The Launch Prize was honored with the 2016 Elliott Norton Award for Outstanding New Script at the ceremony on Monday. Here I am at the after party with my good friend, Bridge Rep Producing Artistic Director Olivia D'Ambrosio.
In a perfect case of life imitating art, The Launch Prize has been nominated for two Elliot Norton awards: Outstanding Production by a Fringe Theater, and Outstanding New Script.
The award ceremony is on Monday, May 23.
The Boston Metro offered this feature on my 15-minute play "Teddy" which was presented by Nick Medvescek one night only in my 2007 Toyota Corolla featuring Chelsea Ruscio and Will Madden. Check it out here!
Bridge Repertory Theater of Boston (a company that I am a Founding Artistic Associate of) has just announced its third season, including Oscar Wilde's Salomé directed by Olivia D'Ambrosio, my play The Launch Prize directed by Tiffany Nichole Greene, and Marisa Wegrzyn's Mud Blue Sky directed by Bridget O'Leary. Click here to learn more about the season!
The Launch Prize is the new title for the play originally titled The Da Vinci Commission which was presented by Can't Wait Productions. Click here to learn more about the play.
That Time the House Burned Down has been selected alongside It's Not About My Mother by Lizzie Milanovich and The Housekeeper by Ginger Lazarus for full production in Fresh Ink Theatre's 2015-16 season. The season will also include readings of Vow Keepers by David Valdes Greenwood and Rabbit Rabbit by Katie Grindeland.
A "first look" reading will be presented on 2 June at the Boston Public Library, directed by Stephanie LeBolt.
Click here to learn more about Fresh Ink's season.
I've stepped in as the faculty advisor for RareWorks Theatre Company, a student-run theatre organization at Emerson College which I served on the E-board for back when I was a student. Hence, full circle! Learn more about RareWorks by clicking here.
Kate Snodgrass and Erbulace restaurant are hosting a reading of My Grandson the Power Bottom on Sunday 11 January @ 7pm. Reservations must be made directly through the restaurant, or by contacting me. Erbulace is at 69 Church Street in Boston.
Benny and his widowed grandmother Constance enjoy a placid living arrangement together until he brings home Darius, a one-night-stand he meets online. When Darius introduces himself to Constance under false pretenses, Benny is forced to face his own insecurities and risk losing the little family he has left.
Boston Teen Acting Troupe is holding auditions for its Summer 2015 season which includes my new full-length drama i don't know where we're going but i promise we're lost. Click here for details about auditioning. We are looking for young actors to play the following roles:
DEVON FLEETER - 18, M.
His hot temper is second only to his fierce loyalty to his brothers. If he were in a band, he'd play bass.
JOSH FLEETER - 16, FTM.
A bit of a brat - but ultimately far more mature than he lets on. If he were in a band, he'd play guitar.
TY FLEETER - 12, M.
Wide-eyed and impressionable. Monkey see, monkey do. If he were in a band, he'd play drums.
ANNIE MASTERSON - 19, F.
There's a quality about her that seems she's somehow already lived an adulthood's worth of complications. If she were in a band, she'd play back-up guitar. And write all of the lyrics. And book the gigs.
I will be participating in "The Mad Dash: A Theatrical Endeavor in 24 Hours" - a 24-hour-play festival presented by Fresh Ink Theatre and Interim Writers. This means that I will be randomly assigned a director, co-playwright and number of actors to generate a play for. Naturally, I'm terrified, but that's 24-hour-play festivals for you! Check it out at the Cambridge YMCA on Saturday 12 July.
Learn more about the event by clicking here.
Burning Coal Theatre Company in Raleigh, North Carolina has curated an evening of educational short plays about a handful of the historical figures buried in Oakwood Cemetery. My play "I Choose Mr. Poe" focuses on Clarence Poe, the ahead-of-his-time editor and writer for the Progressive Farmer.
The plays will be presented June 20 - 22 at Oakwood Cemetery. Click here to learn more about Burning Coal Theatre Company and Oakwood: An Educator's Story.
Boston Teen Acting Troupe will present a staged reading of Annie Doesn't Live Here on Saturday, May 24 at the Boston Center for the Arts Plaza Theatre. The reading will be directed by Jack Serio (Artistic Director of BTAT). The cast is as follows:
Evan Grande (Devon)
Max Gustafson (Ty)
Raisa Hoffman (Annie)
Emily White (Joshua)
Synopsis: When 19-year-old Devon Fleeter and his younger brothers flee from their parents, who have been punishing the boys' allegiance to middle child Joshua's gender transition, they find sanctuary in an off-the-grid apartment far from home. They find that safety is not without its own challenges, and confront the growing pains that come with learning what it means to be a man.
Click here to learn more about Boston Teen Acting Troupe.
"Peggy's Properties" will appear in Boston Theater Marathon XVI, produced by Boston Playwrights' Theatre. The play is presented by Project: Project, directed by Jeff Mosser and features Obehi Janice as Peggy. BTM XVI runs on Sunday, 11 May from 12 pm to 10 pm. "Peggy's Properties" opens the 6pm hour.
Click here to learn more about Boston Playwrights' Theatre.
Click here to learn more about Project: Project.
Today's Boston Globe's arts section includes an article titled "Playwright MJ Halberstadt mines family dysfunction". The piece focuses on an interview with me in anticipation of Bridge Rep of Boston's upcoming production of not Jenny.
Click here to view the article.
Click here to learn more about the production.
My ten-minute play "The Milkman" will be presented at Little Fish Theatre as part of their upcoming Pick of the Vine Festival from January 10 to February 15.
Click here to learn more about the festival.