Two exciting projects are coming up this winter: very still & hard to see opens at Rorschach Theatre in April. I’ll be directing Steve Yockey’s wild mash-up of Japanese Ghost Stories, Twilight Zone mystery and Stephen King horror. I’m also directing an original adaptation of Rashōmon at American University that runs February 19-21. The production will feature a new script that I have adapted, using the original short stories by Ryunosuke Akutagawa and stories and characters devised by the cast itself.
My Arena Stage playwright residency at The Playwright’s Arena, (a part of the American Voices New Play Institute) is continuing into its second year after March’s public reading in The Cradle. After spending last year developing The Burning Road, this year will be spent developing a play for young audiences about a young boy, his relationship with his storyteller father and the fables from around the world that they explore.
I continue to teach at American University where I am faculty and a resident artist. and at The National Conservatory of Dramatic Arts. I’m also offering two playwriting classes (beginning and intermediate) that are open to the public through the Writer’s Center in Bethesda. More information on the classes here.
As I continue to develop The Monastery – a play that was initially commissioned through Theater J’s locally grown program – and The Burning Road, also brewing is a play for young audiences and a musical with Matthew Nielson.
At Rorschach Theatre (where I’m the co-Artistic Director), we are in the process of developing a project directed by my co-Artistic Director Jenny McConnell Frederick: a theatrical adaptation base the haunting and hilarious indie web comic A Softer World.
In the last six months:
She Kills Monsters, which I directed at Rorschach Theatre played to huge audiences in August and September. I couldn’t have had more fun directing Qui Nguyen’s mad fusion of 1990s pop culture and Dungeons & Dragons.
In July I wrote and and directed for the First Annual One Minute Play Festival which ran from July 12-14 at Round House Theatre and was organized by The One-Minute Play Festival (#1MPF). Additionally, I returned to Theatre Lab to direct Naomi Iizuka’s Anon(ymous) with the talented kids of the Summer Acting Institute for Teens.
Just before that at Rorschach Theatre, I helped create Six Impossible Things, an immersive site-specific piece that drew inspiration from The Shining, Alice in Wonderland and the history of the house in which we performed. I served as head writer and wrote the short piece, “Corleone.”