This Saturday June 10th (8pm) and Sunday June 11th (3pm) my short play UNCOVERING is part of The Hrostvitha Project - 7 new adaptations with Project Y Theatre's Women in Theatre Festival! It's about a purity ball in Colorado Springs and was inspired by DULCITUS (as were the six other pieces), a play written by a 10th century nun named Hrosthvitha of Gandersham. Project Y is all about celebrating women's voices, whether they are from the 10th century or the 21st. My piece is directed by Rachel Dart and features actors: Alexandra Curran, Ben Sheppard, Rachel Ingram and Gianmarco Soresi.
Featured playwrights include: Carded Svich, Pia Wilson, Lia Romeo, Stacie Lents, Michole Biancosino and Julienne Hairston. For tickets click HERE.
(Arthur French and Maren Heary in ATG's reading of THE NET WILL APPEAR at SOPAC)
May was a fun month for my play THE NET WILL APPEAR, which had three development opportunities. Big thanks to American Theater Group and SOPAC, Dreamcatcher Rep and The Great Plains Theatre Conference (more on them in a moment) for their support of the play. I learned so much and am happily rewriting in preparation for the play's World Premiere at Mile Square Theatre this Fall.
Great Plains Theatre Conference! I've just returned from an 8-day theater bonanza in Omaha, Nebraska. This was my 4th time attending the conference, but my first as a playwright and it was joy abounding. Workshops, panel discussions, reading after reading after reading, full productions at night... it is pure theater heaven and every playwright should apply! I hope to attend again and again in the years to come!
Couldn't be happier to announce that my play THE SPOTTED GENTLEMAN was chosen to be part of the 42nd Samuel French Off-Off Broadway Short Play Festival! I had a piece in the festival two years ago and it was am insane amount of fun. I'm particularly excited to have this play involved as it is what I affectionately call my horror/comedy/gender-bending play.
Here's the description of THE SPOTTED GENTLEMAN: Charlene lives for her inappropriate 7am Central Park workouts with her god-of-a-personal-trainer, Bruce. But when her 8-year-old, Noah accompanies her and connects with a carnivorous falcon hovering above, her plans for “me time” are literally torn to shreds.
I'm thrilled to team up with Robert Ross Parker again after he killed it directing my play BRANCHED in '14. Full cast TBA! For a fun interview Sam French did with all 30 Finalists, Click HERE. (PS- the cover photo at the very top of this newsletter are all the beautiful faces of this year's batch of Sam French OOB Festival writers).
Some more fun news for this summer! My play REAR ENDING will be part of Cherry Picking 17: Hive Mind at Wild Project this August. This is my 5th summer being involved in this festival and I couldn't love Cherry Picking or their mission more. Read all about them HERE. More details later in the summer!
Hard to believe, but The Brooklyn Generator is wrapping up Season FIVE this month! It's been a great six months working with Guadalís Del Carmen, Bixby Elliot, Eric John Meyer, Noah T. Parnes, Juan Francisco Villa and all of the wonderful actors, directors and audiences they've brought into the mix. If you want to send us off in style, please join us for our last reading of the season (written by Juan Francisco Villa) on Sunday June 25th, 4:30pm at Jimmy's No. 43. We'll have full details up soon on our Facebook Page. And of course stay tuned for news on Season SIX!
(Josh Burrow and Robert Kirke in SURF AND TURF at MST's 7th Inning Stretch)
Big thanks to Mile Square Theatre, director Mary Kate Burke and the wonderful cast of Josh Burrow, Robert Kirke and Adam Maggio for doing such lovely work with my play SURF AND TURF for last month's 7th Inning Stretch. I felt lucky to have such a stellar team!
I am excited to be a new board member of CLUTCH Productions! Clutch is a creative collective of female actors, directors and producers focused on independently generated work built upon the voices of up-and-coming female writers.Their motto is "No Waiting. Creating." I dig that and I'm looking forward to seeing how I can be of service as they grow their mission. Check them out and see what they're making!
I'll be presenting work again at this month's Second Monday Social with InViolet Theater after a bit of a hiatus. Happy to be part of this great lineup of writers! Want to come? We'd love it! For all details and how to RSVP (required) go HERE.
Did you know that June is Audiobook Month? well... it is:) To celebrate, I'm doing a month-long celebration of authors I love on my Facebook Narration Page. I will also have a few fun audio swag giveaways coming up. If you don't yet follow me there (and would like to), give a click HERE and press "like." #Love Audiobooks.
In more audio news, I am so thrilled to join the wonderful team at RomanceNarrators.com! Romance Narrators is a boutique site of polished performers who work in the Romance and Erotica genres. The site is designed to be a go-to spot for authors wishing to bring their books to audio while also being a place where we narrators can support each other's work and create more opportunities in the audiobook world. Romance Narrators includes artists who are fan favorites, Audie Award winners and nominees, Earphone winners, as well as Best of Audible and Audiofile Best of the Year in Romance. Proud to be in such wonderful company. Check the site out HERE. And follow us on the social medias HERE and HERE.
(Purple acoustic foam makes me happy:)
A last little bit of audio news... we are currently revolutionizing the way I record by building my home studio. Stay tuned for a full reveal of the studio next month when I can record morning, noon and night in the comfort of my pajamas!
Each month I like to give a recommendation for an artist or project that I love. This month's shout out is for Project Y's WOMEN IN THEATRE FESTIVAL. In an effort to broaden opportunities for women playwrights, Project Y Theatre Company has commissioned nine female playwrights in two separate productions: GREAT AGAIN, an evening of plays by Crystal Skillman and Chiori Miyagawa, and The Hrosthvitha Project. They have also invited many companies to join them with their own projects led by women, including InViolet Theater, Athena Theater and Mason Holdings. I am super grateful that Project Y exists and that they support female playwrights the way they do. There are events all month long! For full info and tickets click HERE
As always, I'll leave you with some brand new audiobook releases: BETRAYED BY LIES, the third and final installment in Rebecca Shea's Bound and Broken Series (co-narrated with Vikas Adam), UNFETTERED II, a sci-fi/fantasy book with a full cast of great narrators and Sara Saedi's NEVER EVER., a modern take on Peter Pan. Click on the photos if you'd like to hear audio samples.
Love and Thanks!