I'm thrilled to see my short play ADVICE TO THE HAPPY COUPLE next month in MadLab Theatre's 14th Annual Theatre Roulette Shorts Festival!
The festival is broken into three nights of short plays that rotate over the course of the month. My play is packed into a night called "Home Brew" with five other plays by central Ohio writers.
Tickets are available on the MadLab website. Show dates are May 10, 18, 23 at 8pm, and May 25 at 2pm. The entire festival runs May 9-25, Thursdays thru Saturdays (the show dates I've listed are specific dates you can see my play in the line-up).
The Roulette idea is simple (and a bit awesome, I think): three nights, three different sets of short plays. Seems simple enough. Now, each week, the short plays rotate to a new night. The first week, my show is on Friday. In week two, it moves to Saturday. Then Thursday. Whatever is playing on the other nights each week rotates in turn as well.
Cool, right? So if you go every Thursday, you'll see a different set of shows each week.
OR, you can pack in one weekend and see a different set of shows each night (Thursday, Friday, Saturday).
OR, on Saturday, May 25, they're going to run all 19 plays in blocks (starting at 2pm), so you could see them all in ONE DAY. If you wanted to see that many short pla
There are ample ways in ample combinations to see all these new short plays at MadLab. Below is a trailer they put together for the Home Brew set (5/10, 5/18. 5/23, 5/25). Check out their website for full descriptions of every show and further details!
My third and final OU playwrights festival is coming up soon! We're already in rehearsal for the 2013 Seabury Quinn, Jr. Playwrights Festival. That is hard to believe. I remember being at the 2010 festival not long after my acceptance into this program and to think that three years have already happened is a bit surreal. Having fun, time flies, and all that, right? Yeah... it's been but a blink and before that blink leads to tears of nostalgia and such, I'll get back to the topic at hand.
This year's festival is pretty exciting. It will feature eleven new plays, written by the MFA playwrights here at OU, myself included. My latest, FRACKTURE, you've heard me gushing about for weeks now. It will be staged on Thursday, April 25 at 8pm, the sixth play presented in the four day festival.
Here's the blurb from the program:
Would you sacrifice everything you have in order to save it? When his oldest brother dies and leaves the family with a mountain of debt, Mitch discovers what could be the answer to their prayers: hydraulic fracturing. Trying to make up for years of pain he caused his brothers, Mitch’s help causes more harm than good, forcing him to ask what he’s willing to give up to keep his family together.
As you might have seen, I just wrapped a workshop of FRACKTURE about a week ago. This next one for Seabury will be similar, but there have been some tweaks and edits (rewriting until the end). We have a new cast of OU students, including my TAGS director Thomas Daniels, who is stepping into the role of Zack (a role he helped developed during the OU workshops this school year). Joining him are Clifton Holznagel, Brenna Jenny, and Jacquelyn Baker.
This event is FREE and open to the public. The script-in-hand staging will take place in the Elizabeth Baker Theater in Kantner Hall on the OU campus. Parking is available at meters on the street (free after 6pm) or in the public garage off Washington, at the corner of Washington & College (this garage is not free, I suggest finding a meter if you can). The show runs 1 hour 40 minutes (including intermission) and will be followed by a talk-back led by OU faculty and guest mentors for the festival.
Go to www.ohioplaywriting.org/festival.html for a complete look at the festival and descriptions of all my colleagues' wonderful new plays. The full fest runs Wednesday, April 24 - Saturday, April 27, and there's something for everyone. Take a look at the line up and if you're near Athens, stop by!
You can also track my show on facebook at:
Frackture event page
Jeremy Sony - Writer facebook page
Ohio Playwriting Festival event page
Thanks for reading! Maybe I'll see you at the theater!
Another show struck. Another stage waiting for its next event. I am thrilled to have worked with the Ohio University Theater Association of Graduate Students (TAGS) on mounting a script-in-hand workshop of my latest play, FRACKTURE. The show, which took place (twice in one night) over the weekend, during the inaugural Athens Nuit Blanche festival, was everything I'd hoped it would be.
Huge thanks go out to my director, Thomas Daniels, who spent the last four weeks putting together a great show for not much more than applause (actually, I think that was his payment --- and I might have bought him some wings at Leghorn's). Thank you to my cast: Patrick Wagstaff, Josh Leeson, Emily Auwaerter, and Rachel Weekley; it was a pleasure working with each of you --- the characters grew enormously in your care. More thanks to the wonderful design team and crew: Deanna Smith (scenic), Carolyn Voss (lights), Delta Childers-Smith (costumes), Aaron Contrares (production manager), Rain Biddleman (assistant production manager), and all the TAGS members and officers who were there to support!
I won't gush much more, only to say that this experience has taught me quite a bit about my working process and confirmed for me how much I adore actors and collaboration. The immense table work and weeks of scene work helped craft this play to a much better place. It also helped that I had generous actors who didn't kick me out of the theater every day when I would bring new pages, entirely new scenes, or cuts, or line switches, and what-have-you, right up until tech (the terrifying beauty of script-in-hand... last minute changes). In the end, this crazy-fun experiment was absolutely worth it. I cannot thank TAGS and these wonderful artists enough for believing in FRACKTURE and giving me some room to play.
Here are some photos from the night, courtesy of Deanna Smith; taken in our performance venue, Union Arts in Athens, Ohio.
Thrilled to be working with my colleagues at Ohio University on this new play development project.
THEATER ASSOCIATION OF GRADUATE STUDENTS PRESENTS:
THE NEW PLAY PROJECT
Saturday, April 6th at Union Arts - 15 W. Union St.
We will be presenting script-in-hand productions of two full-length plays in rep as part of the Nuit Blanche Athens arts festival. Each show will be performed twice. All shows are FREE; general admission at the door.
by Jeremy Sony
Dir. Thomas Daniels
Featuring: Patrick Wagstaff, Josh Leeson, Rachel Weekley, and Emily Auwaerter
5:00 pm and 10:00 pm
BEHEADING VAMPIRE PUPPIES: A LIVING ROOM ENCOUNTER
by Greg Aldrich
Dir. Rachel Mock
Featuring: Matthew Mikita, Kat Radujkovic, and Shambrion Treadwell
7:30 pm and 12:30 am
TAGS NPP Production Team
Production Manager: Aaron Contreras
Asst. Production Managers: Rain Bidleman and Joanna Koefoed
Lighting Designer: Carolyn Voss
Scenic Designer: Deanna Smith
Costume Designer: Delta Childers-Smith (Frackture)
Costume Designer: Katie Behrens (BVP)
For more information about the Nuit Blanche Athens festival, and to see what else is happening around Athens on April 6th, visit www.facebook.com/events/539472799425997
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