Wednesday, August 18, 2021

Thirteen Ways of Looking at a Play - an essay for HowlRound


In December 2020, the folks at HowlRound Theater Commons published an essay I wrote called "Thirteen Ways of Looking at a Play."  Inspired, of course, by the wonderful poem by Wallace Stevens, "Thirteen Ways of Looking at a Blackbird,"  I endeavored to look both poetically and craftily at the various angles a playwright might use to engage with a work in progress.  

Read it here:    https://howlround.com/thirteen-ways-looking-play

Thursday, August 5, 2021

August 10th and 11th - So You Want to Write an Opera?

I'm looking forward to taking part in the Dramatist Guild's upcoming webinar!  Please join us if you're working in opera as a librettist or composer, or would like to!

August Craft Webinars: So You Want to Write an Opera

Librettist/Playwrights Roundtable on AUGUST 10 - Noon Pacific/3pm Eastern Time

Playwrights, librettists, and lyricists from both theatre and opera will discuss the differences in writing for each medium, and how to make the crossover, with personal anecdotes and examples drawn from their experience. This webinar is open to questions from the public.  Moderated by Deborah Brevoort.  Featuring:  Mark Campbell, E. M. Lewis, Sandra Seaton, and David Henry Hwang.

Composers Roundtable on AUGUST 11 - Noon Pacific/3pm Eastern Time

Composers experienced in both opera and theatre writing will discuss the pivotal role of the composer in originating and creating new operatic works for both the traditional operatic stage and new experimental venues, how opera composers find librettists and what they look for in an opera libretto, and what composers believe librettists to know, or learn, in order to serve the specialized needs of an operatic score.  Featuring: Kamala Sankaram and Stephen Schwartz.

The conversations from the webinars will be published in The Dramatist Guild’s magazine, The Dramatist, in the November/December 2021 “Opera Issue”-- the first time the Guild has devoted a complete issue to this topic!

Click here to sign up for the webinars!  

Tuesday, June 8, 2021

Duck Harbor - A New Web Series Premieres!

 


It’s not easy finding connection these days. But when a crazy accident brings Wendy and Mac together, they might not want to let go...

Filled with small town charm, and featuring funny, quirky characters, Duck Harbor is a twelve episode romantic comedy about rediscovering joy and figuring out where you’re  supposed to be in the world. 

Every week, each of the two actors, who live on opposite coasts, will be given only their half of the script and will experience the other side of the story with a sincere and genuine freshness, “on stage,” in front of our audience. 1st Stage is delighted to welcome back renowned playwrights E. M. Lewis and Bob Bartlett, who will be collaborating on this unique and exciting piece. Directed by Alex Levy. Featuring Deidra LaWan Starnes and Geoffrey Rivas!

Performances will take place every Tuesday, June 1- August 17, 2021 -- 5pm PDT / 8pm EDT.

Click here for more information: https://1ststage.org/duck-harbor

Tuesday, January 5, 2021

Dec. 8 - Reading of Dorothy's Dictionary at Palm Beach Dramaworks!

Dorothy's Dictionary has been selected to be part of Palm Beach Dramaworks New Year/New Plays Festival! 

January 8, 2021 at 4:30pm (west coast time) or 7:30pm (east coast time)

Tickets are FREE:  https://www.palmbeachdramaworks.org

Matt Stabile is directing!  Our cast features Karen Stephens and Eli Mosely.  Elizabeth Dimon is reading stage directions.

We've had a wonderful week of work together, and I've had the chance to do a few more adjustments to the script.  I'm quite fond of this little two-hander, about an unexpected friendship that blossoms between an angry teenager and an ailing librarian.  I hope you'll tune in!

Monday, November 2, 2020

"What They Call Us" in the Dramatists Guild Event "Live from the Anarchist Jurisdiction"

 


The Dramatists Guild of America presents LIVE FROM THE ANARCHIST JURISDICTION tonight at 7pm EST! Join us for a Zoom reading of 76 new micro plays, including "What They Call Us" by E. M. Lewis.  Created in the style of The One-Minute Play Festival (#1MPF), these plays are a meditation on the current cultural and political moment in our country.

Friday, August 21, 2020

"The Third Prisoner" - a new short play commissioned by Portland Center Stage for "Play at Home"

 A big thank you to Portland Center Stage!  They commissioned me to write something for the national "Play at Home" program -- "a series of short plays commissioned specifically for this moment of unprecedented isolation to inspire joy and connection for all."  

"The Third Prisoner" is about finding connection despite isolation, humanity and empathy in the face of despair, and hope in the darkness.  It was written in this moment, for this moment.

Thank you to actors Jimmy Garcia, Eric Pargac, Andrea White, and Davis Gilmartin for their lovely reading of my little play!  You can give it a listen by clicking here.

If you'd like to read the script for this or any of the other "Play at Home" plays, click here!

#playathomeplays

Monday, June 22, 2020

Mellon Foundation Announces Third Cohort of National Playwright Residency Program

I'm so excited to have been selected to be part of the Mellon Foundation and Howlround's National Playwright Residency Program! For the next three years, I'll be able to call Artists Repertory Theater in Portland, Oregon my home with the help and support of this program. I can't wait to see what we're going to create together!

HowlRound Theatre Commons, with support from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, has announced the third cohort of the National Playwright Residency Program. The Mellon grant funds three years of full-time salary and benefits for awarded playwrights, as well as for discretionary artistic development.

NPRP was launched in 2013. In addition to developing meaningful collaboration and relationships with resident writers, host theatres commit to mounting at least one full production by the playwright.

The New York residencies include Betty Shamieh with the The Classical Theatre of Harlem, Basil Kreimendahl with Rattlestick Playwrights Theater, Murielle Borst-Tarrant with La MaMa Experimental Theatre Club, and Cori Thomas with WP Theater. Across the country, the cohort also includes J. Nicole Brooks, with Lookingglass Theatre Company in Chicago, Illinois; Carlyle Brown with Illusion Theater and School in Minneapolis, Minnesota; Star Finch with Crowded Fire Theater & Campo Santo in San Francisco, California; Virginia Grise with Cara Mía Theatre Co. in Dallas, Texas; E. M. Lewis with Artists Repertory Theatre in Portland, Oregon; Psalmeyene 24 with Mosaic Theater Company in Washington, D.C.; Regina Taylor with Repertory Theatre of St. Louis in St. Louis, Missouri; UNIVERSES (Mildred Ruiz-Sapp and Steven Sapp) with Long Wharf Theatre in New Haven, Connecticut; and Saymoukda Duangphouxay Vongsay with Theater Mu in St. Paul, Minnesota.