Wednesday, November 6, 2013

The Rainbow

I just received news that my short play The Rainbow will be included in The Best American Short Plays: 2012-2013, published by Applause. The Rainbow is actually the first scene of a full-length play, I Hate You: A Love Story, which has yet to be produced, but I have been developing it for a while.

Last year, Dev Bondarin directed a wonderful production of The Rainbow as part of the Turnip Theatre Company & American Globe Theatre's 18th Annual Fifteen Minute Play Festival in New York City. We had a wonderful cast, with Christopher Kloko as Jack and Kathryn Holtkamp as Meg.

Other scenes from the full-length play have been presented elsewhere. The second scene of the piece, Reflection, was produced by Lightyear last fall as part of their evening Smitten & Bitten directed by Syeus Mottel at the Gene Frankel Theatre. That had Emily Duncan as Meg and Kyle Despiegler as Jack. The third scene was done in a slightly different version called Nothing as a part of a Benefit Challenge Series done by the Abingdon Theatre Company. This was a staged reading directed by Amanda Kate Joshi with Ryan Barker as Jack and Debby Brand as Meg.

Another scene, Home, had a staged reading in Philadelphia by Philly's Primary Stages last year right before Thanksgiving. Bernard Glincosky directed, with Megan Eckley as Meg and Jack Buckley as Jack. This year, Golden Fleece did a reading of the beginning of the second act with Doug Rossi as Jack and Sandra Maren Schneider as Meg.

Sensing a trend here? This is a show that's had a lot of development and is ready to be fully staged. Dev and I have been working on this piece since that production at the American Globe Theatre, and we hope to get the full-length play produced sometime next year. Stay tuned!