I started a theatre company! But it's a really hard time to be a theatre company! So we're kicking off with a weekly podcast since it isn't safe to perform in person yet. PTAC's Audio Drama series is a weekly podcast that is a cross between an old timey-radio show and an audiobook.
After two and a half years of work -- recording and editing some 300 hours of audio with dozens of actors -- I have started releasing the second season of my audio drama. Nineteen episodes (including a forthcoming seven part epic set between 1994 and 2023), 120 speaking roles, and I wrote nearly a thousand pages. The series involves parallel universes, wisecracking demons, revolutionaries, exuberant aliens fond of American nostalgia, and, above all, an examination of love and empathy.
Remember this question about being a Queer Lady Magician? It's real now. Coming to a Melbourne Fringe near you. [more inside]
I've been working with this Toronto-based theatre company for nearly seven years now, and it has always been a pipe dream to bring our creations to NYC. And now it's finally happening! [more inside]
Radical creative collective Hungry Bitches Productions (who I am super pleased to write for) are currently selling tickets for a three day concert run of our new musical, Americana. It's showing in Theatre Royal Stratford East, London, and to promote the show, we have released a music video (linked above) and a single from the show (on spotify). If you live in London, please have a look and see if you want to come along. If you live elsewhere in the world, please enjoy some cool free music.
A history of a once-famous, now-mostly-forgotten character from Civil War-era New York. Mose the Fireboy was a Bowery B'hoy, volunteer fireman, and butcher who appeared in a series of plays starring Frank Chafrau, and ended up being one of the iconic characters of the era, as well as one of the inspirations for Bill the Butcher in "Gangs of New York." [more inside]
My look at the early days of Omaha theater, back when it was a frontier town, its amusements were questionable, and vice was rampant, with occasional forays into more recent performing arts misbehavior. [more inside]
I have been blogging about the creation of my latest play, a Doctor Who-themed romantic comedy called "Who Are You Supposed to Be?" that is set to debut at the Edinburgh Fringe in August. There are five posts about the project on my blog so far, tagged appropriately. We are also running a fundraiser and there is an IRL event for the show.
My NYC-based theatre company will be producing Shakespeare's "Hamlet" in April, and I've decided to post my notes about the process online. If you'd like to read from the beginning, start here. [more inside]
"The Last Dreams of Helene Weigel or How to Get Rid of the Feminism Once and for All" - The Voice hated us, but I love it. I, under my non-Metafilter name Tom Swirly, am playing Berthold Brecht. Four more performances at Surreal Estate in Bushwick, come and see! You can pre-purchase tickets online...