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:

PHILADELPHIA THEATER CRITIC’S AWARDS 

2013 WINNERS

BEST PRODUCTION — EVERYMAN, Villanova Theatre

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 SUPPORTING ACTRESS — ZAINAB JAH, The Convert, Wilma 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.

Feel the love? I feel the love. Aw yiss.

Delco News Network: “Strong performances void of pretense.”

More Everyman press yet!

Villanova Theatre Dept. head, Rev. David Cregan, has chosen to emphasize the universality of the tale with the unique choice of casting a female in the lead—first-year scholar Hallie Martenson. 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 here: Delco News Network.

They like us. They really, really like us.

Everyman Press Compendium: Reviews and More.

The Everyman press keeps rolling in, what with a glorious opening behind us and a brilliant closing not too far ahead.

City Paper wants you to see Everyman:

Director David Cregan casts a woman, Hallie Martenson, as Everyman, and uses music ranging from Mozart to Lady Gaga, punk and haute couture fashion, and an 11-foot skate ramp in a dynamic interpretation sure to emphasize Everyman’s contemporary relevance.

Truth. Read the rest here: City Paper.

I’ve received my first reviews ever! Thankfully, but given the immense talent of our cast and crew, not surprisingly, the show’s getting warm write-ups. Phindie is a pretty cool site, dedicated to independent reviews of Philly’s theatre and arts scene:

An inspiring and impressive adaptation from the Middle Ages morality play, EVERYMAN is entertaining and thought-provoking. Just like the actors in the 15th century who originally performed this very play, the actors brought to life the truth, uncertainty, and comfort of what lays beyond the grave.

More here: Phindie.

Lastly, a positively glowing review from independent blogger Neal, of nealspaper.com:

Craft, theater crafts of many sorts, are employed to stunning, magical effect that drives home “Everyman’s”  persistent message of penance, salvation, and preparation for a happy afterlife without ever becoming preachy or cloying, not even when the Medieval script, translated by Mark J. Costello, echoes the fire and brimstone “Everyman’s” anonymous writer(s) laid on thickly to persuade 15th century audiences, believers or not, that death is imminent, and they must constantly keep themselves ready to answer to heavenly judges for their mortal souls.

More here: nealspaper.com.

A just and wonderful reckoning for our just wonderful cast and crew!

Even More Everyman Press: A Brief Update.

Thought all press was accounted for in yesterday’s update, or the one before it, or even the one before that? No way. WHYY’s Robin Bloom pimped out Everyman in today’s Arts Shuffle recording and post!

Give it a listen here.

For good measure, check out Villanova Theatre’s Twitter feed, which, in conjunction with my vigilant press-watching, will keep you up to date on the Everyman scene.

Opening: a mere one day away. Get excited!

Everyman in the Press: Rep Radio Podcast and WHYY.

Darnelle Radford of Rep Radio, Philly’s way cool theatre podcast, interviewed David Cregan about Everyman and the podcast was released today. David’s dissection of the process is brilliant, and really opens up how wonderful a process it has been.

Listen here.

WHYY’s getting in on it, too:

Villanova Theatre re-imagines a medieval morality play into a high-fashion, gender-bending spectacle of sight and sound with “Everyman,” November 12-24. Morality plays were used as an educational tool to reach the illiterate masses through public performance. This play, believed to have been written in the late 15th century, was translated from Old English by Mark J. Costello, alumnus of the Villanova Masters in Theatre Program, and takes the audience on a journey through the final hours of the eponymous Everyman, who represents all of mankind, and must answer to God for all of the good and evil deeds he committed in his life. Rev. David Cregan, who directs the production, cast the title role as a woman (Hallie Martenson), and blends the old with the new by fusing elements of haute couture and punk rock (including an 11 foot skate ramp!) with medieval spiritual hymns to create a soundscape that emphasizes the fleeting nature of fashion, trend, and ultimately, human life.

The rest be here.

Get excited! Two days ’til opening! Woot!

Everyman Press: The Image of Death (in Photos)!

Photo credit: Kimberly Reilly, Villanova University.

The article conspicuously neglects to mention the play’s translator, but we’ll let that slide because Broadway World’s Photo Flash is putting out some truly brilliant and beautiful stage images! Meet Hallie Martenson as Everyman and Mitchell Bloom as her Death, photo credit going to Kimberly Reilly, PR guru of the Villanova Theatre.

From the article:

Modern meets medieval in Villanova Theatre’s production of Everyman, directed by Rev. David Cregan, OSA and on stage November 12 – 24, 2013. Cregan has chosen to emphasize the universality of the tale, bringing the production solidly into the here and now with contemporary language and modern design.

Read the full article, and see more photos, here.

Come see Everyman at the Villanova Theatre, opening November 13th!

Kid Turboni in the Press.

As this Sunday approaches and with it, the New Play-Reading Festival’s presentation of Kid Turboni Brings the Rain, the press has begun rolling in!

From The Examiner:

The final selection is Kid Turboni Brings the Rain (Sunday, Nov. 10th at 1:30PM) and is helmed by the festival’s director, Steve Graham. The worst heat wave in the history of Albuquerque’s Housing Project 326A rages on, leaving Kid Turboni sweat-deprived on the hot pavement with his best friend, Billy Santos. When it becomes too much, they decide to steal rain from Mother Nature. Parents interfere, nature refuses to cooperate, girls want kisses and sparklers are lit, but the question remains: Can Kid Turboni bring the rain?

The rest is here.

The Sparta Independent carried the same press release. Though it’s the same as The Examiner’s piece, it’s neat seeing it crop up in a couple different spots.

Come on out and see Kid Turboni bring the win!