#throwbackthursday 13-14 Playwrights Update
We've had an incredible week with our 2014-2015 Ingram New Works Playwrights and Donald Margulies. For this #throwbackthursday we reached out to our 2013-2014 Ingram New Works playwrights Andrew Kramer, Dean Poynor, and Jeremy Sony to get the scoop on their new plays and life after the Ingram New Works Festival.
Since hanging out in Nashville, developing my new play Cut It Out through the Ingram New Works Lab, I've been fortunate to continue work on the play through the 2014/15 Nord Playwriting Fellowship at Cleveland Public Theatre. A new-member of the National New Play Network, CPT is a wonderful and dynamic professional company that I'm proud to be working with. As a Nord Playwriting Fellow with CPT, Cut It Out had two more developmental readings and a very successful workshop production in CPT's Big Box New Play Series. It was a wonderful way to see the play in a more full-form, after having rehearsed it for four weeks with a talented cast and wonderful director. New plays only live when they're shared with audiences, so it was a wonderful blessing to work with CPT in this next stage–and it's all thanks to Nashville Rep's Ingram New Works Lab that the play was born.
I'm also currently in discussions with a few theaters across the country interested in producing my play Armature in their performance 2015/16 performance season, as well as writing a new musical (I know!!!) with singer/songwriter Ben Clark (The Circus in Winter) for The University of Nebraska-Lincoln. Skin & Bones is a musical set against the backdrop of the violent Bone Wars of the 1800's in the historical American West and is about a little girl who discovers a dinosaur bone on her land and the hitman hired to hunt her down. Follow Skin & Bones on Facebook for more info and hear some of the music from the show.
Other than all of these exciting unfoldings, I've been thinking (aka longing) to return to Nashville, to once again, be surrounded by the vibrant and incredible theatre community of Nashville Repertory Theatre.
My Lab play Together we are Making a Poem in Honor of Life was part of a reading series this past fall in NYC and will have a workshop production this Spring (May 2015). Our plan is to stage it in a public space - like a firehouse or a police station - as a site-specific event. (This reinforces the message and conceit of the play, too.)
My play Young Negress Stepping out of the River at Dawn will have a workshop production at Mixed Blood Theatre in Minneapolis, MN. This play explores Rwandan wedding traditions as a couple of Rwandan immigrants, living in Queens. NY, decide to get married here and must decide what parts of the traditional ceremonies to keep and what to reinvent. Mixed Blood is a great theatre that engages with challenging, cross-cultural work. (This play also had a workshop production at Centre Stage in Greenville, SC this past fall.)
My update, coming to you live from the freezing North that is Canal Winchester, Ohio. Oh, how I miss Nashville Rep! On the playwriting front, I've been busy since the "Pathogenesis" reading at last year's Ingram New Works Fest, but not so much with that play. Went right from that into writing a history play for Grove City, Ohio, and my Robin Hood adaptation for Street Theatre Company's ClassAct Dramatics, which went up in November, there in Nashville. Had the pleasure of meeting up with Nate and this year's Ingram playwrights while I was there. Such a great group. Their plays sound awesome!
In December, my wife gave birth to our first child, a son. He is perfect and has destroyed my sleeping pattern. In fact he spit up on me while I wrote this update. Just now. It was glorious.
This month, I am finishing up that play for Grove City, and just committed to writing another play for ClassAct Dramatics, The Last Queen of Wonderland, coming to Nashville this October.
So, where does that leave Pathogenesis? In very good hands. I've submitted it to further development opportunities, and I'm setting up my own workshop for later this year with actors here in central Ohio. My time at Nashville Rep brought all my writing into focus. I'll finally have some time this Spring and I'm excited to get back to my Pathogenesis characters and continue what we started. Nashville has been a fountain of opportunity, and by the end of 2015, four of my new plays will have gotten their starts right there in Music City. I truly consider Nashville a second home, and Nashville Rep has played a huge part in that. My wife and I look forward to visiting again this year and bringing our son along. Never too early to introduce him to the theater.
More information about our 2014-2015 Ingram New Works Playwrights here. Also please stay tuned for our 2014-2015 Festival.