Wrestling the imagination out of my head is what I'm doing when I write a play. It is a gargantuan task to do that, by the way, and I carry no pretense of inborn ability. Like any other craft, playwriting takes years of finding just the right blend of failure, enthusiasm and discipline. I have … Continue reading Wrestling the Imagination Out of My Head
"I have been - and always shall be - your friend." I can hear Mark Brotherton saying those words so clearly right now, and how much I need him to hear that line from me. In fact, I can hear so many of his oft-repeated lines, quotes and memories that I don't think I'll ever … Continue reading Mark Brotherton
Here we are, folks. A new decade in the ongoing timeline of our lives. Where does it find you? Where am I finding myself? It's hard to boil down to words, but I'm going to try because I believe when it comes to things you care about, it's important to be as specific as possible. … Continue reading New Decade’s Declaration
New Leaf's play development journey to get more local work on more stages Director Ricardo Beaird (Left) leads warm ups with Vincent Hannam (Up), Marci Lucht (Down), and Lynda Dahl (Right); Photo by Denzel Belin by Denzel Belin, September 6, 2019 There is no doubt that new plays draw interest in the theater community. Season … Continue reading “New Leaf” Blooms Opportunity (from Minnesota Playlist)
After I closed Sense and Sensibility not too long ago, I delved into the next project 2019 had in store for me, and it stood in stark contrast to the light-hardheartedness of the Jane Austen classic. This was The Diary of Anne Frank, the play by Frances Goodrich and Albert Hackett based on Anne Frank's … Continue reading Anne Frank: Understanding/Understudy
Ah, autumn... when the leaves fall and... freeze to the ground under the snow? Ah, Minnesota... So besides the weather, what changes does the season have in store for me? I’m thrilled to announce I'm in rehearsals for Measure for Measure and Women Beware Women, two Jacobean classics running in rep, presented by Classical Actors Ensemble. Diane Mountford … Continue reading Shakespeare and Middleton – Unite!
“On the road again… I just can’t wait to get on the road again…” It’s finally happened. I’m doing it and couldn’t be more eager for the sense of adventure and romanticism that lays in store for the next two weeks, as I inhabit that mythical role of the traveling performer. And the show? The … Continue reading Climbing Through the Mouse Hole
Two years after I ended my first run on the Heartwood boards, I find myself back in coastal Maine performing in a staged reading of Bloomsday by Steven Dietz. Directed by Griff Braley and featuring the talents of Deirdre Manning, Mary Fraser and Cliff Blake, this is a play that... well, it's a bit trippy … Continue reading What’s Bloomin’ this Spring?
Dear fellow human beings; fellow breathers – Currently playing at DalekoArts is an off-beat and heartrending play called Middletown by Will Eno. Hard to define in certain terms, I will often describe it to people as “Our Town for the 21st Century”, even though I know that that doesn’t nearly complete the picture. While both … Continue reading Middletown: There’s a lot More in Between