With a Minnesota State Arts Board grant, a partnership with Thinkself, and the commitment of some incredible artists, “Welcome to Hell” is officially scheduled for performances at Mixed Blood Theatre in June 2018.
Directed “Pope Joan: The First Transgender Pontiff” by Christy Kent for the Minnesota Fringe Festival this summer and it was a hit! This is the first public performance of the play, which will now be reconstructed as a full-length piece. This play deserves to have a full and rich life of productions in the Twin Cities and beyond.
There’s a collaboration underway to do a production of “Snip, Snap, Snute” at Norway House in September of 2018. Scotty Reynolds is scheduled to direct with Adam Baus tentatively as Music Director. If all goes as planned, and funding is secured, it will be a weekend of family-oriented activities to promote all sorts of Norwegian folk arts. Skol!
Made huge progress on my book about murders in Otter Tail County from the first recorded murder (1871) to the second and last hanging (1891). Since its historical nonfiction, there’s a tremendous amount of research involved (which I love). Fascinating stuff. New title, “Lillie’s Ghost.”
Working on a book about murders in Otter Tail County from the first recorded murder (1871) to the second and last hanging (1891). Working title “Skewed Justice.”
Working on a collaboration with deaf actors and others connected to the deaf community to produce “Welcome to Hell,” co-played by deaf actors who will collaborate in creating a parallel script in their language. I’m so thrilled about the conversations we’ve had so far!
I’ve been invited to participate in the reading of a new play at Mixed Blood – as an actor! It’s been a while, but I’m really looking forward to this. “88 Voices” on June 16th.
Proud to have “Welcome to Hell,” as part of “TEASE” (The Early Access Script Experience), produced by Little Lifeboats Theater, right here in the Minneapolis. The event is a one-time performance of excerpts from nine plays selected earlier this spring as participants. Pleased to be a part of this event in June at Nimbus Theater in Northeast. This play won the Mary Blanton Creson Award from the Denton Community Theatre in 2012 as part of their “Method and Madness” festival of new plays.
I’m in the Fringe! I’ll be directing my play, “Hank & Jesus” (HAY-soos), with a couple of my former FFCC students as part of the cast and crew. Anna Johnson Jungers is assisting me with all kinds of stuff and playing “Mary Rose,” and Mitch Oleson is playing “Wesley.” Great to reconnect with them! Performances start July 31.
In May …
I’m off to Nashville to finish the songs for “Hank & Jesus” with co-writer Bryan Cumming. I can’t tell you how thrilled I am to work with him! Check out the WannaBeatles site for a look at his crazy fun band. And that’s not all he does … he can play anything, has been turning out great music from his home studio for many years and he writes songs, plays and I don’t know what all!
In July …
Just heard that I have been awarded a scholarship to attend the Dramatists Guild Conference in La Jolla this summer! I am among 10 playwrights who submitting winning essays. I’m so honored!
Fresh off a successful run in the Minnesota Fringe Festival! “Water from Snow” was one of four shows featured in “Another Opening, Another Show” produced by the New Musical Theatre Exchange and directed by Diane Mountford. Here’s a sample review: “I knew nothing about this show before attending it, and now it has me wanting to check out this theatre company and see the full-length productions of these promising snippets. The Cinderesther show looks particularly entertaining, while I was mesmerized enough by Leslie Vincent’s sad ballad “Savior Tonight” in “Water from Snow” that I’d like to find out what happens to her character in that story. The creative way in which the company threads these contrasting shows together for Fringe is a highlight in itself.
Plans are in the works for a 2016 production of “Snip, Snap, Snute.” More info to come.