This past Sunday evening was the Planet Connections Festivity's performance of Playwrights for a Cause, a collection of five protest plays, protesting everything from age and death to gentrification to institutionalized racism. It was great work all around, thought provoking pieces, well acted and directed. The performance culminated in a talk back with the playwrights and a representative from the ACLU, to whom the proceeds of tonight's event went. At the after party, Planet Connections announced nominations for their Festivity Award Show and Occasionally Nothing garnered three nominations including Outstanding Production, Outstanding Supporting Actor and Outstanding Supporting Actress.
The Shelter announces the Threshold Playwright Fellowship! Over the course of the past two years, The Shelter has been helping me develop my first full length play through the Sunday workshop and developmental readings. This August my play, The Other Kids Ran Away will go up in a workshop performance directed by Kat Yen in repertory with Jacob Marx Rice's play, Leni & Joseph, and two free readings of Morgan McGuire's play, tselem. If you're interested in coming to see the play, bookmark this page and I'll be updating with ticket information. If you'd like to contribute please click here to learn more about the fellowship and where you can donate!
The last chance to see me act in Natalie Menna's "Occasionally Nothing" directed by Ivette Dumeng for the Planet Connections Festivity is this Saturday at 3:15pm.
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Read Anthony P. Pennino's review on The Modernist Beat, which proclaims that "Theatre of the Absurd is alive and well in the 21st Century". "Menna’s dialogue crackles with energy and wit...and the collaboration of Menna, Dumeng, and Wiese conveys the overwhelming feeling of despair that that condition has on all the characters on stage. It is a beautiful moment of raw emotional power, and it takes one’s breath away."
Edmon Malon from the Outer-Stage reports that there's "much to enjoy" with this "one-hour roller coaster ride" in which "Facts are very much at issue... but everyone has a different viewpoint."