After a year’s sabbatical from fiction, I am thrilled to say that I began the first story of a new collection of short stories on Christmas day and finished it this morning! The ideas had been insistently popping up for some time, and I finally conceived the thread to connect them. For now, the working title is Round Trip, and I suspect the project will occupy me for the rest of this year. It feels good though to have taken that first step!
I am excited to report that I have just embarked on a new series of mini-video profiles about theatre artists working in or visiting Maine. These will be published on Broadway World‘s Maine site throughout the course of the next year. The first is on the amazing Curt Dale Clark. I have lined up director Brian P. Allen and director/choreographer Raymond Marc Dumont next, so stay tuned. I have also created a page on this blog to archive the videos so you can access them here, at Broadway World, or on my You Tube Channel.
August saw a flurry of theatre writing. Two of my favorites were these articles about the musicals of Marc Robin and Curt Dale Clark – one from Scene 4 Magazine and one from Broadway World. You can read them the extensive Scene 4 profile here and the BWW article here.
My other assignments included continue to cover Maine State Music Theatre’s spectacular 2016 season and reviewing their delightful collaboration with Portland Stage, The Irish and How They Got That Way.
I was delighted to be invited to conduct a seminar with Maine State Music Theatre’s interns on media and the role it plays in the theatre world. I thoroughly enjoyed sharing some of my experiences with them in an informal setting, and I really appreciated the thought-provoking questions they asked. What an incredible program MSMT has and what talented young artists!
Or listen to the audio of the seminar with Q & A and interview practice exercises:
First review of CAROUSEL from Self Publishing Review, February 3, 2017, is in, and we are pleased!
Carousel and Other Stories by Carla Maria Verdino-Süllwold is a lyrical collection of stories about the small poetic moments in a marriage. Whether it’s a couple rekindling their passion on vacation, couples facing the daunting prospect of the draft, it’s a collection about fears and dreams unfulfilled, but each finding contentment among the difficulty. Verdino-Süllwold’s prose is eloquent and thoughtful. She has clear affection for her characters and sympathy for their troubles, which only evokes the same feeling in the reader. Read More
My fourth work of fiction, Carousel and Other Stories is being printed and will be released February 23, 2016. The distributor Weiala Press has used for over twenty years is getting out of that end of the business, so we are forced to repurchase all the ISBNs for previous works and go through the laborious process of re-listing/issuing the books ourselves through the industry channels. The second printings of all the fiction will carry the new ISBNs and once again be available through Amazon, Barnes and Noble and directly from Weiala, Just another sign of the way the publishing and print journalism industries continue to change with lightning speed!
I continue to enjoy working for Broadway World, Scene 4, and Fanfare. My articles for Scene 4 lately have been about poetry, literature, and their ties to opera. Below I have posted a recent piece on the French poet André Chénier and the opera he inspired. December will carry my article about finding John Keats for my work on the Adonais libretto. The Maine theatre scene is slow around the holidays, but check out my review and feature on the magnificent world premiere of Rob Urbinati’s play, Mama’s Boy, at the Good Theater on Broadway World Maine page, as well as a piece on a delightful production of The Music man at Portland’s Lyric Music Theatre.
Finally, CAROUSEL and OTHER STORIES has gone to press!