British Playwright Michael Starr lost control today following an unsuccessful pitch of his new play, MAN GETS PUNCHED THE GLOCKENSPIEL MUSICAL, to theater execs.
Michael Starr is a multi award winning British theatre playwright. His stage plays have been performed around the world, from North America to the Middle East, across Europe and back through to the United Kingdom.
LaDarrion Williams is an Alabama based playwright who gained inspiration for theatre at the age of 17. In high school he joined the drama club and excelled in all aspects of theatre such as: acting, singing and playwriting. In 2011 he wrote his first play “Concrete Rose” and submitted it to the Alabama State Thespian Conference where he won first place in the state for playwriting and now being performed by Newborn Theater in Canada this coming August . LaDarrion is currently studying Theatre/Writing at Lee University, where his college acting debut was in Lee Theatre’s “Big River.” LaDarrion also wrote a Choreopoem for Teens play called “Broken Memories” which was first performed at Minnesota’s Eat Street Players theater company in Summer 2012. It is now set to be published in Summer 2013. A playwright and actor, LaDarrion plans on writing plays and hope to one day inspire all and make it to Broadway.
His new play “Broken Memories” available at Amazon. Com/ broken memories
Jenny Seidelman’s plays have been produced in Chicago, New York and San Francisco. They have been rejected from theater companies in every major city in the U.S. and U.K. and some minor ones too. She likes to write about Irish gypsies, upwardly mobile Asians and others that are not usually represented on stage. When she is not busy being a sad playwright, she likes to listen to The Smiths, read Emily Dickinson and drink lots of coffee, all of which make her even more sad for some reason. www.jennyseidelman.com
This photo is of me on my couch being sad with a puppet friend who looks more demonic than sad. I am sad because I used to go to Bennington College in Vermont where everyone was happy and played the ukelele and told my writing was feminist and “in yo face.” Now I am in NYC and am told I am too young to be a playwright and my writing sounds drunk. I am also sad because people think I am trying to be Lena Dunham because I look jew friendly and want to be a writer; but I am not trying to be her, I am trying to be myself, which is probably not cool, which is sad.
Mfoniso Udofia is a New York based storyteller, actor, slam-poet and teaching artist. She attended Wellesley College for Political Science and obtained her MFA in Acting from San Francisco’s Tony award winning, American Conservatory Theater. During this stay in the Bay Area, Udofia pioneered a youth initiative, The Nia Project, which provided artistic outlets for youth residing in Bayview/Huntspoint. Some of Ms. Udofia’s plays include: The Grove, Sojourners, runboyrun, Lilyvine , hunger and Sherman: A Black Comedy.
Mfoniso is a 2013 Sundance Theatre Lab playwright, one of The New Black Fest’s 2012 Writing Fellows and she is a 2012-2013 Writing Fellow with both Playwrights Realm and Rising Circle’s INKTank. She has also been a semifinalist for the Eugene O’Neill National Playwright’s Conference. She received this distinction with her plays The Grove (2012) and Sojourners (2013). She has also been a semifinalist for the Page 73 Playwrights Development Programs and was a finalist for the 2013 Many Voices Fellowship. Please follow her at @mfudofia and check out her sitewww.mfonisoudofia.com for the latest news.
JODY CHRISTOPHERSON and MICHAEL DE ROOS Brooklyn, NY
We are a writing team based in New York and Amsterdam, our collaboration began in Brooklyn.
We are sad because we were torn apart by visa regulations in Dec 2012. So we decided to write a play over Skype ” THE SKYPE SHOW or SEE YOU IN AUGUST”. It’s premiereing in the FringeNYC Festival this August. So I suppose you could say we became playwrights because we are sad and couldn’t do anything else to get out of it.
Jody Christopherson is a performer, writer. Her work as an actress has been seen at: The Kitchen, Lincoln Center, Ensemble Studio Theater, the Public Theater, PS122, the Humana Festival, Classic Stage Company, the Bushwick Starr, Bowery Poetry Club, Philadelphia Shakespeare, Nebraska Rep, As a theater maker she has been awarded grants from Philadelphia Shakespeare, Bowery Arts and Sciences, commissions from Blue Box productions and the Exquisite Corpse Festival. Jody is a blogger for The Huffington Post and the editor and creator of New York Theatre Review, an indie media source for indie theater..
MICHAEL DE ROOS is an actor/musician from Holland. He studied at the Academy for Comedie (KoningstheaterAkademie) and at the Actors Studio Paul Dekker (Meisner) in Holland. Michael moved to New York to study with Maggie Flanigan at the Maggie Flanigan Studio (Meisner) and dance at Dance New Amsterdam. During his stay in the US he has performed Diganwhisky at Dixon Place, The Little Prinsinn at the Brooklyn Lyceum and performed several Sticky musicals and plays for BlueBox Productions by Libby Emmons, Alex Beech, Christian L. Starr and Christy Baugher. As a founding member of the band Greencard Wedding he sings, plays guitar, beatboxes and composes.
Greencard Wedding (Jody Christopherson and Michael de Roos) is an indie folk beatbox rock duo from Omaha Nebraska and Lieden, Netherlands that originated in Crown Heights Brooklyn, NY. The band plays original music in Dutch (with English subtitles) and in English (no subtitles). Their music is an eccentrically theatrical combination of Dutch beatbox, acoustic guitar and tight vocal harmonies. All performances include Wedding Cake, as well as other wedding party favors such a garters, bubbles and a set list t-shirt worn by one lucky audience member. Venues played include: Ella Lounge, Dixon Place, The LES Music Festival, INTAR Theater’s Roots and New Music Festival, The Parkside Lounge and more. Their first LP “Forced Co-habitation” was released in Sept 2012. EP “3 Hours in May” including music from THE SKYPE SHOW to be released Fall 2013. www.greencardwedding.com
DT Arcieri is a biologist, playwright, philosopher and bon vivant. The former two when he is sober. The latter two when he is drinking. On the whole, he thinks too much and writes too little. That makes him pretty *&%@# sad. Oh, and he’s lonely, too. So visit him at www.DTArcieri.com
I had 7 shows on last year while I finished my Masters in Playwriting This year, Absent Theatre Company are touring a full length original piece of mine called ‘On Beauty.’ It is in London, Sheffield and Avignon, France, which all sounds good doesn’t it? Go to the website to learn more:
I am entering competitions and submitting scripts, I am pitching for commissions and I even like my day-job. But with a pretentious artist’s temperament I am unhappy. - Or rather because I don’t own a camera and don’t have any sad photos of myself I’m gazing wistfully into the distance but still - I am sad. No one will ever pay me enough to live, and the BBC only employs writers if they want to work on Eastenders which is baffling, let me write for radio 4 I’ll be ridiculously good at it… and of course I have no life, the joys of being a playwright.
ARTISTIC DIRECTOR APOLOGIZES, CLOSES THEATRE AFTER PRODUCING A WONDERFUL PLAY
Opening night of STAGE & STUFF’s new American play LOOFAH was a surprise, not only for its audience, but for the artistic director and its staff. So much so, that Shar Berg De Lump, Artistic Director of Stage & Stuff has announced that not only will the play close immediately, but the theatre as well.
De Lump explains “I have no other choice but to close it. When I picked Loofah for this slot, I expected it to live up to its promise. I mean, it’s about a wet sponge and the people who share it. That’s the show I signed up for. That is not what I got. “
When pressed for specifics, De Lump added “Well, I won’t go into too many specifics, but tonight at the show, the dialogue was tight, the characters were vibrant and active. The connective tissue was elegantly woven throughout and the end was highly illuminating. I blame the playwright for this.”
The young up and coming playwright Jepson Shmeer, could not immediately be reached for comment.
Ruth Baluba, ardent theatre goer and longtime subscriber to Stage & Stuff recounts her experience of that fated opening night.
“My husband and I were in shock. It was unlike anything we’ve ever witnessed on this stage before. It was…good. And we go to everything. Productions, workshops, readings, even the ones in Queens. Our whole night was thrown off by the show.”
Ruth’s husband Stanley Baluba, gently took her hand as she struggled to fight back tears.
“I mean, first this play, then the people handing out those comedy flyers in Times Square, who normally harass us, decided not to. It’s as if they could sense we had just come from a place of quality. And then to top it off, all three of our trains showed up right on cue. Even the G train! The G train! I’m still confused by that.”
Indeed, it seemed the rest of the audience shared in Ruth Baluba’s confusion. House Manager Connie Greenberg pointed out “No one fell asleep. Even our season subscriber Two-Minute Tony. He’s called that because he’s lights out within the first two minutes of every play he attends here. But tonight, he sat straight up, alert, eyes darting side to side like a hunting beagle. During intermission, no one left to use the restroom, not even Cecil Peckinpaw, who has an excitable liver. After the play ended, the four people in our audience didn’t know what hit them. They were so confused, they didn’t even know how to exit the theater. This simply cannot happen again.”
Later at the opening night party, lamenting over a bowl of stale goldfish, Mr. De Lump offered up some insight into the process of developing Loofah. “Well, there was no process. Our dramaturg, after the first read through actually said to me ‘Shar, I’m no longer needed here. This play…it just makes sense.’ I knew right then our young Mr. Jepson had been secretly making revisions of the play. Reflecting back, yes, I would say the signs were pretty clear. I guess I just chose to ignore them.”
When asked how he would respond to the drastic turn of events at Stage & Stuff, Mr. De Lump had this to say. “It was always my dream to guide this theatre company into mediocrity. The promise of presenting tepid and unengaging work was one I thought I could easily fulfill. Today I have broken that promise. This fell under my watch. Therefore it is my responsibility…nay, duty to address this in a timely manner and offer my deepest apologies to all four of our subscribers. But an apology is not enough. It’s just words. It is not action. And I am a man of action. So immediately I will not only shut down this production but the theater as well. It’s clear after tonight, the theater is dead.” When asked to pinpoint the exact cause of De Lump’s theater’s demise, he uttered only three words:
Even as a little girl on a beautiful Caribbean cruise, Callan was sad because even then she knew she had to grow up and become a playwright. She is the co-founder of the Cockpit Writers Group, which just emphasises how much sadder it is for women to be playwrights. She studied dramatic writing at NYU, where her student loan debt just makes her more sad. She also didn’t think a BFA in plawrighting was quite a useless enough degree, so she went to Scotland and studied Folklore, earning and MLitt (she’d never heard of the designation before either) in Folklore and Ethnology.
The second part being an academic subject she thought had gone by the wayside. Sadly, either degree has helped her get more of plays on stages. But she does have two children’s plays published by youthplays.com and she’s had some readings in London, LA and New York.
Bring her some cheer, by visiting her online at www.callanstout.com or sending her bird noises via twitter @callanstout
I’m NATALIA NAMAN, currently based in Boston. I’m sad because not all cafes refill coffee for free which makes writing away from home too expensive for my liking. Also, who the hell doesn’t have free wifi these days?! I’m happy about a lot of other things, but this is neither the time nor place. www.natalianaman.com
Caitlin is a sad playwright who is always starving. Starving for a man. Starving for a career. Starving for a bagel. She writes because each play is a tiny sandwich of hope that feeds the hunger inside of her.