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Speak the Speech. Or Read It.

12 Apr

There’s been some amazing signal boosting on social media of the speech I delivered at the Humana Festival a few weeks ago. In addition, American Theatre Magazine and the lovely Lark folks have brought it to folks I wouldn’t have reached on my own.

How to Be an Artist in a World that Hates You (American Theatre, April 10, 2018)

The Lark Blog: Loving What You Hate When It Hates You, Too

Thank you to everyone for your inspiring and kind responses. I’m glad I was able to talk about things that we’re all feeling and am hopeful that we can keep forging ahead. GOOOOOOOOO TEAM!

Back to The Humana Festival and Some Mu Press

29 Mar

Well, look at this, everybody! Just in time for the final weekend of the 2012 Humana Festival of New American Plays at Actors’ Theatre of Louisville, Playscripts has published the anthology of the 2011 Festival. Yippee!!! As you may recall, my play Edith Can Shoot Things and Hit Them premiered at Human 2011, as did my short piece This is How it Ends (as part of the 2011 Apocalypse-themed Anthology play The End). You can purchase copies at Actors Theatre or on the Playscripts website by clicking here. And, of course, as a finalist for the Steinberg/ATCA New Play Award, I’ll be making a return to Louisville this weekend where they will announce the winner of the Award at the Saturday evening performance of the 2012 10-minute plays.

Of course, if you only want Edith, it will soon be available in an individual acting edition from Samuel French in a few months (as will my play Thunder Above, Deeps Below).

Finally, here are a couple of lovely reviews for the currently running production of Edith at Mu Performing Arts in Minneapolis.

Edith Can Shoot Things at Mu Performing Arts (City Pages, March 21, 2012)

Mu Performing Arts’ Edith Can Shoot Things and Hit Them at Mixed Blood Theatre is a Hit (Twin Cities Daily Planet, March 25, 2012)

Edith‘s Finalist Nod and Final Rolling World Premiere Production

6 Mar

I’m a little late with this news, but it’s been a bit of a busy month!

The American Theatre Critics Association (ATCA) has named Edith Can Shoot Things and Hit Them as a finalist for the Steinberg/ATCA New Play Award. To say that I’m honored would be a serious understatement. Let’s go right to flabbergasted. I’m flabbergasted. The Award and two Citations (for the runners up) will be presented at the 2012 Humana Festival of New American Plays on March 31. I’ll be returning to Louisville for the first time in a year, this time as an award finalist, a spectator, and a representative of The Lark. Perhaps I’ll see you there!

In other news, Mu Performing Arts is a week away from previews and opening of their production of Edith, the final stop of the play’s Rolling World Premiere. It’s been an amazing year, and I can’t wait to see it capped off in the first Midwestern production of the play! I’ll be in Minneapolis from March 14 – 18, so please come out and see the show.

The Different Faces of Edith

5 Oct

After an amazing start at the 2011 Humana Festival, Edith Can Shoot Things and Hit Them is now spreading out across the country as the the 2011 – 12 theater season begins! And with these upcoming productions come all kinds of poster art.

I have to admit: I didn’t think that I would be as excited about this as I actually am. I loved the Humana poster, but somehow it didn’t register that there would be different posters to be excited about for all of the stops on the Rolling World Premiere (even though, obviously, yes, there would be).

And so, without further ado…

New Theatre‘s production of Edith will be opening next week in Coral Gables, Florida! The show will run from October 14 – 30th. I’ll be in Miami at a special reception on October 14th, so please buy tickets that night and join us for the fun.

Atlanta, Georgia’s Actor’s Express will follow as the third stop at the end of October, running from October 27 – November 26. I will be in Atlanta that week, and as things shape up regarding opening night events, I’ll keep you posted.

Edith‘s final Rolling World Premiere stop isn’t until Spring of 2012 in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Until then, take a peek at Mu Performing Arts’ poster for that production.

Rounding out 2011 – 12 will be productions of the play at Manbites Dog in Durham, North Carolina and B Street Theatre in Sacramento. I will definitely be stalking their sites as the productions open and will post the artwork here.

If you’re in the Miami or Atlanta metro areas, tickets are already on sale! Enjoy the show, and I hope to see you there.

Final Press Round-up as Edith Closes at Humana 2011

5 Apr

Jon Norman Schneider as Kenny and Teresa Avia Lim as Edith in Edith Can Shoot Things and Hit Them. Photo by Michael Brosilow.

The world premiere of Edith Can Shoot Things and Hit Them closed this past Saturday as the 2011 Humana Festival of New American Plays came to an end the next day. Thanks so much to the creative team, cast, crew, and staff for such a wonderful production. And thanks to the generous and open reception, including the standing ovations that finished out every performance! I could never have dreamed such a thing were possible.

I also want to thank all of those people — both in the show and the audience — who shared their personal stories regarding how their own less than traditional family arrangements tried, failed, and persevered in making their own homes. The emotional response was inspiring (and sometimes overwhelming) and, again, more than I could ever have dreamed.

And now some last bits of critical reception:

“Edith” Scores a Hit in Louisville (Backstage Blog Stage, April 4, 2011)

Hitting the Target (City Beat, April 4, 2011)

Humana Festival Review: Edith Can Shoot Things and Hit Them (The Examiner, April 3, 2011)

Lou’s Views (Indiana Business Journal, April 1, 2011, Humana Festival coverage begins with Edith midway down the page)

And some bloggery:

bill felty’s blog: edith can shoot things and hit them (April 2, 2011)

HF35: Families, Tied (2AMt, April 1, 2011)

“On the Aisle with Larry” (The Playfixer, April 5, 2011)

The following blog post is more of an experiential overview of attending the Humana Festival, but the writer gives us some nice props:

Devouring the Humana Festival (tdf STAGES, April 4, 2011)

And, finally, if you’d like to hear May and I talk about the show the day after closing (can you hear the hints of sadness in our tone?), check out this week’s Inexplicable Dumb Show podcast. It begins with an interview with Jordan Harrison and Annie Kaufman, the Maple and Vine team in the first half. May and I are in the latter.

Humana Week 1 (The Inexplicable Dumb Show, April 5, 2011)

More Kentucky Press as Edith Enters It’s Final Week

27 Mar

Teresa Avia Lim as Edith in Edith Can Shoot Things and Hit Them. Photo by Michael Brosilow.

Edith Can Shoot Things and Hit Them is in it’s final week at The Actors Theatre of Louisville, as is the rest of the Humana Festival of New American Plays. The final four performances are tonight, Wednesday, and a matinee and evening show next Saturday. Click here for tickets!

My deepest thanks and gratitude goes out to all of those people who already saw it, who traveled great distance to see it, and who saw it multiple times. The fact that people are so excited about the work we’ve done has sent me over the moon.

In the same vein as reactions, here are two more related press bits to get the rest of you to go, go, go! First is a piece from The Courier-Journal about influences on my writing (with a good bit of focus on Edith, specifically). The second is another positive blog write-up.

Influences – A. Rey Pamatmat, playwright (The Courier-Journal, March 27, 2011)

Oh, the Humanaty (Stage Left, March 23, 2011)

One thing to note in the Courier-Journal piece is that, as of this writing, it makes a few eensy-weensy mistakes. L. Frank Baum only wrote 14 Oz books. When I said that I’d read 28, I actually meant 28 Oz books between Baum, Ruth Plumly Thompson, and John R. Neill. She also writes “instants” in the first line when it should say “instances.” I’ll send them a little note asking them to clarify those bits.

First Look Promo Videos for Edith and The End

19 Mar

Both shows are running until April 3, with 2 more performances of Edith Can Shoot Things and Him Them and 1 more performance of The End this very weekend. Click here to buy tickets.

And, if you need a little tempting, take a look at these promos from the Actors Theatre of Louisville’s YouTube channel.

First Look at Edith Can Shoot Things and Hit Them

First Look at The End


The End Begins Tonight

18 Mar

As you probably know, Edith Can Shoot Things and Hit Them isn’t my only contribution to this year’s Humana Festival of New American Plays. I also worked with Dan Dietz, Jennifer Haley, Allison Moore, and Marco Ramirez to create an anthology play for the theatre’s 2010 – 11 Acting Apprentice Company. Our theme: the Apocalypse. The result: The End.

My part is a skit called This is How It Ends, which is a little bit Book of Revelations, a little bit Gregg Araki-inspired sexy punkishness, a little bit existential crisis, and a whole lot of fun. The other writers have contributed amazing pieces that run the gamut from beautifully-crafted personal dramas to meta-zombie flicks, from mystical beings awakened and angry to nuclear prom night shenanigans. Come along for the ride!

The play opens tonight, March 18 at 11:00 PM, in the Bingham Theatre. Click here for tickets and show those apprentices some love — they deserve it!

The End

by Dan Dietz, Jennifer Haley, Allison Moore, A. Rey Pamatmat, and Marco Ramirez

directed by Amy Attaway and Michael Legg

The end is near! Or at least, it always seems like it’s near. From forewarning to four horsemen, five wildly imaginative playwrights join forces with our twenty-two acting apprentices to explore the enduring promise of apocalypse — and what lies on the other side.

And, since I was the only one in town before opening, the press department did another little interview with me about The End. Enjoy!

Local Reviews of Edith at Humana 2011

17 Mar

Looks like Louisville loves Edith Can Shoot Things and Hit Them as much as I love Louisville! Reviews of the Humana Festival production  from the local papers and arts blogs have been trickling out over the past week, and there isn’t a stinker in the bunch.

Click here for tickets!

Teresa Avia Lim as Edith in Edith Can Shoot Things and Hit Them. Photo by Michael Brosilow.

Print Reviews

Theater Review – Edith Can Shoot Things and Hit Them (The Courier-Journal, March 14, 2011)

Theater: Family ties in ‘Edith Can Shoot’ (LEO Weekly, March 16, 2011)

Cory Michael Smith as Benji and Jon Norman Schneider as Kenny in Edith Can Shoot Things and Hit Them. Photo by Micahel Brosilow.

Blog Reviews

Review (, March 14, 2011)

Edith Can Shoot: Hilariously & Heartbreakingly Poignant Humana Entry (

Edith Can Shoot Things is On Target (, March 14, 2011)


And while we’re going all press nutty, here’s a video of an interview that Actors’ Theatre of Louisville’s press department did with me before Edith‘s opening.

Edith Can Shoot Things and Hit Them Opens Today!

13 Mar

Actors Theatre of Louisville. Humana Festival of New American Plays. The Bingham Theatre. 2:30 PM. Be there or risk being shot by a 12-year-old girl with something to prove…

Thanks to everyone — cast, crew, creative team, and theatre staff — for everything you’ve done to make this possible! I’m extremely proud of the work we’ve done, and I hope that you are, too!

Just for fun, here’s a link to the announcement on Playbill.

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