Creek and Kills started out the month with two really fun gigs! On December 5th, we played Thursdays for the Cause at Our Wicked Lady (with guest drummer Jon Quinn again...thanks, Jon!). The evening was raising money for Sane Energy which is fighting against a natural gas pipeline that's planned to be installed under most of Brooklyn. Not cool!
Then on Sat. 12/7, we celebrated our friend Ian's birthday at The Footlight with his band The Subtexts, The Whores, Hekla, and Basic Bitches. You cannot get a more rocking line-up than that! It was a great night.
Creek and Kills returned to Branded Saloon for Ladycentric Rockalicious Vol. III with our friends Buck Fang and The Subtexts (although, sadly, there was an emergency so The Subtexts didn't play, but their guitarist Ian brought out some solo stuff, so that was cool!). It was Dia de Los Muertos, so Marc and I celebrated with sugar skull face paint...also big thanks to Heather Wagner of Buck Fang for being our guest drummer that night! And here are more fantastic photos of the night from our generous friend Patrick Bryant:
|I was definitely sweating off my sugar skull...|
|The ominous shadow of the antler chandelier was particularly ominous that night...|
|Heather rocked out hard with both Buck Fang and us, and we are so grateful! She's a monster on the drums!|
|Even though The Subtexts couldn't all make it, Ian played a solo set that was fantastic!|
|Marc still looks too cool for school when dead...|
Creek and Kills Album Release was on September 20th, with an AMAZING party to celebrate at The Way Station featuring Fisty, The Shook Ones, and The Lousekateers. Our friend Patrick Bryant was there and took some great photos...thanks, Patrick!
|Me and Marc rocking out...|
|The Shook Ones in action!|
|The Lousekateers are amazing live...|
|Artsy shot in the bar mirror...|
|Big thanks to Shakeerah Fredericks, Gretchen Poole, and Victoria Scott for singing some back-up for us!|
|The ladies of Fisty, always red-hot!|
We also released our first video for the song "Scaith":
I finished off the month by being invited to read for the Columbus Library Writers' Circle Salon on Sept. 28th, a thriving group of writers of many genres that started from a memoir-writing class I taught there two years ago. It was so great to see many of my former students and to be able to share with them an excerpt from my novel-in-progress (as of yet untitled). Got my juices flowing to write more prose again!
Creek and Kills hosted and curated "Ladycentric Rockalicious Vol. II" @ the Branded Saloon on August 30th with Fisty and Basic Bitches.
Creek and Kills kicked off our hosting and curation of "Ladycentric Rockalicious Vol. I" at the Branded Saloon with Amandla Turner and Fisty on July 5th.
I was invited to write a very short play for the 5th Annual One Minute Play Festival. My first-ever-to-be-produced one-minute play Broken Heart with Rhinestones premiered at the New Ohio Theatre June 2-4th. 60 playwrights wrote brand new super-short plays this year, and over 100 theater makers were involved in bringing the work to life!
The last two sweltering days of June were spent filming the first Creek and Kills video for our single "Scaith."
This roof was unbelievably hot...I don't think I've ever sweat that much in my life...thanks to Patrick Bryant for documenting the day so wonderfully.
The Reverse Engineers played two fun shows over Memorial Day Weekend and announced our NEW NAME: CREEK AND KILLS!
Friday, May 24th at El Cortez Safari Room
And Saturday May 25th, TRE opened for the Lousekateers at their album release party at Yonkers Brewery.
The first Theater to the People: HOME ensemble shared their devised work-in-progress at BAX/Brooklyn Arts Exchange on Saturday, 4/13, 7pm.
Theater to the People: HOME
A workshop performance and discussion
Directed by Julia Cavagna and Kate Bell
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Physical theater artist/actress/director Julia Cavagna and I kicked off our "Theater to the People: HOME" Project at Brooklyn Arts Exchange as a part of their Creating Space Series. We received a grant from Brooklyn Arts Council to support the project.
The first Reading Series by The Ant and Dove Collective began on Saturday February 9th at Alchemical Studios, with my new play, Merch Girls. I was overjoyed to work with director Ariel Francoeur again and an amazing cast! We received support for rehearsals through a Park Avenue Armory Education Space Grant.
My short play Liberty Enlightening the World was named a finalist in Little Black Dress Ink's ONSTAGE Festival, which happens across the country. The competition had a truly unique peer review system, where I got to read and score other submitted plays, and other playwrights read and scored mine. I'm so excited that Liberty made the cut! More coming soon about when/where that short work will have readings/productions.
The Reverse Engineers played at El Cortez on Wednesday, February 27th. A great way to celebrate teh end of a very busy and productive month!
My play Blacked Out was featured in the Cold Reading Series at The Artist Co-op on January 21st. It was the first time I've heard this four-act work the whole way through, and I learned a lot about the play! Big thanks to Stephanie Miller, Rachel Berger, and the very talented writers and actors who came out despite the frigid cold that night.
The Reverse Engineers had a blast playing at El Cortez on January 10th! We love playing with our friends A Devil's Broadcast and Marzipan!
October and November 2018:
The Reverse Engineers had a huge blowout party for Marc's birthday @ The Slope Lounge in Brooklyn. So many friends, and so much fun!
TRE also had sessions at These Outer Spaces Studio with Max Low for our first full-length recording! Very exciting! We should be putting out this nine-song release early in 2019.
|Me @ TOS Studio|
|Marc @ TOS Studio|
|Mary @ TOS Studio|
The Reverse Engineers performed for the North Brooklyn Boat Club's annual Rock the Pulaski fundraiser.
|Marc, Mary, and me @ NBBC. Can you tell that bridge behind us is ROCKING?|
I was asked to be the graduation speaker for the International High School at Prospect Heights commencement on June 25th. This was a true honor and a first for me! I loved being a playwright-in-residence at IHSPH for over ten years, and was truly humbled that they asked me to speak on their big day. Congratulations IHSPH Class of '18!
The Reverse Engineers played a couple of really fun shows: one with House Division (Marc's other project) @ Freddy's Bar in Park Slope and another with the hilarious and talented Mary Crosbie and friends @ Kingsland in Greenpoint.
I was invited to be a part of Full Circle, a collective mentorship program for female-identifying theatre artists, sponsored by Clutch Productions. I'll need the support and advice of this wonderful group of artists during the coming year as I head up the Ant and Dove Collective's first public reading series and get Counting Backward back in front of audiences for a full production.
The Absolutely True Story of Herne the Hunter was named a finalist for the first Shakespeare's New Contemporaries Award from the American Shakespeare Center in Virginia. A big thank you to the artists of the Ant and Dove Collective who supported me and this work through its early development!