Happy New Year!!
Full disclosure: posted this on my Facebook page today; and because we're within a week of welcoming a new baby into the Sony household and I'm on a deadline to finish a new play, I'm totally copy and pasting that post into this blog. Lazy? Or selective prioritization? You decide. :)
As the curtain opens on 2017, I want to take a moment and thank some people for making 2016 a creatively memorable year. First, THANK YOU. Yes, YOU. For liking this page, for following my creative endeavors, for seeing my shows, for liking my posts, for sharing your comments, for supporting the arts, and for being part of my universe.
Thank you Available Light Theatre for welcoming me into your space once again for 24 Hour Theatre; your fearlessness and passion is inspiring, and I love playing in your world.
Thank you Curtain Players and Westerville Parks & Recreation for staging 'Robin Hood & the Secret of Sherwood' --- from the previews in January at CP to giving the Secret of Sherwood its second full production (and first outdoor staging!), it was grand to see my work on such a scale in my hometown; you are noble hearts, all.
Speaking of sophomore outings, thank you to Elaina McKnight Shaver for bringing "The Last Queen of Wonderland" back to the stage and doing so in the context of arts education; your devotion to teaching and nurturing young theatre artists fills my heart with joy --- I look forward to our next stage adventure in 2017!
Thank you to MadLab for inviting me to take part in your Young Writers program for 2017; I love your commitment to creating new plays and supporting playwrights, especially young playwrights, and I'm honored to have the opportunity to mentor a writer and work with you all this year.
Thank you to John Newkirk for your support and invitations to collaborate; I'm excited to see what we create on film!
Thank you to Bianca Sams for the chats, the insight, and the encouragement; you inspire me to reach higher.
Thank you to King Avenue Players for another year of designing your show posters, and thank you Todd Adam Decker for bringing me on to design posters for your projects --- I love creating in many forms and truly appreciate the opportunity to work with all of you on these designs.
Thank you TreePress for your drive, passion, and support of playwrights and theatre; I look forward to growing my relationship with you and getting more of my plays onto more stages in the coming year.
Finally, thank you to my wife Laila Sony & family for the love and encouragement to pursue all of these wonderful opportunities.
As you can tell, 2016 was a wonderfully creative year, and I look forward to the projects lined up for 2017 and any new ones that come along!
Thoughts. From my brain. Anything to do with how we tell stories and the stories we tell each other. Literally and figuratively.
Writer. Husband. Father. Effulgent dreamer. A Fightin' Irishman (@NDdotEDU '01). A playwriting Bobcat (MFA in Playwriting, @OhioU '13). I write plays. I'm a geek. I wanted to be an astronaut. I go places in my head.