Jun 01

Stars (ten minute play)

This isn’t something I’ve really done before, but I thought I’d give it a shot. In between drafts of the current full-length play, I put together a little ten-minute piece that I can start sending around. It’s both completely like me, and a bit of a departure.

Please note that I’m using the singular ‘they’ for both the characters. I would have no problem with a director casting this with any combination of genders, but I wanted to leave it open from my point of view.

I’d love to hear your thoughts.

 

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Jun 01

Back again! (Again.)

So hi! I’m trying to clean up this page a bit and maybe even use it again. Anybody still keeping an eye out for new posts?

Where I am right now in this crazy theatrical journey: Currently, Monkeyman Productions is on hiatus. We had a really rough 2015 and had to cancel our fall production of my play, The Beast from Planet X, and that’s left us needing some time to rebuild and gather our forces. We do hope to be back next year with more theatre for the geek-friendly audiences of the greatest city in the world, Toronto, Ontario.

Meanwhile, I’ve been pecking away at some new projects, and it looks like I will have a production this year after all – just of a play that I thought had fallen off my radar at this point! Alumnae Theatre will be producing Inked Heart – a full-length and fully revised version – as a part of their Fireworks Festival in November. We’re just starting to gear up with production meetings and due dates, and I’ve been working hard to make this script everything it can be. It’s not often that I’ve had this sort of production through another company, so there’s a certain learning curve involved in that, as well. If I manage to keep on top of things, I’m sure I’ll post more about that, too.

And there’s new stuff to write! I finished a little ten-minute piece, Stars, that I think came out well. And I hope to dash off a few other short pieces in between the final drafts of IH. I’d also like to explore some non-playwriting stuff, if I have time. I’m trying to keep this year productive.

More later on!

Jul 04

Writing and Re-writing Nefarious!

Quick update – I’ve just written a blog post on the Monkeyman Productions site about the long and winding revision process for our fifth anniversary production, The Nefarious Bed & Breakfast. Take a look:

The Making (and Re-Making) of a Supervillain

Apr 16

Great review of The Simian Showcase 2013

I know I’ve been remiss in keeping the site up to date – but as I get back into it, here’s a lovely thing to report. Our current production, The Simian Showcase 2013, has been well-reviewed by My Entertainment World, including some very nice things said about my piece in particular! “Super is a painfully relatable, sad but hopeful examination of a good guy’s small life as a “superhero” and is the crowning achievement of Monkeyman’s truly excellent 2013 showcase.”

Check out the full review on their site, and if you’re in the Toronto area this weekend please check out our last three performances! More info (and tickets) is available at the Monkeyman site.

Mar 17

Words, Words, Words

Just a heads up – I wrote a quick blog post on the Monkeyman website about the revision process for our latest incarnation of The Simian Showcase, where I’m playwright on one piece and director on another. Take a look!

Mar 11

Storytelling

Just catching back up on life and I’ll be back here soon. But for now, here’s something awfully interesting: a TED talk by Andrew Stanton on the art of storytelling. You should watch this:

Andrew Stanton on Storytelling

Enjoy!

Oct 21

Checking My References

“Are we ready? Are we set? Atomic batteries to power, turbines to –”

Marty and I just finished a discussion on the Monkeyman Productions blog about our company’s tendency to include pop culture references in our shows. Since a lot of the blame for that has to be laid at my fingertips, I thought I’d touch on it for a moment here as well. While they can – and hopefully often do – add another layer to the show, and the relationship between the characters both making an allusion and appreciating it, it’s also easy to take them too far.

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Oct 11

How to Dominate at Submission

Okay, I really need to get back to actual playwriting soon (it’s been weeks since finishing Uncharted Zones), but I just finished up a month of submission ‘binging’ – sending out as many subs to contests and theatres as I could, and I thought this would be a good time to share a few disorganized notes on the art of submission. Some of this you may know, a lot of it may seem like common sense, but thanks to Monkeyman I’ve got a little bit of experience from both sides now, and I know these things can’t be said often enough. Besides, it gives me an excuse to type ‘submission’ a bunch of times in a post my mother could actually read. 😉 Read the rest of this entry »

Sep 30

Toronto! Star Trek Day! Book!

Off to my favourite city in the world tonight, Toronto, for a weekend with friends and my Monkeyman cohorts and to try to sell copies of The Phoenix Saga at Star Trek Day Toronto! If you’re anywhere in the area, you should stop by – it’s geekiness of the absolute best kind, and you can put down your money and walk away with a signed copy of sci-fi theatrical hilariousness. Highly recommended.

In other news, a friend linked to this article about playwriting, and while it’s kind of a no-brainer, it’s also nicely heartwarming. I love my collaborators.

Until next time, Excelsior!

 

Sep 27

Stick a Fork In It

Good for me! As of last Friday, I am officially finished with the script for Uncharted Zones. That was the deadline we set for ourselves, and we met it. As is to be expected, I met it by going crazy for the better part of a week and sneaking everything in just under the wire – but it’s finished, and that’s what matters.

And it reminded me of something I wanted to write about in here: how do you decide when a play (or novel, etc.) is done? This time, I had no choice – but most of the time, it’s something you have to decide for yourself. How do you know?

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