I'm looking forward to spending the summer with Chautauqua Theater Company as their Artistic Associate! I'll be working with Artistic Director Andrew Borba in his first season. I'm excited for this opportunity to grow as an artistic leader and experience a full summer theater festival from the inside out. Check out the work: http://ciweb.org/chautauqua-theater-company
I greatly enjoyed reuniting with my collaborator from UCSD Kristin Idaszak for a reading of her new play STRANGE HEART BEATING earlier this month. Kristin and I have two new projects in the works. Later this spring we hope to workshop her meta-theatrical adaptation of Upton Sinclair's The Jungle, ANOTHER JUNGLE. We are also beginning a research process for a new play with music, HEART / LAND, exploring Willa Cather's prairie novel, My Antonia, and stories of contemporary immigrants in America's heartland.
I'm also directing the thesis of Columbia MFA playwright Stephen Foglia, OUTER BANKS at Signature Theater April 19-22. We are workshopping the play mid-February and head into rehearsals in mid-March.
Here is a blurb about the play: One sunny afternoon on a North Carolina beach, Junie’s twin sister disappeared without a trace. Two years later, no sign of the missing woman has surfaced, and Junie’s family has decided it is time to say goodbye. But Junie may not be ready. She begins to receive mysterious messages that might just be coming from her sister. By the brackish waters of the Neuse River, the borders between worlds grow porous, and death’s door opens.
It's going to be a busy fall!
I'm excited to be returning to EST/Youngblood to direct in their annual fall madness, ASKING FOR TROUBLE October 18-22.
The piece I've been developing with Patrick Barrett and Tommy Crawford for the last 18 months, CRY EDEN finally gets on it's feet in a workshop production at Access Theater November 17-20 produced by Taylor Norton, Hannah Rosenthal and Lindsay Wormser. www.thecainandabelproject.com.
I'm also thrilled to be working with the Classical Theatre Collective, to direct their inaugural production, A MIDSUMMER NIGHT'S DREAM, in December atthe Alchemical Theater. http://classicaltheatrecollective.com/
Summer is a great time to develop new plays!
I'm currently up at New York Stage and Film assisting Jackson Gay on a workshop production of Lucy Thurber's TRANSFERS.
Next up, I'm heading back into the room with my CRY EDEN team for a final devising workshop and beginning pre-production for our fall workshop production at Access Theater, produced by Taylor Norton, Hannah Rosenthal and Lindsay Wormser.
Other summer projects include workshopping Kristin Idaszak's new play LOVELIER LOVELIES in July and working with actor/composer/playwright Patrick Dillion Curry on developing his new musical, WATER.
We met producers Hannah Rosenthal and Taylor Norton at our February workshop presentation and we are excited that they have come on board to produce our next workshop! We are currently researching venues (and working on a LOT of re-writes) and hoping to launch a workshop with a full design process this fall. Stay tuned for details and in the meantime, listen to our rockin' demo tracks: https://soundcloud.com/thecainandabelproject/sets/the-cain-and-abel-project.