Winter in the Berkshires Mountains of western Massachusetts is lovely. Snow on the ground, crisp cold air, warm fireplaces and hot chocolate . . . and lots of theater!
Pittsfield, Massachusetts is celebrating all the arts with its second annual 10X10 Upstreet Arts Festival. During the month of February the festival will include film, jazz, visual arts, dance, stand-up comedy and theater. The Barrington Stage Company is producing the 10X10 New Play Festival from February 14 through March 3, and my short play THERE'S NO HERE HERE.
I'm really thrilled to be part of the festival. I saw last year's production, thought it was great and found BSC Artistic Director Julianne Boyd after the show and asked if I could submit something for the following year. She said I could . . . and here I am! The Berkshires are something of a second home for me and my family, so that makes this particular production even sweeter. I can't wait to see the shows!
My short play collection LIFE IS SHORT is being performed here in New York at the Midtown Manhattan Library at Fifth Avenue and 40th Street by
Break a Leg Productions. It's a one night reading that starts at 6:30. Come if you can!
And just in time for the end of the year . . . my play THE DUNES has also just been published. THE DUNES is my contemporary take on Chekhov's The Cherry Orchard, set in the Hamptons with beach front property instead of a Russian orchard. This marks my 30th publication!
The latest publishing news! My play DISSONANCE was published over the summer in The Best American Short Plays 2010-2011 by Applause Books, and the latest collection I've edited for Dramatists Play Service, Outstanding Short Plays has just come out in print! They are available at the Drama Book Shop and online at Amazon, of course.
Rogue Machine Theatre in Los Angeles is producing my one-act THERE'S NO HERE HERE as part of a weekend of benefit performances from September 29 to October 1. It's an evening of three works - mine, one by Tony Award-winner Winnie Holtzman and readings of poems by Robert and Elizabeth Barrett Browning. (Good company!) If you're in Los Angeles, go check out the show!
Next month my play THE DUNES will be part of the Road Theatre Company's Summer Playwrights Festival. The festival starts on August 5 and it looks like a great collection of writers and shows, so Los Angeles people should try to catch some of the shows.
I'm a Featured Artists at the Last Frontier Theatre Conference in Valdez, Alaska this week seeing new plays and teaching a writing workshop on ten minute plays. It's my third time here, and the scenery never fails to be awe inspiring.
My play DISSONANCE will be presented next Tuesday, April 10 in a reading by the Northwest Playwrights Alliance being held at Seattle Rep. The reading starts at 7Pm, so if you're in the Seattle area come out and see it and two other new one-act plays.
My comedy SOMEWHERE IN BETWEEN is currently running in the Berkshires, my backyard, as it were. The Town Players in Pittsfield, Massachusetts is producing the play through April 1, and I hope their run is very successful.
Next month I'm heading to Seattle for a reading of my play DISSONANCE by the Northwest Playwrights Alliance. The reading will be held on April 10 at Seattle Rep, and I'm really looking forward to that.
Ring out 2011 and ring in 2012 at the Tipping Point Theatre, which is producing a benefit production of my play MONTHS ON END in Northville, Michigan! Click HERE for more details.
And Happy New Year to all!!
Good Morning, Vietnam! It's after the fact, but I just learned that IT'S NOT YOU, one of my many Atrainplays, was produced in Hanoi last August. My work seems to be pretty popular in that hemisphere of the world. I've had multiple production in Hong Kong, Australia and now Vietnam.
I'm very pleased to announce that my one-act play DISSONANCE has been selected to be published in Best American Short Plays 2010-2011! The play was commissioned and produced by 3Graces Theater Company here in New York last spring, was part of the Road Theater's 2011 summer playwrights festival in Los Angeles last summer, and is part of Tangent Theatre's NEWvember festival of new works in upstate New York on November 12.
I just got word that THERE'S NO HERE HERE, a ten minute play I wrote for Theatre Daedalus' "Caught in the Act" event last spring, will be published in Smith & Kraus' "Best Ten Minute Plays 2012."
I'm pleased to announce that Dramatists Play Service will be publishing my play THE DUNES! The play, which I workshopped at the Venice Theatre and Theatre Conspiracy in Florida, was recently produced by the Gallery Players in Brooklyn, and now it will be joining my plays MONTHS ON END, SOMEWHERE IN BETWEEN and LIFE IS SHORT and my short play collection CHOOSING SIDES in DPS' catalogue. While the publication probably won't come out until 2012, Dramatists will have a manuscript copy soon and the play's available for production.
I contributed some material and dramaturgical elements to a new play called BROWSING, which is being produced at the New York International Fringe Festival this month by Glass Beads Theatre Ensemble. Glass Beads was founded by actress and director Mari Gorman, who wrote and assembled the script with Danna Call, and with some help from me.
Here's the premise: Can a democratic society thrive without equal access to knowledge and education? As budget cuts threaten to close thousands of public libraries across the country, Glass Beads Theatre Ensembleís play BROWSING focuses on the desperate need for these sanctuaries of thought and imagination. Set at a crucial moment in the survival of one city's library, the audience follows struggles of the librarian and her staff to keep the library alive and the journeys of the patrons, who explore the many dimensions that can be found within these endangered shrines of America.
So check out BROWSING at the NY Fringe along with the other shows! And check back here. I'll have another annoucement to make soon. He said, enigmatically.
Two more productions to report on, but on opposite coasts.
LIFE IS SHORT is being produced by the Michael Chekhov Theater Company from July 7 to July 29 at the 45th Street Theater in New York. You can get tickets here: LIFE IS SHORT - tickets.
And then on July 17, people in Los Angeles can catch DISSONANCE on the closing night of the Road Theatre Company's Summer Playwrights Festival. The whole festival looks like a terrific event, so try to catch any of the shows. The festival starts July 11.
DISSONANCE had a great run at the Cherry Lane Studio Theater here in New York, in the production commissioned by 3Graces, and I've just learned that the play will be given a reading as part of the Road Theatre Company's Summer Playwrights Festival which will take place July 11-17.
THE DUNES is still running at the Gallery Players in Brooklyn, where it's been having a great run. The production closes June 26. So get to it this weekend if you're in New York.
Also in New York in July will be a production of LIFE IS SHORT at the Michael Chekhov Theatre on 45th Street, between Eight and Ninth Avenues. I'll let you know the dates soon.
UPDATE: My new one-act play DISSONANCE opens tonight, and runs Tuesday and Saturdays through June 11. You can see the schedule and get tickets here: GracesNotes.
And my full length play THE DUNES opens next week! Performances run from June 2 through the 26. You can see the schedule and get tickets for THE DUNES here: Gallery Players.
There's a lot happening in the coming weeks. I'm in rehearsal for two plays right now. First up is a new one-act play DISSONANCE, commissioned by 3Graces Theater, which opens May 24, along with another new one-act by Sharyn Rothstein, and in repertory with my friend Arlene Hutton's AS IT IS IN HEAVEN. Those performances will take place at the Cherry Lane Studio Theater, 38 Commerce Street in Manhattan. Check the schedule and come see it.
Next up is a production of my play THE DUNES, which starts performances June 2 at the Gallery Players at 199 14th Street in Brooklyn. The play is being done as part of their new works festival, and I'm excited by the great cast and terrific director. So check that one out too!
3/29 UPDATE: I just learned that my short play THERE'S NO HERE HERE that I wrote just last Thursday night for Theatre Daedalus' "Caught in the Act...Again!" was the Audience Choice Winner of the evening. It's fun news, and unexpected because I didn't know they were going to have the audience vote for an Audience Choice. But I'm honored, and I had a blast writing the piece. I wish I could've been there to see the show!
I'll try to get a sample of the script up here on my website soon, so other's can give it a read.
3/26 UPDATE: Thursday night I wrote a new short play called THERE'S NO HERE HERE for Theatre Daedalus' 48 hour benefit show "Caught in the Act...Again!" which goes up tonight, Saturday, March 26, at Van Fleet Theater, 549 Franklin Avenue in Columbus, Ohio. It was a fun piece to write, and if you're in the Columbus area go check out the show and support Theatre Daedalus!
My Atrainplay IT'S NOT YOU just booked it's 100th production! Not bad for a play that I wrote in less than two hours on a crowded subway train on the way from Inwood in Manhattan to Far Rockaway in Queens!
IT'S NOT YOU is probably my most widely produced single play at this point. Aside from productions in the US and Canada, it's been been done a number of times in Europe, as well as Australia and China. And it's been translated into French, Dutch and Mandarin.
You can find the play - and all the other great Atrainplays at Plascripts, the publisher.
I also got the news that DRFIT, the musical I wrote the book for and contributed material to, is scheduled to be produced in Kansas City in September by Pianne Productions.
I was honored with an award for Excellence in Playwriting this past weekend by the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival. The award capped off a great week that including a reading of my play THE DUNES, a ten-minute playwriting workshop that I taught and seeing a dozen new plays by some terrific student playwrights from New York and New England.
I want to thank Kelly Morgan from Dean College and Region 1 of the KCACTF for this honor. I also have to thank all the student actors who've been using my work in their auditions for the Irene Ryan awards that helped bring my plays to the attention of the KCACTF.
I've updated the website, adding a "Production History" page that gives a listing of some selected productions of my plays over the year. So if you interested in seeing some of the places where my work has been done, just look to the left and click the Production History selection.
I'm a proud member of the The Dramatists Guild, and pretty pleased that out of their more than 6,000 members they chose my picture as one of the few to be featured on their homepage!
My short play PERCHANCE is being produced the Barrow Group here in New York from July 10 through August 9. It's part of an evening of short works called "Awakenings," and also includes short plays by Jon Marans, who wrote THE TEMPERAMENTALS, and John Yearly. The Barrow Group always produces such great work, and I'm very pleased to be included in this evening.
The second volume of OUTSTANDING MEN'S and OUTSTANDING WOMEN'S MONOLOGUES are now published and available from Dramatists Play Service and at theater bookstores. I edited these books with the help of Danna Call, and each book contains over 50 monologues drawn exclusively from DPS publications from the last few years. The first volume was very successful, and I hope these will be too.
I'm looking forward to going back to the Last Frontier Theatre Conference in Valdez, Alaska next month. Last summer's conference was a great experience and the scenery is amazing there. The Prince William Sound Community College production of my play SOMEWHERE IN BETWEEN, which ran early this month, will open the conference on May 15.
My collection LIFE IS SHORT is being produced in the Berkshires this month. The Town Players in Pittsfield, Massachusetts performs the play March 12 - 21, in what is basically my backyard since I've been going up to the Berkshires since I was six.
I hope the production goes wonderfully!
It also got some advance publicity in the Berkshire Eagle.
I've just returned from Washington, DC where DOT COMET just had a very good workshop reading at Wooly Mammoth. It was very good for Mike Ogborn and I to see and hear the show on it's feet, and get a sense of the whole piece. It was a good step forward, and gave me a good sense of where to concentrate on the next round of re-writes.
Writing, after all . . . is re-writing!
January 27: I added some pictures from the reading to my PHOTO GALLERY page.
A very busy month. I have eight different productions of my plays being performed this month around the country. On top of that I know people have been picking up copies of my new collection CHOOSING SIDES and theAtrainplays, Vol. II, featuring my short play THE BEST WAY TO GO.
CHOOSING SIDES, my new collection of short plays and monologues, is now published and available from Dramatists Play Service.
The collection includes twelve works such as FREE, TRAIN OF THOUGHT, PERCHANCE and GUNS DON'T KILL, which have produced from Portland, Maine to New York, and from Miami to Los Angeles. The collection is compiled almost entirely of works commissioned by such theatre companies as theAtrainplays, the 24 Hour Plays, Gorilla Rep, the Metropolitan Playhouse and the Winter Harbor Theatre Company.
FREE and Rogue Machine Theatre's late night show "Shorts and Sweets" completely sold out its August run and has been extended into September. The show starts its extended run on Friday, September 11 at 10:30pm, running Fridays and Saturdays until September 26.
In other news, theAtrainplays, Vol. 2, featuring my short play THE BEST WAY TO GO has been published and is now available from Playscripts, Inc.
One of my favorites of my own Atrainplays, FREE, is being performed as part of Rogue Machine Theatre's Shorts and Sweets, Fridays and Saturdays, August 7 -22, starting at 10:30. I'm really happy to be part of the show, and my friend Robin Rothstein also has a play in the evening!
"Shorts and Sweets" got a great review in Eye Spy LA, which said "Free by Craig Pospisil is about all the stuff that weighs us down. Itís a cute three-hander with terrific actors" and a "naughty slice of devilís food cake."