Tuesday, May 31, 2016

The Trigger Gene closes

On Saturday, May 28, 2016, we closed the 5-performance run of Rita Kneiss Barkey's The Trigger Gene, to an energetic, full audience at The Crystal Theatre in Missoula.

I feel very lucky to have had this experience, working with a strong, caring group of talented people, almost all of whom I just met (and all of whom I hope to continue working with).  It was a great first theatrical experience in Missoula, and I am very thankful to this group of artists for trusting me and gently demanding the most from me.  I am very proud of the collective work we all did together, and I think the production was a success in many ways.

Sarah (Robin Rose) and Terry (Greg Romero) in The Trigger Gene; Missoula MT.  Photo by Michael Stafford).

Acting in this new play was a really important experience for me personally, forcing me to confront some vulnerabilities I had been able to avoid for some time.  Taking a break from acting for so long, I was surprised to discover how hard it was (all the layers and worlds and intentions and sensitivities involved in a single moment), much harder than I remember, making me wonder if, in previous roles, I'd ever fully appreciated all of the detail and possibilities involved in creating a performance.

I am very happy to have put back in touch with these creative muscles I'd let atrophy a little.  Now exercised, I am curious to keep using them, open again, for the first time in a while, to an expanded view of possibilities.

Big thank yous to the whole Trigger Gene team-- Diane, Diego, Howard, Nathan, Rita, Robin, Shaun, and everyone else who contributed and participated.

--ROMERO

Monday, May 09, 2016

The Trigger Gene

Later this month I will be performing in The Trigger Gene, a new play by Missoula playwright Rita Kneiss Barkey.

This is the first substantial role I've had in a full theatrical production in quite some time-- certainly my most involved performance since my project, Thirty-Three, which was nearly 7 years ago, and one of only a handful of performances in the past 15 years since I graduated college.  This experience has stretched me and humbled me in many ways already, for which I am really grateful. 

 
With help from the good folks of Third Ear Productions, we go into performance at Missoula's Crystal Theater from May 19-21, 27-28, and I am very much looking forward to the continued work on this part, and sharing the play with an audience.

Many thanks to those who are working on this project with me, it has been a very rewarding journey so far.

For more information on the performances, please visit here.

much love,

ROMERO

Wednesday, May 04, 2016

PLASTIC THINGS in Kingston, Jamaica

It makes me so happy that Of Plastic Things and Butterfly Wings continues to live on, most recently finding new audiences in the excellent waters of the Caribbean.

 Reginald the Blue Crab and Sam the Plastic Water Bottle (Edna Manley College; Kingston, Jamaica).

From March 11-21, 2016, this young audiences play was presented by the Edna Manley College of the Visual and Performing Arts at the Dennis Scott Studio Theatre, in Kingston, Jamaica.  I was unable to attend the performances, but the show's director, Pierre LeMaire, tells me that his students had a good experience working on the play, the school audiences enjoyed it, and that it was quite interesting to talk with the students after the show about pollution and recycling.  This is all excellent, and a huge gift.

The Gyres (Edna Manley College; Kingston, Jamaica).

This play is well-journeyed, having been in performance in Philadelphia (with the workshop at Drexel, the Philly Fringe production by Little Fish Theatre Collaborative), several schools in New Jersey (as part of Little Fish Theatre's touring production), Phoenix (thanks to the good folks at Space 55), and internationally in Victoria, British Columbia (Kate Rubin Studio Theatre), and now, Jamaica.  I'm so very grateful for all of these experiences, and continue to be humbled by them.

Reginald, Sam, and Billie the Parrot (Edna Manley College; Kingston, Jamaica).
 

Big thank yous to the Edna Manley College and Pierre LeMaire, and continued thanks to: Cara Blouin and the original, wonderful Drexel ensemble; Chris and Josh Totora of Little Fish for believing in me and commissioning the play; to the wonderful actors in the Fringe production and tour; and to Jon Dorf and YouthPLAYS for publishing the script.

Much love,

ROMERO

Sunday, December 13, 2015

PLASTIC THINGS and DELAWARE MUDTUB now up on Amazon

My two published young audiences works, Of Plastic Things and Butterfly Wings and Delaware Mudtub and the Mighty Wampum, are now posted on the Amazon.com website.

Published by YouthPLAYS (and also for sale or licensing options through their website), this additional listing on the market giant Amazon will hopefully extend each of these play's lives in exciting ways, while making it easier to find for those who are looking for them.




For a quick link to the plays on Amazon:

Of Plastic Things and Butterfly Wings

Delaware Mudtub and the Mighty Wampum

Big continued thank yous to YouthPLAYS and to all of the amazing artists and people who originally brought these works to life.

much love,

ROMERO

Monday, June 01, 2015

LULLABY/Goodbye to Drexel

On Wednesday, May 27th, 2015,  three of my students and I shared The Most Beautiful Lullaby You've Ever Heard at Drexel University as an open rehearsal/studio presentation.

This intimate presentation (staged in the dressing room of the URBN Annex Black Box Theatre) was a satisfying way to conclude my six-plus years of teaching and creating at Drexel.  Grateful for the experience to work with these talented, bright students for one final project, we approached this short process (we met for 5 times for a total of 12 hours) as an exercise, exploring the play and its challenges as best we could with the time and space we had to work in.

The Man (Alex Cummiskey), The Narrator (Laura Allan) and The Woman (Lexi Pozonsky).  URBN Annex Green Room, Drexel University; Philadelphia PA.  Photo by John VanZelst.

The process was highly enjoyable, as performers Laura Allan ("The Narrator"), Alex Cummiskey ("The Man"), and Lexi Pozonsky ("The Woman") all proved to be brave, creative, and enthusiastic in their exploration of the play's darker content, in it's non-linear structure, and in it's demanding physicality.  Their bold choices, openness to explore, and thoughtful questions led to further discoveries in a play that I have been working on for over 10 years and through at least half a dozen presentations.  The experience was so enjoyable that I regret only that there wasn't more time available to explore the play further together.

I was also happy to have shared this work with a small, intimate audience of Drexel students, staff, and friends.  It was wonderful to witness the ongoing support these students have for one another, and to share this work with a handful of my own students who I have become very close to.

The Narrator (Laura Allan) and The Woman (Lexi Pozonsky).  Photo by John VanZelst.
Big thank yous to Alex, Laura, and Lexi for their excellent work and the gifts of their time and talent and to all the wonderful spirits who have breathed into this play over the past ten years.  Thank you as well to all the good folks at Drexel, and to all the students whose intelligence, creativity, and sincerity continually inspire me to be the best version of myself.

Much love,

ROMERO

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

EYE IN THE SKY on YouTube

A few years ago, the wily artists at Audacity Theatre Lab created a project-- an experimental epistolary radio theatre project-- in which they commissioned playwrights around the country to create a radio play based on the following shared prompt:

"For one week in the middle of the summer, a giant eye appears in the sky, over the city.  At the end of seven days, it disappears as suddenly as it originally materialized."

Gathering a wealth of work, and through collaboration with a number of multi-disciplinary artists, Audacity put together several episodes of recordings of these plays.  I feel lucky to have been one of the commissioned playwrights, and to share Episode Two with cool cat Daniel Talbott.





My short work, Goodb(eye) appears roughly four and half minutes into this recording, with some fine voice work by Jeffrey Schmidt and Lydia Mackay.

You can listen to Episode Two HERE.

Big thank yous to the folks at Audacity TheatreLab for putting this project together and for continuing to share our work.

Much love,

ROMERO

Monday, November 10, 2014

DELAWARE MUDTUB Published by YouthPLAYS

While working in the forests and mountains of Idaho, it is somehow fitting that my play, Delaware Mudtub and the Mighty Wampum, went into publication.

Maria Konstantidies as the Old Fox, Tyer Garamella as the Pond, and Katie Croyle as Turtle, as Turtle tells the story of Fox's mother.  Plays & Players, Philadelphia: March 2014.


An interactive, immersive young audiences play, it is now in print thanks to the good people at YouthPLAYS (who also published my previous young audiences work, Of Plastic Things and Butterfly Wings).

Big thank yous to the countless number of excellent artists and people who brought this play to life, and who took such great care in expressing it so wonderfully earlier this year at Plays & Players in Philadelphia.

It is my hope that this opportunity will allow me to share this work with many more people and that the wonderful animals in this play-- Turtle, Fox, Heron, the Otters, Wolf, and Bear-- will continue to live on through the joyful creativity of many more future embodiments.

To visit Delaware Mudtub and the Mighty Wampum at YouthPLAYS, click here.

much love,

ROMERO