Press release here.
Grateful to have just received the PEN/Laura Pels Emerging American Playwright Award!
Press release here.
We're doing a Ma-Yi Labfest reading of my new play "British Raj - Just the Fun Parts" on Sat Oct 28 at 3pm. In the Ma-Yi room: 260 W 35th St #203.
This is part 1 of a trilogy about colonialism I'm cowriting with Rehana Lew Mirza, commissioned by La Jolla Playhouse and supported through our joint Ma-Yi/Mellon Fellowship.
British Raj - Just the Fun Parts
5 Desis cover 350 years of history in 2 hours.
directed by Moritz von Stuelpnagel
With Samrat Chakrabarti, Nick Choksi, Sanjit DeSilva, Sanjiv Jhaveri, & Debargo Sanyal
To reserve a spot email firstname.lastname@example.org
Just announced: I'll be on a weeklong Creative Residency at SPACE on Ryder Farm!
I'm thrilled to announce I've just been named an inaugural recipient of the Lark Venturous Fellowship. I'll be in residence at the Lark over the next two years as I find a production home for my play Teenage Dick.
On May 1, my musical Bhangin' It will have a 29-hour workshop with Rhinebeck Writers Retreat. This is the first airing of the musical after 3 years of labor with my co-book writer Rehana Lew Mirza and our composer/lyricist Sam Willmott.
As seen in Variety, Teenage Dick will be headed to The O'Neill this summer after its workshop production at The Public.
On 4/24/16, the opening monologue to the play was featured in The New York Times as part of "Shakespeare's Deleted Scenes," a feature marking the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare's death.
Check the artwork from Jason Raish via the NYT!
March 24 - April 2
Teenage Dick (vaguely from Richard III) at the Public. Tickets available here: http://publictheater.org/en/Public-Theater-Season/Teenage-Dick/.
"A brilliantly hilarious take on Shakespeare’s classic tale of power lust, TEENAGE DICK reimagines the most famous disabled character of all time as a 16-year-old outsider in the deepest winter of his discontent: his junior year at Roseland High. Picked on because of his cerebral palsy (as well as his sometimes creepy Shakespearean way of speaking), Richard is determined to have his revenge and make his name by becoming president of the senior class. But as he manipulates and crushes the obstacles to his electoral success, Richard finds himself faced with a decision he never expected would be his to make: is it better to be loved or feared?
Tony-nominee Moritz von Stuelpnagel (Hand to God) directs Mike Lew’s (Tiger Style!) devastatingly funny, sharply written new play about perception, disability and the lengths we’re willing to go to rise above our station in life… and high school."
The world premiere of "Tiger Style!" is about to hit the Alliance in Atlanta, where I'm thrilled to be reunited with my longtime collaborator Moritz von Stuelpnagel and a killer cast including Francis Jue, Emily Kuroda, Bobby Labartino, Ruibo Qian, and Jon Norman Schneider.
Here's an article in American Theatre about the play.
Below is a photo from our load-in. We're starting up tech so I'll be spending a week in a dark theater going over light and sound cues in minute detail for 12 hours a day. In other words: HOME, glorious HOME.
Check us out if you're in Atlanta. The play runs Sep 30 - Oct 18.
Just got back from the Dramatists Guild Conference back home in San Diego. Here's what's up for the rest of the summer...
*The kind folks at Florida Studio Theatre are putting me up for a weeklong workshop of my play Teenage Dick. They've also (wisely) advised me to start using the play's subtitle: Teenage Dick (vaguely from Richard III). Stop by and say hi if you're in Sarasota.
*Sam Willmott and Rehana Lew Mirza and I are pressing on with creating our musical Bhangin' It. After a whirlwind session at The Orchard Project we're next moving on to Running Deer Musical Theatre Lab in Portland and the Rhinebeck Writers Retreat in upstate NY.