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."

Here's a nice mention in The East Hampton Star!

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! Here's a nice mention in the Miami New Times!

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.

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.

 

RUSH Nominated for a Spotlight Award

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.

Reading of ALLIGATOR ROAD at Mad Horse Theatre

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:

ALLIGATOR ROAD
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.