It’s been a while since I blogged. Might be a while until I blog again. (I’m hopefully creating a new personal website soon, and will be moving my blog there. Hopefully.)
I figure I’ll fill this space with an updated calendar of what lies ahead this year.
May 25 — Hibernating Rattlesnakes at the Nuyorican: I perform alongside a bunch of other playwrights, poets, performance artists at the world famous home of spoken word. Last time this year.
May 27 — Ars Nova Play Group: it’s a closed event, but of note as the first ever reading of my new moderately absurd baseball play VORP: Value Over Replacement Player. Assuming, of course, I can write it this week. More on VORP shortly.
May 28 — Brooklyn College graduation (I receive my MFA in Performing Arts Management), which I will not be attending because of…
May 28 — The Lark roundtables: first ever readings of my new plays Tyree and Violenter, or Aurora and The Army. Amazing casts made up of amazing women (one dude in two plays — imagine that!), and a no pressure to see how much of a mess I’ve made in trying to write the last two plays of The Guernica Trilogy.
June 4 – 11 — The Orchard Project: A week in the Catskills to work a lot more on VORP (and maybe, if I’m lucky, a little on Rebecca Oaxaca Lays Down a Bunt, the second of at least two, maybe three, baseball plays I’ll be working on this year). I’ll be alongside a pretty exciting group of companies and artists, and I might even be productive. This trip is also personally exciting because it will be the first real test for Baby Computer, the HP mini I bought earlier this year. She’s a tiny little netbook, and she’s going to make a week like this way easier than ever.
June 19 — Minneaopolis. But not for good. Just a quick few days of stopover to survey the scene before…
June 22 — International Thespian Festival: I’m usually here as a dramaturg and workshop leader, but this year, we’re trying something different. I’ll be selecting, teaching, and leading a small group of student actor/writers in the creation of a brand new piece of theater. I’ve got no clue what it’ll be, but it’ll be amazing.
July 9 – 12 — Something that I’m not sure I can say yet. It’s not a big deal or a huge secret, but I don’t know if there’s an official announcement. I can say that I’ll be serving as a dramaturg on the project, and that I’ve worked on this project before, and I’m very proud of it. I’ll update as soon as it’s announced.
At some point in here, I’ve also got a short piece in a Chicago festival, starring two actors that I’ve worked with before and am big fans of, and directed by one of my former stage managers. More news when it’s announced, but for now, I’ll say it’s a long road ahead. That’s a terrible hint.
August 8 — Specifics are still hazy, but I’ll be in town to participate in a panel discussion about a book in which a play (of mine) will be published. Which play? Why, Welcome to Arroyo’s, thanks for asking. I’ve spoken about the book before (it’s the first critical anthology of hip-hop theater, and I’m honored to be a part of it), but there are apparently some name changes and other goodness in the works, so updates will come as they come.
And then…the big stuff.
September 25 – November 1 — The Elaborate Entrance of Chad Deity at Chicago’s Victory Gardens (with Teatro Vista): Part one of what’s being called a “rolling world premiere.” I’m not one for hyperbole, but this might be the coolest production of anything anywhere ever. For me, at least. Directed by the amazing Eddie Torres, starring actors who are awesome but not yet announced, and featuring all kinds of cool pro wrestling goodness. Part
October 23 – November 22 — The Elaborate Entrance of Chad Deity at Philadelphia’s Interact Theatre Company. Part two of the rolling world premiere. We’re still in the early stages here, but I’m feeling awfully good. AND…it’s close to NYC! So come on down. Directed by Artistic Director Seth Rozin, starring Philly’s own Juan Pacheco, and awesome.
There’s also some Jerome Fellowship stuff all mixed in here, but I’ll save that. There’s also (and I’ve buried this here as a reward for sloshing your way through) the possibility of a third (and fourth?) Chad Deity production somewhere in these United States in the months after Philly (all part of this rolling world premiere thing), but no info until there’s info. And finally (for now):
April 15 – May 16, 2010 — Welcome to Arroyo’s at Chicago’s American Theater Company. Nothing rolling here. This is the world premiere of my baby, the very first full-length play I ever wrote. Directed by Jaime Castaneda, starring ATC company members Joe Minoso and Sadieh Rifai (along with a great group of actors that I know but can’t announce), and featuring DJs, graffiti, the whole nine yards. Chances are, this will make me cry.
There’s some other stuff mixed in here, but yeah. this is plenty. I’ll update as updates exist.