The Latest News and Upcoming Projects: Fall 2013

The Playwright’s Arena, a part of Arena Stage’s American Voices New Play Institute continues through the end of the year.  I’m developing a new play with them called The Burning Road which will receive a public reading in The Cradle at Arena Stage in March 2014, alongside the five other remarkable playwrights in the group: Norman Allen, Jacqueline E. Lawton, Heather MacDonald,  Danielle Mohlman and Shawn Northrip.

In November I’ll direct Marat/Sade at American University where I also teach and in December I will work with Darrah Cloud and Judith Ivey, dramaturging the world premiere of Our Suburb at Theater J.

In addition to teaching at American University and The National Conservatory of Dramatic Arts, I’m also offering a playwriting class that is open to the public through the Writer’s Center.  More information on the class here.

Current writing projects include revising The Monastery (which received a reading at Theater J in May) and completing The Burning Road in preparation for its first public reading at Arena Stage in 2014.  Also brewing is a play for young audiences based on the Malay Legend of Hang Tuah and Hang Jebat and a musical with Matthew Nielson that incorporates Indonesian Gamelan and 1980’s Hair Metal.

At Rorschach Theatre (where I’m the co-Artistic Director), Neil Gaiman’s Neverwhere (directed by my co-Artistic Director Jenny McConnell Frederick) has been playing to rave reviews and sold-out houses.  The show closes September 15.  Keep an eye out for an announcement of upcoming Rorschach projects, including a new Klecksography project in October, a full production in January and more.

RECENT NEWS:

Forgotten Kingdoms received a staged reading at MTWorks National NewBorn Festival in New York.  The play won the Audience Choice Award and will receive an additional reading and development in March 2014.

Anna Ziegler’s The Minotaur which I directed at Rorschach Theatre closed February 17 after a successful run that the Washingtonian called “Extraordinarily ambitious” and the “universally strong performances and the heady concepts of desire, self-control, and fate make this an absorbing and inventive work.”

wild42hold, a play commissioned by George Washington University, ran February 21-24, 2013

A new play with the working title Monastery, was commissioned by Theater J’s “Locally Grown Initiative” and received a public reading on May 20, 2013.

I directed the final production of the 2013 graduating class of Imagination Stage’s Acting Conservatory, The fully realized production of The Ice Wolf – Joanna H. Kraus’s remarkable play based in Inuit mythology – ran April 26-28, 2013.

In April I directed two student-written plays (One about robots and one one about Galapagos turtles) in Young Playwright Theatre’s New Play Festival.

In August I directed Lanford Wilson’s Rimers of Eldritch, the final project for Theatre Lab’s Summer Acting Institute for Teens and was the instructor for a production of Stephen Belber’s Tapethe final project of The National Conservatory of Dramatic Arts Spring 2013 graduating class.