I was going a bit stir crazy, so I put together some remote demo recordings for Elevator Heart!
Putting everything together one remote piece at a time was challenging, but luckily the preternaturally insightful Andy Zinsmeister made everything sounds as if it Wasn't recorded in 11 different closets using 11 different microphones.
Audio Mixer, and Guitar, and Bass on two songs, and general genius: Andy Zinsmeister
Piano: Katya Stanislavskaya
Bass (on the other 4 songs): Eric Day
Drum Arrangements: Jeremy Yaddaw
Cello: Brian Sanders
After spending no less than [redacted] number of hours agonizing over the perfect set of videos to share, Gordon and I are proud to unveil our new Broadway On Demand channel. This is a very cool website, collecting content from a slew of exciting writing teams (not that I'm biased), and we're thrilled to be a part of it!
Gordon and I were excited to kick of the Weston Playhouse Songs for Today series with our new song, I Remember Summer. You can find our "liner notes" for the song here. Coming up later in the series are Kirsten Childs, Joe Iconis, Tidtaya Sinutoke & Isabella Dawis, Jenny Giering & Sean Barry, Adam Gwon, and Adam Guettel -- mighty fine company to be in! We feel lucky to count The Weston Playhouse as an artistic home, and can't wait to get back there again soon!
You'd best believe that I put on a sparkly dress and opened a bottle of champagne just to celebratorially drink one glass while watching the Dramatists Guild Annual Awards Night, in collaboration with the Lilly Awards and the Dramatists Guild Foundation. It was an honor to be up there amidst this year's inspiring slate of winners.
Time Does Not Bring Relief, my 2005 setting of an Edna St Vincent Millay poem (part of my grad school application!) was included as part of Project 2020, a conference showcasing work by under-represented groups. I had the pleasure of being on a Q&A panel for the event as well, alongside some extremely rad composers. Thanks to Jennifer Sgroe for including me!
I'm over the moon excited to be one of the 2020 Thom Thomas award recipients for Gordon and my show REB+VoDKa+ME!
Since 2016, DGF has awarded the Thom Thomas Award to an alumnus of the Fellows program and commemorates playwright Thom Thomas’s endless passion for nurturing the next generation of dramatists and his appreciation of DGF’s support of writers. Traditionally, the Award is granted to one writer for $10,000. In response to the current global crisis and state of the theater industry, DGF and the Awards committee chose to honor three recipients this year with a grant of $4,000 each. The 2020 Thom Thomas Awards are made possible through the generous support of Iris Rainer Dart and Janis Purins.
Check out the Broadway World article!
Pregnancy Pact was scheduled to receive a workshop production, directed by Catie Davis and music directed by Mark Evans, at NYU's New Studio on Broadway running from 3/29-4/5. Needless to say, this did not happen, but Gordon and I still got all the benefit of working with this fabulous cast and amazing creative team. It was inspiring to see a group of students put their marks on this material, and see the ways in which it still resonated eight years (whoa) after we wrote it.
Gordon and I are breathing in some welcome sunshine during a week in San Diego to workshop Something Blue at Diversionary Theatre. We're gloriously reuniting with director Matt Morrow and music director Patrick Marion, both from our world premiere of The Loneliest Girl in the World here last summer. It's our first time meeting our three brilliant cast members: Bryan Banville, Michael Cusimano, and Natasha Harris. The workshop is supported by a Frank Young grant from the National Alliance for Musical Theatre, for which we are so grateful! For a writer (well, why generalize....for me), having any place to call an artistic home is incredibly meaningful, and having that artistic home be somewhere teeming with generous artists, a welcoming community, and plants that look like they sprung fully formed from a Dr Seuss book, feels too good to be true.
I love it when Underscore Theatre company includes us in their awesome concert series, and it's especially fun to have two songs featured in this month's nerd themed program. Pictured here is Max Weinberg performing as Super Mario in Greg Edwards and my song "Won't You Be Mine".
The wonderful Dvora Meyers interviewed Gordon and I about The Magnificent Seven for her Unorthodox Gymnastics newsletter; you can read the full interview here! Dvora is a treasure trove about all things gymnastics, and has been a huge help to us as we develop this show.