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!
Gearing up for the summer theatre season here in Maine, just as the 2015-206 has closed , and I thought I would share with you two recent articles that I had great fun writing. The first is a preview piece on what is sure to be a real treat this August-September – a co-production between Maine State Music Theatre and Portland Stage of Frank McCourt’s The Irish and How They Got That Way, directed by Marc Robin, sets by Anita Stewart, and starring Curt Dale Clark. Here is the link to read the Broadway World piece: https://stagescreensong.wordpress.com/we-are-all-irish/
With the snow gone and the arts flourishing, I have had a busy March. I had the pleasure of giving a talk at Tall Pines in Belfast about the shaping of memory in my new book, Carousel and Other Stories on March 31. For Scene 4 Magazine, I had the opportunity to catch up with clarinetist Seunghee Lee who has a beautiful new CD, Solace, just released. (Read the article here.) And I am excited to be collaborating with a wonderful team at Maine State Music Theatre to help produce a visual exhibition about the company to be on display at Curtis Memorial Library in Brunswick this summer. I will be writing the exhibition catalog and narrative, and am looking forward to it and the upcoming, busy summer theatre and music season!!
Writing has kept me busy this February, as winter hopefully winds down here in Maine. My new short story collection, Carousel, is out and available, and I have several book talks scheduled this spring. Even more exciting is that the concluding story from the collection, “The Promise of Saint Michel,” appears in the March issue of Scene 4 Magazine. Last month’s scene 4 carried my piece on the Maine poet Edwin Arlington Robinson and his connections to Gardiner. And in addition to the usual Fanfare reviews and Broadway World pieces, I had the opportunity to interview Anita Stewart (Portland Stage) and Curt Dale Clark (Maine State Music Theatre) about their exciting upcoming collaboration this August: a co-production of Frank McCourt’s The Irish and How They Got That Way. You can read the piece here!
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
January is always a little sleepy for journalism, but I was delighted to write several features on wonderful artists, among them: the pianist Julian Gargiulo and his “Getting to Carnegie” competition and new documentary film for Scene 4Magazine and a fascinating piece on a young Harpswell resident being mentored by Maine State Music Theatre. Check them out! The theatre season resumes now, and we are full steam ahead for a February 23rd launch of CAROUSEL. Meanwhile, I have been invited to present a workshop at the Ocean Park Chatauqua Conference on August 10, 2016. My topic tentatively will be “Shaping a Memory into fiction,” and I’ll post more details, as I know them. Finally, some exciting -though still in organizing stage -plans for Daniel Steven Crafts to record excerpts from his opera, Adonais, (my libretto) this spring with mezzo-soprano Debra Domanski and tenor Brian Cheney. Stay tuned!
Weiala Press has published to You Tube two excerpts of Carla Maria Verdino-Süllwold’s reading from CAROUSEL and Other Stories. The first is from “Don Avalon,” an amusing memory about a middle school music teacher, while the second is from “Shards,” about the memories of anniversaries past contained in the work of a Wellfleet potter.