Another Jungle named Honorable Mention for the Relentless Award

Another Jungle received an Honorable Mention for the 2017 Relentless Award. From the American Playwriting Foundation:

Each year The American Playwriting Foundation receives roughly 1,000-2,000 submissions, in the three years since its inception. Narrowing down to just 8 top plays is an incredibly difficult, and sometimes heart breaking process. Since last year, we have featured a select additional group of scripts, that were given special recognition by our Subcommittee.

Another Jungle is one of just eleven Honorable Mentions. For more about the American Playwriting Foundation and the Relentless Award (which was established in honor of Philip Seymour Hoffman), you can visit their site.


Strange Heart Beating in Minneapolis

On Saturday, January 20, Strange Heart Beating will launch a new reading series at the Center for Performing Arts in Minneapolis. The ReClaim series uses plays to initiate conversations about social justice. The reading will be followed by small group conversations with facilitators from the Dispute Resolution Center of MN.

From CPFA’s website: “The ReClaim series supports artists who engage fiercely with the complex and contradictory nature of the human experience. We support audiences who yearn for greater personal engagement between works of art and the daily life of our community. With a focus on artists that reckon with social justice on a human scale, the post-presentation discussions are facilitated by skilled leaders in the creation of art and the seeking of justice.”

The reading begins at 7:30pm; admission is free. For more, visit CPFA’s site here.


A Magical Time in Minneapolis

Apartment 101 mixes an intimate magic show with a meditation on time. If you haven’t yet made your appointment with the unbelievable, you have until Halloween. Sparkle Theatricals has partnered with Blackstone Manor Clock Repair to create this immersive, site specific experience. Check out this preview in the Pioneer Press. Horology, kairos, and a hidden rabbit await…


Text by me.

17-18 Goodman Playwrights Unit

The 2017-2018 Goodman Playwrights Unit has been announced:

I’m delighted to be part of this incredibly exciting cohort! Works in process will be shared in the winter at Chicago Dramatists and readings of the new plays will occur at the Goodman next summer! I’m writing a play about Antarctic exploration, with more details coming soon…


Secret Agent Sunshine at Pillsbury House

It’s been my great pleasure to participate in the Chicago Avenue Project (CAP) at the Pillsbury House + Theatre this year. In the fall, I mentored a youth playwright who authored a play called STAR THE NARWHAL AND RAINBOW THE UNICORN. This spring I wrote a play called SECRET AGENT SUNSHINE for that same brilliant young artist to perform in. Both plays are set in Unicorn Land, and this second installment features espionage, an audit from the IRS (the Interesting Recipe Service), and a suspicious dragon.

Minnesotans, the piece will perform along with the rest of the CAP plays May 14 and 15. Join us at Pillsbury House + Theatre for a lot of glitter and some majestic unicorn galloping. Find all the info here!