It was so wonderful to get to spend a magical and dream-fulfilling week in January ’19 at the Eugene O’Neill Theater Center to work on The River Is Me for a wild week of dreaming and rehearsing with actors!
My writing partner Troy Anthony and I got to pick
some of our actor friends and head up to Waterford, CT for a 18/19 NMTC Incubator Residency. We had room and board and actors and PEACE AND QUIET IN OUR OWN COTTAGE!! And some of us found love in a lonely place but that’s another story…
Anyways, from the residency description:
“The NMTC Incubator recognizes important and rising voices and stories in the musical canon, and aims to provide these individuals with the space and time to sharpen and strengthen their developmental goals.”
It’s taken me 12 years to make it to the O’Neill. This week in January was one of the proudest moments of my whole life.
And now a slew of pictures 🙂
So I was accepted to the Catwalk Art Residency where I spent a wonderful three weeks in September, luxuriating in the peace and calm of the Catskills!
Catwalk Art Residency is an artist residency program established in 2004 by James and Purcell Scheu Palmer ’62 at their historic residence, which was originally the home of Hudson River School painter, Charles Herbert Moore. The 60 acre property, now known as CATWALK, is on the Hudson River directly across from Olana, home of Frederick Church, and directly north of Cedar Grove, Thomas Cole’s home in Catskill, New York.
What I learned about myself during this residency was my process! I do my best work….by shutting myself in like
and writing all day with literally no breaks, save for the 3min it takes to heat up some midwestern-mom style casserole I made the day I got there! Also, I need candles and black obsidian.
And now for a cavalcade of photos 🙂
So…admittedly this will be mostly a photo essay for memories 🙂 The National Alliance of Musical Theater Conference 2018 was so wonderful….and…energy intensive!! Just now getting around to including these memories!
What I learned is that there are a few theaters that are interested in taking risk, in changing the fabric of what theater can mean in this country, and doing the hard work of endeavoring to change who subscribes and sees shows. That was very gratifying to learn 🙂
And now for pictures of the rehearsal process and the show!