After the 2017 Canadian premiere of Pregnancy Pact, The Edge Productions is planning a new production of the show to play in Windsor, ON, and then Toronto, this spring! The audition notice is up, complete, to my delight, with an "ear test" to prepare the cast for the, um, not totally simple vocal harmonies. I'll post more info on the shows as the dates draw nearer!
Gordon and I are so grateful to Michael Lluberes and everyone at Flint Repertory Theatre for bringing us to Michigan for a chance to work on The Magnificent Seven. It was a thrill to meet the magnificent many who make up this theatre's community, including the 11 actors who gamely learned 22 songs in about 16 hours of rehearsal. (Thank goodness we had MD extraordinaire Rich Silverstein at the helm!) We had a ball getting to know Flint (in the few hours we weren't rehearsing or seeing readings of other shows in the festival) and learned a ton from getting to see the full piece out loud.
Gordon and I are headed to to the midwest this February for a workshop of Something Blue with Underscore Theatre Company as part of the Chicago Musical Theatre Festival. We're so excited to hear our brand new show out loud and taste famous pizza in the wind! The reading is on Monday 2/18 at 8pm at The Edge Theater, and (free!) tickets are available here.
I had a ball as an American Lyric Theatre resident composer almost (gasp!) ten years ago, and am pleased as punch that REB+VoDKa+ME will be featured in the ALT Alumni Concert at the Morgan Library on March 3rd at 3pm. Tickets are available here!
We have a complete draft of Something Blue, along with a complete score! The wonderful Johnny Shea, Victoria Hustom-Elem, and Sam Heldt came over to my place for a little super-low-key recording session so Gordon and I could hear the new tunes. What fun!
Gordon and I are excited that our song "Oh Killer" from REB+VoDKa+ME will be featured later this month in the A Little New Music concert at The Wallis in LA. We wish we could be there to see it, but can't wait to watch the youtubes :) More info here, if you're in LA and want to check it out!
Elevator Heart produced by the Performing Arts and Social Justice Department at The University of San Francisco
Alas, I couldn't make it to the west coast to catch this performance in person, but Sara and Amy brought back news of what an awesome job this awesome group of women did with our show.
This week I am having the most rapturous time at a writers' retreat with SPACE on Ryder Farm. Gordon and I are here through Page 73, and we've had the most wonderful week working on our various shows and communing with the sheep, horses, rabbits, and impressively sized bugs. Each day all the artists in residence gather for three amazing farm-to-table meals prepared by a resident chef, and this combination of structure/community and freedom to work has made this one of my most pleasant and productive writing experiences.
We have a first full draft of The Magnificent Seven, so Gordon and I gathered together some of our very favorite collaborators to read and sing through the whole thing. Thanks to Shaleah Adkisson, Renee Albulario, Delaney Amatrudo, Ian Axness, Ally Bonino, David Friedlander, Holly Gould, Brandon Michael Lowden, Ellen Macy, Lynne Marie Rosenberg, Keith Rubin, and Hana Slevin for a great read and a great discussion.