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In Case of Emergency

It’s been a couple of weeks since the crazy busy exhausting weekend of the WoW Festival in La Jolla! Here are shots of the amazing company, Amy Ellenberger, Emma Zakes Green and Daniel Rubiano, who worked in a garage in sweltering heat, helmed by director Deena Selenow. I don’t know if I’ve ever worked with such a congenial, collaborative group of human beings. So grateful to spend the weekend in La Jolla bringing this play to life! Photos by Jim Carmody.

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Without Walls

I’m thrilled to announce that Chalk Rep is taking my latest full-length IN CASE OF EMERGENCY to the La Jolla Playhouse Without Walls Festival, October 9-11. There will be 5 performances of the 90-minute piece, in the garage of a private home just a few blocks from the Playhouse. If you can’t make it to La Jolla, Chalk is also planning an LA run for Spring 2015.

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Thanks to all who came out to see Right To Post this past weekend in Chalk Rep’s FLASH Festival! And especially to the lovely Vi Flaten and Hilary Ward (pictured above) for their performances, and director Andrew Borba for taking such good care of the play in my absence.

Please check out Noah Nelson’s lovely write up on the FLASH Festival on Bitter Lemons.

Right To Post

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It’s FLASH Festival time for Chalk Repertory Theatre. This year, we’ve partnered with a brand new luxury apartment building downtown to create short plays on the theme of community. My brand new piece Right to Post explores the media response to racist acts by law enforcement, and the consequences or reporting – or not reporting – what we see. Right to Post stars Hilary Ward and Vi Flaten and is directed by Andrew Borba. It will be featured in the first weekend of the festival – October 9, 10, and 11 at 8PM. Tickets and more info at www.chalkrep.com

Paleontologists in Love

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Long overdue, here is the artwork from my last endeavor, a short play entitled Skins and Bones which appeared in Chalk Rep’s latest production at the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County. Skins and Bones is set in the African Mammal Hall in 1929, and dramatizes a romantic moment from the museum’s history – a love story between paleontologists Hildegard Howard and Henry Anson Wilde. The PDF of the short play has been added to this site as well. As always, please let me know if you’re using it for anything.

Over in a FLASH

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I just wrapped production of another successful FLASH Festival with Chalk Repertory Theatre, this time at the Page Museum at the La Brea Tar Pits. We invited 15 playwrights to write plays inspired by the exhibits at the museum, and perform them in and around the exhibits, over the course of three weekends. The shows were sold out every night, with a slew of successful, drama-free collaborations. I’ve been in love with the museum ever since I moved to LA in 2012, so much so that I had the character Julie in Hell Money work at the gift shop there. So of course I couldn’t resist writing one myself this time. It’s called EVOLUTION, and I’ve just posted it to the “plays” section of this site.

GUEST BLOGGING

Two of my good playwright friends recently asked me to guest blog on their pages about balancing writing and parenting. I was hesitant to do both at first, not sure I would have enough to say, but when I sat down to write the pieces I found there were two sides to the coin that I wanted to discuss. So here are the two companion pieces:

http://www.thechatandchewsupperclub.com/2012/08/writers-blocks-ruth-mckee.html

http://lpontius.com/guest-blog-ruth-mckee-enjoy-the-writing/

The third part in the series is my short play EVOLUTION, coming up in Chalk Rep’s FLASH Festival this September.

RUBBER ROOM Readings in LA and NYC

My newest play THE RUBBER ROOM has a couple of developmental readings coming up this month. The first is in Santa Monica, CA, and it’s actually a workshop culminating in a series of 6 staged readings at the Miles Playhouse. It is a co-production between West of Broadway and Santa Monica Rep, directed by Jen Bloom, who I worked with on HELL MONEY last year, and stars the incredible team of Stephanie Manglaras, Elia Saldana, Brian Slaten and Carey Upton. Performances May 4, 5, 11, 12, 18 and 19. Tickets $10, info at http://www.westofbroadway.org And right after this is over I head to NYC for a reading of the play at Urban Stages, on May 22, at 6PM! Directed by Shelley Butler with a whole new team. So excited to be be delving into this one, and thrilled to be working with both Jen and Shelley once again.