Monday, November 23, 2009

My Fisher Price Little People


My favorite toys.

Cropped Cardigan I am Knitting


Knitting a sweater for Xmas for my friend Charlyn. It is a cropped cardigan (Berocco.com, pattern Alpine). I have the back and sides done and just need to knit the sleeves and neck band.


Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Long overdue praise for Mac Rogers' VIRAL

Since I am months behind in blogging, I thought I would go ahead and be the last blogger on the planet to write a glowing review of Mac Rogers' VIRAL.

Yes, the show has closed. No, you can't go and see it now, even if I make it sound really good. Yes, this makes me very lame.

BUT . . . is there really an expiration date on praise? Is there? I don't think so.
VIRAL was part of the NY Fringe Fest and then part of the Festival Extension. Being generally late about things, I saw it on closing night. If I made a top plays of the year list, this play would be the top play for this year and next year, too. No matter what anyone does next year. I liked it that much. It is like a little theatrical virus-- you see it and you want to go out and infect other people into seeing it. As if you were a little Mac-germ, biologically programmed to think he is great and run around trying to osmose this idea into other people.

The play is a tour de force, lyrical tragedy with a dark comic candy-coating. Meredith (Amy Lynn Stewart) plays a life-weary woman who reaches out over the internet to three Pacific Northwest fringe-dwellers for help with her own euthanization. She turns to Geena (Rebecca Comtois), her boyfriend Colin (Kent Meister) and her brother Jarvis (Matthew Trumbull) who share a fetish for filming suicides as erotic art and posting the films on the internet. Mac crafts a haunting ode to the loneliness of all four characters. These are people who have tried and failed to connect with any external support systems and have lost themselves to dark and destructive fantasy. Meredith seems to be the most clear-headed and sympathetic one, her inevitable path to self-destruction is a seductive poison that leaves a bittersweet taste in the audience's mouth.

Rebecca Comtois and Amy Lynn Stewart were brilliant in this. Perfectly mirrored portraits of cringing insecurity and ferocious determination. And the script is simple one of the best-craft and best-realized visions you are likely to see. Or, ahem, likely to catch in the hopeful revival since I have blogged this too late to infect you with a need to go see it.

Wednesday, July 29, 2009

Sneak Peak Angel Eaters Booklet Cover


Original Works Publications is putted out editions of Angel Eaters, Rattlers and 8 Little Antichrists later this summer. Here is a sneak peak at the Angel Eaters cover. It is still in development, but probably won't change much.

Pimping Friends' Shows

I have two good friends in shows this month, so I wanted to encourage everyone out there to attend.

First, you can catch Isaiah Tanenbaum (Angel Eaters' resurrection boy) in The Secret of our Souls, A Kabalistic Love Story. This is a cool-looking Fringe Fest musical. About 18th Century spiritual master, the Baal Shem Tov.

Looks really cool and I don't think I have heard Isaiah in a musical before.

And second, Candice Holdorf (clone sisters and Claudia in 8 Little Antichrists) is in NeverCracked, an evening of two one acts, presenting as part of the Midtown Festival.

I hope to catch both shows. With NeverCracked closing Aug 2nd, I may have to really hustle.


Tuesday, July 28, 2009

Quilt for Kay's Wedding

Most of my spare time lately has been taking up trying to finish this quilt for friend Kay Mitchell's (soon to be Kay Carey) wedding (on Saturday, Aug 1). I am definitely not going to finish it in time for Saturday (I should have the main part quilted, but will still have the border and binding to do). So, all she is going to get by Saturday is a link to these photos and some swatches.


Which, funnily enough, is all her sister Beth got on her wedding day about ten or twelve years ago. During college, Kay and I decided about two weeks before Beth's wedding that we would make her a king size quilt together and have it ready by the wedding, of course. Kay ended up giving her swatches on the wedding day and she didn't see the quilt for about three years. We over estimated our quilting abilities a tad. This one so far has taken about five months, so I am hoping it will get to Kay by the end of the year at least!

Loved Bird House, Flux Sunday 7/26

I LOVED Kate Marks' BIRD HOUSE on Friday. Of course, I went to see it on the last weekend, so am recommending it too late to do any good. It closed Sunday.

The design work on the play was outstanding. It featured precious little insect and bird puppets, gorgeous projections, a quaint fairy tale cottage on one side of the stage and a gritty, drear warscape on the other side of the stage. Very evocative. Leads Cotton Wright and Christina Shipp could not have done better jobs with challenging and quirky roles. Their highly physical approach was reminicent of circus clowns and silent movie comedians, but they always remained grounded and genuine. Kylie Liya Goldstein as Myra was wonderous and astonishing. She completely changed my concept of a child actor by delivering a performance I would not have thought possible from a girl her age. Layered, vulnerable, delightfully comic, fully believable and heart-wrenchingly charming. Kate's script is a dreamscape masterpiece, with a bubbly surprise twist to every line leading up to a grim and satisfying darkening end.

Also attended a Flux Sunday (where writers, actors and directors gather to read or put together staged readings of scenes from writer's latest plays) on the 26th. We only had two plays to read, Corey Ann Haydu's WIFE TRAINING (I may have screwed up the title, sorry) and my new play, working title CURSED (but that sucks, so I am still searching for a new one) the first play in my new ANGEL EATERS: ORIGINS trilogy. We were going to have a play from Gus Schulenburg, too, but the printer ate it. :-(

I love WIFE TRAINING. I wish I had written it. It is a sci fi-ish, alternate reality, distopia play about gender politics that is just endlessly fascinating. I love plays that are world-building in nature, that take you to a completely realized new world. I can't wait to see the whole thing read-- thus far I have only seen serial installments.

My new play is basically a Western, set around 1842, exploring the origins of the Angel Eaters curse. A Cherokee medicine woman unleashes a power that dooms seven generations to unnatural evil and crushing despair. Light, cheery stuff.

Ordered a bunch of hardcopies of my verse play, LICKSPITTLES, BUTTONHOLERS AND DAMNED PERNICIOUS GO-BETWEENS. Digging this online copy place, Best Value Copy.
15 copies (front and back and drilled) were only about 35bucks - and they shipped them to my apartment. Shipping might have been an extra 10 bucks, I think-- but still, it beats the hell out of Kinkos.

Thursday, July 23, 2009

Seeing Kate Marks' BIRDHOUSE on Saturday



Looking forward to friend Kate's play BIRDHOUSE on Saturday! Join me if you can.
Dates & Times: July 10th – 26th, 2009
Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays @ 8pmSundays @ 3pm
and Monday, July 20th @ 7:00pm
Ticket Price: $18
Tickets at Theatermania.

Wednesday, July 22, 2009

Congrats to all New York Innovative Theater Nominees

Congratulations to all NY IT Award Nominees. Matt Freeman has posted a list of nominees at: On Theatre and Politics - Matthew Freeman: New York Innovative Theatre Awards Nominees for 2009

The Angel Eaters trilogy received seven nominations:

Outstanding Full Length Script: Johnna Adams (for Angel Eaters)
Outstanding Actor In A Lead Role: August Schulenburg (for 8 Little Antichrists)
Outstanding Original Music: Gerard Keenan (for the trilogy)
Outstanding Costume Design: Emily Morgan DeAngelis (for the trilogy)
Outstanding Lighting Design: Jennifer Rathbone (for the trilogy)
Outstanding Sound Design: Asa Wember (for the trilogy)
Outstanding Set Design: Caleb Levengood (for the trilogy)

I am also especially happy and excited for these fellow nominees and friends:

Outstanding Full Length Script: Mac Rogers, Universal Robots
Outstanding Production of a Musical: Ragtime at APAC (director Tom Wojtunik), and The Who's Tommy (director Tom Wojtunik)
Outstanding Actor in a Lead Role: David Ian Lee, The Reckoning of Kit & Little Boots

Of course I think several performances and plays were overlooked, including:

James Comtois' Colorful World (Outstanding Play)
Richard B. Watson, Rattlers (Actor, Lead)
Marnie Schulenburg, Angel Eaters (Actress Lead)
David Ian Lee's Sleeper (Outstanding Play)
Ensemble, Sleeper
Jeff Lewonczyk's The Grand Uncle Quadrilogy (Outstanding Play)

Good luck to all.

Tuesday, July 21, 2009

Antiqbooks.com has one of my show programs on sale ($30) - WTF?

I was, ahem, googling myself (oh, don't look at me like that, you do it too) and came across this bizarre for sale item on www.antiqbooks.com.

They are charging $30 (EUR 21.5) for a souvenir program from the Oberon Theater Ensemble production of my play Cockfighters (in rep with Mice & Men) from 2003. I think that is more than I earned in royalties for the production. Who would buy this and how exactly did "Europe's Premier Antiquarian Booksite" come to be selling it??

The item is offered by: Julian's Books 35 W. 64th Street, New York, NY 10001

I think I need to go browse there. Maybe they have a souvenir program from when I played the back end of Paul Bunyon's blue ox in grade school.

https://www.antiqbook.com/secureorder.phtml?nr=1177268050&l=en&searchform=

Booknumber: 112201STEINBECK, JOHN / JOHNNA ADAMS, - Of Mice & Men /
Cockfighter - Souvenir Program -. New York: The Oberon Theatre Ensemble.
Softcover. "OF MICE & MEN" BY JOHN STEINBECK WITH SCOT CARLISLE - JANE
COURTNEY - JAREL DAVIDOW - PHILIP EMEOTT - BILL FAIRBAIRN - TIMOTHY JENKINS - ED
JEWETT - RICHARD KOHN - PATRICK MELVILLE - DAVID SITLER, ETC...ETC... - DIRECTED
BY ERIC PARNESS - "COCKFIGHTERS" BY JOHNNA ADAMS WITH SCOT CARLISLE - BILL
FAIRBAIRN - RAPHAEL FETTA - EEVIN HARTSOUGH - PATRICK MELVILLE - DAVID SITLER -
DAWN SOBCZAK, ETC...ETC... - DIRECTED BY SARAH GURFIELD. ; 8vo ; 16 pages. NF.
USD 30.00 [Appr.: EURO 21.5 £UK 18.5 JP¥ 2882]

(I have a souvenir program from this that I will sell for $29 if anyone is interested.)

Back to blog, Sans Merci

Okay. I suck and didn't blog for 9 months. Am trying to get things rolling again. I have some blatant self-promotion and some congratulations to post, so that is sucking me back into the blogosphere.

First item to brag about: my play Sans Merci has been published by Original Works Publishing (http://www.originalworksonline.com/) and should be available in New York at the Drama Bookstore within a month. Here's the cool cover: