Dec. 30, 2016:
It's been a great year, the artistic highlight of which was definitely OCT's production of SHRIMP & GRITTS: SHE'S GONE. Today, Eugene Art Talk's Bob Keefer named the production the best local play of the year:
Sept. 18, 2016:
Read the reviews for SHRIMP & GRITTS: SHE'S GONE, all positive, with a little constructive criticism from Dorothy Velasco of the Register-Guard:
July 1, 2016: Rehearsals are well underway for SHRIMP & GRITTS: SHE'S GONE. We're having a great time! A couple weeks of table work have led to some revisions, and the script is pretty much ready to go. The designers are making excellent progress.
From left to right: Me, Rebecca Nachison (Shrimp), Cloud Pemble (Ruud), Brian Haimback (Director), Tara Wibrew (Clementine), and Bary Shaw (Gritts).
Apr. 17, 2016: After a very successful run with NW10, EH?, I've returned to writing. Here's my lastest full-length play, PERDIDO BEACH, a drama about two families clashing at the world famous Monterey Bay Aquarium. In it, the protagonist, Verne, struggles to adjust when her 17-year-old son Gabe returns home after two years in the California Juvenile Justice system for his peripheral involvement in the shooting death of a gay man. When Gabe is rude to a gay couple also visiting the aquarium, tensions escalate until tempers flare, and Verne faces the truth about her son and herself.
Mar. 27, 2016: Rave reviews are coming in after the opening weekend of NORTHWEST TEN, EH? The show is a real crowd pleaser. Here's a shot of Hailey Henderson and Michael Teague performing my play "What it Feels Like to Feel Hungry." Superb performances and superb direction by Maggie Hadley.
And here's me performing the play "Roger" with playwright/actor Russell Dyball.
Hoping to put some butts in the seats for the final weekend, March 31 through April 3!
Mar. 6, 2016: Rehearsals are well underway for NW10, EH? I'm playing the titular character in the play ROGER by Nicholas Maurer. Roger is a stuffed lion, hurtling through space in an escape pod with his memory impaired owner Paul, played by Russell Dyball. Realism at its best. The show is directed by veteran Eugene actor Tom Wilson. The festival is shaping up to be one of the best ever!
Jan. 8, 2016: My play WHAT IT FEELS LIKE TO FEEL HUNGRY was one of eight selected for the 2016 Northwest Festival of Ten-Minute plays. It's been a couple years since I had a play in the show, so that's pretty good news to me!
Jan. 2, 2016: What began as a kind of theatrical comic strip, a series of quirky shorts featuring hard drinking buddies Shrimp & Gritts, has transformed into my first output of 2016. SHRIMP & GRITTS: SHE’S GONE is a full-length comedy that picks up when Gritts’ longtime girlfriend leaves without warning and the two friends are forced to examine life, loss, injury, beached whales, old vendettas, mail order catalogs, blackberries, God complexes, and Ebola, among many other things both mundane and bizarre, in excruciating detail. Check out my two latest 10-minute plays as well: SUBDUCTION and WHAT IT FEELS LIKE TO FEEL HUNGRY.
HAPPY NEW YEAR!
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