On February 22nd, I traveled to Georgia to produce The 24 Hour Plays: HCA! Helping this wonderful group of high school actors, writers, directors and technicians come together to make new short plays was an incredible experience.
From January 23-February 2, I produced From A to Double D by Mandy Murphy with Moxie Arts as part of the 3B Residency Series at the IRT Theater.
From A to Double D is the story of one woman's life, one bra at a time. Devon Hayes is holding an auction...and it sure ain't your granny's auction. During this comedic drama, cast your bid for bras and the memories that come with them. From sizes A through Double D, we visit the most intimate chapters in Devon's life, from the perky highs to the saggy lows until this party comes to an unexpected end. Grab a beer, grab a paddle and come on down to the auction! How high will you bid?
Read a review on Onstage Blog here!
On February 2nd, I produced a developmental reading with Moxie Arts of American Standard by Heloise Wilson.
Anchorage, Alaska. 2005. Bush era. Fifteen-year-old Swedish exchange student, Jolie, arrives in Anchorage to play hockey with the local female team. Driven, but grappling with homesickness and culture shock, Jolie tries her best to study for her American Standard Culture class, integrate with the team, and decipher this particular version of America. American Standard is about navigating adolescence, home, and defying the odds.
This fall, I produced the world premiere of God's Necklace at the Center at West Park with Moxie Arts NY.
December, 2013, Southern Sudan. Two Nuer women flee Juba as chaos breaks out under the regime of President Kiir. Together, they travel from the Kakuma Refugee Camp in Kenya to the sandy shores of San Diego, California, where they face culture shock and prejudice as they adjust to resettlement. The women are paired with an unlikely friend, Roberta - a chainsaw-wielding, outspoken arborist from Alpine, California. Through charity galas, English classes, and rattlesnake scares, these women come together to learn the preciousness of love, intimacy, friendship and sisterhood.
For the second year, I'm executive producied The Furnace Festival, a workshop forum for incendiary new plays developed in residence at The Center at West Park. Participants are given one week in the Center’s 60-seat Balcony Theater to forge a new play in the fiery heat of New York in August, culminating in a fully-staged workshop performance on a Saturday night.Much more than a reading series, the Furnace Festival supports generative artists in transitioning their ideas from the page to the stage. This is an opportunity for artists to experiment with new ideas and for audiences to participate in the creation of new work.
On August 5th and 12th, I produced the readings of the winners of the Fratti-Newman Political Play Contest! The Castillo Theatre sponsors the biennial contest and reading series to encourage the writing of progressive plays that engage the political/social/cultural questions affecting the world today and/or historical events and issues that impact on our communities. This year's winning scripts were X and Y.
On August 2nd at the Duplex, I produced Summer Stalk, a musical comedy hodgepodge that chronicles the summer stock audition journey while incessantly poking fun at the trials and tribulations of the audition process and life as an actor. Summer Stalk played to a sold-out crowd!