Wednesday, May 14, 2014

An Amazing Summer of New Work!

I've been too busy to breathe, much less blog, the last few months.  And this summer is exploding with new work and fun in four different cities.  Hope to see you at one of these upcoming events!

MAY - Magellanica and The Gun Show in Los Angeles / Infinite Black Suitcase in Westport

I'll be back in Los Angeles for ten days, workshopping "The Gun Show" and having a reading of my epic Antarctica play "Magellanica" at Moving Arts.  It will be so nice to be back in my old stomping grounds, and to be working with director Darin Anthony again.  My most intimate and my most epic theatrical undertakings, both in the same week!  Staples High School in Westport, Connecticut is producing "Infinite Black Suitcase" at the end of May.  I've had a wonderful time corresponding with the director, and wish the cast and crew all the best.

JUNE - The Resurrection Engine and Magellanica in New York City

I'll be spending ten days in New York City in June.  From June 11-18, I'll be enjoying the company of my fellow residents in American Lyric Theater's 2013-2014 Composer Librettist Development Program.  We are completing our year of study in how to write opera, and sharing our final projects -- four brand new chamber operas -- with the public.  I've been working on a Gothic/Victorian/Steampunk chamber opera entitled "The Resurrection Engine" with composer Evan Meier, and we can't wait to hear it played and sung!  Here are the details:

June 16 at 7pm OPERA IN EDEN at Symphony Space, produced by American Lyric Theater
Four operatic fantasies on temptation from the resident artists in American Lyric Theater's Composer Librettist Development Program: ENCHANTRESS by composer Kamala Sankaram and librettist Rob Handel; ARRANGEMENT by composer Elizabeth Lim and librettist Jerome A. Parker; THE DISINHERITED by composer Clarice Assad and librettist Niloufar Talebi and THE RESURRECTION ENGINE by composer Evan Meier and Librettist EM Lewis. Composer/librettist Mark Adamo will moderate the event.

June 22 at 7pm
Reading of Magellanica at Project Y
On June 22, Project Y will present a reading of my epic Antarctic adventure story "Magellanica," as part of their reading series of science and technology related plays.

JULY - The Gun Show in Chicago
The centerpiece of the summer is the world premiere of "The Gun Show" at 16th Street Theater in Chicago.  It's about guns and gun control -- written from the perspective of someone who grew up with guns in rural Oregon, but whose experiences with guns has changed through time and experience.  It will be directed by Kevin Christopher Fox and performed by Juan Francisco Villa.  I will be there for the whole run.