Wednesday, August 20, 2008

Returning for Another Year at U/Arts

After a wonderful first year of teaching at The University of the Arts, I am returning to reprise my position as "Lecturer" at the University's School of Theater Arts. I will again be teaching "Survey of Theater Arts", which I enjoyed immensely, largely because of my bright, enthusiastic, creative, big-hearted, brave, and hilarious students.

I am grateful to be re-hired, and look forward to meeting this year's class and to keeping in touch with last year's group. I also look forward to continuing to learn how to grow as a teacher, how best to engage with my students, and how all of these things can continue to feed my art and my life.

Rock on,


Tuesday, August 12, 2008


My ten-minute play, Two Bubbles, is now officially published by Playscripts, Inc.

Heck yeah!

They notified me of upcoming publication in December (2007) and the process of publication is now complete.

Brendan Ahearn, Tiffany Feng, Brad McEntire, Laurie Farris, Jeff Hernandez, and Shannon Marie in Two Bubbles, Audacity Productions / Rover Dramawerks, Plano, Texas (2002). Photo: Carol Rice.

Two Bubbles is anthologized with nine other plays in Great Short Comedies: Volume 3.

You can see all the details (as well as buy copies and license the play for production!) here:

Huge thank yous to all the awesome people who helped make this thing. As with all works, it took a village to create and stage this play.

From the Acknowledgements (pg 115):

Thank you Audacity Productions and Rover Dramawerks for making me stay up all night to write this play.

Thank you to Brendan Ahearn who directed the original production of this play on very little sleep. And to the six actors who first brought Mark and Sheila to life: Brad McEntire, Laurie Farris, Jeff Hernandez, Shannon Marie, Brendan Ahearn, and Tiffany Feng.

In addition to the published acknowledgements-- thank you Andrew H. Beal, Ishaq Clayton, Erin Delperdang, Matthew Dell'Olio, Jonathan Kim, Felicia Leicht, Adrienne Mackey, Kate May, Andrew J. Merkel, Sara Pauley, Cherie A. Roberts, Sarah P. Robinson, Tommy Schoffler, Jeff Swearingen, Nicole Whiteside, Olivia Whitmer, Cliff Diver Productions, rm 120 theatre, and City Theatre Company for your work on this play.

Rock on,


Thursday, August 07, 2008

SHOVEL In Rehearsal

My project, SHOVEL, is now a couple weeks into rehearsal and I am excited about the strange and horrifying things collaborators Andrew J. Merkel (director) and Cherie A. Roberts (playing the role of "Elida") and I are discovering.

Cherie A. Roberts as "Elida" in Shovel

The piece is a solo-performance (12 - 15 minutes) that explores script and Butoh-inspired movement. We performed a work-in-progress version of it in June and have further developed it for production during the upcoming Philly Fringe Festival.

The work is very dark and dreamy and kind of its own form. I am thrilled to see how things continue to develop and, as always, am enjoying the collaboration with Andy and Cherie as we tackle another project that exposes all of us and has no real easy answers.

SHOVEL will be part of "4 x 4" at Plays and Players Theater-- specific production details to be announced soon.

Rock on,