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Lost Teeth

Lost Teeth was a play I could only write during the depths of Winter. I started it in January and would put it down again in April as the weather warmed up. This happened for about two years before I finally finished the first draft. It was a play I didn't actively dislike, but the process of writing it was very hard and because of that I felt kind of ambivalent about it. Glad to be rid of it when I finished it.

As I do with most plays I sent it to Kerry Kastin, my friend and producer of my play In Antarctica Where it is Very Warm. I didn't think much of it. I thought surely there were other plays of mine that were better/meant more. But this play resonated with her in a way that was totally unexpected and she rescued it from sitting in my drawer. When she said she wanted to produce it I didn't take her seriously, surely not this one. But she moved forward anyway, producing this play and knowing I would come around eventually.

And I did. 

The more she wrangled other people into this play, the more I saw the way it connected with actors and directors and designers I started to see it the way everyone else did. I lived in the play again and I remembered why I wanted to write it in the first place. 

now we have an amazing cast and crew and we're all set to open in DC on July 8th. It's been amazing journey falling in love with this play again and I am so excited to share it and I owe it all to Kerry Kastin.

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It's been a while...

So I know I have been really bad about updating this News section and I have had a lot of really wonderful things going on this year. The excuse of course is that I was finishing up my final semester of grad school. This means that I was deep in Thesis-land as well as writing multiple essays on Samuel Beckett. 

But to steer this back to what this section was originally supposed to be I have some news...my play Lost Teeth will be premiering as part of Capitol Fringe in Washington, DC on July 8th, 9th, 11th, 14th and 15th. The play is directed by Kristan Seemel and starring Marlowe Holden, Kerry Kastin, and Jonathan Randall Silver. It's a really wonderful cast and I am so lucky to have them. If you happen to be in the D.C. area I'd love to see you, and for all the NYC folks I'm hoping to bring this play to you later on.

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Down Range at New Works Lab Stratford

About to begin the next step in the journey of my play Down Range. I have been invited to spend a week in this lovely house by the folks at New Works Lab Stratford. I'll be working on the third draft of this with the amazing Ashley Marie Ortiz Mitch Tebo and Imran Sheikh under the direction of Susanna Gellert.

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I have a play going up in Taipei

Which is my first production outside of the US. Very cool and excited. I wrote this play specifically for these students and incorporating prompts by them. I always love writing that way, the work becomes a puzzle: how am I going to fit all these pieces in? Below is the poster. I will post a copy of the script soon.

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It's been a while...

And the only excuse I have is that Grad School has taken all my time. Which is no excuse as my classmate proceeded to blog every day for a month. It's an awesome blog and you should check it out here.  

Okay, so if grad school is taking all my time then what do I have to show for it? In straight numbers, 6 one-acts, 2 full-length plays in their first draft and 3 papers over ten pages. Which I'm pretty proud of for a semester and change. Beyond the numbers though I've learned a ton about theater history and read a bunch of plays I wouldn't have otherwise, with more to go.

Grad school has also allowed me to relax. There have been a mass of rejections coming in over the past few weeks from all the Fall opps I submitted to and they don't sting as hard. I know where I will be for the next year so anything else on top of that is just gravy. I'm not looking for the next step in my career because I'm currently experiencing a major one. And I have the work to show for it. I'm excited for the plays I've written but I also know there will be plenty more to come. 

I've never been much of a blogger, but I will try to share more of my day to day here. It wasn't one of my new year's resolutions but maybe it should have been. I also have some plans to post some essays here about what I've learned from the masters of playwriting. 

Stay tuned... 

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MFA

Beginning in September I will be pursuing my MFA in Playwriting from Hunter College, studying under Annie Baker and Branden Jacob-Jenkins.

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A-Live From A Tiki Bar On The Sun is being read

June 2nd at Isa (348 Wythe Ave. Brooklyn NY) 6pm

Beth and Christopher thought they drowned. Instead they woke up on the Sun. But can Beth win the Big Wave Surf Contest and bring them home?

Directed by Katie Lindsay

Featuring:

Miles G. JacksonTess HowsamMaxon Davis, Brooke Reynolds, Fernando Gonzalez, and Jesse Rifkin on Surf Guitar

Brought to you by the wonderful folks at Exquisite Corpse Company

Tickets are 5$ but come with a free drink

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April Recap

April was a busy month. Besides relocating to Crown Heights I had a monologue performed by the wonderful Natalie Neckyfarow as part of ESPA*Primary Stages portion of The Backroom Benefit for Jimmy's No. 43 in the East Village. Jimmy's stage was home to my first production in NYC and still holds a place in my heart. They have always been wonderful about sharing their space and only asking we drink a little in return. They were effected by the explosion on 2nd Ave. and this was a fund raiser to help mitigate some of the costs of that. You can find my piece, Everything I Needed in the Monologues page.

Also, Mike Lesser asked me to share an except as part of his Playground reading series at Fika on 10th Ave. It was wonderful to have an audience reaction to the first pages of a brand new play. Definitely inspired me to keep going on it.

Lastly, I was part of Exquisite Corpse Company's very first writer's lab. It was an honor to write a play with such a wonderful group of people: Alexis Schaetzle Blake Bishton Alexis Roblan Eric Marlin Jean Grant Simon de Carvalho. Weekly readings of the plays will be held throughout May and the very beginning of June. My play will be read June 2nd at Isa in Brooklyn. More info to come...

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I'm in the 1st New York City Indie Theatre One-minute Play Festival

The awesome Dominic D'Andrea asked me to write two plays for the upcoming New York City Indie Theatre One-Minute Play Festival taking place at the New Ohio Theatre Feb. 17-19 at 8pm.

Featuring new plays by: Myself, Melisa Annis, Robert Attenweiler, Micheline Auger, Jaclyn Backhaus, Chad Beckim, Kari Bentley-Quinn, Susan Bernfield, Zack Calhoon, Nat Cassidy, Joe Curnutte, Stephanie Fleischmann, Cara Francis, Kevin R. Free, Matt Freeman, Benjamin Gassman, Joseph Gallo, Morgan Gould, Chris Harcum, David Hilder, Chisa Hutchinson, Rachael Jenison, Lindsay Joy, Stephen Kaplan, Josh Koenigsberg, David Lawson, Judith Leora, Jessica Luck, Robert Lyons, Mariah MacCarthy, Ellen Maddow, Jeni Mahoney, Allyson Morgan, Teddy Nicholas, Diana Oh, Brian Parks, Duncan Pflaster, Kristina Poe, Michael Puzzo, Isaac Rathbone, Daniel Reitz, Mac Rogers, Tamara Rose, Jan Rosenberg, Robin Rothstein, Sarah Shaefer, Adam Szymkowicz, & Richard Toth

Directed by: Mark Armstrong, Michole Biancosino, Pete Boisvert, Christopher Diercksen, Heidi Handelsman, Kel Haney, Ana Margineanu, Kyle Metzger, Catherine Miller, Aimee Todoroff, Leta Tremblay, & Marc Stuart Weitz

Come say hi, it's gonna be a lot of fun

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Upcoming...

My short play That Podcast will be performed as part of Shotz! Noir on Monday, January 5th at 7pm and 8.30pm The Kraine Theater (85 E. 4th St. NYC).

That Podcast is a riff on the podcast Serial, asking what if you found out your coworker is a player in a true crime podcast. The one who may have gotten away with murder.

Shotz! is a theatrical pressure cooker that every month gives six groups two weeks to write, two weeks to rehearse, two hours to tech, and two chances to perform all-new short plays.

This months theme is Noir. 

The plays must all feature:

1) A double cross! 

2) The line: "It's curtains for you, see?"

3) DIY Noir Kit

Plays are by myself, Garret Zuercher, Eric Whitten, Michael Fulvio, Zoe Farmingdale, and Zac Hoogendyk.

Come check it out. Tickets are available through AmiosNYC

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New Site

Decided to clean house and switch to a new website. I'll be migrating over some of the best content from the old site before I shut it down. Stay tuned!

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