My Sin, My Soul…

I’m hosting the final PROMPT show of the 2015-2016 season. Produced by Story Arts of Minnesota, PROMPT features stories based on, inspired by, or tangentially related to classic works, and the theme for this month’s show is Vladimir Nabokov’s Lolita.
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PROMPT: My Sin, My Soul (Lolita)
Saturday, May 21st, 2016, 7pm
at The Fox Egg Gallery
3730 Chicago Avenue S., Minneapolis
hosted by Katherine Glover
featuring Sandra Erskine, phillip low, Paul Canada Nemeth, and Caty Schmitter.

Celebrity Exception in Minneapolis

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at the Phoenix Theater in May, 2016:
An Evening of Two New One Act Plays

Celebrity Exception
written by Katherine Glover
directed by Callie Meiners

What They Don’t Know
written by Nissa Norland
directed by Andrea Nicholson

Celebrity Exception is a goofy comedy about the unwritten relationship rule that everyone gets the one exception to fidelity – a chosen celebrity. Because it’s not like you’ll ever meet them. Right?

What They Don’t Know takes a turn for the dramatic with a relationship with a darker problem. We sometimes live in shame due to what people don’t know about us. Perhaps keeping your secret is worse than revealing the truth.

at the Phoenix Theater, 2605 Hennepin Ave.
May 26, 27 & 28 at 7:30pm; May 29 at 2:00pm
Buy tickets.

A Great and Happy People

This is a fabulous new project I’m involved in: American Civic Forum‘s performance series featuring speeches, court rulings, letters and other documents from American history, grouped around different themes.

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2016 Shows:
Monday, January 18: Civil Rights
Monday, March 14: Science
Monday, May 23: Sacrifice and Peace
Monday, July 4: Rebellion and Union
Monday, September 12: Struggle and Invention

All shows 7pm at the Phoenix Theater, 2605 Hennepin Ave. in Minneapolis.

Announcing the 2015 Br!nk Playwrights…

BrinkMy latest full-length play The Sweeter the Crime has been selected for a workshop and a series of readings with Renaissance Theaterworks in Milwaukee.

The BR!NK award “is presented annually to Midwestern female playwrights to develop and advance their work.” I am one of two playwrights chosen this year; I’ll be spending a week there workshopping the play in August and will return in September for the readings. The full announcement is here.

Celebrity Exception in Ottawa

I spent a glorious weekend at the Ottawa Fringe Festival, catching up with my fellow touring artists and hanging out with the cast and crew of Celebrity Exception, which I managed to see three times. The actors were delightful and managed to do something new and surprising with every performance; they kept the audience laughing from start to finish.

Reviewers were also impressed. Mariette Delevallée of Apartment 613 called Celebrity Exception “hilarious,” “original,” “well-written,” and “naughty,” while Allan Mackey of On Stage said it “continually subverts what you’re expecting.”

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Chillin’ with the cast in front of our promo-poster.

Celebrity Exception
at Ottawa Fringe, June 17-28 2015
produced by Black Sheep Theatre
written by Katherine Glover
directed by Dave Dawson
starring Mike Kosowan, Robin Hodge, Jonah Lerner and Alexis Scott.

New Jobs, New Writing

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I came back from Chile and decided that, for the sake of future bike trips (which WILL happen), I should learn some stuff, so I got a job as a bike mechanic. Then the place where I’ve been a substitute ESL teacher for almost ten years offered me my own class, teaching four nights a week — so it’s been busy.

But my creative endeavors are not dead! I haven’t had nearly as much time for writing lately as I would like, but after next week I’ll only be working at the bike shop one day a week, and then I’ll have more time for the three new projects I’ve been batting around in my brain — two plays and a solo show.

I’ve also got work going up in June:

The One Minute Play Festival
June 20-21, 2015
Produced by Walking Shadow Theatre Company and the Southern Theater

Celebrity Exception, by Katherine Glover
at the Ottawa Fringe Festival
June 17-28, 2015
Produced by Black Sheep Theatre

Big Fun Radio Funtime
June 14, 2015
Produced by Fearless Comedy Productions

Up Next: Chile!

I’m finishing up the first draft of a new full-length play (currently titled “Forgotten Crimes”) and then heading to Chile for a six week bike trip on the Careterra Austral. By myself. Which is a little adventurous, even for me, but… I basically got tricked into it. Two friends of mine were going, friends who have done numerous bike treks before and absolutely know what they’re doing, and I was just tagging along. But then these friends had to bail, and by that point, I’d already bought the gear (new bike, ultra-light tent, etc), spent weeks training, and gotten super-stoked, so… I’m going.

I’ve got short pieces in two shows coming up in Minneapolis in December — the horror anthology Hennepin Avenue Nightmares and the live comedy podcast Big Fun Radio Funtime, and then I leave on January 5. (Burglars: I do have roommates, so don’t get excited). The plan is to return on February 12, so if you have a hard time getting in touch with me during that period, that is probably why.

Stealth Fame

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This was the program cover for the 2014 Ivey Awards. The same image was projected on the screen between acts. However, hardly anyone recognized me with my heavily-make-upped, uncharacteristic scowl, so I am calling it “stealth fame.” Everyone has seen my face; they just don’t realize it. (Though it has also been pointed out to me that, given the shirtless young man photoshopped in front of me, it’s possible no one was even looking at me in the first place.)

For comparison, here is me before the show with my storytelling buddy Ward Rubrecht, (who, when he’s not too busy winning every story slam in town, occasionally covers men’s fashion for local magazines).

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