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
These are indeed strange times for humanity, as we collectively reel from the fallout that COVID-19 is continually blasting us with. To be clear, this is nothing I like to joke or about or take less-than-seriously. Not only are lives being lost, but livelihoods as well. No group knows this fearful effect more than artmakers … Continue reading Art… Will Find a Way
Above us, constantly swirling around, adrift in time and space are untold billions of stars. Balls of fire that may just be hiding a secret, long lost to the grown-ups of the world, but one that every child undeniably knows to be true: That magic exits. It exists in the budding trees in springtime, the … Continue reading Catching Stars
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
Well, it's October again and just as with the past two Halloween seasons, my play Frankenstein lives again! This time around, the show is being produced by River Company, a troupe who not only knows how to stage plays, but also design one really stellar Franken-bird. The genesis of the project started with a dear colleague … Continue reading The Year of Women and Frankensteins
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?
This blog was written and originally posted by my colleague Ting Ting Cheng for Park Square Theatre on the theatre's own website. You can read it here. In Steinbeck’s Of Mice and Men, Vincent Hannam plays the cruel and menacing Curley, the boss’ son at the ranch where migrant workers George and Lennie have just arrived. Upon … Continue reading Vincent Hannam Goes to the Dark Side (Guest Blog)
Running right now at Park Square Theatre is Of Mice and Men, and it’s a show you can catch on the weekends or if you’re bold enough, every weekday morning with dozens of high schoolers! Yep, Of Mice and Men plays just about every morning between now and mid-December to students who get to enjoy … Continue reading Of Mice and Kids
Speaking of work that gets seen by hundreds upon hundreds of people (assuming you’ve read my previous post), my touring stage adaptation of Frankenstein is once again on the road for the Hampstead Stage Company. As you remember from last year, I was charged to write this play by my bestie Jay Pastucha (Artistic Director) … Continue reading Return of Frankenstein!
Almost is a town in northern Maine that most people haven't heard of. I mean, it's way north - hundreds of miles from any major point of civilization, where the moose and lonely-hearts roam. What the heck am I going there for? What the heck am I going back there for? Well, because Almost doesn't … Continue reading Headed back to Almost, Maine