What I'm working on: What's inspiring my work:
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 tickets aren't yet on sale) but here it is in case you want to get planning:
November 15 and 18: 7pm
November 19 and 26: 3pm
November 28: 7pm
December 1: 3pm
December 3, 4 and 8: 7pm
December 9: 3pm
December 10 and 24: 7pm
December 14: 6pm
December 16: 7:30!
STOP! WAIT!! KICKSTARTER!!! The Pool has gotta raise $25K in 25 days! By September 9, that is! Learn more and support my production of TANIA IN THE GETAWAY VAN and Lynn Rosen and Peter Gil-Sheridan's plays too! Getting set for our run in The Siggy at The Flea: coming in November and December. But first: dive in! (Here's something I wrote about doing all that literal and metaphorical diving...)
May 9, The Pool Party kicks off The Pool! A temporary consortium of 3 playwrights producing their 3 plays in rep -- me and TANIA included (Portia Krieger will direct in November 2017 at the new Flea Theater). GET YOUR TICKETS HERE! And stay tuned for lots more news.
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)
March 31: Turned in the first draft of my 2015 EST/Sloan Commission play, which is about Poppy Northcutt, the first woman to work as an engineer at Mission Control, where she developed “return to earth” trajectories for the Apollo program. Writing, but also researching: NASA divisions, early computers, orbital mechanics... Mary Quant.
February: Preparing to teach for the first time ever -- a new class for high school students, at The New York Times!