What I’m Doing in July

Show photo1. Jumpin’ Jack Kerouac, July 31 – August 10, Minneapolis, MN
I’m in a dance show! At the Minnesota Fringe! The fabulous Windy Bowlsby, who created the hit dance show “Boogie-ography” at the 2012 Minnesota Fringe, has challenged herself to choreograph a group of writers and make us look good. And she seems to be succeeding — I’ve seen some of the pieces I’m not in, and they look adorable. At the Rarig Proscenium; see more details at the Fringe website.

2. This or That, Annapolis, MD
The Colonial Players is producing Alien Love Triangle as part of its 2014 Summer One-Act Play Festival, “This or That.” The festival has two groups of plays — one called “This” and one called “That,” and ALT is part of “That,” which plays on July 18, 20, 24, & 26. It is directed by Lelia TahaBurt and described as “a tongue-in-cheek, sci-fi farce taking place on an alien planet.” I can’t be there, unfortunately, but they have promised to send pictures.

3. Revising ‘The Man in Her Dreams’ for October production!
Freshwater Theatre is producing The Man in Her Dreams this fall so I’m working on some edits of the script before they start rehearsals. The show will run October 4-18 at Nimbus Theatre; I’ll post details as we get closer to the date.

4. Updating my website
Finally. It had been awhile. Oops.

What I’m Doing in February

Billy Markham promo photo1. Fast and Furious, January 31 – February 1, Spokane, Washington
Stage Left Theater selected a monologue of mine, “Some Last-Minute Wedding Vow Revisions,” for their short play festival. I can’t be there, unfortunately, but I’m hoping they post a video…

2. SlamMN Erotica Tournament, February 13-15, Kieran’s Irish Pub, Minneapolis
This annual poetry slam has been happening for years, but this is the first time it will be a full-on, multi-day tournament, so I just had to throw my name in the hat and compete. More info.

3. Minneapolis One-Minute Play Festival, February 15-16, Mixed Blood Theatre
I wrote two plays for this one. More info.

4. PROMPT: Sweet Sorrow, February 22, Black Forest Inn, Minneapolis
This is the first in Story Arts of Minnesota’s PROMPT series, which features stories based on, inspired by, or tangentially related to various classic works; this show is Romeo and Juliet. I helped produce the series, and I’m hosting this one. More info.

5. Minneapolis Encyclopedia Show, February 23, Kieran’s Irish Pub, Minneapolis
I’m performing this month; the theme is “Punctuation.” More info.

6. Rogue Festival, February 27 – March 7, Fresno, California
Finally, I’m getting away from Minnesota, where, as I post this, it is currently 43 degrees below zero. I’ll be performing The Devil and Billy Markham by Shel Silverstein.

What I’m Doing in January

So many different things going on in January! Here are the highlights…

1. Celebrity Exception
Black Sheep Theatre in Ottawa, Ontario, has commissioned me to write a one-act, Celebrity Exception.

2. Theatre Unbound’s 24:00:00 Xtreme Theatre Smackdown
January 11, 2014, 8:00pm
The Woman’s Club of Minneapolis
410 Oak Grove Street

I’m writing for this once again, which means that on Friday, January 10, at 9pm, I go into a building and am not allowed to leave until I have written, with a partner, a brand new 10-minute play incorporating elements that will not revealed until I get there. On Saturday morning, while I am sleeping off a long night, the producer assigns directors and actors to each script, and they rehearse frantically until the show starts that night. It is one of my favorite theater events in the Twin Cities. You can buy your tickets here.

3. One-Minute Play Festival
I’ve also been asked to writing something for the 2nd Annual Minneapolis One-Minute Play Festival, which will be held at Mixed Blood Theater on February 15 & 16.

4. The Devil and Billy Markham, by Shel Silverstein
Last but not least, I start rehearsals for this show — the first time in ages I’m performing something I didn’t write. Ben Layne is directing and I’m performing it at the Rogue Festival, February 27 – March 8 in Fresno, California.

A Blurry Photo from the Reading

The reading was at Nimbus Theatre in Minneapolis and I took this dark and terrible photo of this bright and amazing cast:
MIHD reading
From left to right: Ariel Leaf as Izzy/stage directions; Katie Starks as Megan Shepard; Joy Dolo as Gloria Woods; Khary Jackson as Jabari Woods; Mame Pelletier as Nikki Woods; Scot Moore as Detective Jack Louis/Martin Fisher; and Mickaylee Shaughnessy as Prosecutor/stage directions.

More news on this play coming soon…

The Calof Series at Patrick’s Cabaret

I am performing at Patrick’s Cabaret in a new series named after the late Joan Calof, a lovely woman who I had the honor of sharing the stage with in Two Chairs Telling about a year before she died.

PHOTO: Joan Calof

From the Patrick’s Cabaret website:

Joan Calof performed monologues and plays, and often sang at Red Eye Theatre, Cheap Theatre, The Playwrights’ Center, and Patrick’s Cabaret. She won several awards for her work, including a Loft Creative Nonfiction Award and a Playwrights’ Center Jones Commission. She was adventurous in her performances, her many travels, and in all her intellectual pursuits. When she passed away last winter she left a generous gift to Patrick’s Cabaret with instructions that it support programming and not be spent on a tribute. By naming this new series after her we’re able to do both.

Each evening will feature two spoken word/storytelling artists and two singer/songwriters to present works-in-progress to an audience that will be encouraged to offer feedback via dialogue with the performers. In addition, throughout the evening we’ll be offering free coffee and baked goods from our wonderful neighborhood sponsors: Peace Coffee & Birchwood Cafe.

The Calof Series
Thursday, October 3, 7:30pm
Patrick’s Cabaret

3010 Minnehaha Ave. S., Minneapolis

Spoken Word/Storytelling Artists:
Katherine Glover and Howard Lieberman

Singer/Songwriters:
John Fenner and Nikki Matteson

The Encyclopedia Show

Upcoming performances:

The Minneapolis Encyclopedia Show, is a “live variety extravaganza of curated fact-based art” every month at Kieran’s Irish Pub. Each show has a different theme, and for the 2013-2014 season, I plan to research and write some comical, slightly dirty, completely true, historical story for each of these shows:

Sunday, September 22: Periodic Table of Elements
Sunday, October 20: Civil Wars
Sunday, November 17: Village of St. Louis Park
Sunday, December 15: Exercise
Sunday, February 23: Punctuation
Sunday, April 13: Spices

All shows are at Kieran’s Irish Pub
601 1st Ave N, Minneapolis, MN
$10 Cover/$8 Students or with MN Fringe Button
7:00 Doors/7:30 Show

There are three other shows where I will most likely not be performing: Brains (January 26); Video Games (March 23); and Flightless Birds (May 18).