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YIMT 2.0

I’m so excited to head back up to the Yale Institute for Music Theatre in New Haven this June! Six years after our amazing experience with Pregnancy Pact, Julia and I will get to spend two weeks working on REB+VoDKa+ME in their alumni residency alongside workshops of the new musicals Gumbo and Cowboy Bob.

No actors, no rehearsals, no presentations – just us and our writing for two whole weeks! (With intermittent stops at Miya’s Sushi, of course.) I can’t wait to maximize these two weeks and come out on the other end with a full draft of the show.

Thanks to the wonderful Mark Brokaw for including us again this year!

New representation!

I’m so happy to share that I’m now working with Mark Orsini at Bret Adams! So if you’re looking for info on licensing a show of mine, you can find his information on the CONTACT page. (But if you’re looking to talk about dogs or Orphan Black, you should still email me directly.)

NAMT updates!

berresseJulia and I are thrilled to be working with Michael Berresse on the NAMT Festival presentation of The Loneliest Girl in the World!

After seeing him perform onstage in A Chorus Line and The Light in the Piazza, I first encountered Michael’s directing on Broadway with [title of show], but I was also lucky enough to travel up to Weston, VT to see his beautiful 2013 production of Next to Normal with Heidi Blickenstaff and Margo Seibert. The production was so sensitive and deeply felt, and a complete departure from the original. In addition to being the best sung version I’ve ever seen, it convinced me just how beautiful the color grey can be!

Read about all the creative teams, and don’t forget to mark your calendars!

Anita & Tommy take on NAMT!

2015-Evergreen-Web-600-360x360Five years after presenting Pregnancy Pact, Julia and I are ecstatic to have another show in the National Alliance for Musical Theatre’s Festival of New Musicals!

And with a new opportunity comes a new title…

First it was PIED!. Then it was I Love You, Anita BryantAnd now it’s The Loneliest Girl in the World!

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Mark your calendars for October 27 & 28, 2016. We’ll be sharing the first 45 minutes of the show! And we’re lucky to do it alongside so many wonderful friends like Mindi Dickstein & Kirsten Guenther (Benny & Joon), Brett Ryback (Joe Schmoe Saves the World), and Scotty Arnold & Alana Jacoby (Mortality Play.)

Be on the lookout for more information over the next few months!

Fresh Ground Pepper

FGP-2016-playground-banner_email1I’m thrilled that Julia and I have been selected for Fresh Ground Pepper‘s 2016 Playground Playgroup. As FGP says:

The PlayGround PlayGroup is a year-long, collaborative workshop culminating in the PlayGround Festival, realizing Fresh Ground Pepper’s mission to prompt and provoke the artist to make art. It is a place where writers and creators of varying mediums convene to convert their pages, projects, and ideas into fresh new works.

We’re excited to be writing and working alongside old and new friends – and especially excited that it means we finally get to start work on the show I’ve been waiting seventeen years to write…

kerri-strug-vault-oThe Magnificent Seven will tell the story of the 1996 U.S. Women’s Olympic Gymnastics team and their road to winning the gold medal. Seven girls – Amanda Borden, Amy Chow, Dominique Dawes, Shannon Miller, Dominique Moceanu, Jaycie Phelps, and Kerri Strug – were on their home turf in Atlanta and caught the imagination of the world in the first truly post-Cold War games. It resulted in one of the most iconic Olympic images: Kerri Strug’s final vault, landed on an injured ankle, that clinched the gold medal.

Check back for updates, and be on the lookout for a December presentation of work from the show!

 

The Civilians’ R&D Group

unnamedI’m so excited to share that I will be a part of this year’s R&D Group with The Civilians.  Julia, Ben Kamine, and I will spend the next nine months investigating and writing for our newest project, Reb + VoDKa + Me, a look at Tumblr’s community of Columbiners.  It’s going to be a wild, dark, breakneck ride – and I can’t wait for it to start later this month!

The 2015-16 R&D Group also includes writers Sam Chanse, EllaRose Chary, Ty Defoe, Dominic Finocchiaro, Claire Kiechel, Jordan Mahome, Tidtaya Sinutoke, Susan Soon He Stanton, and Ken Urban, along with directors Suzanne Agins, Sash Bischoff, Lee Sunday Evans, Sanaz Ghajar, Colette Robert, Dan Safer, and Jay Stull.

Read more about the group and this year’s other members and projects!

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Julia and I are really excited to have been commissioned to write a short musical for New York City Children’s Theater (formerly known as Making Books Sing.)  We’re happy to be one of five teams writing on the project with director Dev Bondarin.  We’re hard at work rewriting our project now, on our way to a first workshop in early May.  Be on the lookout for more information to come!