The only organization in the world for which I would let myself write a short play to order in 20 minutes, then hand it over un-spellchecked to be performed immediately in front of an audience. Lynn Rosen’s technique for luring playwrights away from the computers:
1) come into the room where you’re writing, tell you gently that you’ve reached time
2) distract you, by waving handfuls of chocolate and a bottle of whiskey
3) while you’re distracted, some stealth ninja sneaks in, prints your play, and is gone.
Discussing the fate of the known world with playwright Basil Kreimendahl.
Playwrights Mashuq Mushtaq Deen and Melisa Tien artistic direct Portrait of A Young Man Reading Beckett: The end results: The young man in question, playwright Matt Freeman, then went on to read an impeccable Hamm to our Clovs, Nells, and Naggs.
When you’ve been working on a play for 3 years, seen it through its first 2 productions, are preparing it for publication… and FINALLY know how it should end.
Sheltering from 93 degrees and a subway that smells like the inside of a lizard. It’s always so good to come home.
Haute couture courtesy of Kate (and Elly) Rigg, Max Vernon courtesy of himself.
Back when I still thought Mike Donahue was bringing me snacks…
[photo by Wyatt Fenner, aka June Miller]
From June in Berkeley to December in New York. Draft 2 of NINCEST! Photo and caption courtesy of our good Fraulein Max Vernon, who bought bright red metal-spiked shoes on HIS lunch-break at jury-duty. (For the sake of comparison, I bought lentil soup on mine.)
when your building management co sends an exterminator who shows up in shorts & a t-shirt, is somehow more scared of the wasps than you are (“Girl, you go first”), and who refuses to approach the wasp nest close enough to spray it. “Girl I don’t wanna get stung, yo,” he says, with impeccable logic. Followed up by: “So hey, you single?”
On the flip side, MIRACULOUS is when New Dramatists gives you the keys to a calm safe haven (called, appropriately, Seventh Heaven) so that you can shelter from the storm and keep your eyes on your laptop instead of your wasps.
Meet Amanda. She’s been hanging out for the past few days.