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A Very Merry Round-Up

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A Very Merry Round-up of Mariah MacCarthy’s “Safeword”

By  Isaac Rathbone

‘Twas the last night of our cycle, at Local 138

The members were stirring, to hear a play that was great.

The pints were poured by the bartenders with care,

In hopes that great tips would find a way there.

The playwrights were excited all snug in our seats,

Because Mariah writes plays like 80s Hip-Hop drops beats.

Gina finished her pizza, Natalie locked up her bike.

Jen Browne wrapped up her conversation with Ike.

When out of the actors’ lips arose clatter,

Clever lines about blogs and child poop splatter!

The piece had a tone that’s hardly absurd,

and happens in real time, this play called “Safeword.”

The pacing was steady, yet hardly didactic.

It also features an on-stage prophylactic.

When what to our wondering ears did we hear?

Characters who speak with love, caution and fear.

With dialogue that drives so lively and real,

MacCarthy’s play hit us right in the feels.

More rapid than eagles, the actors dove in,

And cried and shouted and made us all grin.

“I love you! I hate you!  And I sometimes don’t care!

But you’re making me hot in that new underwear!

To the bedroom, I say, and make no escape,

Let us now role-play a fantasy rape!”

So on through the pages, the readers they flew

With a play full of joys and sadness too-

And then, in a twinkling, “Safeword” came to a close,

With all of us pondering the characters’ woes.

We said our goodbyes to the acting duet,

Matthew and Briana, we shall never forget.

We stretched and we peed and then went straight to work,

Giving Mariah feedback without being a jerk.

We answered her questions as best as we could

with Liz Lerman’s structure always understood.

Then grabbing our coats and paying our tabs,

We left the Lower East Side by trains, bikes and cabs.

You could hear us exclaim, ere we rode out of sight,

“Happy Christmas to all, from the L.R.R. playwrights!”

Weekly Round-Up – Annie and the Fat Man

Gina FemiaIt’s the return of the weekly round-up and what a fabulous return it shall be.   Tuesday, October 6, Gina Femia brought us Annie and the Fat Man, a charming and engaging new play featuring a fabulous array of wonderful, layered characters.  Gina also packed in a amazing group of actors last night, Maki Borden, Stacey Raymond, Kyle Carter, and Erin Chung , keep your eyes peeled for anything remotely connected to these fabulous actors as there will be no regrets.

Things to know from Tuesday!

  1. We welcomed back a few LRR playwrights who had been inactive in previous cycles, Tim Errickson and Mila Golubov we missed your voices in the room, so glad to have you back! Reunited and it feels soo good. 
  2.  As a collective we feel that Kyle Carter would triumph in a one-man show where he portrays all three sisters in Chekhov‘s Three Sisters. (This will be news to Kyle)
  3. When our playwright powers combine it only takes us about two tries to notice a room has been redecorated.
  4. Gina Femia can write some killer stage directions, poetic even.
  5. No matter how small a balcony is, it’s still a balcony, and presumably outside, so we’ll take it okay, we’ll take it, even if it the only view is of the building right next door.

That’s about it, we came, we drank, we heard a great play, met some new actor types, and went off into the night dreaming of next Tuesday when Isaac Rathbone brings in a new play for us to digest.

The Monthly Wash VII

Summer was, no surprise, VERY busy and September is already off to Florida for the winter.  There has been a lot of adventuring and lot of writing since our last Wash!  Here’s a little recap of our annual summer retreat and the first entry from a new series, Playwright on the Run, featuring reports from our playwrights as they go off into the world spreading their seeds of creativity.  Our first report comes from LRR playwright and co-founder Natalie Wilson.  We, of course, as always start our wash with some fabu LRR playwright events and projects you should be checking out!


FROM LATHER RINSE REPEAT | CREATIVE SOCIAL MEDIA

What’s a hashtag? Do you need one? Can you reach out to theaters and gatekeepers via social media? Should you?

These questions and many more–ranging from the most basic to the more high level–will be discussed in depth at this fun workshop on social media and the creative artist. We’ll also focus on best practices and examples of playwrights who have built new relationships online and raised the visibility of their work.

Full line-up to be announced so check our website for event and ticket details.

October 22 , 7:30pm to 9:30pm | THE SHOP at CAP21 | $20 (includes light refreshments)


FROM JEN BROWNE | SEARCHING FOR SEBALD w/ DECONSTRUCTIVE THEATRE PROJECT

Some of you may recall that when not chillin’ with LRR Jen Browne is off working as an ensemble member with Deconstructive Theatre Project.  Their most recent venture Searching for Sebald is in process ahead of an in process showing at Gowanus Art +  Production.  More below.

Inspired by the writings of “memory’s Einstein” W.G. Sebald and the developmental theories of neuroscientist Semir Zeki, Searching for Sebald is at once a live performance, a documentary film, a road movie, and a ghost story that meanders from the thinly populated countrysides of the English North Sea coast to the densely overlapping landscapes of the human mind. The production is the second in The Deconstructive Theatre Project’s series of live cinema projects exploring relationships between live performance, neuroscience, and interactive technology.

Gowanus Art + Production presents two preview performances of Searching for Sebald

October 21 & 22, 2015. Click here for more information and to purchase tickets.

More about SEARCHING FOR SEBALD


SPECIAL ANNOUNCMENTS

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We already know our playwrights are industrious little writing bees but here’s just a little more proof!
LRR member Amanda Keating has just been accepted into EST’s Youngblood family and joins fellow LRR member Mariah MacCarthy.

Gina Femia, Matt Barbot, and Jen Browne are all following in Jeremy Wine’s footsteps as they join Pipeline Theatre’s PlayLab Class of 2016.  Their joined by a slew of amazing playwrights and we can’t wait to see what the year brings.


PLAYWRIGHTS PICK-NIC:  A BRIEF ACCOUNT OF OUR ANNUAL SUMMER RETREAT

This summer’s retreat was a stay-cation but we still spent plenty of time out doors.  Day one we opted to leave our computers at home and with notebooks and pens in hand headed to Central Park for a literal picnic and a bunch of fun writing prompts and activities, all centered around picking.

Highlights of the weekend include: writing prompt scavenger hunt, group story telling with a frisbee, and getting a whole lot or writing done.


PLAWRIGHT ON THE RUN: IN TRANSIT | REPORT WRITTEN NATALIE WILSON

I was IN TRANSIT to work on my play IN TRANSIT!

My short play, IN TRANSIT, was chosen for the New Play Development Workshop in Montreal this August. IN TRANSIT was a play I originally wrote for the Lather Rinse Repeat short works program in May 2014: NOW BOARDING J/K! #FML #DELAYED. It’s wonderful that this little piece born out of a LRR collaboration is having a life beyond!

This New Play Development Workshop was the first time I’ve had the pleasure of visiting Montreal, or of getting to travel somewhere to work on one of my plays. I wove it in to a grand vacation, riding my motorcycle up to Montreal through Vermont (route 100 is the perfect motorcycle road), then continuing on from Montreal — my husband having joined me at the end of the festival — to travel west through Ontario, down through Michigan, and back east across Ohio, Pennsylvania, and home. 2,800 miles all told! It was incredible.

But back to the play… The workshop was hosted by ATHE, the Association for Theater in Higher Education. Who knew such an amazing organization existed? An association for the college professors who shape, encourage, and inspire upcoming young theater artists. I met so many lovely, passionate people there, who are in it not for the glory but for the love of the art and passing that on. I love that the association places such a huge priority on the development of new works as part of their annual conference — not only do they do the new play workshop, they also have an award for a full length play, which receives a prize and a rehearsed reading at the conference as well.

For the workshop, I was teamed up with a director, dramaturg, scenographer, and two wonderful actresses to work on my piece. The organizer of the workshop, Judith Royer, handpicked the teams months in advance, doing her best to match personalities and working styles. She nailed it for me. I received great input on the script from the director and dramaturg a couple of months in advance, allowing me time to do rewrites before arriving in Montreal. Then once in Montreal, adding the input of the actors and seeing how things worked, I was able to further shape the piece over the 4 days before the final performance. It is a rare opportunity, I think, to get to have that kind of input and time to work on a short play. While a short play will never make a playwright famous, there are a lot of great opportunities to participate in festivals and get your name out there, so having a well-crafted short play will be (I hope!) a great asset.

The final performance of the workshop included feedback from Gary Garrison (Executive Director of Creative Affairs at the Dramatists Guild) and David Crespy (playwright and professor of playwriting at the University of Missouri). Their feedback on IN TRANSIT was very positive and constructive, so I now have a few more tweaks to put in the play before I start sending it out hither and yon to more festivals. I hope this little play will get to travel to even more cities than New York and Montreal.

 

 

#Selfie 4.2 Meet Our New Members: Amanda Keating!

Ah how the tables have turned….Gina Femia having just given up the hot seat herself turns investigative reporter in this in-depth interview with Amanda Keating!

Gina Femia: What’s your process when you write?  Do you have any superstitions or rituals that you do before you put pen to paper – or fingers to keyboard?

Amanda Keating: It’s usually just fingers to keyboard for me, or occasionally pen to paper. I’m pretty obsessed with silence, so I’ve gotta work somewhere quiet or just tell everyone around me to please shut up (which I’ve been known to do).

 

GF: What are you doing when you’re not writing?

AK: Probably working one of two jobs, going to a show, or eating/drinking with friends. Beyond that, I’d like to tell people I’m either cooking or playing my ukulele, but I’m probably just binge watching TV and ordering in.

 

GF: Can you describe a moment while you were writing where you scared or surprised yourself?  How did that impact you as a writer?

AK: Hmm…nothing specific comes to mind. But I can say that the most exciting moments I have when writing are when a character does something to surprise me. I feel like I’m always striving for this – to listen closely and carefully enough to my characters that I catch them doing something I’m not expecting.

 

GF: Is there something that you want to write that you haven’t yet had a chance to explore in play form?

AK: Lots of things. Right now, I’ve got something on the back burner that involves vacuum cleaners, AOL instant messenger, and an immaculate conception.

 

GF: Describe your ideal night of theatre.

AK: I like ’em short and sweet, but it really doesn’t matter what it looks like or sounds like as long as it gets me in the feels.

 

GK: Tell me a story from your childhood.

AK: When I was little, my grandmother was around a lot and she’d sometimes pick me up from school. While we were driving home, she would tell me to keep watch out the back window of the car because “the police were after us.” I’d report to her what the police were doing, yell at her to drive faster, and give her directions for how to best outrun them. Despite these regular brushes with the law, we never got caught, and always made it home where she would continue to cultivate my flair for the dramatic.

 

GK: What’s your favorite season?  Why?

AK: I grew up in New England, so I’m big into seasons in general. Fall is my favorite, which might just be because it’s the most fleeting. By the time you start to enjoy it – the turning leaves, the crisp, chilly nights – it’s already starting to give way to winter, which is undeniably The Worst Season in my book.

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Thank you Gina and Amanda for some #amazing #selfie #interviews.  We’ve got one more #newmember to reveal.  So keep your eyes peeled for #Selfie 4.3 where the dearly beloved Lauren Ferebee digs in with Matt Barbot!

The Monthly Wash Issue III Early Edition

Lather Rinse Repeat has a lot in the works this spring. In fact there’s SO much coming up in the next few months we wanted to give you the heads up on some April events asap and throw a last minute March must see your way!

FROM TIM ERRICKSON |MARCH NY MADNESS w/ NY MADNESS

We haven’t conducted any scientific studies but we think Tim E. here might be one of the busiest playwrights in the whole darn collective. We don’t know where he finds the time to do everything he does but we’re sure glad he finds it.  This month NY Madness has put together a fierce line-up of artists to create another evening of new plays based on a theme selected by Featured Guest Playwright, Winter Miller!  The line-up of course features our very own Tim Errickson and a whole slew of amazing writers.  Playwrights have a week and plays are presented hot off the press, fully staged, script in hand.  Full details below, don’t miss it!

Featured Guest Playwright for March
WINTER MILLER

The line-up of playwrights for March:
Micheline Auger
Cecilia Copeland*
Tim Errickson
Tanya Everett
Cara Jane Francis
David Hilder
Judith Leora*
*denotes NY Madness company member

Tickets are FREE but reservations are a must.  Reserve HERE

And remember ANYTHING CAN HAPPEN IN A MADNESS!

 Sunday March 29, 8pm | Cherry Lane Theatre, 38 Commerce St, New York, NY 10014

 

 

FROM JEN BROWNE | THE DIABOLICAL STARFISH at DIXON PLACECharley 2

The Diabolial Starfish explores the isolated life of Charlie.  Her distrust of the outside world binds her to her apartment, where days are spent juggling excuses not to leave, and chatting with a shower cap named Charley, along with a swirl of other mythological loners.  This is the first collaboration between playwright Jen Browne, performer Stacey Raymond, and director Tasha Gordon-Solmon. The show actually began as a monologue originally commissioned by CapsLock Theatre, aka LRR playwright Mariah MacCarthy, and was featured in Pussyfest III – The Reckoning.

The reading will take place in the lounge at Dixon Place.  Tickets are FREE and seats are first come first served!

There will also be booze, so come early and stay late!

More info HERE

Friday, April 17, 7pm | Dixon Place, 161A Chrystie Street, New York, NY 10002

 

 

FROM JEREMY WINE | APRIL NY MADNESS W/ NY MADNESS

Just when you’re recovering from March the madness continues in April with the last event of Season 5.  This months featured playwright is Tony Glazer and LRR playwright Jeremy Wine joins the ranks of what will surely be another fantastic program of playwrights and new plays!

Visit New York Madness for the final line-up, location and reservation details!

Sunday, April 19th, 8:00pm

 

That’s it for now but, seriously, we have a LOT waiting in the wings so be sure to finds us on Twitter and Facebook.  We’re looking to get to a 1,000 followers so get out there and like and follow and share and all of those good feeling things we do out in social media land.

Here are our details, look us up!

Twitter: @LRRplays

Facebook: www.facebook.com/lrrit

In case you missed it…check out playwright Tim Duncheon’s thoughts for a new LRR logo….not too shabby Tim.

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