Big news day around here! Certain Woman of an Age is an extremely exciting and unique new project on the horizon, with the incredible Canadian icon Margaret Trudeau – mental health advocate, water activist, mother of sitting Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, and wife of former Prime Minister Pierre Trudeau. Margaret is a remarkable person whose life has been a true adventure. I am excited to embark on this journey with her, led by the indomitable Kimberly Senior.
I was very honored that the Alliance production of Sheltered won a Suzi Bass Award in Atlanta for Outstanding World Premiere. I was extremely proud of our production in Atlanta, and so happy that the incredible actors, creative team and crew were honored in this way.
Here are Park Krausen and Lee Spencer Osorio (who played Roberta and Martin in the play) accepting on hehalf of the whole team!
I’ll be heading to Florida next month to participate as a finalist in the Gulfshore Playhouse New Works Festival. This is the first time I’ll have any work represented in teh Sunshine State and I’m super jazzed about it. Also, very excited to be back in the room with LAST NIGHT IN INWOOD, and to meet the other playwrights who’s work will be presented.
For more information, visit the Gulfshore Playhouse website.
Being a Finalist for something is often a double-edged sword. You’ve almost made it, you’ve stood out to someone in some way, but you didn’t quite win. Getting that notification can be both a blessing and a curse. But when it comes to being a finalist for the O’Neill, it really feels like a win, partly because of the company you get to keep. This is my second year in a row being an O’Neill finalist, and I have to say it is truly a great honor. LAST NIGHT IN INWOOD is available to read on the NPX or through my agent if anyone is interested!
Theater J is creating a very cool Yiddish Theater Initiative, and I am very honored and thrilled to be a part of it! Their Yiddish Theater Lab will be dedicated to preserving and reviving the forgotten literature of the Yiddish Theater. Through this initiative, Theater J will uncover and re-interpret nearly-forgotten Yiddish classics in new English language readings, workshops, commissions, and eventually productions. I have been commissioned to adapt a lesser known Yiddish play Miriam by Peretz Hirschbein, which is a dark and wonderful gem, and quite a challenge! I am so grateful the Adam Immerwahr, the brilliant AD at Theater J for this amazing opportunity.
Read more about it at Broadwayworld.com
The Roundabout Theater Company has generously lent me their one person WeWork office for two weeks. Just over a week in and I am getting a lot of work done and enjoying a great deal of fruit flavored water. Predictably my eyes were bigger than my stomach on this one, so to speak, and I’ll never be able to tackle the whole list of projects I wanted to at least touch upon, but I have gotten a lot of work done, and I am really grateful for the time and space to concentrate. Here’s some of the outlining I’ve done on a pilot I am working on. Pretty right?
It’s just been announced that my play JONNO will be presented as part of the 2018 Next Stage Theatre Festival in Toronto in January 2018. Who doesn’t want to visit Toronto in January you guys?! Seriously, I haven’t been to Toronto with a show since my Fringe Fest days, and I really love the city, so I am looking forward to reconnecting with it, and all the wonderful people who live there.
It should be an especially fun ride, since the Jian Ghomeshi scandal (which inspired this fictional play) started in Toronto, and I don’t think wounds have quite healed. I hope that JONNO adds to the discussion in a helpful and cleansing way, which it seemed to do at the Winnipeg Fringe in 2016. I myself have such conflicted feeling about the way the scandal was received, handled and ultimately resolved (or unresolved as the case may be.) Big ups to Paul Van Dyck for proposing to direct the play in the first place. Very much looking forward to seeing it!
Find out more at Broadwayworld.com
After a truly amazing week at the Kennedy Center, I am ready and psyched to be diving into my next play. So the timing is great to be participating for the first time in the Roundabout Space Jam! It’s me, and 7 other very quiet writers, sitting at desks in a rehearsal hall for five days staring at our notebooks and computer screens willing this new thing to happen. I hear lots of typing around me, and I have done some typing of my own already, so something is afoot! This new plays is a beast, so I am feeling inspired by all the wonderful people I met this past week to dive in and get something done. It’s going to be raw and messy and mostly terrible, but I am really hoping to have a first draft finished by the end of the week. Fingers crossed.