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!
I had a phenomenal experience collaborating with director Ariel Francouer, actors Lauren Baez, Erin Glass, Sierra Leverett, and Sara States, and music director Max Low on a staged reading of my new play with songs, Counting Backward. Thanks to the support of a space grant from the Park Avenue Armory Education Department, we were able to get fifty+ hours of rehearsal in, and our two performances for invited audiences far exceeded my expectations. Hoping to produce this work in 2019!
|Sierra Leverett, Lauren Baez, Ariel Francoeur, yours truly, Erin Glass, and Sara Elizabeth States in Company Room G @ Park Avenue Armory after one of our performances.|
|Mary and me playing in our "patriarchy suits."|
|And then we stripped off that patriarchy, because that shit's uncomfortable!|
The Reverse Engineers played a couple gigs at El Cortez in Bushwick with our new guitarist, Marc! He sounds great and we adore him. And so fun to be playing out again!
|The Reverse Engineers @ El Cortez|
|Me @ El Cortez|
January 2018: I was thrilled to write On The Verge in under twenty-four hours for the Bechdel Group's 24-Hour Play Challenge! We met for a quick meeting on Sunday, January 28th, and I received two character names (Teresa and Matt) and chose three actresses to write for (the amazing Marla Yost, Barbara Matovu, and Candace Janee), and off I went to The Artist Co-op to write for the rest of the day. On The Verge ended up being a very spooky world with an endless snowstorm, a kidnapped electronica duo, and one desperate lady on the verge...perhaps forever. Marla, Barbara, and Candace were amazing, and I'm so grateful to Gina and all The Bechdel Group folks for the opportunity!