The Lilly Awards

I am not a person who likes being on a stage. In groups of more than 2 people, I attempt to become one with the back row. (OK, maybe 10 people. Being in a TV writers’ room has trained me for the better.) But the Lillys are an amazing celebration of women in theatre, of women creating networks of advocacy and support, of allies who show up to do the same. And if you’re going to fly back for an evening in NYC, the best company for that evening would be a room of playwright ladies like Marsha Norman, Julia Jordan, Sarah Ruhl, Jocelyn Bioh, and many many others.

The ladies of New Georges took this picture, because as producers they are full of forethought and quick on their feet: IMG_3119

This is the only other picture I have from the night, because Jessica Chase whisper-yelled to me & Jocelyn: “Take a selfie!!” Jess is also full of forethought. God bless the producers of the world. IMG_3114

First Prize for my interpretation of the role of Jen Silverman! IMG_3124 Just kidding, it’s the Stacey Mindich Go Write A Play commission. Best mandate ever.

Short Film Festival // Can’t Not Productions

Good things happen when you leave your computer and go look at the things other people have made. IMG_2858 For example, you run into theatre people you haven’t seen in ages. The last time I saw A.P., we were in New York. The last time I saw Evan, we were in the mountains of Idaho. IMG_0955 All roads lead to Los Feliz?

The Island Dwellers // Pub Day

Thank you to Allison Hunter and the crew at Janklow Nesbit, Caitlin McKenna and the crew at Random House, all of the beautiful people who celebrate, buy, and love books – and my friends, who made pub day a total delight with their texts, emails, and book-selfies. IMG_2560 Image-1-7

Powell’s Books // The Island Dwellers

When you’re scrolling through Powell’s Staff Picks (because where else do you procure new reading material as soon as your paychecks clear?) and you see your own book. Screen Shot 2018-04-26 at 10.43.26 AM In my two weeks at Portland Center Stage, I’d stop in on my way to rehearsal (morning) and my way home (evening.) I had to buy a giant bag, also from Powell’s, to get all the books back to New York. Takeaway: Powell’s is the one place on earth that can provide for all your needs, all the time. (And, thank you Lauren P.!)

Advance Hardcovers: Paperweights Plus!

Advance hardcovers showed up. If you’re my mom, then don’t worry, I have one for you. Otherwise, you can pre-order at Amazon, or (if you have feelings about Amazon), this Random House link has lots of other options like Powells.

Apparently pre-orders are really helpful for publishers, so – if you’re looking for reading material for the bar/ public transit / your bed, check it out. If you’re looking for heavy things to accumulate and then ship from city to city, I have you covered. If you have friends who like to read things, buy them a book! Or if you have friends who like to burn books, I’m told these are extremely flammable. IMG_2034