What I'm working on: What's inspiring my work:
Something new! A solo rock musical...? Okay I said it, gotta get to work.
Meanwhile have been thinking a LOT (wonder why??) about my play STRETCH (a fantasia), in which Nixon's secretary, Rose Mary Woods, observes the 2004 presidential election from her swing state nursing home; thinks about power, loyalty and lying; and has some very strange dreams. Produced by New Georges, then People's Light, maybe it's time for it again?
More about it here
Read it on the New Play Exchange here (Or find it at keyword "impeachment"!)
May 10, SIZZLE SIZZLE FLY flies to California! To be part of MACH 33: The Caltech│Pasadena Playhouse Festival of New Science-Driven Plays. Directed by Rhonda Kohl, with dramaturgy by Anne Hamilton... and science advising by Caltech's Stephen Markham! Read about it here!
SIZZLE SIZZLE FLY returns to First Light at EST with two workshop presentations directed by Linsay Firman: March 1 at 7 and March 2 at 3. It's upstairs, and space is limited, RSVP here!
Space sounds. This summer, I was so excited to received a Rewrite Commission from EST/Sloan Project to continue work on my 2015-16 Sloan play SIZZLE SIZZLE FLY -- this time a co-commission with sound designer Kate Marvin ([PORTO]). Sound cues are just about as prevalent in the text as dialogue and just as important, and the Project adventurously thought that digging in and exploring soundscape would be the logical next step for the play -- we agree and are getting to work!
I AND J return. David Winitsky of the Jewish Plays Project asked me to update the short Ivanka/Jared play (see below) they commissioned last year -- so I brought it right up to early June (stuff kept happening!!), which is when they presented it as part of "a night of female resistance comedy," where it was the only play among comics, holding its own thanks to the amazing Molly Griggs, Charles Socarides, Brian Demar Jones and Pirronne Yousefzadeh. "Absurd times call for absurd playwriting," Tablet wrote about it, "look into the inner lives of the most high-profile Jewish couple in the country, and in this interpretation, the void stares back." Read more.
THANK YOU for your support of The Pool's November/December production of TANIA IN THE GETAWAY VAN, it was such a lovely run and a thrill to hear your response! Read more about it here.
TANIA IN THE GETAWAY VAN starts rehearsals Tuesday October 16! Directed by Portia Krieger with an incredible cast: Annie McNamara, Caitlin Morris, Courtney G. Williams and Madeline Wise. TANIA is 1/3 of The Pool, a pop-up theater company, with three plays happening in rep. So the schedule is a little wonky and I've put it below. You can buy tickets now, right here!
I'm writing a play for the Jewish Play Project's Ma Nishta Nah Plays, their first commissioning project, to be produced in June. Dramaturg Miriam Weiner wanted a play about Jared and Ivanka, and boy, she's getting it! In the awesome company of friends MJ Kaufman, Sarah Gancher, Abby Katz, Pirronne Yousefzadeh and more. More soon!
Read this swell post on the EST blog about writing SIZZLE SIZZLE FLY -- a chat held in advance of its first reading, which was in January in EST's First Light Festival, directed by Lee Sunday Evans.
On into spring: more MY LAST CAR, which has been on something of a hiatus in summer/fall 2016 -- want to have MY LAST CAR at your house? Be in touch!
July: Heading to SPACE on Ryder Farm with EST for 4 days of working on Poppy play and whatever else hits me! Wahoo!!!
June 17: MY LAST CAR touched down at Robert and Lenora's in Jackson Heights -- adding a 4th borough to an incredible year of performing MY LAST CAR in living rooms (and a kitchen) around the city, 9 shows in all. Now planning next season -- want to host at your place in the fall?? Want to know about upcoming performances? Let me know!
(Photo: at Peggy Stafford & Mike Shapiro's house, photo by Mike)