Wednesday, January 23, 2008

RADIO GHOSTS to show in NYC and Philadelphia

My collaborators and I WILL be presenting our project, RADIO GHOSTS in New York City and in Philadelphia.

We will be showing this work-in-progress on:

Thursday, January 31st at the Community Education Center in Philadelphia

Friday, February 1st at The Dramatists Guild of America in New York City


THANK YOU to everyone who has sent their support and encouragement and expressed their interest in the work we are doing. We remain excited about our project, and grow more so each day. There are some really wonderfully talented people working on this piece and it’s been an incredible process.

We’ve all learned a lot, are taking some good risks, and are very much looking forward to sharing our work with the public. It is my hope that you will attend.

As a reminder, this is what we’re taking on:


Radio Ghosts
tells three overlapping, interwoven, and haunted narratives:

An expert on holographic theory (named William Tell) gives a university lecture on how everything in the universe is one giant hologram. His son, comatized by a gunshot to the face, sends him holographic phone calls through a portable radio and his wife speaks to him through the waves of the Pacific Ocean.

A ghost, carrying a wedding band, crosses through dimensions to save a child’s life, shattering the world of the physical scientist who witnesses her. The scientist tries to re-organize the universe as more ghosts serve him coffee in an abandoned greasy-spoon diner.

A physician falls in love with a patient who dreams of falling into fires and whose body slowly and continuously falls apart from a car-wreck that happens in the future.

Using Electronic Voice Phenomenon and The Holographic Universe as inspiration, Radio Ghosts is a multi-layered work that combines live performance and recorded sound, creating a real-time (bending), performative conversation between what is live, what is electronically composed, and what is beyond our imagination.

An electro-theater collaboration
Script by Greg Romero
Music by Mike Vernusky
Directed by Andrew J. Merkel
Dramaturgy by Genevieve Saenz
Production Design by Stephen Hungerford

Performed by:
Steve Gleich
Felicia Leicht
Toby Mulford
Cherie A. Roberts
Jeff Swearingen



Thursday, January 31st, at 8:00 pm
Meeting House Theatre
3500 Lancaster Av
Philadelphia, PA 19104

Admission is Pay-What-You-Can, with proceeds going towards our showing at The Dramatists Guild of America (NYC) on February 1st.



Friday, February 1st, at 7:30 pm
The Dramatists Guild of America
1501 Broadway, 7th Floor
(b/w 43rd and 44th-- in Times Square)
New York NY

This presentation is FREE!

This presentation is made possible THANKS to the awesome people of:
Philadelphia Dramatists Center; The Production Office of the Lang Performing Arts Center at Swarthmore College; The Cardboard Box Collaborative; and all of the awesome people who sent us dollars!


Wednesday, January 16, 2008

Playwriting Fundamentals at The WILMA Studio School

Very soon I begin teaching "Playwriting Fundamentals" at the very cool Wilma Theatre. I look forward to continuing my experiences as a teacher/learner and continuing to get to know the wonderful people and artists in the city of Philadelphia. Open to the public, I anticipate a great mix of folks and will do my best to help my students find their writing awesomeness.

Playwriting Fundamentals
Greg Romero
This entry level course will cover various aspects of crafting a play from nurturing the seeds of an idea to developing the arch of a character. Particular attention will be paid to freeing each student’s voice from the obstacles that inhibit the growth of their unique and authentic writing style.
$240, 10 weeks; begins 2/5/08

To learn more about the course, the instructor, and the Wilma Studio:

Join us at the WILMA Studio School's Winter OPEN HOUSE.

WHEN: Monday, January 21 from 5:30 - 7:00 pm
WHERE: The Wilma Theater Studio

WHY: You might not meet the new Mayor of Philadelphia and we aren't promising Tastykakes...

Here's what we can promise though:

- an opportunity to meet the studio school faculty and learn about their classes
- a chance to win a FREE CLASS in the raffle
- maybe even a much coveted free mini-session with Alexander Technique
Guru, Mary McCann.

For a full schedule of spring classes at the Wilma visit:

TO REGISTER call 215-893-9456 ext. 106

Anne K. Holmes, Education Director
The Wilma Theater
265 S. Broad St
Philadelphia, PA 19107

Phone: [215] 893-9456 ext.101
akh@wilmatheater. org
Fax: [215] 893-0895



Monday, January 07, 2008

TWO BUBBLES Selected for Publication

My ten-minute play, TWO BUBBLES, has recently been selected for publication by Playscripts, Inc.

Originally written overnight (from midnight until 6 am) as part of Audacity Productions and Rover Dramawerks 24-Hour play project, One (More) Day Only, I am thrilled that this play is headed for publication.

The good people of Playscripts tell me it will likely be published in an anthology of "outstanding short plays"-- something kind of like this.

Big thank yous to Audacity Productions and Rover Dramawerks for giving me a reason to write this play, to Jenae Yerger for giving me a place to sleep when I was done writing, and to all of the folks who made that first production happen in a really fun way. Additional thanks to rm 120 theatre, Cliff Diver Productions, and the awesome people who worked on the FronteraFest production of this play, City Theater Company (Wilmington DE) for producing the play a year later, and to Actor's Theatre of Louisville for selecting the play as a finalist for the 2003 Heideman Award.

And lastly, thanks to the wonderful people (Andrew H. Beal, Matt Dell'Olio, Felicia Leicht, Adrienne Mackey, Andrew Merkel, Sara Pauley, Cherie A. Roberts, Sarah P. Robinson, and Jeff Swearingen) in Philadelphia who came over to my publication party, helping me put the last touches on the final version of the script.


Saturday, January 05, 2008

Under My Coat is the Truth-- in an elevator

The year 2008 begins with some wonderful news. My short play, Under My Coat is the Truth, has been selected for production by Specific Gravity Ensemble as part of Elevator Plays 2: Beyond the Norm.

For four weeks in January and February, this production takes over the historic Starks Building in downtown Louisville, staging 24 plays inside of the building's elevators.

Having worked on the original Elevator Plays: Ascent-Descent/Assent-Dissent project last year (they did a wonderful job with my piece, New Orleans: December 26, 2005) and in the fall on a truly moving production of The Most Beautiful Lullaby You've Ever Heard, I'm thrilled to be working again with Specific Gravity Ensemble on such a fun and innovative project.