New Musical Coming in May/June

What am I working on now? How about the book for a new musical in collaboration with In Good Company? Radiance of the Day tells the story of current social and political challenges faced by immigrants in Lawrence, Massachusetts, set against the backdrop of the famous 1912 Bread and Roses textile workers strike. I feel really fortunate to be collaborating with this great group as well as with Eureka Ensemble and the brilliant composer J. Andrés Ballesteros.

Radiance runs May 29-30 and June 5-6 at locations to be announced. Stay tuned.

video audition

Not only do we have a talented and diverse cast–we have the tech. Here’s our fabulous director, Michelle Aguillon, video-auditioning performers IN BRAZIL AND SINGAPORE.

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March Is HOPPING

Two events this month, one on top of the other!

Theatre@First presents Burning, March 15-23 at Unity Church in Somerville.
Visit the T@F website or call 1-888-874-7554 for tix and info.

Burning poster

On March 23, a brand-new version of my play Mary will be read as part of the two-day She Said… festival at the Boston Center for the Arts Plaza Theatre. Readings start at 12:00 pm on Saturday, with Mary going up at approximately 1:45. Check out the full schedule for a pantheon of amazing local women writers!

She Said poster
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Healing From the Past, Creating the Future

Like most writers, I have a lot of jobs. And like many of my peers, I get to write on a wide variety of subjects—and in the process interact with people doing really cool stuff that I might not have known about otherwise.

I recently took the helm as editor of Pass It On!, the semiannual journal of the Children’s Music Network, and just released the Fall 2018 issue. CMN is, I’m glad to say, in the midst of doing some hard work on social justice, specifically looking at problems of inclusion and exclusion in the organization and the demographics of the membership. To that end, they invited Dr. Tawnya Pettiford-Wates to give the keynote at the annual conference. I got pretty excited when I realized that Dr. T is not only a brilliant scholar and activist, but also a theater-maker and founder of the Conciliation Project, whose mission is “to promote, through active and challenging dramatic work, open and honest dialogue about racism and oppression in America in order to repair its damaging legacy.” I have not seen TCP’s work yet, but I interviewed Dr. T for the journal in order to find out all about it. She blew me away:

Healing From the Past, Creating the Future: An Interview With Dr. Tawnya Pettiford-Wates

Explore the latest issue of PIO! if you would like to join me in exploring music, folk traditions, education, and powerful work related to social justice and inclusion.

 

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