Friday, June 24, 2022

My Fellow Americans

Today brought the huge but expected news that Roe v. Wade is now officially history. A lot of people in America--particularly women--are feeling frightened and powerless.

It so happens that a play I wrote, My Fellow Americans, which is slated to be performed as part of the Secret Theatre's One-Act Festival, is becoming unexpectedly quite relevant.

The play envisions a female President of the United States giving her dream speech on television, but just as she finishes the speech, pressing issues intervene. The play stars Rebecca Ana Peña as the President and is being directed by Rachael Langton.

We will be performing the play under an Actors' Equity Association showcase code. Performances are July 13, 20, 27, and August 3. If we are lucky enough to get into the semi-finals, there will be an additional performance on August 13, and if the play makes it to the finals, it will be performed again on August 14.

I last had a play in the Secret Theatre's One-Act Festival in 2019, when they did my comedy Burns Night. Since then, the theatre has closed and re-opened. Their new location is at 38-02 61st Street in Woodside, Queens. Come on out if you're in the mood for some politically relevant theatre!

Don't feel like you have to wait until next month, though, to see a play about a strong woman standing up to power. Tonight I saw Shakespeare Downtown perform Bernard Shaw's play Saint Joan at Castle Clinton in Battery Park.

The play is free, and Billie Anderson gives a strong performance as Joan of Arc. Saint Joan closes on Sunday, so see it while you still can.