One of the places I love to volunteer is the Shaker village in New Gloucester. At their annual Harvest Festival, I fixed a few hundred pulled pork sandwiches for the visitors and had an absolute blast.
Terry Byrnes wrote a wonderful feature in the Boston Globe about Greater Boston Stage Company's production of "Alligator Road," which opens this week! Directed by Weylin Symes, and starring Brianne Beatrice, Sarah Bendell, Victoria George, and Avery Nelson Bargar.
And here's a nice mention in the Globe's weekly rundown of things to see.
My hometown paper The Cape Courier has a terrific write-up about me and my plays in their latest issue! So proud to be a Cape resident, and I love my new neighborhood. They mention my recent work at Portland Stage, Maine Playwrights Festival, Greater Boston Stage Company, Ashland New Plays Festival, Artemisia Fall Festival 2017, and Theater at Monmouth!
Beautiful cover photo of Abigail Killeen as Sofonisba in Dramatic Repertory Company's workshop production of "Sofonisba" a year ago in Portland. I was interviewed by the lovely Margaret Boyle for the academic journal Comedia Performance: Journal of The Association for Hispanic Classical Theater. And next week I get to work on the play out at the Ashland New Plays Festival!
Wishing everyone at Artemisia Theatre in Chicago all good things for tonight's reading of my play RUSH. I wish I could be there!
So proud that "Alligator Road," directed by Weylin Symes at Greater Boston Stage Company and starring a spot-on cast (Brianne Beatrice, Sarah Bendell, Victoria George, and Avery Nelson Bargar), is 6th down on the list of Theater Picks in the Boston Globe's Fall Arts Preview!
We go into rehearsals next Tuesday and the set omg you guys the set design is fantastic. Biggest theatre my work has ever been done in at 350 seats!
So excite. So amaze. So legit, you guys.
This is a terrific piece by Alexa Vazquez on WBUR (Boston's NPR outlet) about the production of "Alligator Road" and Don Fulton, the generous donor who is making new plays possible at Greater Boston Stage Company (formerly Stoneham Theatre).
The play opens October 12 and runs for three weekends! Tickets are here.
Thrilled that I can finally announce that I'm now an Affiliate Artist at Portland Stage!
And my first project there is...
So I've been working on this two-woman play for like 85 years. No, okay more like 2 years. Shelley Butler Hyler and Megan Smith McGuane are two directors who have helped me grow Things That Are Round through various workshops at places like the Lark and Echo Theatre, and now Todd Brian Backus at Portland Stage has taken this play under his wing and is directing a public reading of it Monday, September 18 at 7:30pm as part of their Studio Series. It's a suggested donation at the door, but if you want to make sure you have a seat, you can reserve a ticket here.
Here's the blurb:
Tetherly, a dentist specializing in existential terror, and Nina, an opera singer who just might be the worst babysitter ever, square off in a strange ballet of truth or dare. But is this a game anyone can even win? "Thelma and Louise" meets "Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?" On steroids. 90 minutes.
Come see it and stay for the talkback!
Okay so even though I've written some creepy af characters, this is the first time I've ever written a play in the horror genre. Dustin Tucker asked me to write a short play for "The Haunting Hour," a collection of short scary plays that will be done at Portland Stage starting October 25 through November 4.
You can check out more info and buy tickets
Here's the blurb:
Tales of Madness and the Macabre. A fright-filled evening of storytelling from some of Maine’s most celebrated authors and playwrights. Join us for an evening of raw, edgy, and dangerous short stories brought to life onstage for the first time ever. Authors include: John Cariani, Tess Gerritsen, Chris Holm, Ike Hamill, Callie Kimball and an additional treat you’ll have to see to believe. This production is not suitable for the faint of heart or children, so leave the little pumpkins at home.
Proud to share the news that my Yukon Gold Rush play "RUSH" will be a part of Artemisia, A Chicago Theatre's "Her Story Is Our Story" Fall Festival. I couldn't be more thrilled to have this play finally presented in Chicago (which happens to be the city in which the characters' journey starts)!
I describe this play as Deadwood meets Memento. With women.
It’s 1899. Frank and Belinda stand at the threshold of a new life in the Yukon Gold Rush. But are they really brother and sister? And what horror did they leave behind? Even if the law catches up with them, will it matter in this wild frontier? Told in a dark, poetic, and fractured way, RUSH asks whether escaping your past only makes it haunt you all the more.
Here's a page on my site that has more info about the play and its production history. It's been wonderful working with AD Julia Proudfoot to make this happen.
So proud to announce that I'm the new Playwright in Residence at Theater at Monmouth! We're kicking off my residency next week with a reading of my verse play "Lucrece and the Two Janes," an adaptation of Shakespeare's poem "The Rape of Lucrece.
Proud to announce that "HYENA" will be presented at Martha's Vineyard Playhouse next month, as part of an evening of plays called "Between Worlds: Refugee and Immigrant Voices."
This will be the third presentation of this play this year, including a full production in New York this past February. It's my favorite play that I've ever written, even though it's only ten minutes long.
So proud that "Evening Broadcasts," an evening of short plays that I had a piece in, was nominated for Best Original Play. The other playwrights include Greg Gaskell, Michael Kimball, Jacqueline Benson, and Eric Doucet!
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!
The wonderful Caridad Svich asked if I would contribute an essay to the Lark Play Development Center's ongoing salon series "Stages of Resistance," which addresses how we make plays in our current political climate.
My essay is called "Our Lives Have Changed, Our Jobs Have Not."
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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