There has been a lot of exciting, new work done in a lot of new, exciting ways during the COVID-19 pandemic and I count myself lucky to have been a part of a few of these. At the moment I have nothing definite coming up but stay tuned, there are some things in the works!
If you have a project you think you might like to work with me on, please hit that little "contact" button above and let's talk about it!
Mini Fest of readings from the Women's Work Full-Length LAB
I am involved with the readings of "Kitty" by Anne Chamberlin and "Tribe" by Jennie Contuzzi, both screening on June 26! There is a lot of great work coming out of this LAB though, so please tune in for the readings on June 25 too!
Taken from the New Perspectives Theatre Company Facebook Page:
Our annual May Mini Fest of readings from the Women's Work Full-length LAB is returning in June and in a virtual format! Instead of multiple days and complete scripts, we are creating something more suitable for an online presentation (with the invaluable assistance of our interns!) and which will also support the program financially. The Benefit includes excerpts of six works-in-progress, information on Women's Work's 27-year history, and the voices of writing residents past and present.
The Benefit will be broadcast via YouTube Live on the New Perspectives Theatre YouTube Page
Part One: June 25, 7:00pm: with works by Joan Castagnone, Alison Lowenstein, Lynn Marie Macy
Part Two: June 26, 7:00pm: with works by Ann Chamberlin, Jennie Contuzzi, Amalia Oliva Rojas
Our Lady of Broad Street
written by Jane Denitz Smith
directed by Melody Brooks
The restoration of an historic New York hotel may have driven Architect Alice through the looking glass when she encounters a mysterious phenomenon in her million dollar lobby. Checking in, perhaps for an indeterminate stay: The Virgin of Guadalupe. Will she work a miracle on Alice?
Before the world shut down due to COVID-19, I was involved with this short play from the Women's Work Short Play LAB at New Perspectives Theatre Company. We were invited to perform at the Festival de Teatro Alternativo in Bogota, Colombia. The festival, delayed and then rescheduled as a virtual festival due to the pandemic, runs from June 26 - July 5, 2020 and Our Lady of Broad Street will be streamable here on June 29!
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written by Lenore Skomal
directed by Magda Nyiri
After an unexplained fall off a bluff, Jude Black exists in a coma--an alternative world where she can be seen but not heard, as she's forced to review the decisions that will profoundly impact the lives of those around her.
It was so nice to reunite with Lenore and Magda again after last summer's "The Exes." We recorded a virtual reading of "Bluff" in lieu of a formal staged reading due to the COVID crisis. The hope is that this reading will not only help our playwright to fine tune the script for a future production, but also in the hopes that we can raise money for said future production. You can watch the full reading here and if you want to be involved or if you have any questions for Lenore Skomal, please reach out to her via her website.
written by Lenore Skomal
directed by Magda Nyiri
It’s self-made billionaire Richard Killingworth's daughter’s big day! The last person he wants to see is his estranged wife Mavis—the woman who put the “ex” in “exes.” Celebrating with his best friend Dick, who happens to be Mavis’ first husband, Richard’s life turns upside down when the Queen of Chaos drops in, unannounced, with her new fiancé in tow. Throw in a sharp-tongued butler (um, house manager), a champagne-soaked bridezilla and a snarky stepson, and you have a perfect storm of pandemonium—the fun kind—in this comedy with a heart, reminding us why marriage and divorce make for the strangest of bedfellows.
written by Ron House, Alan Shearman, Diz White, Bud Slocumb, Mark Blankenfield, Brandie Kemp, Mitchell Kreindel
directed by Nick Brennan
In a desperate attempt to save their bankrupt "School for Unusual Children", an inexperienced PTA group valiantly mounts an ambitious benefit play, written by a has been Broadway director. His near hysterical direction and the group's questionable talent turn the production into a shambles. The scenes shift back and forth from the real tribulations of the performers to the play they are "performing", and it is hard to tell which is sillier. This is fast and furious theatrical fun of the first order, with us watching the fun from the "back" of the stage! This fast moving slapstick farce is from the creators of Bullshot Crummond and El Grande de Coca Cola!
written by Francisco Fuertes
directed by Francisco Fuertes
David is a gay man who is forced to face his own prejudices and fears when he falls for another man who is not who he thinks he is.
We unfortunately lost writer/director Francisco Fuertes to the COVID-19 pandemic but I have set up a
page in memoriam with the permission of his husband, Patrick, and the contributions of the cast and crew.
The Winters Tale
written by William Shakespeare
directed by Bonnie J. Monte
Nothing could be more perfect for the holiday season than this wintry and passionate romance. High drama launches this tale, and it quickly leads us into a world of bohemian gaiety. A denouement of magical rebirth and a moving reunion embody the spirit of the holidays and what they represent at their core