Better Luck Next Time

After over a year of regular submissions, I got one of my short plays into Southern Rep’s 6×6 program.

6×6 is a new play slam that occurs several times throughout the year. New Orleans writers are given one week to write a short play on a selected theme (this month: “Better Luck Next Time”) and after a very brief (like, incredibly brief) period of rehearsal, six plays are performed in one evening.

My short play “He Hated It” is being directed by Jess Podewell, Southern Rep’s literary director, with performances by John Michael Haas, Joshua Smith, and Desiree Bacala.

There’s an astronaut who speaks in poetry and a farting monkey, so it’s probably not one you want to miss.

The performance will be Wednesday, March 30, 7 pm at The Theatre at St. Claude.

Pop Culture Association National Conference

 

I was so honored this week to present my paper “Mirrors to Mirrors: Metadrama and Reflexivity in Shakespeare and Boogie Nights” at the Pop Culture Association’s National Conference.

This was my first opportunity to present at an academic conference and everyone was very supportive. The chair of my area invited me to return for next year’s event, and I met some very interesting scholars who inspired me to look even further into this relatively new area of adaptation studies. Since I’ve been writing adaptations for the Windy City Players for sixteen years, it seems a natural fit.

The conference was in Seattle, and I had a chance to catch Luna Gale at Seattle Rep – an impressive facility, and a play with a lot of potential.

R.I.P. Ziggy

Let’s start with the obvious – David Bowie was the tops.

R.I.P.

After all the good vibes from joining in the Bowie second line, literally rubbing elbows with Win Butler, it only seemed appropriate to keep the tribute going by getting a group of super-talented people together and reading my play “Hunky Dory,” inspired by Bowie’s album of the same name.

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Thanks to Katie Hallman and Max Williams for hosting us at Le Petit.

Readers included:

Eric Charleston, Cecile Monteyne, Logan Faust, Jim Fitzmorris, Maggie Corbett, Katie Hallman, Garrett Prejean, Philip Yiannopoulos, Ashley Rose Bailey, Ian Hoch, Becca Chapman, Max Williams, Natalie Boyd, Meghan Shea, and Mike Spara.

Music was provided by Rory Sullivan.

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Razor’s Edge Festival

I’m performing my solo show, “Not Easily Forgotten,” for the first time in New Orleans. Showtimes: November 12-22, at Byrdie’s Cafe, St. Claude Avenue.

The production is part of the Razor’s Edge Festival and the Faux/Real Festival.

Come.
Get.
Weird.

“Our Town”

It’s fortunate that I get to type this rather than talk about it, because there’s something about “Our Town” that makes me cry. Weeping. That tight throat ugly cry deep feeling kind of thing.

And I get to play the role that I wanted more than any other – which never happens. Sam Craig.

I was lucky enough to see my college buddy Jeremy Beiler play the role at the Barrow Street Theatre on opening night for David Cromer’s famous Off-Broadway production and it was a stirring night of theatre.

I’m pretty damn proud of our production too. Mostly because Carol Sutton is magic. Not “magic-al.” She just is magic.

You can see the Times-Pic’s coverage of our production here.

A new era for New Orleans theatre

I am so incredibly proud of, Katie Hallman. After several years of producing high profile concerts in some of the world’s greatest halls, my amazingly talented wife has taken over as the Managing Director at Le Petit Theatre du Vieux Carre, New Orleans’ oldest playhouse.

Their 98th season just closed, and in the fall she and new Artistic Director Maxwell Williams, formerly of Hartford Stage, will be bringing an exciting new season to life on this beautiful stage. I encourage you to check it out!

“Robin Hood: thief/brigand” is tearing it up

The cast of Robin Hood: thief/brigand

I’ve had a great time with The NOLA Project, playing Friar Tuck in my classmate Andy Vaught’s new adaptation of Robin Hood, at the New Orleans Museum of Art Sculpture Garden. Great reviews keep coming in, including one from the Gambit Weekly that says: “As the drunken friar, Hallman is hilarious; he gratuitously stumbles and slurs, but also gives his character heart.” Read the full review here.