While life has been difficult in one way or another for just about everyone lately, I was recently reminded that it can also deliver nice surprises right when you need them.
About six weeks ago, I answered a call for submissions from a theatre company in the United Kingdom called INK. They were seeking two-minute duologue plays designed for radio.
I've certainly written very (very) short plays before, but not specifically geared for the radio. But I thought, what the heck. I'll give it a go.
I had a premise for the play, and the first draft took me roughly 30 minutes to write. I then returned to it the next day, made a few edits and then fired off my brand new two minute duologue, Finding Balance to INK.
To my surprise and delight INK selected the play for broadcast on BBC Radio Suffolk!
I don't believe any of my work has ever been performed by a U.K. theatre company before, so I was especially excited by the news.
The artistic team at INK and Jon Wright of Radio Suffolk who interviewed me after the play live (eek!) could not have been kinder, and the actresses, Jill Freud and Esther Freud (yes, they're related to THAT Freud) who performed the piece were terrific!
If you'd like to hear my very (very) short play followed by the interview, just click on the BBC Radio Suffolk logo at the top of this post. After a few seconds of earwormy dance music, Jon segues into his intro of the play.
Hope you enjoy it! 🤞
My second bike tour video that I produced in partnership with Village Preservation is now posted!
🚴♀️ In this latest short video I highlight examples of public art, monuments, and landmarks in the Greenwich Village area.
🚴♀️ The video also features SUPER interviews, including a special chat with UK-based professional sculptor Isabel Coulton and her delightful mum--who was Pablo Picasso's muse for "The Bust of Sylvette!" Sylvette (who now goes by Lydia) is, quite literally, an inspiration. You won't want to miss her! I also interview Michael Venturiello, the founder and highly knowledgeable lead tour guide of Christopher Street Tours.
🚴♀️ There is much to discover and enjoy in our neighborhoods, and I look forward to covering more meaningful downtown NYC sites in my next video.
🚴♀️ If you missed my first bike video, you can check it out HERE.
New York City and its people have a long history of heroism and resilience.
In this video I produced for the highly respected non-profit Village Preservation, I take you on a special bike tour that highlights downtown public art and landmarks that honor our past and resonate with our times today.
If you enjoy the video, please give it a “LIKE!"👍🚴🏼♀️
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.
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.
Thrilled to announce that I have been hired as an editor and contributor for the Clyde Fitch Report! I will be writing about leaders at all levels in the arts and politics who are making a difference as arts advocates, supporters and innovators.
Check out my inaugural post on the 2017 Spring Road Conference where I interview two top leaders in the Touring Broadway biz! And if you'd like more insights and info on the world of Broadway theater touring, please check out my blog, The Road 101 that I managed from 2009-2014.
And be sure to look for my next post on the CFR at the end of June! It's gonna be awesome!
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