News from a terrible news-poster.

I should post updates more often. I should also eat less sugar. It's still January, so I guess those both live in ResolutionLand, don't they? Here's the latest:

I just arrived in Salt Lake City to start rehearsals for the world premiere of my play i at Pioneer Theatre Company. The play was workshopped at Pioneer last year as part of their Play-By-Play New Works Festival, and Karen Azenberg (Artistic Director extraordinaire) chose to not only give the play a home in the 2017-18 season, but to helm it herself. That's suuuuuper cool. It's a tiny little play going into a great, big theatre, but it deals with some of those big and messy ol' universals that keep us all in the game - like, how do you find love when your heart is in tiny little shards and what do you do to find happiness in a world that is intent on bringing the sad? You know, the little questions. It's got a kick-ass quartet of actors, and I honestly couldn't be more excited.

 Kathleen McElfresh

Kathleen McElfresh

 Todd Gearheart

Todd Gearheart

 Nafeesa Monroe

Nafeesa Monroe

 Colleen Baum

Colleen Baum

I mean . . . that's a murderer's row of straight-up killers. I'm lucky and excited and scared and all the right things. If you find yourself in the mountains skiing in February, come join us - performances start February 16.

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When I get home in March, I go into rehearsals with the amazing Wes Grantom (who directs plays like Stradivarius made violins and just happens to be my friend, too) on a piece we've been working on for the past year. I was commissioned by Montclair State University in New Jersey to create a new play for a large cast of college-age actors, and we have come up with something we're pretty proud of. It's an attempt to look with a clear eye (and maybe a little bit of hope) at how communications break down whenever people give a shot at governing. I know, that doesn't seem topical at all right now, but I do the best I can. It's called Civics and Humanities for Non-Majors, and I'll be saying more about it when it gets closer. It performs at Montclair State in April.

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There's more going on, but those are the two biggies to get 2018 off and rolling. Check back soon - and I promise to write something every once in awhile (while not eating sugar . . .). Happy new year.