With 60+ characters but only one senior citizen, Interviews With… is an escapade of word play that dabbles between the silly, absurd and mildly scandalous.
Have you ever had to wait on hold for 20 minutes, only to be transferred to another department and then accidentally hung up on? How about the time someone promised they would get back to you within 24 hours – and then nobody ever calls, and you had to spend 20 minutes explaining the situation […]
Director Stevie Zimmerman on the English language premiere of Our Lady of the Clouds by Aristides Vargas. I found the script online when looking for a piece suitable for a performing arts festival that had as its theme Latin America (last year’s Wintergreen Performing Arts Festival). It worked for the theme but it was also […]
“Here is a wonderful business opportunity,” I said while watching a documentary about North Dakota’s oil boom. There were tens of thousands of men living in what they call “man caves” and walking around town like hungry lions ready to jump on the few women who work in bars and restaurants. “I wish they would […]
One of the greatest things about Interconnected is I can’t remember who did what. Karen and I sat there at Modern Times coffeehouse, a notebook with “Gratitude” on it’s front, passed back and forth between us urgently, as we took turns writing lines of dialogue. We both knew the characters, just not where they came […]
I had no idea what I was getting into when I started to work on straight on til moUrning. Tori [Bertocci] and I met a month after last year’s Fringe festival had ended and we thought “what next?” We were really happy with what we produced last summer and wanted to make another great impact […]
My idea to tell the story of Ina Ray Hutton came about by accident. I was looking for an audition song on Youtube, and a black and white video kept popping up in the search results. I wasn’t expecting much from an old video, but the woman on the clip was conducting a band of […]
The Memorial to Japanese American Patriotism in World War II sits quietly in the shadow of our lawmakers in Senate Park. In its center is a sculpture of two Japanese cranes caught in barbed wire by artist Nina Akamu. Starting the morning of July 9th, the silence will be broken with people, puppets, and music […]
When I first read the scene in Shakespeare’s The Life and Death of King John in which the prince tries to save himself by crawling out a tower window to disastrous results, I had to start over from the beginning with a new eye for the material. The English King who is refused entry by […]
The enemy of the writer is not the bad review, an empty bank account or even the dreaded rejection letter. It’s that little voice inside chirping: “Why would you write that? Why would you even think that!?” I wrote this play to tell that little voice to shut the hell up.