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!
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!|