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New Haven is for First Drafts!

Julia and I had a wonderfully productive in our two week Alumni Residency at the Yale Institute for Music Theatre, and came back to New York with a full draft of REB+VoDKa+ME! (You can see the whole thing mapped on our apartment wall in this photo…) It’s such a great feeling to have a whole draft of the show and to have been able to flesh out all the work we accomplished with R&D Group and MTF. All we need to do now is share it with the world! (And then rewrite it, of course.)

Not only did we get a draft out of it, but we also got to know some of our new very favorite writers! I’m so impressed and amazed by the work that Annie Tippe, Molly Beach Murphy, Jeanna Phillips, Brett Macias, and Christina Quintana accomplished on Cowboy Bob and GUMBO. And getting to see actors I’ve always loved like Alison Fraser, Andrea Jones-Sojola, and Trent Armand Kendall (and new favorites like Eddie Cooper and Lizan Mitchell) put their all in these new works made me giddy.

Thanks to Mark Brokaw, Kay Perdue, and the whole Institute staff for giving us this opportunity!

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!

Good times at Goodspeed

I’m feeling very lucky to be spending the week at Goodspeed in the Johnny Mercer Writing Colony working on REB + VoDKa + ME with Julia! It’s a cold and snowy week in East Haddam, CT – just the kind you want to spend bundled up and writing.

We’re halfway through the week and we’ve been productive so far – writing and researching and planning and scheming… There are six other wonderful writers/teams up here with us this week, and we’ve had the pleasure of hearing their work at our nightly sharing sessions. During the day, I’ve taken breaks by raiding the amazing Goodspeed library for rare cast recordings and demos. And the whole time I’ve been nostalgic for my old NYU classmates, remembering the week we spent here almost exactly nine years ago!

Thanks to Colony dramaturg Michael Bush, Mercer Foundation VP Jonathan Brielle, and Colony coordinators Hunter Bird and Max Schwager.

All in all, it’s been a fruitful week in a beautiful place – what could be better?

The Goodspeed Opera House.
The Goodspeed Opera House.
Our cozy housing.
Our cozy housing.
The famous East Haddam Swing Bridge, the longest truss bridge in the world, over the Connecticut River.
The famous East Haddam Swing Bridge, the longest truss bridge in the world, over the Connecticut River.

2016 Mercer Writers Colony

fb_FB share graphicJulia and I were selected to participate in the 2016 Johnny Mercer Foundation Writers Colony at Goodspeed Musicals in February!  We’ll spend a week in (hopefully) snowy East Haddam, CT working on REB + VoDKa + ME among a group of wonderful peers and friends.  It’ll be my first time back at Goodspeed since 2007, and I’m thrilled to have the chance to get away (and raid the library there for rare cast recordings…)

The Writers Colony lasts for four weeks, so we’re not sure yet who we’ll be in residence with, but we’re excited by the prospect of getting to spend time with friends and colleagues like Ty Defoe & Tidtaya Sinutoke, Tim Drucker, Brett Ryback, Mark Sonnenblick, Erica Schmidt…  So many wonderful people.

Stay tuned for updates from Goodspeed in February!