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Friday, November 30, 2018

Portrait of Playwright and Director Robert OHara, and George Wolfe

For: J. O. H.
Portrait of Playwright Robert OHara, Main Stage, Playwrights Horizon, 2015
Play: Booty Candy
The Director and Playwright George Wolfe, 2006
at Home on 19th STreet

Wednesday, November 28, 2018

Portrait of Playwright Adriano Shaplin, The Riot Group, The Connelly Theater , 2011 x

Portrait of Playwright Adriano Shaplin, The Riot Group, The Connelly Theater, 2011

The Freedom Club

by  Adriano Shaplin

Directed by Whit MacLaughlin
Connelly Theater,
220 East 4th Street,
  • opening date January 6, 2011
  • Cast: Starring Drew Friedman, McKenna Kerrigan, Jeb Kreager, Mary McCool, Paul Schnabel, Adriano Shaplin and Stephanie Viola

Performed by Drew Friedman, McKenna Kerrigan, Jeb Kreager, Mary McCool, Paul Schnabel, Adriano Shaplin, Stephanie Viola

Costumes by Rosemarie McKelvey

Lights by Maria Shaplin

Sound by Whit MacLaughlin and Adriano Shaplin

Projection Design by Jorge Cousineau

Production Stage Manager: Emily Rea

“America, you need an actor to save you.”

Saturday, November 24, 2018

Playwright Donja R. Love, FIREFLIES, Atlantic Theater Company 2018

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Donja R. Love, 
Linda Gross Theater, Atlantic Theater Company


Written by DONJA R. LOVE

Directed by SAHEEM ALI


DEDE AYITE (Costume Designer)
DAVID WEINER (Lighting Designer)
JUSTIN ELLINGTON (Sound & Original Music)
 ALEX BASCO KOCH (Projection Designer)
RAJA FEATHER KELLY (Choreography).
CODY RENARD RICHARD (Production Stage Manager).
SARA SAHIN (Assistant Stage Manager)

Playwright Larissa Fasthorse, The Peter Jay Sharp Theater, Playwright Horizons, 2018

Playwright Larissa Fasthorse, 
The Peter Jay Sharp Theater, Playwright Horizons, 2018

The Thanksgiving Play
by Larissa Fasthorse
Directed by Moritz von Stuelpnagel

Jennifer Bareilles — Logan
Jeffrey Bean — Caden
Greg Keller — Jaxton
Margo Seibert — Alicia

Scenic Design: Wilson Chin
Costume & Puppet Design: Tilly Grimes
Lighting Design: Isabella Byrd
Sound Design: Mikaal Sulaiman
Production Stage Manager: Katie Ailinger
Assistant Stage Manager: Jenny Kennedy


Thursday, November 22, 2018

Playwrights Realm Playwright Jonathan Payne, The Red Stairs, Juillard, 2018

Playwrights Realm Playwright Jonathan Payne, The Red Stairs, Juillard, 2018

I’ll tell you a story about a friend of mine, before you all go. Long before he started receiving services, he had hit rock bottom. Spent nights on the streets wondering how he might take his own life. And one night he found it. He would walk into a hotel on the Lower East Side, take the elevator all the way to the top, and jump. And he did that. He jumped. And he died...for a minute. Now he suffers unbearable pain, but at least he can walk. Barely. And now he has services; therapy, a nice little studio apartment to call his own, a doctor, and when he recently caught COVID, he realized he had a new lease on life. He had never been so scared to die. For once in his miserable life he told me he wanted to live. 
I hope this works..?

Wednesday, November 21, 2018

The Artist Connie Reyes, 1983 x

The Artist Connie Reyes, 1983The Artist Connie Reyes 1983
married to Ronnie Bladen
published in the Brooklyn Rail

There was Connie Reyes A Tribute to Connie Reyes-Corrigan (1929–2006) by Margrit Lewczuk, Bill Jensen,

You showed us that a cat’s life was not so bad.
You said everything you do is about art.
You gave us all the courage and permission to be ourselves.
You could always see the absurdity of this life. 
you taught us the Umbrella Dance.
You made your sculpture move to the Tenor of the Time, Freedom and counterpoint. 
You taught us to laugh in the face of Tragedy.
You showed us that in Big Business a small fly can make a difference. 
You helped us remember the price of a skill saw blade. 
You did not pass us the Torch, you threw it at us.
With You went a great era. We will carry on.

by Margrit Lewczuk Bill Jensen

Sunday, November 11, 2018

Playwright Portrait, Will Eno, Excerpt from Thom Pain x

The playwright Will Eno 2006

Excerpt from
THOM PAIN (based on nothing)
by Will Eno

What a mysterious scene. And somewhere in the same night another youth bleeds between her legs, staring out a window, wondering whom to tell, wondering what to tell them. What a mystery. The onset of the breeding years. Growth. The cancers are almost all in place. Nature laughs last, ladies and gentlemen, laughs hardest and best and last, deep into the night, at you. But, think of it all. What a paradise, as I have said. What a surprise to have a body.

Saturday, November 10, 2018

Playwright Ian W. Hill, at the Brick Theater, Brooklyn, 2017 x

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Playwright Ian W. Hill, at the Brick Theater, Brooklyn,  2017

created by Gemini CollisionWorks
written, designed, and directed by Ian W. Hill
assisted by Berit Johnson
costumes by Holly Pocket McCaffrey

You took your picture of me on the set of my play ReFuse in 2017, so I have a quote from that, or rather two -- I prefer the second of these two, but if it's too long for your layout, the first is fine. Both spoken by the same character, The Engineer-Detective:

Once there was a Mother, and once there was a Father. There was something about this that made the units work. Can you do the math? There’s a problem here.
For every problem there’s a solution. 
And I held the solution in the palm of my hand.
My weapon was a tool of destiny, and I could fire individual events of creation with the slightest touch. It was easy, then, justice. And I had cornered the market in my corner market.
So I pulled the trigger, and a new world oozed onto the floor. 

Reaching one person is reaching an entire world. A hand pulls, and a step is taken. One more day, one more night. Voices in the air. The change occurs. We are altogether the same and in solitary we find the differences that matter. Just the attempt makes for a happy ending. The attempt is a heroic act. My hands are big enough to hold so many, to pull so many to the next step. I want to be joined in this. Voices in the next room. Has this ever happened? Every day. A reason to be in the room. It’s a job. The ethic is in the action. I’m a romantic. Futility makes strength. Get lost. I’m in it for the long haul. These decades are only a start. Voices from outside, and one could be mine. I’ve finished my homework. Lost. Open hearted and newly washed clean, I move forward. One could be mine. 

with John Amir*, Rolls Andre, David Arthur Bachrach*, Olivia Baseman*, Philip Cruise*, Ivanna Cullinan*, Linus Gelber, Amanda LaPergola, Leila Okafor, Alyssa Simon*, Anna Stefanic*, and Zuri Washington*part of Gemini CollisionWorks’ 20th Anniversary Season 

Friday, November 9, 2018

Elliott's Complement


Very interesting. You are the TS Elliot of Gotham City.

Best wishes,

Sunday, November 4, 2018

Sun Portraits from the Shift

Sun Portraits.
From behind the wheel. I pass through the streets. Where I am is arbitrary, my destination is not my determination. I am in a constant state of flux. 
I am looking for the ghost of Atget, through the distortion of the windshield, I see Kandinsky’s lost perfect paintings.
The rising sun hits my face, I take a picture. Feeling the heat on my skin, the blinding of my eyes, I behold the sustainer, redeemer and transformer, I follow from the east to west. Ending the day as the sun descends into the harbor. I go back to the lot and wait for its return.

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6:30 am, Atlantic Avenue, Brooklyn
9:15 am,  Central Park South
10:12 am,  Brooklyn Bridge,
11:15 am  7th Avenue & 36th Street
Noon, 54 Street & 7th Av.
1 pm,   50th and Broadway
1:30   Lexington Avenue  and 48th Street
2.30 pm   8th Avenue & 45th Street
3:30  7th Avenue & 38th  street
5.30 pm   West Side Highway, Hudson River

Saturday, November 3, 2018

Thursday, November 1, 2018