Guest moderating the BMI Musical Theater Workshop's first-year class again this Monday night!
Spent the first week of 2017 working on FAR FROM THE TREE at the glorious HBMG Foundation Winter Playwrights' Retreat in Creede, Colorado. Many thanks to hosts Manuel Zarate and Ann Pittman Zarate, and all the other artists who made it such a productive week.
This Monday night, Dec. 12, my song "Look, It's Christmas!" (about the first post-Trumpocalpyse holiday), written with composer Rob Kendt, will be featured at the Lincoln Center Holiday Songbook showcase at the Bruno Walter Auditorium. Free admission, no tickets, 6 pm curtain!
Excited to announce that I've been chosen for the HBMG Foundation's National Winter Playwrights' Retreat in Creede, Colorado! I'll spend the first week in January there, working on the book to our musical adaptation of Andrew Solomon's FAR FROM THE TREE.
Our musical adaptation-in-progress of Andrew Solomon's FAR FROM THE TREE has received a generous grant from West Chester University (where composer Robert Maggio chairs the Music Theory, History, and Composition department) to make a professional demo. We plan to record next spring after lots more writing!
Wow, it's been a LONG time since I've updated this site. But not because stuff isn't happening! Mostly, I've been writing the libretto for an authorized adaptation of Andrew Solomon's stunning and celebrated non-fiction book FAR FROM THE TREE, about parents of kids with extraordinary needs. My awesome collaborators are Robert Maggio (music) and Kristin Maloney (lyrics).
We had a wonderful, invite-only reading in April for Andrew and other guests, which presented the first 35 minutes of the show with the fantastic talents of Jim Stanek (FUN HOME, GENTLEMAN'S GUIDE TO LOVE AND MURDER), Jennifer Bangs, Raymond Bokhour (CHICAGO, ONCE national tour), Ryan G. Dunkin (FULL MONTY national tour), Kelly Jeanne Grant (PHANTOM OF THE OPERA, COMPANY), Anna Marie Sell, Michael Winther (FUN HOME, MAMMA MIA, 33 VARIATIONS), James Wordsworth, and Sara Wordsworth. Sarah Cameron Sunde directed, with music direction by Dan Pardo.
We're moving forward in writing the show this summer and are excited to take it forward!
Once again, I'll be a judge for the second-year presentations/Advanced Composer-Lyricist Workshop auditions in the BMI Musical Theatre Workshop. Last month I was also honored to co-moderate a session of the Advanced Composer-Lyricist Workshop with Andy Monroe.
I also just finished my first extremely busy year teaching in NYU's Expository Writing Program. Lots of work ahead this summer!
Profiled fellow musical theatre writer and Haverford College alumnus J. Linn Allen in the latest Haverford magazine.
Project Y Theatre presents a reading of my full-length play A WIRE IN WATER this Sunday, 7 pm, at CAP 21 (18 W. 18th, Suite 605). Directed, again, by Sarah Cameron Sunde, with most of the cast from the April reading at Luna Stage. Come by!
Short plays in production this fall: PARENT INTERVIEW in Core Artist Ensemble's "Twisted Shorts" in Manhattan, and GHOST LITE in the South Street Players (Spring Lake, NJ)' Tri-State Theatre Festival, Halloween Edition.
NYC's Core Artist Ensemble will feature two of my ten-minute plays in their Summer Reading Series: GHOST LITE on Sunday, July 20, and PARENT INTERVIEW on Sunday, July 27. Both evenings, which feature 7 ten minute plays by various authors, start at 7 pm at the Barrow Group Theatre, 312 W. 36th Street.
New on McSweeney's Internet Tendency: My only mildly fictional Submission Opportunities For Emerging Playwrights.
Also, I returned to co-moderate another session of the first year BMI Musical Theater Workshop. I was also invited to serve on the committee that evaluates final second-year presentations in May and June, which serve as auditions for the Advanced class.
My review of three new books on ensemble theatre making appears in the March 2014 issue of AMERICAN THEATRE.
Also, my new play A WIRE IN WATER, about Alexander Graham Bell's alleged theft of a key part of the telephone patent, will have its first public reading at Luna Stage on Monday, April 21. Details to follow.
My short play GHOST LITE will be featured in the 9th Annual InspiraTO Festival in Toronto, May 29-June 7, 2014. It was previously performed in Chicago, IL, Reading, England, and Carrboro, NC (Raleigh-Durham area). 12 plays were selected for InspiraTO from a record 614 submissions.
Last night I was honored to co-moderate the first-year class of the BMI Musical Theater Workshop, of which I'm a longtime member.
Writing for The Water Coolers has reached a fever pitch, with projects in just the last two months for the BizBash Style Awards, NACD, IFMA, the Iowa State University Research Foundation (ISURF), Harland Clarke, USAA, and the CIC Hall of Leaders. Plus, a new song for the group's core material and a holiday song to be released shortly.
Two of my comedy sketches, "Actionable Intelligence" and "EndUser," were featured in The Arts Center of NC's No Shame Theatre. I've also recently finished a new draft of the EST/Sloan Foundation commissioned play A WIRE IN WATER. And I've been writing a ton of material for The Water Coolers and its sister production You! The Musical - dozens of songs for 11 clients since July. More to come!
The musical-in-progress THE NOTORIOUS MR. BELL is now a play-in-progress called A WIRE IN WATER. As always, further changes may occur!
The song "Angora" from THE PASSION OF ED WOOD (music by Rob Kendt) is one of this month's "Featured Five" in the Directory of Contemporary Musical Theatre Writers, under the appropriate heading "Wonderfully Absurd."
Holy smokes! PARENT INTERVIEW swept the finals of the 19th Annual NYC 15-Minute Play Festival, winning Best Play, Best Actress (Christine Brooks Bokhour), Best Actor (Dan Hodapp), Best Director (Jim Santangeli), and Audience Favorite! Full results here. So proud of my amazing team!
PARENT INTERVIEW has advanced to the finals of the 19th Annual NYC 15-Minute Play Festival! A sold-out house voted us Best Play of our evening in the semi-final round. We'll perform again in the finals on Friday, May 3, 7 pm, and Saturday, May 4, 5 pm. Featuring the talents of Christine Brooks Bokhour (Broadway's CHICAGO, DIRTY ROTTEN SCOUNDRELS), and Dan Hodapp and Langan Kingsley of the hilarious Upright Citizens Brigade sketch group Beige. Directed by Jim Santangeli.
On a completely different note, I recently wrote an article about a young man living with a lab-engineered bladder for ChemMatters (PDF). And more lyrics for the corporate musical comedy troupe The Water Coolers.
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