Sometimes, Success

Sometimes, when making devised theatre on a shoestring budget, you work for two long years to see your production premiere for just two short weekends. You make postcards and posters, you promote your show through a press release and social media. You even hire an amazing designer willing to work on a tiny piece of that shoestring to help market the show. You hope people will come, that word of mouth will be positive, and that the various ways you promote the show, mostly online, will result in a live audience of humans sitting in seats.

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Ultimately though, you expect to see your friends, colleagues, people you’ve seen around town at other small theatre companies, a few folks from the press, and that’s about it. It’s about the work, after all, making something you can believe in with your whole soul, and hopefully creating meaningful work for your collaborators and the actors and designers you love.
But sometimes when you are posing with your mom in front of the theatre so you can remember this day and how she got up at 5am to drive to Boston to see your show, a stranger comes up to you. And he has an accent and he says he’s new to Boston, and you say welcome! And he wants to know – how do you buy tickets? Is the show any good? And of course you say it’s great and that you in fact made it and that the theatre will be open soon and he should come!
And then an hour later just as you begin to wonder if he will actually find his way back to the theatre – he walks in and buys a ticket! And as you walk him down the hall to the theatre you find out, yes, he’s a student. But you kick yourself later for not asking him more – a name, what he’s studying? Who is this guy who just wandered in with so much interest and curiosity?
And after the show, the audience is flushed from laughing and also from the heat, and you are thanking people for coming as they file out. And he comes up to you, his hair seems to have become – wild – and you think, did the show do that? It is a wild show. And he is BEAMING. He’s SO happy!! And he says the show was great!
And you think: Did we do that? Did we really make this stranger flushed with laughter and heat and happiness? And you think: Yes! Yes we did!
And that, my friends, feels like success.

Five more chances to see Shiver: A Fairytale of Anxious Proportions

Performances:
Thursday, June 25, 8:00pm
Friday, June 26, 8:00pm
Saturday, June 27, 2:00pm (use SHIVER10 at checkout for $10 tickets)
Saturday, June 27, 8:00pm (POST-SHOW TALKBACK)
Sunday, June 28, 2:00pm

Tickets:
$20
https://web.ovationtix.com/trs/cal/168

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Video of The Week

Things I love: The gorgeous light, the fascinating sacred space as it unfolds, his strong floating, heavy falling, the rip on his thigh, the focus, the feeling, the way he turns, the way he runs to the corner full out you think he’ll tear through the wall, the way he might leap so high he’ll be on the balcony. The moments between incidental and artistic gestures, technical and symbol, high and low.

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A Variety Show You Say

One Night Only – Monday, January 19th at 7:30pm
A benefit performance for Project:Project’s upcoming project, SHIVER.
Join us at Club Cafe for COMEDY! MUSIC! A LIVE RADIO PLAY, and MUCH, MUCH MORE!
All proceeds will be going toward our production:  The Shiver Project.

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Dramatic News

Two fabulous bits of news for this fall:

I am a Huntington Playwriting Fellow at the Huntington Theatre Company!  Check out the Boston Globe article HERE.

I am a core member of Project: Project and we are hard at work making our third theatrical experience, and it’s going to be a big magical ride at the Somerville Armory in February.  We are currently raising funds for The Shiver Project over at IndieGoGo – check out our VIDEO to catch a glimpse of what we are creating!

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Hungry for Words

I spent a weekend in Vermont recently, working with young writers who were hungry to try new things.  Their pens were constantly poised, their voices spoke out clear and strong from circles of eager ears.  Their energy, diligence and openness will be with me, living and breathing in the crisp spring morning of my mind.  And it was very cool indeed to hang out with some fellow writers of other genres.  Big thanks to the fine folks at the Champlain College Young Writers’ Conference for inviting me along for the wild rumpus.

Some great news hot off the presses is I am a new member of Accomplice Writers Group along with James C. Ferguson.  Thrilled to be joining these fine folks cooking up new plays!

 

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Project: Project’s new project!

So excited to be working with these folks. Check out our snazzy new website!
projectprojecttheatre.com

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Triple Videos of the Week

Ira Glass!

Ira Glass!

Ira Glass!

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