I’m very happy to announce that two of my plays are being produced by Evolution Theatre Company during the 2016 season. Evolution announced the 2016 season from the stage during the run of “Sordid Lives,” in September. The official announcement, via press release, should come soon.
My plays, “Sticks & Stones,” and “A Point of Diminishing Returns,” will be presented during the two weeks of the Local Playwrights’ Festival in May 2016.
“A Point of Diminishing Returns” will be offered the first week, one of four short plays, all written to feature a gay character involved in some way in the political arena.
The play revolves around Ulysses McKinley Rutherford Harding Garfield Hayes III, a venerable but clueless Ohio politician, who is hot on the campaign trail - busily shaking hands, kissing babies, and seeking votes. Unfortunately, Ulysses has chosen the wrong venue and the wrong audience for the stump speech he is about to deliver. And, when Ulysses decides to abandon his prepared remarks and speak from his heart, there’s nowhere to go but down for him and for the event.
“Sticks & Stones” will run the second week of the Festival. This is the play for which I received the 2014 CATCO and Greater Columbus Arts Council Playwrights Fellowship.
CATCO produced a staged reading of the play on June 28, 2015. One hundred twenty-one people attended! Audience response was positive and encouraging! And after the reading Evolution Theatre inquired about producing the play during their 2016 season!
“Sticks & Stones” tells the story of Janice Sanders, an older art critic, who uses her review to savage the works created by Kyle Jones, a young, transgender artist. Kyle uses a blog to out Janice as a closeted, hypocritical lesbian, and Janice threatens to sue for defamation. In conversations with their attorneys, with ghosts from their pasts, and with each other, Janice and Kyle struggle to understand each other and their very different lives.
I’m very excited about these two plays.
I’m very grateful to CATCO, GCAC, and Evolution Theatre for their interest in, and their support of my work.
Looking forward to 2016!