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I dig jazz and single-malt scotch.  I write plays; I direct them too. I love STAR WARS more than is healthy. I walk my dogs every day, unless it's raining or terribly cold.

Wednesday, March 28, 2007

The Baldwin New Play Fest (Elvis will be in the building April 28)


New Play Staged Reading – In Search of a Better Life with Elvis
By Kato McNickle
Directed by TBA
157 Galbraith Theatre
LIMITED SEATING / NO LATE SEATING

April 28 Saturday Morning 10 am


Baldwin New Play Festival at UCSD (bnpf)

The Baldwin New Play Festival at UCSD (bnpf) produced annually by the UCSD Theatre and Dance Department in late April, focuses the resources and creative energies of the entire department on premiering three or more full-length and one-act plays written by students in the UCSD MFA Playwriting Program.

This season’s bnpf ‘07 includes three fully staged full-length plays, one one-act play, and a possible reading of a new play with an African-American theme chosen from nation-wide submissions. For additional information on the Baldwin New Play Festival and a Ticket Order Form click on this link:
bnpf'07 schedule and Ticket Order Forms

Alice Wonders seeks collaborating artists for June 07

Photos from The Orpheus Project in 2006






Alice Wonders

June 16, 2007 @ 4 PM
@ The Dragons Egg

Ledyard, Connecticut

The 4th annual Midsummer Narrative Assemblage Event will be derived from Alice in Wonderland. Participants will gather @ 10 AM on June 16th to assemble the material and run-thru the staging.

Each artist creates their own piece, with or without others. On the performance day itself, we see what we see! The Egg may be available for rehearsal beforehand (please contact Marya for more info).

Past summers have explored text themes from Dante's Inferno, Faust, and the story of Orpheus and Eurydice. Expressions have taken the form of sculpture, theatre, dance, belly dancing, dramatic reading, a labyrinth, a walk through a dark woods, dramatic movement, poetry, music, puppetry, amazing work, using all parts of the Egg and its environs.

This summer the theme will be - in an odd sort of keeping with the Underworld theme that has emerged these past few years: Alice in Wonderland. As you may recall, you use the text as your source of inspiration in the creation of a piece, be it dance, music, theatre, puppetry, sculpture, poetry, other.

Each piece, no matter the number of artists involved in it, is limited to 5 minutes! Be in touch with me about your ideas, and I shall try to link you to others who might like to collaborate in some way, if you like - in past years there have been a number of sections that involved artists who did not know each other beforehand, and the resulting work was wonderful, rich, delightful, challenging.

Contact Marya

Tuesday, March 27, 2007

2 new anthologies feature cool plays and scribes


Two brand-new play anthologies from Playscripts, Inc.. You can read excerpts of all plays online for free.

Special offer: Save 10% off any book in our catalogue when you order online before April 15 -- simply use coupon code SPRINGTIME when prompted.

Humana Festival 2006: The Complete Plays (30th Anniversary Edition)

"If you have any doubt that regional theatre in America is vital and thriving, then you missed this year's Humana Festival of New American Plays."
--Newsweek

Humana 2006: The Complete Plays collects all ten plays produced at Actors Theatre of Louisville during the 30th anniversary season of the Humana Festival of New American Plays. The seven full-length plays and three ten-minute plays in this anthology encompass many of the most eclectic and exciting new voices in theater today.

Three Guys and a Brenda by Adam Bock
Natural Selection by Eric Coble
Low by Rha Goddess
Act A Lady by Jordan Harrison
Sovereignty by Rolin Jones
Listeners by Jane Martin
Hotel Cassiopeia by Charles L. Mee
The Scene by Theresa Rebeck
Six Years by Sharr White
Neon Mirage by Liz Duffy Adams, Dan Dietz, Rick Hip-Flores, Julie Jensen, Lisa Kron, Tracey Scott Wilson, and Chay Yew


Funny, Strange, Provocative: Seven Plays from Clubbed Thumb

"This anthology represents the jazziest, most edgy writers in contemporary American drama today." --Paula Vogel

Funny, Strange, Provocative includes seven plays produced by Clubbed Thumb, the Obie Award-winning downtown New York City theater company that burst onto the new play scene in 1996. Edgy and thought-provoking, each play is funny, strange, and provocative in surprising, widely varying ways -- including an apartment that both adores and despises its inhabitants in Crumble (Lay Me Down, Justin Timberlake), a metropolitan housewife who senses that something is watching her in 16 Spells to Charm the Beast, and a group of traveling freak show performers who reveal a deep humanity underneath their crowd-drawing deformities in Freakshow, with other inventive stories.

The Typographer's Dream by Adam Bock
Crumble (Lay Me Down, Justin Timberlake) by Sheila Callaghan
Demon Baby by Erin Courtney
16 Spells to Charm the Beast by Lisa D'Amour
Inky by Rinne Groff
Dearest Eugenia Haggis by Anne Marie Healy
Freakshow by Carson Kreitzer

Thursday, March 15, 2007

ELVIS IN THE BUILDING


This is a bit from a press release for a play of mine that will be honored as part of the bnpf at the end of April. --Kato
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SAN DIEGO: Kato McNickle is the winner of this year’s African American Playwriting Contest awarded by the University of California San Diego. Her play, IN SEARCH OF A BETTER LIFE WITH ELVIS, will be presented as a staged reading at the end of April as part of the Baldwin New Play Festival at UCSD.

The Baldwin New Play Festival at UCSD (bnpf) produced annually by the UCSD Theatre and Dance Department in late April, focuses the resources and creative energies of the entire department on premiering three or more full-length and one-act plays written by students in the UCSD MFA Playwriting Program.
 
This season’s bnpf ‘07 includes three fully staged full-length plays, one one-act play, and a reading of a new play with an African-American theme chosen from nation-wide submissions. Invited literary agents, playwrights and artistic managers from New York, Chicago, Cleveland, Louisville, Minneapolis, Washington D.C., Los Angeles, and San Francisco fly in each year to be among the first to get a sneak peak at the literary giants of tomorrow.

In Search of a Better Life with Elvis is a four-character play that finds a nineteen-year-old young woman on a mission to make peace with her father, a deceased Elvis impersonator who forgot he wasn’t really Elvis. Jezzy has heard an ancient voice calling “Memphis”, so she took off to Tennessee with her father’s ashes, and a plan to give him the gift of his favorite Elvis song. The problem is the voice really meant Egypt, and Jezzy doesn’t know a soul in Memphis. Off-track from the get-go, Jezzy is intent on laying her father to rest, even if it means stealing her mother’s car, trading it for a guitar, and ignoring the lady in the moon calling to her.

Monday, March 12, 2007

ELVIS won a prize


My play IN SEARCH OF A BETTER LIFE WITH ELVIS has been selected as the 2007 winner of the African American Playwriting Award and will be presented as a reading at the end of April as part of the Balwin New Play Festival at the University of California in San Diego.

Pretty cool, huh?

It means I'll have to miss the last day classes at Brown, but I'll figure all of that out.

The photo is from a workshop of the play a coupla years ago at Wake Forest University in North Carolina.