Thursday, July 29, 2010

Interview on REP Radio

On July 17, 2010, the good folks of REP Radio interviewed me as part of their series "Inside the Writer's Mind". The interview was a lot of fun to do and I'm happy with how well it captures the personality of my work.

We talked about why I was wearing a mask, the strange live event/gift-exchanges I am creating, what it's like to be locked in a pharmaceutical clinic, why I give people toilets for their birthday, how I'm trying to re-create the rite of passage between life and death, and why I juggle ice cream at Reading Terminal Market.

Lots of fun names come up in conversation-- thank you for giving me stuff to talk about: Megan Slater, Andy Merkel, Lucy Walters, Andrew Beal, Sarah Bowden, Christiana Molldrem, The Rotunda, Chris Morse, Working Man's Clothes Productions, Audacity Theatre Lab, Austin Texas, Nicole Garman, and my Mom (and many others).

Big thank yous to Represented Theater Company, and to the intrepid Todd Holtsberry and Krissy Scatton for taking the time to get to know me.

You can access REP Radio's achives here, click on episode 107 ("Greg Romero") to check it out.

rock on,


Wednesday, July 07, 2010

Awesome Creative Team for LULLABY Workshop

In the ongoing spirit of experimentation and collaboration, Mike Vernusky and I are set to engage in an August 2010 (in Philadelphia) workshop exploring the collision of my play, The Most Beautiful Lullaby You've Ever Heard, with Vernusky's electronic music composition.

Postcard from World Premiere Production in NYC (City Attic Theatre, 2007).

This project attempts to remove one of the play's characters (The Narrator) by replacing them with Mike's music, composed specifically for this work. We have no idea if the experiment will fly, though the early dreaming Mike and I have done has us really excited and it will be a fun learning journey no matter what.

We enter this process with a lot of exciting questions and have assembled a talented group of artists to break it all open. We will work together for roughly 15-20 hours in early-mid August, including an open rehearsal/work-in-progress sharing (more details to be announced soon).

Joining us/contributing to/exploding this project are director Ken Kaissar and performers Megan Slater and Kevin Meehan. I am beyond excited to be working with such a talented group of artists and totally can't wait to get in the rehearsal room with these people.

I have worked with Ken on multiple projects (Dallas, Thirty-Three) and his direction has always been sensitive, imaginative, fun, and highly smart.

Megan Slater and Kevin Meehan are two of my favorite actors in Philadelphia and will, no doubt, bring a lot of their intelligence, brave risks, creativity, and humor to the process.

(OMG this will be awesome!)

HUGE thank yous to the generous friends (Laurence Becker, Hugh Craig, Betsy Currie, Jackie Goldfinger, Chris Herdt and Nicola Grissom, Jenny Kokai, Taylor Maddux, Christiana Molldrem, Dustin Puryear, Don Slater, and Angela Turner) for making this workshop possible by flying Mike Vernusky to Philadelphia.

Big thank yous as well to Drexel University (Mark Andrews, Nick Anselmo, Nan Gilbert and Beng Lin Yeo) for their continued support of my creative work.

And of course-- big thank yous to the collaborative team for their commitment and enthusiasm. I look forward to the discoveries ahead.


The Most Beautiful Lullaby You've Ever Heard
script by Greg Romero
music by Mike Vernusky
director: Ken Kaissar
performers: Kevin Meehan and Megan Slater