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.

Good Night Phoebe

Last night of PHOEBE!

When Mike Donahue’s coffee, fruit, and sandwich are not available for my creative marauding, there is no choice but to turn his flesh into art. They don’t call him Old Elephant Hands for nothing! IMG_0423 Every night after the show, the stage is a wash of bloody bathwater, meat, and peas. And then our heroic team of PAs and stage management make it presentable again…
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The Money’s In The Banana Stand

No sandwich? No problem, Mike Donahue. As you turn away to give notes to the actors, your unguarded fruit will suffice. photo (13) After our run-through, we head to the Biergarten to listen to the playlist our sound designer Stowe Nelson has cooked up.

Christine Scarfuto dramaturgs the sound cues while Mike Donahue practices being ridiculously good-looking.

Christine Scarfuto dramaturgs the sound cues while Mike Donahue practices being ridiculously good-looking.

And now that PHOEBE is about to head into tech…I’m heading to Texas for a few days at Kitchen Dog Theater, with the NNPN Conference. Homeland of all cowboy boots!