Wednesday, April 14, 2021

Zoom Readings and Celebrations



It's been a long year, and now that Spring is coming, a lot of theatres are trying to present new work again. The Drawing Board (NYC) is no different. They are presenting an evening of 10 monologues as a way to bring their community back together - even over Zoom.

My contibution is called "What I'd Like to See" and yes, it's a comedy. I like the way The Drawing Board presents work in a virtual environment so that it helps viewers focus on the actor and the text. And I'm thrilled to be working with dear friends and collaborators: actor Peter Husovsky and director Linda Manning.

Tickets are free; register here for the link.

WHEN: Monday, April 26, 2021 at 7:00 PM (ET)
WHERE: Your favorite screen!

Friday, May 17, 2019

Ingram New Works Festival



I'm so happy to hear my new play THE SECOND AVENUE SUBWAY this week as part of the 10th annual Ingram New Works Festival at Nashville Repertory Theatre. Being an Ingram New Works Fellow this past year has been an amazing experience, and I'm thrilled to get to share this play.

Responses from patrons:

"I wish I could have said this stuff to my Dad."

"I understand where they were coming from now."

"I remember those years - I loved seeing them all over again."


The best work comes from the heart, and this play is mine.

Wednesday, February 13, 2019

Reading with The Drawing Board



My new play THE SECOND AVENUE SUBWAY will have a reading with The Drawing Board (NYC) coming up this month. I'm glad to be working on this play in a safe environment, and I'm excited about the great cast they've assembled.

Featuring:
- Peter Husovsky
- Michael Perrie Jr.
- Rachel Lynn Jackson


WHEN: Monday, February 25, 2019 @ 7:00 PM
WHERE: The Drama League Theatre Center | 32 6th Avenue, New York, NY 10012

Monday, November 12, 2018

Make Friends with New Plays



I'm thrilled to announce that I have been selected as a Playwright in Residence with the 2018 - 2019 Ingram New Works Lab at Nashville Repertory Theatre. During the course of the Lab Year, I'll have the chance to work on a brand new play in the safety of a pre-commercial environment.

Friday, October 5, 2018

POEM at FringeNYC


My play TOGETHER WE ARE MAKING A POEM IN HONOR OF LIFE will be produced by The Salvage Company (NYC), as part of the 2018 New York International Fringe Festival. After a year off, FringeNYC is back with a re-imagined celebration of new work in a curated program. We're very lucky to be part of it, and to share this intimate, timely piece.

Starring real-life husband-and-wife actors Monica Wyche and Dean Poynor, this immersive, site-specific production examines grief and healing after unimaginable loss.

For dates, times, and tickets: The Salvage Company

UPDATE: Check out this blog post on The Clyde Fitch Report about the origin of the play and the challenges of immersive production.

UPDATE: Final shows have sold out. Tickets still available for Wed. Oct 24

Sunday, May 20, 2018

POEM in Charleston



"Up-close and personal"
"Compelling"
"Transformative"
"A+"
  - Charleston City Paper Review

"Powerful"
"Urgent"
  - "What to Watch"

"Intimate"
"Shining gems"
  - Post and Courier

The Salvage Company (NYC) presents a new production of my play TOGETHER WE ARE MAKING A POEM IN HONOR OF LIFE as part of the 2018 Piccolo Spoleto Festival in Charleston, SC.

Starring real-life husband-and-wife actors Monica Wyche and Dean Poynor, this immersive, site-specific production examines grief and healing after unimaginable loss.

Wednesday, December 27, 2017

In the Rehearsal Room

Rehearsal for TOGETHER WE ARE MAKING A POEM IN HONOR OF LIFE by Dean Poynor. Featuring Chris White, Monica Wyche, and direction by Anne Tromsness 

It’s always fun to be in the rehearsal room working on a new play. This week I had the special honor of watching the phenomenal work of some of my favorite artists: actors Chris White and Monica Wyche, and director Anne Tromsness. They are bravely exploring my play TOGETHER WE ARE MAKING A POEM IN HONOR OF LIFE for a production coming to Charleston, SC in summer 2018.

Tuesday, February 28, 2017

New Play Coming to SC in March


My new play TOGETHER WE ARE MAKING A POEM IN HONOR OF LIFE will have an exclusive run in Columbia, SC in March. The NiA Company is presenting the show in a site-specific production that draws the audience into the story. In keeping with NiA's mission to bring work to the community, the show can be seen at two locations: Tapps Arts Center in downtown Columbia, and also EdVenture Children's Museum in the Vista. I'm thrilled to see the amazing acting work of Darion McCloud and Bonita Peeples in this piece, and I'm grateful that Heather Leigh is directing.

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UPDATE: Here's a great preview article published by the Columbia Free Times.

Wednesday, November 2, 2016

Solar Theatre Project Back in NC


Watch out, Saxpahaw. We're back!

The Solar Theatre Project returns to Culture Mill for a milestone check-in as part of our extended residency. Over the course of two years, we will develop a new play entirely powered by renewable energy. I'm excited to continue working with the unstoppable Mikhael Tara Garver and Carl Faber in the creation of this piece, and I look forward to reconnecting with the amazing and multi-talented team of Tommy Noonan and Murielle Elizéon.

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)