Wednesday, January 1, 2014

2014 = Plays on Plays on Plays

Mad plays in the stew-pot..Anything in your backyard? 

First off---quick reminder
HOW WE GOT ON was just published by Playscripts---order your copy here today!

FEBRUARY:
Production
How We Got On at Available Light in Columbus, OH

New Play Staged Reading
Victory Jones and The Incredible One Woman Band @ The Colorado New Play Summit, Denver Center Theater -- featuring Chandra Thomas, Curtis Mclaren, Brian Quijada, Amy Luna, directed by Wendy C Goldberg
The second Break Beat Play---(How We Got On being the first) Father daughter road drama with looping pedals and the Sandia mountains.

MARCH:
Production
Remix 38 at Humana Festival at Actor's Theater of Lousiville, KY
co written with Jackie Sibblies Drury, Basil Kreimendahl, Justin Kuritzkes, Amelia Roper, directed by Ian Frank

MAY:
New Play Stage Reading
This is Modern Art @ New Voices/New Visions Kennedy Center, DC
co written with Kevin Coval, a collaboration with Steppenwolf Theater
directed by Jessica Thebus

ALSO in the works.....

And in this corner.... Cassius Clay w/ Stage One Family Theater
A origin story of young Muhammed Ali coming of age in racially segregated Louisville
Staged reading sometime this summer

Rage is back a stage adaptation of Adam Mansbach's Novel
More on this soon...


Saturday, August 24, 2013

Rise of The Fall 2013

This is my fave time of year. People finally get back to work. Myself included.

Colo-rockin the mic

Sept 12
       performing along with Found magazine's Davy Rothbart and the band Changing Colors
       at the very dope Ivywild space here in Colorado Springs. Details

Sept 13
        featured reader at Cafe Cultura in Denver. Details

How We Got On continues to get on stage
 
Boston run was a stone groove---(see previous post for evidence)

Now we come back home to the middle

Sept 21st -How We Got On opens just outside Chicago at Citadel Theater. Details

The Girl From Crete Falls
 
As part of my three course teaching load for the 2013-2014 school year I get to write and direct a new play.

It runs October 17-20.

A lyrical and loose modernized riff on the myth of Icarus, in which a young woman tries to shake her mother’s legacy and forge her own path to the top.

If you're in the area come check it
Details.

image design by my long time collaborator Brett Neiman--"whatupdoe"






Friday, August 2, 2013

How We Got On takes Boston

Company One, the future of American theater, opened their production of How We Got On last month. And I am happy to say the energy has been palpable.

Got this nice little feature article in the Boston Globe

The play has been getting great rave reviews. Some choice snippets:

How We Got On is tightly structured, with very few wasted moments --Boston Globe

How We Got On is poetry in motion.--Fuse Theater

This is a play for absolutely everyone --Broadway World 

a delightful culture-stretching show, that’s perfect for a summer evening -- MetroWest Daily

it is filled with the charm, enthusiasm and innocence of early adolescence -- New England Theatre Geek

Visit here to read them all in full

Two of the actors and the directors were featured in a local news segment

And my favorite ripple effect of all

A cocktail called The Hightop Fade was created in honor of the show
at the Coda Bar and Kitchen.

So there you have it.

HWGO Boston Runs until August 17.

Peep game
Chicago and Columbus are up next
and if the theater in your city is not producing this play
ask them why they like getting late passes so much





Tuesday, April 23, 2013

the (updated) further adventures of.... HOW WE GOT ON (and more)

So it's published now in the 2012 Humana Anthology of New Plays

If How We Got On is going up within a 75 mile radius of where you rest, I highly encourage you come check it.

Right now, it's gathering great reviews and sold-out houses in Sacramento Cali. Catch it before it closes June 23. 
 
May 12- June 23 -  B Street Theatre, Sacramento, CA










ALSO--for three nights only BLACKADEMICS is back!

Chicago's Theater on the lake has invited MPAACT to revive their fall 2013 production of Blackademics


June 19-23
DETAILS HERE















Sept 21 - Oct 20 - Citadel Theatre, Lake Forest, IL (just outside Chicago)



Friday, December 28, 2012

My two "best" plays

2012 was a big year for me on the playwriting tip.
After throwing my dramatist hands in the air for a spell
I dusted myself off and got back on my stage bars.

Smartest decision I ever made. Both plays I wrote in 2010/2011 enjoyed
great runs this year. ( a list of reviews for both shows can be found within previous
posts on this here blog-site)

How We Got On, my 1988 midwest coming of age jump off premo-ed at Actors Theater of Lousiville's Humana Festival back in March.

NPR affiliate WPFL called it one of the top Arts events of the year

Idris Goodwin's homage to the Golden Age of hip hop was a stand-out in Actors Theatre's Humana Festival of New American Plays. This sweet and fresh coming of age story is a portrait of an artist as a young MC in the days when hip hop first came to the suburbs. 

Subsequent productions of HWGO will go down in 2013 in Charlotte, North Carolina and Boston, MA. Possibly more--stay tuned
 
Blackademics, my dark comedy of consumption, enjoyed a great run with Chicago's MPAACT in October.

A little paper called The Chicago Tribune called it one of the top plays of the year

A different kind of intellectual cage match unfolded in Idris Goodwin's sardonic social comedy in which two black female professors literally fight for a place at the table in an impossibly trendy boite, brandishing cultural references and personal recriminations.

As of this writing I currently have a full plate of commissions --scripts I am developing toward productions across the country between 2013-2015.

So folks, the moral of the story. Stop feeling sorry for yourself and get on your job!







Monday, October 8, 2012

Blackademics Opens this friday

Once again it's on.

Blackademics, my latest play opens this coming friday the 12th. Runs through Nov. 25
BUT DONT WAIT!

Details can be found here