Covid, huh? Not great. Not great. But, like everyone else, I’m trying to make the best of a difficult time. One of the things I am doing is trying to be creative, and support my fellow artists. That’s why I have gotten involved with Girl Friday Creations.
Girl Friday Creations is a company started by my friend Kristi Friday. a Saskatoon based mother, puppeteer, artist, and actor. Kristi has been delighting audiences of all-ages for years through her artwork and performances. She began Girl Friday Creations as a way to reach a wider audience and to bring joy during the difficult times the world-wide pandemic has wrought.
You can send a puppet message for any occasion to friends and family. It’s a gift that delights children, but is also fantastic for adults with even a modicum of a sense of humor! I am really happy to be on board as the Director of Operations for this independent company. It’s a great source of gifts that are one-of-a-kind, personalized, affordable, and will NEVER end up in a landfill.
It’s hard to conceive of theater at a time like this. Not that it isn’t important; it feels very essential to come together and tell stories right now. But we can’t, and that is really hard, especially for those of us who love and work in theater. But we soldier on. We do our best. We find new ways to connect and communicate. th
So, in that spirit, I am excite to share that my new play MIRIAM will have a virtual reading on June 7, 2020, courtesy of Theater J. Theater J has been helping me develop this play for a couple of years, and I am excited about the direction is it taking and the way it is coming together.
You can reserve a free ticket to view it, or plan to watch a recording afterwards here.
Great news for your pandemic entertainment! Certain Woman of an Age, the solo show I wrote with Margaret Trudeau, is available to listen to on Audible.
They call it an “audiobook” but it’s really a solo show, running under 90 minutes.
Here’s a description:
“Margaret Trudeau, former wife of Canada’s 15th Prime Minister, Pierre Trudeau, and mother of Canada’s current Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau, opens up with refreshing candor in her one-woman show, Certain Woman of an Age, the compelling true story of one of the world’s most fascinating figures. Through vividly told public and private anecdotes, the Audible Original weaves a raw and revealing journey of motherhood, loss, mental illness, and feminism. “
My new play TWENTY TWENTY: A play will have its world premiere this fall with Fault Line Theatre. Fault Line commissioned and is developing this play, and I could not be more excited about working with Aaron, and the whole crew there. It’s a wacky, political, absurd, somewhat experimental, deep dive into a weird moment in American history (well, a couple of them) and how I have struggled to tell stories when it really feels like screaming into the wind. They also have a great line up of developmental readings that are sure to be terrific. Find out on the Fault Line website or at Broadway World.
I had a great talk with Geoffrey Himes at the Post, that lead to this very thoughtful preview. Here’s a quote:
“What does it mean to do something good, especially when you take extreme action to do it?” Sobler asks over the phone from D.C.’s Theater J, where the show is getting its first full production since its 2018 premiere at Atlanta’s Alliance Theatre. “At one point in the play, Evelyn says ‘This is not how I thought it would be.’ It’s one thing to have noble intentions, but it’s another to do the hard work required to carry it out. That’s interesting to me because the cost is always going to be massive. That doesn’t mean we shouldn’t do good, but we should be aware of the cost.”
It’s always huge to have a second production of a play…in some ways it’s harder to get second production than a first! Which is why it’s especially exciting to share that The Glass Piano will have a second production in 2020 at Theatre Lab at FAU! (And it doesn’t hurt that I get to go to Florida in the middle of the New York winter.)
Excited to announce that Certain Woman of an Age, starring the incomparable Margaret Trudeau, written by Margaret and yours-truly, and directed by the legend that is Kimberly Senior, will be performed in NYC in September! The three performances, which will be recorded for Audible, will take place at Minetta Lane Theatre, and have limited tickets, so get some now!
Certain Woman of an Age, a new solo show I wrote with the incomparable Margaret Trudeau, is headed to Montreal to be a part of the Just for Laughs festival this summer! I have always dreamed of being a part of this world renowned comedy festival, and I am really looking forward to Montreal in the summer. Sure to bring back some memories of my Fringe days!
Sheltered will be in D.C. next year with a *stellar* collection of artists, led by Adam Immerwahr, and I can hardly wait. It’s always such a gift to get a second production of any play, but this play, about refugees, American isolationism, and the great sacrifices parents will make to save their children, is very near and dear to my heart, especially at this moment in time. Find out more at American Theateror at theater.org.