Tuesday, July 18, 2017

THE ELEPHANT AND THE LIGHT IN CLAIRE'S SUITCASE, Homer

The good news continues for my ten-minute play, The Elephant and the Light in Claire's Suitcase.  The play will be presented as a staged reading by Pier One Theatre in Homer, Alaska, as part of their program, "Highlights of the Last Frontier Theatre Conference".



This program runs from August 3-5, 2017, and features short works from writers who participated in this year's Conference.  I am very happy to continue relationships with the wonderful artists I met in Alaska this summer, and very happy to continue to share this play.

The readings will take place in Pier One's space "on the spit" in Homer, surrounded by the Kachemak Bay.  The Elephant and the Light in Claire's Suitcase will be read on August 5th.

Big thank yous to Kate Rich for organizing this event and for including Claire, Aldo/a, and Bruce.  Continued thanks to Deborah Bradshaw an Chris Totora for originally bringing this work to life through the Play in a Day project.


Tuesday, July 11, 2017

THE ELEPHANT AND THE LIGHT IN CLAIRE'S SUITCASE, Heideman Award Finalist

Inside the envelope from Actors Theatre of Louisville:

"We're delighted to inform you that your play, The Elephant and the Light in Claire's Suitcase, has been selected as one of 60 finalists for the 2017 Heideman Award."

HELL YEAH!

From memory, I believe ATL receives at least 500-600 entries a year for this award, so this is quite an honor already.

The Heideman Award winner will be announced in February 2018, and all finalists' scripts will be considered for production opportunities during ATL's 2017-2018 Season.

The Victor Jory Theatre, inside of Actors Theatre of Louisville.

If this play is selected for production, that will be awesome.  And it will be the first time one of my plays is presented in ATL since that time we did my play in their bathrooms (remember that, Rand Harmon and Specific Gravity Ensemble?).

Huge thank yous, again, to Chris Totora, Deborah Bradshaw, and the Play in a Day project that instigated this play.

much love on this exciting day,

ROMERO

Thursday, July 06, 2017

PLASTIC THINGS, Anchorage

I am so happy that the journey continues for Of Plastic Things and Butterfly Wings.  My all-ages play will live in production, once again, this time presented by a group of young performers in Alaska.


The production will be part of TBA Theatre's (Anchorage, Alaska) summer programming, and will be worked on by students, ages 8 - 18, as part of the "Actor's Academy".

Performances will take place at TBA's outdoor amphitheater from July 28 - 30, 2017.  I am so excited to think about this play, expressed through the excellent imaginations of young performers, surrounded by the mountains of the Last Frontier.

Big thank yous to Shane Mitchell for his interest in this play, to Alexis Jade Colon (who is directing), and to the awesome students who are bringing Sam the Plastic Water Bottle, Reginald the Blue Crab, Billie the Parrot, The Oldest Sea Turtle Who Ever Lived, and all the other fun characters to life. 

Big thanks as well to the Last Frontier Theater Conference for creating the possibility for this relationship. 

(My love for Alaska grows).

Thank yous also to YouthPLAYS for publishing the play and for its help with licensing this production.

And continued thanks to Chris Totora, Josh Totora, and Little Fish Theatre for originally commissioning me to write this work 5 years ago; to Cara Blouin and the awesome Drexel University students who helped me create it; to the wonderful actors and creative team of the original production.  I never imagined this work would have such a long and adventurous life, and I am so grateful for it.


Much love,

ROMERO

Monday, July 03, 2017

THE ELEPHANT AND THE LIGHT IN CLAIRE'S SUITCASE in New York

From June 14-18, 2017, my 10-minute play, The Elephant and the Light in Claire's Suitcase, was presented in full production as part of Stay Awake! Theatre's Prism Festival.

The performances were at The Bridge Theatre in Shetler Studios, in Manhattan, New York City.


Big thank yous to Maryanne Olson, Jeanne-Marie Brown, and the good folks of Stay Awake! for selecting this script (out of roughly 300 open submissions) and for all the care they put into exploring and presenting it.


Continued thank yous to Deborah Bradshaw and Chris Totora, who originally invited me to write this play as part of the Play in a Day project at Cumberland County College in 2016.


Much love,

ROMERO

Friday, June 30, 2017

DOOR TO BALLOON/The Last Frontier Theater Conference in Alaska

I recently returned from Valdez, Alaska, where my play, Door to Balloon, was presented at The Last Frontier Theater Conference.

The experience was easily one of the most enjoyable, most fruitful ones of my life and I feel so grateful for having had the opportunity to participate, to explore and share my work, to meet so many excellent people, and to get a taste of Alaska.


It was very hard to leave and I hope, very much, to return.

Big thank yous to all the people-- and there are so many-- who made this possible.

much love,

ROMERO


Wednesday, January 25, 2017

THE SHADES OF ORCUS

On February 4th, 2017, I will be performing in a workshop presentation/staged reading of the new play The Shades of Orcus by Missoula theatre artist Joshua Kelly.  The performance is at 7:00 pm at The Public House in downtown Missoula.






I am playing Thomas Warren, an art critic who has made himself infamous for his major work—a collection of reviews detailing the art, beauty, and performative nature of suicides.  So yes, this play is kind of dark.

The play is asking some fascinating questions and I look forward to stepping inside of these worlds and exploring them with some very smart, talented people.



Big thank yous to playwright Joshua Kelly and director Thaine Bertin for including me in this process.

much love,


ROMERO

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Thank You to Cone Man Running

Big thank yous to Cone Man Running Productions in Houston, Texas, for their inclusion of my short play, Goodb(eye), as part of their very fun 5 Minute-Mile project during November of 2016.

As they describe:

"32 plays are selected for the production.  Eight are scheduled to perform each night.  The next six are drawn at random at the start of the show.  The last six are voted on by the audience based on the title, descriptions and the actors involved!  It’s a different line up every single night!"

Whitney Zangarine (Madeleine) and Bryan Maynard (John) in Goodb(eye); Houston TX.


My own play was concisely described as:  "A man and woman, a secret romance, static electricity passes through the phone wires, as a giant eye inexplicably hovers over the city."

I was very happy to have my work included in this project, and grateful for the extra effort Cone Man Running made to send me a video of the play, taken during the final dress rehearsal:


video



My thanks to Bryan Maynard and Whitney Zangarine for their performances, and to Michael Weems for organizing the project.

Thank you also to Brad McEntire and Audacity Theatre Lab for originally commissioning me to create this work for their Eye in the Sky project (originally featuring actors Lydia Mackay and Jeffrey Schmidt), which began way back in 2009.

much love,

ROMERO