A Playwright’s Day

Feb 25, 2012 by

This post was somewhat inspired by that “What People Think I Do” meme that recently body-snatched my Facebook feed. I went looking for one for playwrights and I couldn’t find one, so I thought it might be possible that a lot of people don’t know what we actually do. Of course, having been a real-life playwright for just years now, I thought I’d be the best person to address this knowledge deficit.

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So How do I do Normal?

Feb 10, 2012 by

I used to be so awesome. I had the energy for fourth locations. I used to wake up on Friday (well, any day really) and honestly have no idea where the night would end up, or who I would meet along the way. Those were frenetic, exhilarating times. Yesterday, as I stood in my kitchen making a tuna noodle casserole to feed my husband, I got so homesick for an age I used to be.

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New Town, New Chapter

Dec 7, 2011 by

Virginia is warm, even warmer than Louisiana was last month, and apparently it’s missing out on the drought that’s pummeling the rest of the South. The people are friendly and very welcoming, and the town we’re in is small but vibrant. I have never lived anywhere with topography. I have never lived in the Eastern Time Zone. And I have never lived in a place that felt so alien and so much like home simultaneously, right off the bat.

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We’re Moving to Virginia

Oct 17, 2011 by

Miles and I are pulling up roots in Chicago and moving east to Abingdon, Virginia (pop. 8,000). It wasn’t an easy decision to make, but Miles got an amazing job offer to be the full-time resident sound designer at the State Theatre of Virginia, the Barter Theatre, and it really feels like the right step for us to take together.

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Just Drop Off the Key, Lee. An...

Aug 31, 2011 by

I gave three weeks notice at my day job. Which I had to put back into perspective as just that–my day job. Yes, I like it and yes, it pays well. Yes, I will miss free doctor’s appointments and cheap prescriptions. But if I compromise who I am as an artist now, before I have kids or a mortgage or loans to repay, if I can’t take a leap of faith now that this is what I’m supposed to be doing with my life… well, there is no coming back. And I can’t get stuck here. Not when everything else is going so well.

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Haikus for Thank Yous : 4.26.1...

Apr 27, 2011 by

April is National Poetry Month, so to celebrate I started writing haiku for all my followers. Here are the haiku for Jantira Keyuranggul, Katrina Redmond, Tim Speicher, Carolyn Hoerdemann, and Claudia Glasco Rumfola.

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Haikus for Thank Yous : 4.18.1...

Apr 18, 2011 by

April is National Poetry Month, so to honor this I began writing haiku for all my followers. Here are the haiku for Jon Edwards, Barbara Brawlters, Annie Speicher, and Crystal Schauf.

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Voodoo Chalk Circle Reviews ar...

Apr 12, 2011 by

So, way back in August of 2010, I checked #2 off my list: Adapt a Work that is Not Mine into a Play. One of those projects, The Voodoo Chalk Circle with The State Theatre of Chicago, opened in its completed form last Friday at the Viaduct Theatre.

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Haikus for Thank Yous :: 4.11....

Apr 11, 2011 by

April is National Poetry Month, so to honor this I began writing haiku for all my followers. Here are the haiku for Rikki Willis, Natalie Novacek, Sheena LaShay, and Tara Hagen.

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Haikus for Thank Yous :: 4.5.1...

Apr 5, 2011 by

April is National Poetry Month, so to honor this I began writing haiku for all my followers. Here are the haiku for Bil Gaines and Levi Petree.

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Haikus for Thank Yous

Apr 4, 2011 by

April is National Poetry Month, so to honor this I began writing haiku for all my followers. Here are the haiku for Christina Tietje Carlisle, Shelley Nixon, and Andy Grigg.

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Millie’s 101 Things R...

Mar 31, 2011 by

Before I inspired Natalie to switch to green laundry goods, before I inspired Jon Edwards to pretend to be a professor, I inspired a delightful lady named Desiree to craft and bring to life this delightful web series.
It’s premiering today. You gotta watch.

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Mood Board Monday :: Devour

Mar 14, 2011 by

This Mood Board Monday I figured I’d take a break from wedded blitz and share the mood board I made for my newest play, “Devour.” It’s a play about a socialite serial killer — meaning that she both is one, and she kills them. Fashion and foul play, y’all. It’s gonna kill ’em in the aisles.

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Completed #54 — Organize...

Dec 31, 2010 by

If I know you AND you were hiding under a rock this summer, you might have missed the fact that I completed this task by staging (a)Symmetry Cycle, a five-hour play cycle about biology, chemistry, and neuroscience that ran for 4 weeks at the Viaduct Theatre in Chicago.

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Banned Books–Censorship ...

Oct 11, 2010 by

I checked out the Banned Books Week Kickoff in Washington Square Park at the end of last month.  Now I have my work cut out for me in...

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