Tell me if you’ve heard this one.

There’s a joke that’s been coming back in my mind for a while, now. I can’t remember the details, and it makes me crazy. I don’t know if it’s a joke, or one of those academic urban legends, or both. Here’s what I can remember. Students in a theology course at a prestigious university spreadContinue reading “Tell me if you’ve heard this one.”

Want to help us make a story?

In six days, Vince and I are going to take A Big Risk. We’re going to get on a plane (Vince hates flying) and go to Minneapolis, Minnesota. There we’re going to hand a script to a room full of people, most of whom I haven’t met (first-draft readings take a pint of my blood),Continue reading “Want to help us make a story?”

Things are looking up!

 Good things are happening. I’m pleased to announce that Wide Open Spaces will be read as part of the Philadelphia Women’s Theatre Festival this summer! Wide Open Spaces is the play that I wrote about Georgia O’Keeffe, and her personal changes that made her the painter we know today. It has forty-some odd characters played byContinue reading “Things are looking up!”

Things that keep me awake at night

 Once upon a time there was a playwright who was really, really bored. She sent a Facebook message to a friend, a director, who was never bored, halfway across the country. The message was, “I need something new to write about, throw me a prompt.” The director said, “Just above the 60th parallel in theContinue reading “Things that keep me awake at night”

Orphan Black Is My Personal Trainer

Not only are the Sestras of Team Leda my personal trainers, but also, as a result, I can survive car crashes, get stabbed through the side with rebar, run, fight, shoot with accuracy, and dig a grave through a cement floor. Impressed? Don’t be. I may be exaggerating. Let me back up a bit. During theContinue reading “Orphan Black Is My Personal Trainer”

Don’t go changing to try and please me.

Philadelphia Arts Advocacy Day probably sounds like something involving tall skinny women wearing all black and chunky jewelry sipping chardonnay and complaining about the callouses they have on their check-writing hand. And who’s to say it isn’t? Any tall skinny woman who wants to sip chardonnay and complain about arts funding is a friend ofContinue reading “Don’t go changing to try and please me.”

we’ll find a place where there’s room to grow

Before you think this has turned into a Paul Williams Stalker Blog, let me give you a little bit of background. Matt Casarino (friend, playwright, singer-songwriter, performer and half of the band HOT BREAKFAST!) and I have been discussing the Paul Williams documentary, Still Alive. It stuck in our craw, collectively, as you might say.Continue reading “we’ll find a place where there’s room to grow”

You’ve almost convinced me I’m real

Last night we watched the documentary, Paul Williams Still Alive. It was okay, but problematic. It might be interestingly problematic. Stick with this, because there is a point. I promise. Basically, this guy, Stephen Kessler, was amazed to find out that award-winning, chart-topping soft-rock songwriter and television personality Paul Williams was not dead. In his joy andContinue reading “You’ve almost convinced me I’m real”

Hide and steek

Today I took a huge risk, which un-nerved me to my very core, the name for which not even Autocorrect recognizes. I tried steeking. Steeking, for those of you who aren’t knitting geeks, is the process by which knit material is cut and sewn to make it into something else or smaller or whatever. In myContinue reading “Hide and steek”

Are you in Southern California?

If you are, or plan to be, in the Los Angeles area on Thursday, November 13, you owe it to yourself to head down to Casa 101 Theatre in Boyle Heights to see Teatro MOZ. Tickets are now available for a showcase of Latino-American love for the man whose voice helped redefine masculinity, Morrissey.  TheContinue reading “Are you in Southern California?”