Seedlings – 15 Years Later

You know how sometimes you do things because that’s what you do and you just keep doing them because no one else has stepped up and then the years pass and even though a lot of the time you find yourself asking yourself, “Why am I doing this, again?”… there…

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#FringeFemmes & #HFF16 Huzzahs

Originally Posted on the LA FPI Persons of Interest Blog SO! Any way you look at it, the 2016 Hollywood Fringe Festival, it was (again) a ridiculous and fabulous success. But from my (and LA FPI‘s) very particular perspective, it reached a whole new level of amazing. For the first…

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“Currency” @ Inkwell – the Love Affair Continues!

It’s official. The production of my play “Currency” that the incredible artists at The Inkwell Theater have mounted is the best thing that’s happened to me in… a long, long, long time. Heading into the third week of the run I keep having “pinch me” moments: we’re getting great reviews…

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“We Are Theatre” Gender Parity Panel @ #AWP16

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Before the panel…

I’m a bit delayed in sending a shout out about a pretty cool panel (We Are Theatre) that Guerilla Girls on Tour’s Aphra Behn cooked up for this year’s Associated Writers & Writing Programs Conference. Being a non-member-type, I wasn’t even aware the AWP or its high-profile conference existed, but Aphra – who was the gal behind the mask behind the 2012 “We Are Theatre” evening at NYC’s Cherry Lane Theatre – reached out to a few of us who’d been involved in the 2012 event (me, indirectly through the LA FPI), an evening of monologues billed as a “Speakout Against Sexism.”

So this was last year sometime. Aphra said she wanted to propose a panel to talk about gender parity issues in theatre for the conference.  Despite my fear of panels and conferences, I said yes I’d love to be involved. (Honestly, I figured we had a slim chance of being included because she said the AWP was not at all theatre/playwright-centric!)

But lo and behold, the panel was meant to be, and I ended up having a terrific time chatting with a room full of writers/would-be activists alongside LA FPI Co-Founder Laura ShamasThelma DeCastro of San Diego Playwrights, LA FPI’s Laurel Wetzork (who just formed the new collective Athena Cats) and the infamous Aphra Behn. (No, it’s not that Aphra Behn; the Guerilla Girls take the name of women from history and wear masks for “official” appearances.  Can’t wait to read her memoir, due out this October, UN/MASKED.)

Thanks Aphra for including me in this group of terrific women. (Uh, yes, beverages were consumed afterwards. Need you even ask?)

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Laurel, me, Aphra, Laura & Thelma at a downtown watering hole post conference.

“Crazy Bitch” in EST/LA Winterfest 3/23

Just when my life couldn’t get any crazier, I get a message last month while I’m in NY from the lovely Carole Real, one of the intrepid Ensemble Studio Theatre Los Angeles Artistic Directors, asking me whether I’d like to be a part of Winterfest 2016 with my play “Crazy…

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Getting Cozy in Blank’s Living Room Series

Since last fall, I’ve been working with the #newplay-loving group at The Blank Theatre as a member of the Living Room Series “Artistic Committee.” Very fancy.  Plays are read. Playwrights are championed. Wine is consumed. It’s been a terrific experience which connects a lot of the stuff I already do…

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Inkwell Theater LAB & “Currency”

I wanted to share a real gift given to me by the artists the Inkwell Theater LAB: Workshop Readings of CURRENCY directed by Annie McVey, with Ron Bottitta, Holly Fulger, Jennifer Kenyon, Josh Stammel & Veralyn Jones. It’s been an amazing experience thanks to these mad talents and also Daniel Shoenman, Bonnie…

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Mad Fun With MADLab 2015

Had a great experience working as a dramaturg for Dan Steele’s new play “The Ghost” during Moving Arts’ MADLab over this past year. Terrific artists to work with throughout the 9-month development lab process (in addition to Dan, playwrights were Natyna Bean, Brian Polak, Eric Reyes Loo and Jennifer Maisel;…

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Reading of JILT August 25th @ Antaeus

I am having the best time exploring my new play JILT, a play about power, beauty & justification set in a post-rape culture, with some incredible actors: Reba Thomas, Matt Elkins, June Carryl, Kim Chueh & Lindsay LaVanchy. We’re excited to present an informal reading on Tuesday, August 25th at…

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Floored by “Floored” @ Virginia Avenue Project

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Especially excited to take part in Virginia Avenue Project’s “One-on-One” plays again this year, writing a play specifically for a young actor (hey Carolina!) and an adult mentor (the one and only Amir Levi – what else can I say?).  This year’s theme is “Floored,” and the group of writers…

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