MARCH 2020

I didn’t realize I hadn’t done my blog, which I now look forward to doing, because I have been up to my eyeballs in re-writes and working on proposals. Lovely chores to have to do. I finished my second draft for I’ll Meet You In Darjeeling, which now is entitled The Qualifiers. It went from 5 characters to 4 - is a drama, a mystery of sorts, and when you eliminate a character, essentially you have to re-write the whole thing.

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2/2/2020

That numerical configuration cannot go unnoticed! The month began with a meeting of fellow writers giving feedback on I’LL MEET YOU IN DARJEELING along with my two other fellow playwrights who make up the trio in this round of First Reads. It was a most interesting few hours and has given me much to ponder. I have a month to work on re-writes toward our March 7th’s presentation for an invited audience. This time I know I will have a major shift in tone and eliminate a character - and I...

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Happy New Year 2020

A new decade is before us. 

I am pleased to report that my play ‘I’ll Meet You In Darjeeling’ was chosen as one of three plays that will be read by a panel and then presented to an invited audience Saturday March 7. This is the Playground Experiments ‘First Reads’ and it is so valuable to a writer. I was fortunate enough to go through this process with ‘The Swinging Nuns’ and I learned a lot.

‘Darjeeling’ is another animal altogether.

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December

What a year. And what a month November was and December looks to be. Backtracking to last month - I was thrilled to sit in the audience and see Yakity Yak at The Producer’s Club. Denise Ivanoff did a superb job in both casting and directing it.

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November 2019

This year has flown by, and at times, it’s hard to keep up with the pace of it all.

But a bright and happy pace it is! My ten minute play YAKITY YAK is happening next weekend as part of The AlphaNYC Theatre’s Thalia Festival, at the Producer’s Club on 44th Street. I am very excited to see it. First time I’ve not had anything to do with something I’ve written, and only attending as an audience member. I intend to sit back, relax and enjoy.

I found out this morning that a monologue I submitted for The Faces of America Monologue Festival was chosen. There were over 130 submitted ...

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October 2019

Happy Fall! It’s been quite something to keep all the balls in the air, so to speak, and a lot of fun. 

ALL CATHERINE went on for its performances in the 2019 Summerfest Festival with good audiences and wonderful work by each cast member. I’m so very happy and proud of everyone involved. The actors: Lucy McMichael, Stephanie Stone, Kathleen Moore, Paula Galloway and Matthew Menendez, each gave such individuality and flair to their roles. Our composer, Frank J Oteri created music that was not only was perfect, but gave the smoothest transitions from scene to scene, which helped the overall aura of the play. Our stage manager Francis Timberlake was a steady rock. The perfect person you need to keep everyone on track and calm. The Hudson Guild Theatre is a lovely place to work. My only sorrow was we had so few performances, but things are still cooking, so stay tuned. 

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September is ALL CATHERINE

Wow, this month is already a doozie with rehearsals getting down to the wire with ALL CATHERINE. We’ve been working well, and I’m excited to see this play on it’s feet - thankful for the venue of the Hudson Guild Theatre, and having more than one performance. My actors are wonderful and I have every confidence our audiences will be entertained. 

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August 2019

This month is set with rehearsals beginning for ALL CATHERINE, and the Playground Experiments 100th Volume Fete on the 12th. 

Things have moved nicely for AC, and I have my “To-Do” list with me at all times, this week being the drop off to Equity with my Showcase Application. While it’s extra work, (and extra stress) dealing with my Union, when I’m on the other side of the table, that’s how it goes. In some way though, it makes me proud to be part of an organization that cares so precisely for it’s members. And I am fortunate to have the professional level of work happening in ALL CATHERINE as a result. 

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Jubilant July

The June tide is ongoing into July and we are making lovely progress with ALL CATHERINE. My fantastic cast: Lucy McMichael, Stephanie Stone, Paula Galloway, Kathleen Moore and Matthew Menendez are loving having the luxury of many weeks till curtain. When does that ever happen??? It’s such fun to meet and read and see the characters develop and grow. No stress, just exploration. Plus hearing the script read this way lets me know it’s working.

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June

Wow! June is here and things are keeping step to a nice progressive beat. Projects underway with time to get things taken care of. I’m pretty sure I have all details under control and on my to-do list! 

We are meeting for ALL CATHERINE once a month until August when we begin rehearsals in earnest, which is a really fun way to be able to work, and all of us feel it’s a rare and special opportunity...

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