I first met Anna Van Valin when we were both working on Eschaton Cabaret a few years ago, and I was nothing short of thrilled when I encountered her again at NY Madness, and convinced her to be in my play– a play I hadn’t written yet. Anna is head of the NYMACo, also known […]Read More Profile: Anna Van Valin, head of NYCMACo.
I have this old friend who says “I will not apologize for that.” It could be anything, it could be his taste in music, or ambrosia salad, could be his mid-west attitude, sometimes off-putting, always honest. “I will not apologize for that.” When I first started producing my own work, it was a bit classless […]Read More No apologies
For a while I wanted to be an actress. I changed my mind when it turned out I liked making up the words better than saying someone else’s. That’s a lie. I changed my mind when I was studying acting at Strasberg conservatory in high school and one of the instructor guys said I shouldn’t […]Read More being in plays > sidewalk tantrums < skin and bones
You may not know that the Statue of Liberty Ellis Island Foundation runs an Actor’s Equity show on Ellis Island. Every year, someone writes a play about the immigrant experience, and then someone casts it and directs it, and then a half dozen actors switch off performing it like 8 times a day, 7 days […]Read More Put a twist on it: Mary Sheridan on broads on the boards
A play I wrote, called “Animal/Animal,” was published by Smith & Kraus in this anthology. So that’s fun! “Animal/Animal” is one of my favorite 10-minute plays that I’ve written, and primarily because of Sticky, I’ve written over 70 since 2000. The play begins: Ali: I slept with a homeless person last night. Lindsay: I slept […]Read More Here’s fun.