Saturday, February 26, 2011

"Viral" Marketing of PARADISE KEY

The rise of mass media and broadcast television in the late 40's and early 50's fanned the flames of public outrage against Polio, and also galvanized the forces that found a cure. In the spirit of historical redux, check out the new promotional video for my play Paradise Key coming to the Hyde Park Theatre in Austin, TX produced by a chick and a dude productions. I have had a great time working with Shanon Weaver (at right) and director Melissa Livingston (not pictured), and I promise that if you "like" this on Facebook, nothing bad will happen to your computer.

UPDATE: In an interesting public-health-related twist, there will be no smoking during this production because of Austin City ordinances. The artistic team is working to maintain the historical accuracy presented in the script, while trying not to break the law.

Monday, February 7, 2011

BELLHAMMER named O'Neill Semi-Finalist

I am simultaneously humbled and jazzed-out-of-my-socks to hear that my MFA-thesis play Bellhammer, an allegorical meditation on the nature of goodness set in the world of Christian Professional Wrestling, has been named a Semi-Finalist for the Eugene O'Neill Theatre Center's 2010 National Playwrights Conference. I am honored to be recognized by this amazingly prestigious group, and I'm gratified that this piece is being considered.