Tuesday, June 16, 2015

Reviews for TOGETHER WE ARE MAKING A POEM IN HONOR OF LIFE

TOGETHER WE ARE MAKING A POEM IN HONOR OF LIFE a new play by Dean Poynor, named Best Bet by Theatre is Easy
"A carefully concocted portrait of two characters trying to understand the impossible"
"There is a kind of thrill for you to collect the dropped breadcrumbs of a story to weave together your own understanding."
- Theatre is Easy

"Equally cathartic and instructional"
"We leave the circle a little heavier in knowledge but just maybe a bit lighter of soul."
- CultureBot

"It is truly amazing to watch these two people throw themselves so deeply into the story and have such an incredible, palpable connection to each other."
- BuzzFeed

Friday, June 12, 2015

Sunday, June 7, 2015

Sunday, May 24, 2015

Immersive Play Opens in NYC

My new play TOGETHER WE ARE MAKING A POEM IN HONOR OF LIFE opens in New York City in June for a limited-engagement workshop production. This intimate two-hander follows a married couple in a support group for grieving parents. Presented in an immersive format, the audience has a front-row seat to their memories, healing, sorrow, and joy.

I'm thrilled to have the chance to create this new production from the ground up with director Mikhael T. Garver and actors Allison Layman and Michael Dempsey.

WHEN: June 4 through 28 (15 performances)
WHERE: The Cafeteria of P.S. 142 / Amalia Castro Public School 100 Attorney St., NY, NY 10002 (Lower East Side)

MORE INFO: www.inhonoroflifetheplay.com

Thursday, April 23, 2015

Production Opening in May

Mixed Blood Theatre to produce STEPPING OUT OF THE RIVER AT DAWN in May, 2015

Mixed Blood Theatre (Minneapolis, MN) will present my new play STEPPING OUT OF THE RIVER AT DAWN as part of their 55454 series which examines the African and Muslim experience in America. I'll have the chance to workshop the play for two weeks, then it will enjoy a limited run.

I'm thrilled to be working with the Lortel-nominated Owiso Odera again, and collaborating with Aditi Kapil (director), Antu Jacob, and Irungu Mutu for the first time.

Saturday, May 16 at 7:30 PM (reception following)
Sunday, May 17 at 2:00 PM (talk-back following)
Monday, May 18 at 7:30 PM

Mixed Blood Theatre 1501 S 4th St. Minneapolis, MN 55454 (612) 338-6131

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

New Play Reading at Book Culture (UWS)

This Saturday afternoon, head out to Book Culture on the Upper West Side to browse some legendary literary inventory, and also to hear a new play. My new full-length drama TOO WONDERFUL will have an informal reading as part of the Bookshop Workshop reading series. We'd love to hear your thoughts.

Synopsis: In April, 2014, 273 schoolgirls were kidnapped from their boarding school in northern Nigeria. TOO WONDERFUL is the story of a retired school teacher from South Carolina who has a vision from God telling her where the girls are, and commanding her to go get them.

WHEN: Saturday April 18, @ 3:00 PM
WHERE: Book Culture 536 W 112th St, New York, NY 10025 (between Broadway and Amsterdam)

Saturday, September 13, 2014

Production Opens This Week



My new play YOUNG NEGRESS STEPPING OUT OF THE RIVER AT DAWN will open for a limited-run production starting this coming week at Center Stage in Greenville, SC. It won their New Play Festival last year, and I'm very excited to get to work with them again.

Tuesday, September 16, 2014 at 7:00pm
Wednesday, September 17, 2014 at 7:00pm
Tuesday, September 23, 2014 at 7:00pm
Wednesday, September 24, 2014 at 7:00pm
Sunday, September 28, 2014 at 7:00pm

PRESS: Preview article in The Greenville News

Saturday, August 23, 2014

24-Hour Play Fest This Weekend

I'm very excited to be one of the five playwrights in this weekend's 24-Hour PlayFest at Trustus Theatre in Columbia, SC. I'll be participating virtually from here in NYC, but I'm glad to be working with such talented directors, actors, and fellow writers.

WHEN: Sunday, August 24, at 8:00 PM
WHERE: Trustus Theatre (520 Lady St, Columbia, SC 29201)

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Two Productions for 2014 / 2015

I'm very glad to share that my new play YOUNG NEGRESS STEPPING OUT OF THE RIVER AT DAWN will have two limited-run productions this coming season.

Center Stage (Greenville, SC) will present the play in September, 2014, as part of their inaugural "On the Fringe" series. The series examines edgier work and runs in rep with their mainstage production of Hands on a Hard Body book by Doug Wright, lyrics by Amanda Green, music by Trey Anastasio & Amanda Green. I'm honored to continue to work with Centre Stage after winning their New Play Festival in 2013.

Mixed Blood Theatre (Minneapolis, MN) will present the play in May, 2015, as part of their 55454 series which examines the African and Muslim experience in America. I'll have the chance to workshop the play for two weeks, then it will enjoy a short weekend run. I'm thrilled to be working with Owiso Odera again, and collaborating with Aditi Kapil (director), Antu Jacob, and Irungu Mutu for the first time.

Saturday, May 24, 2014

New Play at Great Plains

Great Plains Theatre Conference Reading of TOGETHER WE ARE MAKING A POEM IN HONOR OF LIFEMy new play TOGETHER WE ARE MAKING A POEM IN HONOR OF LIFE will be read as part of the 2014 Great Plains Theatre Conference in Omaha, NE. GPTC is a highlight of the year because they create a collaborative, supportive community around new plays. I'm honored to be invited back for the second year in a row. Plus the food is great.

WHERE: GPTC / MCC Room 201-F
                 (32nd Avenue and Sorensen Parkway)
WHEN: Monday, May 26 at 3:30 PM

Friday, May 9, 2014

New Play in Nashville (and LiveStream)

Ingram New Works Festival Reading of TOGETHER WE ARE MAKING A POEM IN HONOR OF LIFEMy new play TOGETHER WE ARE MAKING A POEM IN HONOR OF LIFE will be read as part of the 2014 Ingram New Works Festival with Tennessee Repertory Theatre in Nashville.

LiveStream on HowlRound.TV for the Ingram New Works Festival Reading of TOGETHER WE ARE MAKING A POEM IN HONOR OF LIFEUPDATED: Check out the LiveStream of the evening online (and now archived.) Special thanks to Shane Burkeen and HowlRound.TV for this service.

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Coming Up: Ingram New Works Festival

Ingram New Works Festival Reading of TOGETHER WE ARE MAKING A POEM IN HONOR OF LIFEI'm very glad to share the dates for upcoming readings of my new play TOGETHER WE ARE MAKING A POEM IN HONOR OF LIFE as part of the 2014 Ingram New Works Festival with Tennessee Repertory Theatre in Nashville.

WHERE: Tennessee Repertory Theatre / NPT Studio A
                 (161 Rains Avenue, Nashville, TN)
WHEN: Saturday, May 10, and Tuesday, May 13, at 7:00 PM

Also, check out this short interview on Tennessee Rep's Blog.