Wednesday, July 29, 2009
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.
I hope to catch both shows. With NeverCracked closing Aug 2nd, I may have to really hustle.
Tuesday, July 28, 2009
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
Tickets at Theatermania.
Wednesday, July 22, 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)
Jeff Lewonczyk's The Grand Uncle Quadrilogy (Outstanding Play)
Good luck to all.
Tuesday, July 21, 2009
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.
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.)