Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Reading a New Play at The Drawing Board

I have a chance to hear a new play being read this month by one of my favorite NYC teams - The Drawing Board. They're a committed troupe of theatre and film artists who present readings and discussion of new work. Come check out this brand new two-hander:

CHRISTINA HARING AND JASON LANGE - Two college freshmen at an Evangelical Christian school navigate the passions and pressures of first love, surrounded by a watchful community, and under the eyes of a jealous God.

WHEN: Monday, October 24, 2016 at 7:00 PM
WHERE: MEC - 2nd Floor 825 Seventh Ave. @ 53rd St., NYC 10019 (Bring photo ID)

Thursday, September 22, 2016

Reading of FALL DOWN SEVEN in a Cave

My new play FALL DOWN SEVEN will be presented as part of the Olmsted Salon "Cave Plays" reading series. (It's not *really* a cave - it's a basement in Gramercy - but it's historic and beautiful and maybe a little spooky.)

FALL DOWN SEVEN explores some of my own personal fascinations: parenting, martial arts, and following your dreams even if they're out of step with the current century.

"Jim always dreamed he'd be a Samurai when he grew up. But he's a dad. Living in Brooklyn. When trouble comes looking, in the form of a bullying incident at his son's school, Jim seizes the chance to teach some life lessons. But what is the place of honor in a fallen world?"

Directed by James Yaegashi
Featuring:
- Shane McRae
- Tina Chilip
- Crystal Dickinson
- Alton Alburo
- Debargo Sanyal

WHEN: Friday, September 30, 2016 at 8:00 PM
WHERE: "The Cave" at Calvary St. George's Church - 209 E. 16th St, New York, NY 10003 [MAP] (Use the side courtyard entrance)

Monday, August 22, 2016

Play Reading in NYC - Sheen Center

My play STEPPING OUT OF THE RIVER AT DAWN will have its first public reading in New York City next month.

Hosted by The Sheen Center as part of their annual Reading Series, this play follows Rwandan immigrants living in Queens as they balance family and history on their own personal journey toward a meaningful marriage. I'm honored to be working with the wonderful May Adrales as the director, and a phenomenal cast.

Featuring:
- Nikiya Mathis
- Owiso Odera
- Patrick Ssenjovu
- Shaun Bennet Fauntleroy

Music by Mark Bruckner

Tickets are available by email: readings@sheencenter.org

WHEN: Monday, September 12, 2016 at 7:00 PM
WHERE: The Sheen Center for Thought and Culture (18 Bleecker St, New York, NY 10012)

Wednesday, February 17, 2016

Anthology of B.U.S Plays


That time when I wrote a play on a city bus? And it got performed the next day? Well now it's published in an amazing anthology.

Pittsburgh's own Bricolage is one of the most daring theatres in the country, mounting new and experimental work from emerging and established playwrights. Their annual B.U.S. event (Bricolage Urban Scrawl) brings together some of the city's hottest talent for an all-out creative frenzy. I'm so grateful to be part of this collection.

This work echoes the true essence and heart of our theater community, and stands as our love letter to the people and place we call home.


— Tami Dixon & Jeffrey Carpenter (Thank you!)

Monday, October 19, 2015

Reading FALL DOWN SEVEN in NYC

I have a developmental reading of my brand new full-length play FALL DOWN SEVEN coming up next week here in NYC. I'm lucky to be working with The Drawing Board on this one - they are a vibrant organization that brings together professional actors and directors to explore new work.

SYNOPSIS: Jim always imagined that he would be a Samurai when he grew up. But he's a dad. Living in Brooklyn. When trouble comes looking, in the form of a bullying incident at his son's school, Jim seizes the chance to teach some life lessons. But what is the place of honor in a fallen world? FALL DOWN SEVEN is a new comedy about parenting, martial arts, and following your dreams even if they're a few hundred years out of date.

WHEN: Monday, October 26, 2015 at 7:00 PM
WHERE: MEC - 2nd Floor 825 Seventh Ave. @ 53rd St., NYC 10019 (Bring photo ID)

Friday, September 25, 2015

Short Play Coming to Players Club


A new short play I wrote is being presented by The Drawing Board as part of a collection of work they've developed. My offering is called THE END OF THE WORLD WILL COME WHILE I'M IN LINE. It's an existential snapshot of my own personal of hell-on-earth: the line at Trader Joe's on a Sunday night.

WHEN: Monday, October 5, 2015 at 7:00 PM
WHERE: The Players' Club - NYC (16 Gramercy Park South)

Monday, August 24, 2015

Residency and Collaboration


This week I'm in residence at Culture Mill in lovely Saxapahaw, NC. I'm collaborating with my friends, director Mikhael Tara Garver and designer Carl Faber on a new piece. We are examining how we can harness solar energy for responsible use in live theatre performances.

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