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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)

Opening Night and All Things Considered

16 Mar

Isabella Dawis as Edith. Photo by Michal Daniel.

It has been an amazing adventure, but this day had to arrive: the final opening night in the Rolling World Premiere of Edith Can Shoot Things and Hit Them is being presented by Mu Performing Arts at Mixed Blood in Minneapolis, Minnesota. This plucky bunch of kids (by which I mean the actors, not the characters, natch) have been working their bums off, and after an awesome preview last night I know you’re going to love what you see if you join us tonight.

City Pages has given us this lovely bit of advanced press. And, if you’re still not convinced, tune in to All Things Considered on NPR from 4 – 7 EST (3 – 6 CST) to hear a piece by Elizabeth Blair on Edith at the Humana Festival and across America, which will include interviews of May Adrales and me, plus scenes performed by the Humana cast (Teresa Avia Lim, Jon Norman Schneider, and Cory Michael Smith). You can stream the show live online here.

Matthew Cerar as Benji and Alex Galick as Kenny. Photo by Michal Daniel.

Edith Can Shoot Things and Hit Them

by A. Rey Pamatmat

directed by Randy Reyes

starring Matthew Cerar, Isabella Dawis, and Alex Galick

Mixed Blood Theatre
1501 South 4th Street, Minneapolis, MN 55454

Three kids — Kenny (Alex Galick), his sister Edith (Isabella Dawis), and their friend Benji (Matthew Cerar) — are all but abandoned on a farm in remote Middle America. With little adult supervision, they feed and care for each other, making up the rules as they go. But when Kenny’s relationship with Benji becomes more than friendship, and Edith shoots something she really shouldn’t shoot, the formerly indifferent outside world comes barging in whether they want it to or not.

Contains strong language and sexual content. Recommended for ages 13+.

Click here for tickets.

Special programs and events for Edith include:

• Sunday, March 18 – 2:00 pm performance will be ASL interpreted and Audio-Described. Special discounts available for patrons utilizing ADA services. Contact the Mixed Blood Theatre Box office for details. 612-338-6131

Lavender Magazine’s “Night at the Theater”– March 22 at 7:30 pm. Complimentary hors d’oeuvres, and non-alcoholic drinks will be provided beginning at 6:30 pm in the Mixed Blood Theatre lobby.

Post-show discussions will be held after the 2:00 pm performances on Sunday afternoons March 18 and 25.

Edith Previews Begin Tonight at Mu

13 Mar

At last the day has arrived: the first preview of the final Rolling World Premiere production of Edith Can Shoot Things and Hit Them at Mu Performing Arts!

Edith Can Shoot Things and Hit Them

by A. Rey Pamatmat

directed by Randy Reyes

starring Matthew Cerar, Isabella Dawis, and Alex Galick

Mixed Blood Theatre
1501 South 4th Street, Minneapolis, MN 55454

Three kids — Kenny (Alex Galick), his sister Edith (Isabella Dawis), and their friend Benji (Matthew Cerar) — are all but abandoned on a farm in remote Middle America. With little adult supervision, they feed and care for each other, making up the rules as they go. But when Kenny’s relationship with Benji becomes more than friendship, and Edith shoots something she really shouldn’t shoot, the formerly indifferent outside world comes barging in whether they want it to or not.

Contains strong language and sexual content. Recommended for ages 13+.

Click here for tickets.

Special programs and events for Edith include:

• Sunday, March 18 – 2:00 pm performance will be ASL interpreted and Audio-Described. Special discounts available for patrons utilizing ADA services. Contact the Mixed Blood Theatre Box office for details. 612-338-6131

Lavender Magazine’s “Night at the Theater”– March 22 at 7:30 pm. Complimentary hors d’oeuvres, and non-alcoholic drinks will be provided beginning at 6:30 pm in the Mixed Blood Theatre lobby.

Post-show discussions will be held after the 2:00 pm performances on Sunday afternoons March 18 and 25.

Edith in the Midwest

11 Mar

Although my home state is Michigan, the Minnesota Rolling World Premiere production of the play at Mu Performing Arts can’t help but feel like a homecoming of sorts since it will be the first production of Edith Can Shoot Things and Hit Them in the Midwest! I am super excited to see how the show plays for an audience familiar with the upbringing and values that shaped my own childhood.

I will be in town from Wednesday through Sunday this week, and I’ll be checking out each preview and, of course, the opening night. Come see the amazing work Mu has put together! To whet your whistle, here are three meet the cast promos that they folks there have put together.

Come join the fun, and I’ll see you very soon Midwesterners!

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.

Hello 2012!

7 Jan

Happy new year, everyone!

To start things off right, here’s a press release from Mu Performing Arts regarding their upcoming production of Edith Can Shoot Things and Hit Them, the fourth and final production of the NNPN Rolling World Premier (but not the final production of Edith in 2012 — hooray!). There is a great passage about director Randy Reyes’s personal connection to the play that makes me believe we’re in good hands in Minnesota. If all goes as planned, I’ll be in Minneapolis for the opening night in March!

In other news, that previously mentioned first public reading of my murder mystery The Shotgun Message as part of Ma-Yi‘s LabFest series will be in mid-February. I also have a couple of visits to San Francisco in my near future; one in early February for a reading of Out of Joint at The Magic and a second in April for the Bindlestiff Studio’s West Coast premiere of Thunder Above, Deeps Below! I’ll post details for all of these opportunities to catch my work as they become available. Spring 2012 will then come to a close with B Street Theatre’s presentation of Edith in Sacramento, CA.

Finally, here’s a last little morsel from 2011: Manbites Dog’s production of Edith was honored in IndyWeek’s “Best  Triangle Theater of 2011” list for Best Direction, Best Ensemble, and Best Production! Congratulations to Jeff Storer and the cast for their amazing work.

I hope your 2012 is off to as excellent a start as mine!

Advanced Press for Edith at New

14 Oct

Edith opens tonight in Coral Gables, FL! To get you as psyched up as I am, here are some advance articles and listings from the local news outlets.

Florida premiere of Edith Can Shoot Things and Hit Them! (Broadway World, September 28, 2011)

Edith Can Shoot Things and Hit Them focuses on an Unconventional Family (Miami New Times, October 12, 2011)

Stage Door: Girl Power this Weekend on South Florida Stages (South Florida Gay News, October 11, 2011)

For a performance calendar and tickets, click here. For full cast and crew information, click here. Additionally, New really wants the youth contingent in Miami to come check out the show and are doing a special promotion this weekend where the first 25 students 25 and under get in free (with discounted tickets for students after those 25). For information on the 25 under 25 promotion, click here.

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.

NNPN Announces EDITH’s Rolling World Premiere

5 Mar

We start previews for Edith Can Shoot Things and Hit Them this coming Friday and open on Sunday at The Actors Theatre of Louisville, which is the kick off for it’s rolling world premiere, as detailed by the National New Play Network here.

I’m incredibly honored to receive such recognition and look forward to visiting the New Theatre, Actor’s Express, and Mu Performing Arts in the year to come!

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