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Back to the factory!

Julia and I are happy to be back with the Musical Theatre Factory for a second year of their writers group. After a successful year last year finishing our first draft of REB+VoDKa+ME (which we can’t wait to share at NYU in November, see below!) we’re excited to devote this year to getting a full draft of The Magnificent Seven written! Our group includes writer friends old and new, run by the wonderful folks at Beehive Dramaturgy Studio. We can’t wait to journey back to 1996 Atlanta!

REB + VoDKa + MTF

Come down to the Musical Theatre Factory for the first chance to see a staged excerpt from REB + VoDKa + ME!

On Monday, February 13, we’ll be presenting the first 15 minutes of the show alongside excerpts from three other musicals. We can’t wait to get a little bit of this show up on its feet and in front of an audience!

(Julia and I had the chance to do an excerpt of The Loneliest Girl in the World in a 2014 4×15 and the experience was amazingly instructive.)

Grab your tickets here and I hope we’ll see you at the Robert Moss Theatre at 440 Lafayette!

RVM @ MTF

2c45c2bea-af5e-0c28-64ea82342dcca0baJulia and I are thrilled to get back to work on REB + VoDKa + ME, this time with the Musical Theatre Factory! We’ll be spending the next ten months in their new writers group working our way to a full draft. We’re so happy to be back at the Factory after our wonderful experience in their 4×15 series a few years ago, and excited to be writing among so many friends and colleagues in the group! Stay tuned for more updates on the show…

 

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!