Burning burns up NYC

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Catherine Curtin (Cy) and Chris Ceraso (Dulac). Photo by Jon Kandel.

We’re halfway through the run of Burning with Resonance Ensemble in New York. Responses have been heartfelt and positive. And what do you know, the New York Times liked it. Here’s another sweet feature about our Cy, Catherine Curtin, in HuffPost Queer Voices.

More performances coming up tonight, Thursday, and Saturday at 8:00 pm. After the show on Saturday, I’ll be staying for a talkback along with badass Outserve-SLDN activist, Master Chief (ret.) Jennifer L. Paty. Get your tickets now!

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Farewell Housekeeper; Hello Burning

Last Saturday, Fresh Ink’s production of The Housekeeper closed after a terrific run. So many, many thanks to the cast, crew, FIT team, and everyone else who made it possible. And to the very gracious and engaged audiences who came and cried and said really nice things. Also, there were some reviews.

We had an especially wonderful performance and talkback on January 28, as part of our StageSource Night and Parity Party. Here’s a photo of the post-show discussion with our dramaturg Sara Brookner, me, and the cast:

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Good times! But lest I catch up on my sleep too soon, within days of closing I’m off to New York for the first week of Burning, produced by Resonance Ensemble. We’re currently in previews–official opening is Sunday, February 7. Tickets available now! And be sure to also check out the exciting new production of Cyrano, which is playing in rep. Here’s a great feature about Resonance and their mission of revisiting and reinventing classic plays. And our amazing cast:

Chris Ceraso (Dulac), Zachary Clarence (Sammy), Catherine Curtin (Cy), Shaun Bennet Fauntleroy (Rose), and Sean Phillips (Cole). Photo by John Kandel.

Chris Ceraso (Dulac), Zachary Clarence (Sammy), Catherine Curtin (Cy), Shaun Bennet Fauntleroy (Rose), and Sean Phillips (Cole). Photo by John Kandel.

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The Housekeeper Is Open

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Gillian Mackay-Smith as Carson

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Dale J. Young as Charlie and Margarita Martinez as Adelina

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Alexis Scheer as Kaila and Margarita Martinez as Adelina

The Housekeeper opened last weekend to full houses and great acclaim. Piles of gratitude to Fresh Ink Theatre, the cast, and the crew for their amazing, beautiful work. Two weekends to go, with talkbacks on January 21 and 28, and a special StageSource Night/Parity Party spectacular on January 23. Don’t miss it! Here’s all the info on how to get there.

And shout out to Fresh Ink AD Louise Hamill for the gorgeous tech week photos!

 

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Happy Birthday to Me!

I had a pretty awesome birthday celebration last week: cupcakes and champagne at rehearsal for Burning.

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l to r: Ryan Atwell (Directing intern), Eric Parness (Director), Sean Phillips (Cole), Shaun Bennet Fauntleroy (Rose), me, Catherine Curtin (Cy), Jarel Davidow (Directing Associate), Zachary Clarence (Sammy)

Spent much of school vacation week in New York working with this terrific group of folks. Now back in Boston, where Housekeeper team is back from break and going full steam ahead toward production week.

I’m feeling kinda giddy.

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2 Productions, 2 Casts, 2x the Awesome

Rehearsals are well underway for Fresh Ink’s production of The Housekeeper, opening January 15. Here’s a picture of our adorable cast and crew, with a special friend:

Front row, l to r: Margarita Martinez (Adelina), Her Highness HK, Alexis Sheer (Kaila), Sara Brookner (Dramaturg); back row l to r: George Page (Stage Manager), Gillian Mackay-Smith (Carson), Zack Rice (Assistant Director), Dale Young (Charlie)

Front row, l to r: Margarita Martinez (Adelina), Her Highness HK, Alexis Sheer (Kaila), Sara Brookner (Dramaturg); back row l to r: George Page (Stage Manager), Gillian Mackay-Smith (Carson), Zack Rice (Assistant Director), Dale Young (Charlie)

And on Saturday we had the first readthrough of Resonance Ensemble’s production of  Burning, which opens in rep with Cyrano de Bergerac on February 3. Here’s a TheaterMania announcement of our super sweet cast:

 

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Burning Workshop with Resonance Ensemble

Last week, I had the incredible opportunity to participate in a five-day workshop on Burning with Resonance Ensemble, the company that will produce the play in February. We read, dissected, and wrestled with the text for five days, then presented an informal reading for an invited audience on Sunday. I made some focused but important rewrites that made the story stronger and cleaner—and had a great time, too.  IMG_4493IMG_4509IMG_4505IMG_4487IMG_4514

A workshop like this has SO much value for the play’s development and the production process. (Do it, theaters!!) Huge thanks to Eric Parness, Resonance AD and director of the upcoming production, and to the extremely awesome actors who gave their time and energy so generously.

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Eric Parness, Zachary Clarence, Alberto Bonilla, Vanessa Aspillaga, me, Chris Ceraso, and Shaun Bennet Fauntleroy after the workshop of BURNING. Thank you, amazing people!!

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Welcome! Off to New York! Upcoming Productions!

Hello, world! Welcome to my new website. It took me all summer, but with a little help (thanks, Pat Gabridge, for the WordPress tutorial!) and a lot of chocolate, I now bring you detailed pages on my full-length plays, embedded videos of all the films I’ve written, lots of great production photos, and info about my coaching services. I’m planning to add a few more goodies, like play excerpts, very soon. Please feel free to comment (constructively) and let me know what you think.

Burning in New York
I’m on a bit of an adrenaline jag at the moment, and it’s probably because in a few hours I’m taking a bus to New York to start a five-day workshop of Burning with Resonance Ensemble. This fascinating company produces new plays that respond to or reimagine classic works…in repertoire with the originals. In February, Burning opens in rep with an exciting stripped-down version of Cyrano de Bergerac—and it’s going to be tight. I’m feeling thrilled, excited, giddy, and very grateful for the opportunity to get in a room with a bunch of talented people and play around with the piece. Playwright heaven!

The Housekeeper in Boston
And by the way, my new play The Housekeeper opens January 15 as part of Fresh Ink Theatre‘s upcoming season. Fresh Ink produced The Embryos in 2012, and I couldn’t be happier to collaborate once again with this talented team on their in-depth play development process. We had a public staged reading in May, and a three-day workshop is scheduled for September. This is how it’s done, y’all.

Thanks for reading. Keep in touch. There’s more to come.

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Website in Progress

Welcome to my new website. Please bear with me as I find my way around WordPress. Check back soon to see how awesome this site becomes, or feel free to contact me.

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