Beyond Late Update: NPE, OMPF, and Debbie Harbin.

This update is later than the revelatory thoughts one has when trying to slip off to sleep at 3AM. Let’s go through events in reverse chronological order, for kicks.

Back in October, I joined the New Play Exchange to hock my playwrighterly wares. Check out my profile here: New Play Exchange. It’s a really cool resource with a lot of potential, and I’m glad to be part of it.

Back in August, the One Minute Play Festival returned to Philadelphia in collaboration with Interact Theatre and produced my one minute play Extended Run.

Since you’re presumably unable to travel back in time to see the show, you can view it here: Howl Round. Check out my particular piece at 1:02:00–though you should probably watch the whole thing, as it showcases the kind of brilliant work Philly’s brilliant playwrights produce.

Back in June (good lord, could I be any more late?), playwright extraordinaire Debbie Harbin wrote a short piece on Kid Turboni Brings the Rain:

Do you know that feeling when a play – or other work of art – just gets you in the sweet spot?  It’s not that it wrecks you, or that it opens up new worlds of never-before-conceived thought or anything like that; it’s just a play that makes you go “Yesssss.”  It’s a play that makes you go “Mmmm,” like an ice cream cone might make you go “Mmmm.”  That was my experience today as I read Kid Turboni Brings the Rain by talented playwright Mark Costello.

Read the rest here: 90 Days, 90 Plays.

That’s it for now. Look out for more updates, hopefully sooner than 8 months from now!

March 31st: Reuben’s Kitchen.

I’m honored to announce my play Hush will be presented as part of Reuben’s Kitchen, an event established to foster a sense of creative community around the memory of Reuben Mitchell. Reuben was more than well-loved, and celebrating our community is exactly what he’d be about.

What: Reuben’s Kitchen.

When: March 31st, 7PM.

Where: Christ Church Neighborhood House (20 North American Street, 19106).

Notes: Bring food! Bring art! Bring yourself, and join our community!

It is asked that you bring picnic food and a picnic blanket, and especially a dessert as that’ll the focal point of some discussion and schmoozing. Hope to see you there!

PHIT Presents: Vesuvius, by Yours Truly.

I’ve just learned that something pretty cool will be going down next month: Philly Improv Theatre runs a Page One series where playwrights write a page that they then expand through their improv performance. My one-page’r Vesuvius will be presented in this series. Details:

What: Vesuvius, presented by Philly Improv Theatre.

When: March 8th, 2014 (a Saturday).

Where: PHIT – 2030 Sansom Street, 19103.

Tickets here.

Come on out and have a blast! Get it? Vesuvius–blast–right?

Workshops, Readings, Rain-Bringing, and Porn.

I’d apologize for not updating this since January if there was anything to update you on, but finally, there is! March 2013 is promising to be a rather excellent month in this playwright’s estimation, and here’s why:

First, Kid Turboni Brings the Rain is going to be bringing some rain again to the Growing Stage – the Children’s Theatre of New Jersey. Here are the details from my previous post, updated to be accurate for the second round:

What: Kid Turboni Brings the Rain, part of the New Play-Reading Series.

When: March 6th, at 7:30PM.

Where: The Growing Stage – The Children’s Theatre of New Jersey

Address: 7 Ledgewood Avenue; Netcong, New Jersey; 07857.

Why: Because, you know–America?

Come out for round two if you missed round one and hear a heartwarming tale of family, friends, love, and rain overcoming the sadness of loneliness, isolation, pain, and loss!

Now, on to my play Truth or Consequences, which is about loneliness, isolation, pain and loss overcoming family, friends, love, and…well, rain doesn’t really show up but if it did it’d be so freaking overcame by the others. Plus, it’s about porn, so we’re winning at winning.

I’ll be taking a revised version of the play out to West Virginia University during the week of March 16th, where I’ll be workshopping it all week with a public reading being the end goal on the university’s campus. While there, I’ll be teaching a few playwriting classes, discussing my translation of Everyman with a class that’s focusing on medieval drama, discussing the generation of new work with a physical theatre class, and meeting with lighting students to discuss creative interaction between writers and designers–at least, this is the plan.

I’ll post an update with specifics about the reading and reactions to my classes as an update becomes available. Big thanks to Jim Knipple, director extraordinaire, for this opportunity as well as the whole amazing crew at WVU!

My writing is nothing if not…varied.

Everyman: Best Production of 2013!

Well, look at this! The 2013 Philadelphia Theatre Critic’s Awards have listed a wee production called Everyman as the best of 2013. Here are the winners:




BEST ACTOR — CHARLIE DelMARCELLE – I Am My Own Wife, Theatre Horizon

BEST ACTRESS –  NANCY MORICETTE – The Convert, Wilma Theatre

BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR –  BEN STEINFELD, Into the Woods, McCarter Theatre


BEST DIRECTOR — REV. DAVID CREGAN,  O.S.A, Ph.D., Everyman, Villanova Theatre

More here: Awards!

Two awards associated with our production? Nifty! Pretty dang grateful right about now, I’ll tell you what.

Everyman: Final Press and Full Press Round-Up.

Here’s the last bit of press related to Everyman I could find, making it feel like the journey’s truly over:

From Stage Magazine:

Through the use of present day vernacular in his translation, alumnus of the University’s Master’s in Theatre Program Mark J. Costello has brought this centuries old tale very much into the here and now.

Read the rest: Stage Magazine.

See the rest of my Everyman press round-ups here:

On to more misadventures!

Everyman Press: Broadway World Review!

Marakay Rogers gave a rather thoughtful and lovely review! Broadway World has been supportive of our entire process, for which I’m eternally grateful. From the review:

First, a good modern translation. Playwright and Villanova alumnus Mark Joseph* Costello was commissioned by Villanova Theatre to give us EVERYMAN, a poetic but incisively clear modern English rendering of the text. When Death comes to claim Everyman, or at least to set Everyman on a quest to find salvation on the way to eternity, whether Heaven or Hell, Everyman makes a fine worker’s complaint about the task: “You’ve no concept of leisure, have you? This work’s best put off a while, yes?”

* – Wait, Joseph?

More here: Broadway World.

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