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.
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.
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.
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.