John Keats writes in his beautiful Ode to Autumn about “Seasons of mellow fruitfulness,” and composer Daniel Steven Crafts and I are excited to say that this fall has yielded not only a May 2017 performance date for choral excerpts from our opera Adonais in Santa Fe, but now also, (we hope as we try to firm up schedules), the opportunity to have two of today’s brightest young opera talents, tenor Brian Cheney and mezzo-soprano Deborah Dmanski, record arias and scenes from the work with piano accompaniment. The target date is late November or December 2016 in New York. So stay tuned and check out the details on the OTHER PROJECTS page.
Then, too, the first Theatre Miniature video featuring Curt Dale Clark appeared on October 22, 2016 in Broadway World and was received with much positive attention. I film the second next week: a profile of director Brian P. Allen.
And finally, Scene 4 published my colorful profile of Broadway singer and actor Nat Chandler! So, if you haven’t already check these out! It has been a productive fall!
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 had a wonderful time researching, interviewing, and preparing this article on Marc Robin and Curt Dale Clark’s body of fifteen original musicals. You can read the piece in the August issue of SCENE 4 Magazine at the link above. Scene 4 is a wonderful, multi-media monthly arts journal with an international circulation. I will post the article on my blog when the rights revert to me in September.
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/
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!
After a summer of interviewing and filming the young theatre interns at Maine State Music Theatre, I have completed long and short cuts of my documentary, which can be seen on You Tube, Broadway World, and MSMT’s online pages. The project chronicles the learning experience these young artists experienced at one of the nation’s most prestigious and elite theatre internship programs. READ MORE here and explore the links to the films, the raw footage interviews, and print articles.