Commission with Theater J

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

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Solo Jam!

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?

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JONNO at the Next Stage Theatre Festival

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

Space Jam at the Roundabout

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.

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My butt goes here for the next five days.

 

Sheltered reading at the Roundabout

Great news! Sheltered was chosen as one of the winners at the Columbia@Roundabout new play reading series.  The program is unique in the country, awarding three playwrights from the current M.F.A. program and recent alumni with a cash prize as well as two readings in Roundabout’s Black Box Theatre.

I am really looking forward to hearing this play with an amazing group of artists and getting to know the team at the Roundabout, which has long been one of my favorite theaters in the city.

Here’s more about Sheltered, which also won this year’s Alliance/Kendeda, and was a finalist for the O’Neill.

Find out more about the program here.

The next reading is on Monday, June 19 @ 8:30pm. Let me know if you would like to come.