NoPassport has teamed up with Dominic D'Andrea (The One Minute Play Festival) to create "30/30
- a celebration of US Latina/o theatre!" Anyone can get involved to do a
script-in-hand reading of one or all 30 plays between now and March
2014. Please support Latina/o theatre artists by joining this exciting
project. Check out the details.
The Brooklyn Commune Project
Coming this weekend,
Nov. 22-24, is the largest artist-driven, grassroots initiative of its kind: The Global Congress --
a full weekend of thought-provoking presentations, performances and
conversations about the economics of the performing arts, the conditions
of the arts ecology and the lives of working artists in New York City.
And it's FREE!
Hopefully most of you are already
taking advantage of this great program through TDF, but just in case
you don't know about it, here's the deal. Off-Off Broadway producers
can register with TDF's "Off-Off@$9"
program to offer $9 tickets to your shows. This is a great way to fill
the house during that first week when ticket sales are often low.
details about these and other important activities affecting OOB and to
see how you can help and get involved, check out the Community Corner.
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not a strictly marketing device, you need to CONVERSE and not just
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by Christopher Borg
This year, John
McKinney's play The Checkhov Dreams received 2 nominations for 2013 IT
Awards, for Outstanding Original Full-Length Script and Outstanding
Actress in a Leading Role. A great start for an up-and-coming New York
theatre artist and December brings a lot more than just snow to the
On December 5, his one-act, Unprimed,
about two ex-lovers who run into each other in an art museum and engage
in a vicious repartee-fest , opens a 3-week run as a part of the
Workshop Theater's "Super Shorts" play festival.
Then another of
his one-acts, Unintelligent Life, will be hitting the bookstands as a
part of the anthology, Best 10-Minute Plays 2013, published by Smith
& Kraus who have ALSO included one of McKinney's monologue from his
IT Award nominated, The Chekhov Dreams, as a part of their publication,
Best Monologues for Men, 2013.
BORG: Tell me about Unprimed!
I'm particularly proud of this play as it represents the kind of plays I
most enjoy seeing - seriocomic drama with an accent on language and
tempo. The play is about two ex-lovers who run into each other in an art
museum and engage in a vicious repartee-fest. As the banter continues,
however, we begin to sense that the verbal combat is really just part
of an elaborate game that is both a turn-on and a kind of Sartre-like
Hell at the same time.
I first wrote the play as a kind of
homage to Pinter, whose mastery of rhythm and subtext always humbles me.
Later, however, I began to realize there were parallels between this
couple and couples I have observed or been part of in my own life.
also proud to say that this is a Workshop "best of" show, which means
my play will be surrounded by other proven pieces which have already had
successful runs, written by writers I greatly admire.
BORG: How does it differ from your play, Unintelligent Life, being published by Smith & Kraus?
It's a futuristic comedy that is part sci-fi spoof, part social satire
about our first encounter with intelligent life. Like Unprimed, it also
involves some romantic verbal sparring and provides a showcase for some
great vocal impressions by the male actor whose body is possessed by an
alien life force.
BORG: So how did the monologue from The Chekhov Dreams end up being published in a book of monologues?
invited a drama critic to come see the play with the intention of
getting dramaturgical feedback, completely forgetting that he is also an
editor for Smith & Kraus. So the publishing contract came as quite
a surprise, especially since the play was still in development.
BORG: How does it make you feel to know that there might be hoards of men using your words to audition for acting schools, etc.?
funny, a lot of actors ask me that question and it always thrills me to
hear it phrased like that. It's strange to think I'll have this
unseen, unspoken connection to all these actors across America who I'll
never meet. Strange, but wonderful at the same time.
For more information about his production of Unprimed, and also tickets and details, the Workshop Theater website.
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