My interview with Matt Williams is now one of my new favorites.
In our in-depth exchange, the veteran sitcom writer-producer -- and playwright -- opens up about his career path and his widely publicized "epic battle" with Roseanne back in the day and how that ultimately led him to his next best thing.
Williams seems like he will always be a playwright at heart, though, despite his TV success. And, as he prepares for the Off-Broadway world premiere of his latest play, Actually, We're Fu**ked at the historic Cherry Lane Theatre, he describes the impulses that drove him to write the piece and why this "old white guy" thinks he has the perspective to tell a story about four potentially "fu**ed" Millennials.
Backstage.com recently included Mad Libs Live! in a feature publicizing an upcoming production of the show near Austin, Texas!
What's so extra super-cool about this production, though? The cast may include kids as young as 14! I don't think any MLL productions have cast kids so far, but it's an exciting idea on all kinds of levels and I look forward to more young talent participating in future productions!
In the meantime...put on your cowboy _____! Texas! Yee-haw!
This column on the Jackie Robinson Museum is one of my favorites to date because I am so excited for the museum and all it will represent. I also learned a lot about the amazing Jackie Robinson Foundation, which has been sponsoring wonderful programs for decades.
The Jackie Robinson Museum won't open until December 2019, but there will be related events in NYC and throughout the country all year in commemoration of Jackie Robinson's 100th birthday (January 31) and in celebration of the museum's opening.
National Yiddish Theatre Folksbiene’s production of Fiddler On The Roof will transfer to an Off-Broadway, commercial run this January. Find out in my exclusive interview with CEO of NYTF Chris Massimine why this special production and NYTF's other cultural outreach strategies could be an essential antidote for our current social and political climate.
How exciting it was to have Mad Libs Live! perform at The Bushnell last month to a packed crowd of excited kids! This was the first of several engagements the show will play in the 2018-2019 season ahead of the full tour that begins in the Fall of 2019.
For more info on where we will be playing, or to book the show, please contact our friends over at Off Broadway Touring!
What a pleasure it was to interview Mike Hot-Pence (aka actor and activist Glen Pannell) for my latest column for The Clyde Fitch Report.
Don't know who Mike Hot-Pence is?? Really?? Well you should! Find out all about MHP, his current gig as "bad twin" VP Pence in a new musical comedy currently playing in NYC and his latest charity work as we head into the midterms here!
It was hard to pin down this mover and shaker -- and dancer -- but after doing a bit of my own hustle, I got my long sought after interview for The Clyde Fitch Report with the indefatigable New York Council Speaker Corey Johnson.
A fast-rising star in local NYC politics, Johnson had a lot to say about the state our country is in and what he thinks America can -- and should -- ultimately be.
"Great moments in activism come from desperate times. We’re in one of those times now, and I hope everyone will join me in taking up the fight, because it’s too important not to."
To read more about what's on Johnson's mind and what he hopes to accomplish, please check out this candid profile here.
I have a love-hate relationship with summer. Especially July.
Inevitably, summer for me -- and July is always the worst -- is a frustrating time, as much as it can be relaxing. Life slows down (because it does) and it feels like it slows down even more because of the humidity. And I find my brain slows down, too.
I tell myself now that this is what summer is all about and to just chill. Don't fight the slo-mo reality. Now that I'm more mindful of my sluggishness during the summer, I don't beat myself up about it as much.
To mitigate my frustration and creative blocks, I now proactively view summer as an annual opportunity to give myself permission to take a solid break from constant writing and idea-generating. I use this time to explore other things I like to do, or want to learn more about and to open my world a bit more. I see this exploration as a form of zooming out and it usually helps me to see things anew from this vantage point, which can often be pretty exciting.
No matter what kind of creative animal you are, if you're feeling a little blocked or your creative spark needs just a little bit of fueling, consider trying some of these super useful tips that I found at the website Creative Boom to get your mojo up and running again.
For my other useful "Tips To Go" posts on adaptation rights and task management, please click here and here!
Wanted to take this opportunity to congratulate my insanely talented sister Lisa Rothstein on her VERY exciting New Yorker cartoon debut! (Up to over 95k+ likes on Instagram!)
Lisa has been plugging away at her art for many years, so this is without question well-deserved on both an artistic level and a grit level.
Keep at it folks, be patient and trust, and, when the time is right -- it will come!
In the meantime, please check out Lisa's very timely and "tweetable" Trump/Kim cartoon HERE!
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