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Updates

I know it’s been awhile since I’ve posted, but I’ve had my head buried in the sand working on a new draft of the graphic novel of The Making Of A Modern Folk Hero and on a revision of a new play as I gear up to workshop it at The Playwrights’ Center this April. Now that both revisions are complete, I have posted an excerpt of the new play and a synopsis in the Plays section of this website. Enjoy!

A New Draft!

We have a draft! And no, it's not a draft of this lion!
We present to you our new draft! Er. . . a lion outside the Art Institute of Chicago!

Rebecca and I have completed a new draft of A Natural Progression Of Our Prolonged Stay! You can click on the title there or visit the Projects In Development section of this website to read a 20-page sample. Stay tuned for more news about the play as we continue working on it. Also, the photo above does not directly relate to the play, but it did occur immediately after a meeting in which we worked on the play. And I do think Rebecca’s expression in the photo appropriately captures our excitement at having finished another draft.

A Natural Progression – Back At It

Spy Play Revisions OutlineRebecca and I have a self-imposed deadline of this Friday to finish a new draft. We’re already well on our way. We just needed a little extra kick to get us over that final hump. Well, that kick has officially arrived, and we’re having a meeting of minds this Wednesday and Thursday to put the final touches on our new draft. Above is a picture taken this past summer of the play’s new structure with the colored post-it notes denoting where we’re inserting new scenes or exchanges. Perhaps we’ll even post an excerpt of the play to this site once we’ve finished the draft?

Artist Encounter: New Stages

This Thursday at 6:30pm in Goodman Theatre’s Polk Rehearsal Room I’ll be taking part in a discussion about this year’s New Stages with Frances Ya-Chu Cowhig and Philip Dawkins. The talk will be moderated by Tanya Palmer. Tickets cost $5 for the general public and are free for Goodman subscribers. Click here for more info about the event. It looks like WBEZ may make an audio recording of the event, and if they do, I’ll post a link to it in the Press section of this site.

Storefront Playwright Project

Above is a photo of me taking part in Chicago’s Storefront Playwriting Project in the front window of 72 E. Randolph Street. In the photo I’m working on rewrites of The Solid Sand Below ahead of this Thursday’s rehearsal. We had a wonderful first rehearsal (to be expected with the amazing creative team and cast) last week and I’m working on tightening and streamlining the piece even more ahead of this weekend’s reading. Hope you can come check it out! You can reserve tickets here.

New Stages Reading At Goodman

Hello All! As you can see, I’ve switched up the formatting of my website since I had to explore other options after Apple stopped updating and providing tech support for iWeb. So here is my first blog post after the re-launch! I’ve tried to preserve as much of the information and economical formatting from the last version of the site as possible, but this format should be a little more user-friendly for me and for you and allow me to blog more frequently (read, more than once a year).

My next upcoming project is a reading of my play The Solid Sand Below at Goodman Theatre (hence the image above) on Saturday, December 15 at 11am as part of Goodman’s New Stages. It’s directed by Goodman’s newest Artistic Associate, Henry Wishcamper, dramaturged by Kristin Leahy at Northlight and features Chris Boykin, Jose Tony Garcia, Stephen Louis Grush, Sean Parris, and Adam Poss. If you know any (or all) of those people, you’ll know why I’m so excited for this reading. I’ve been working on the play for over a year now with Goodman through their Playwrights’ Unit and now through New Stages, and I’ve had what I think are some pretty big breakthroughs in the play’s second part this past Fall, so I can’t wait to get into the rehearsal room and hear the play out loud.

If you want to know more about the play or even read the first twenty pages, you can check out the Plays page of this website. And if you’re in Chicago, please come check out the reading. You can reserve tickets here. Other artists featured in the festival are Seth Bockley, Frances Ya-Chu Cowhig, Philip Dawkins, Robert Falls, Tanya Saracho, and Tracey Scott Wilson, most of whom I know personally, so I can’t recommend it enough. All tickets are free. Which means they’re going fast. Reserve yours today!