Tremendously rainy weekends like this one can be great for spending indoors in rehearsal, but overall it’s been a lovely month for spring sights around NYC (and a quick trip to Philadelphia)! I’m pleased to report that I have a full slate of updates this month, with several upcoming productions and festivals.
Quote of the Month
"If I waited for perfection, I would never write a word."
- Margaret Atwood
Productions in Progress
This month I stage managed for another reading process, this time for the Moxie Arts Incubator. Throughout a six-month process, the incubator gives early-career playwrights, directors, and producers the opportunity to collaborate in different combinations for a virtual workshop, staged reading, and full production of three new plays in development. I enjoyed working on the staged reading of Alyssa Haddad-Chin’s You Should Be So Lucky, a funny and poignant two-hander about family, gentrification, and the passing down of traditions, and am delighted to be rejoining the team for its next-round production going up at the WP Theater in June.
In the virtual sphere I have been kept busy this month by continuing preparation and production for the Twenty by Twenty Fringe Festival and the National Women’s Theatre Festival Fringe, both of which I mentioned in my last update. For Twenty by Twenty, I am stage managing for an original micro-opera called Troubleshooting and consulting on virtual design elements for several other plays, all of which will stream for free during the month of May. For WTFringe, my group continues to assemble our experimental piece Dinosaur on the Moon as part of the festival’s Fringe Lab for directors and producers. That performance will be going up live in Raleigh, NC in June, and I will provide updates as we learn more about any possible streaming options.
With the end of April I have also wrapped up my first year on Hedgepig Ensemble Theatre’s Expand the Canon reading committee. It was a delight to help sort through these incredible but forgotten classic plays by women and non-binary writers, and I look forward to collaborating with Hedgepig again in the future!
Twenty by Twenty Fringe Festival, Lime Arts Productions, streaming May 18-28
You Should Be So Lucky, Moxie Arts Incubator at the WP Theater, June 8-10
Dinosaur on the Moon, WTFringe at NC State University Theatre, June 24-25
A few performances I enjoyed in April:
It was a treat to see my friends at Aporia Artists Collective present their new play A Seance for Mae West as part of Philly Theatre Week earlier this month!
Red Bull Theater and Theatre for a New Audience hosted a very cool one-night reading of Kit Marlowe (by David Grimm, directed by Emma Rosa Went) featuring a female and non-binary cast.
Fat Ham at the Public was one of my favorite New York performances of last spring, so it was wonderful to revisit the production in its new home on Broadway at the American Airlines Theatre!