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.
There’s a pervasive feeling among many directors and playwrights that actors are tools. The feeling is that actors are malleable, that they are there to do as they’re told, move as they are instructed, say the words as written, memorize the lines, perform as commanded. This is a mistake. I was in rehearsal on Saturday […]Read More Listen to your actors
I’ve been reading mystery novels. I read mystery novels when I’m tense. Last week I was tense. On top of the show I just felt like not such a great mom. Primarily because I wasn’t around. We barely got to spend time together at all. I know he had a great time with the babysitter, […]Read More Love and Time Travel: themes of Madness
It was a great feeling to perform my play last night. After our rehearsal Monday I said that this was it, that I’d never produce this play, or any other of my plays, ever again. That I was finished. Last night, after finishing our mini run in Festival of the Offensive, I realized that I […]Read More Puff post and Madness for dessert
NY Madness is tonight, and I’m super glad to be involved. The deal is that the writers are given a theme, have a few days to write a seven minute play on that theme, then a few more days to hash it out with a director and actors before its presented. The theme was “light […]Read More NY Madness: in which I have a play