm. I'll be there, so stop by and say hi!
I have two plays going up this Friday in Brooklyn at the Brick. "Today Is the First Day of the Rest of Your Ass Part 1," and "Today Is the First Day of the Rest of Your Ass Part 2." Check it out!
The Cleverbot Plays is a series of six short plays transcribed from conversations between indie playwrights and Cleverbot, one of the most advanced artificial intelligences ever. Each playwright converses with Cleverbot to form a 10-minute script, which will then be assigned to a director and brought to the stage. Can great theater come from the marriage of playwrights and AI? The Brick aims to find out.
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Here's a link to the Facebook invite with info on how to buy tickets.