Thrilled to be heading to Danville, KY to be the guest of the Danville Bate Middle School for their production of AND A CHILD SHALL LEAD on May 13th!
UNHEARD VOICES: HAUNTED FILES a short "duologue" that the incredible, multi-Emmy Award-winning playwright Judy Tate and I co-wrote, will be performed on Saturday, September 26, 2015 as part of the Asian/Pacific/American Institute's Two-Day NYC Conference: America and Its Unfit: Eugenics Then and Now. The piece explores the meeting between a eugenicist social worker and a Black/Chinese orphan, and was taken from the files of the Eugenics Society, circa 1920. Antu Yacob and Stina Nielsen play the two roles. UNHEARD VOICES: HAUNTED FILES was developed under the auspices of The American Slavery Project and premiered in March, 2015 as part of an exhibit on Eugenics created by the Asian/Pacific/American Institute at NYU.
FAMILY SHOTS was awarded Dayton's 2014/2015 Best New Play award for its premiere at The Human Race Theatre. The article refers to it as "luminous" and "Broadway-worthy". It was also nominated for Best Professional Production of a Play, Best Director (Kevin Moore), Best Actor (Corbin Bleu), Best Actress (Colleen Zenk), Best Supporting Actor (Randy Brooks) and Best Supporting Actress (Annie Pesch).
Check out my post on my friend and colleague Marin Gazzaniga's Mapping Gowanus website.
Another rave review for FAMILY SHOTS. This one from the Oakwood Register (flip to p.17): "A literary triumph... a brilliant exposition of the richness of human experience."
Rave review for FAMILY SHOTS from the Dayton Metro: "An excellent, touching comic drama... [It] contains some of the finest morsels of contemporary playwrighting you’ll find right now on a regional theater or NYC stage."
Fun press piece about Soap Star Colleen Zenk being one of the stars of FAMILY SHOTS in Dayton Most Metro.
In rehearsal in Dayton for the premiere of FAMILY SHOTS with Corbin Bleu, Colleen Zenk, Randy Brooks, Adam Halpin, Arash Mokhtar and Annie Pesche directed by Kevin Moore at The Human Race Theatre. Performances begin January 22nd.
In addition to the professional productions it receives, AND A CHILD SHALL LEAD is constantly being done by school theatre groups all over the country. This month's include: Owen-Withee High School in Lacrosse, WI; Vivian Field Middle School in Farmer's Branch TX; Danville Community High School in Danville, IN; Conestoga Christian School in Conestoga, PA, and; West Laurens High School in Dublin, GA.
Thrilled to announce that Corbin Bleu and Colleen Zenk will be heading the cast of the premiere of FAMILY SHOTS at the Human Race Theatre in Dayton. And thrilled that they'll be joined by Adam Halpin, Arash Mokhtar and Annie Pesche. Kevin Moore, the theatre's Producing Artistic Director will direct the production which opens January 22, 2015.
My profile of opera librettist Gene Scheer appears in the current (July) edition of Opera News magazine.
The short-live online version of ONE LIFE TO LIVE, for which I was script editor and writer, was just nominated for a number of Daytime Emmys including Best Daytime Drama; One of the two episodes submitted to the nominating committee for consideration was written by me. Though production has ceased, our first (and last) online season can be viewed in its entirety on Hulu.com.
Press about FAMILY SHOTS premiering at The Human Race Theatre.
I'm thrilled to be a panel member for a discussion after a reading of THE JESTER'S CAP; Daria Wilke's dramatization of her acclaimed LGBT Young Adult novel of the same name at Cooper Union's Rose Auditorium on January 18th at 3pm. The reading is part of PROPAGANDA: A Festival Celebrating Russian Voices. The Festival is being organized to further discussion about Russia's recent anti-propaganda law.
THE LITTLE MOON THEATRE originally commissioned and produced by TADA! (a NYC theatre company of children performing for children) will be revived by them. It opens January 19, 2013 and plays through February 16, 2013 at the TADA! Theatre, 15 West 28th Street, NYC, NY.
Listen to Dayton Public Radio's two-part interview about the premiere production of UNDER A RED MOON (scroll down on site to 10/16/12 and 10/18/12). Watch Jim Bucher of Dayton's NBC affilitate, WDTN interviews with Michael on Living Dayton and on the Evening News.
Under a Red Moon will have its world premiere in October, 2012 as a co-production between The Human Race Theatre in Dayton, Ohio and the Carnegie Center in Covington, Kentucky. The production will be directed by Margarett Perry and star Bradford Cover and Dee Pelletier. Read the Playbill.com story. Read the Dayton Daily News story.
As it approaches its first year anniversary in New York City, The Berenstain Bears: Family Matters, has been nominated for the 2012 Off-Broadway Alliance Award for Best Family Show. It's currently playing at the Marjorie S. Deane Little Theatre; 10 West 64th Street, NYC, NY