Monday, December 17, 2007

Dramatic News

I can now cross one more thing off my Life Goals list.

The Manhattan Repertory Theatre of New York has selected my play, Can't Live Without You, for its Winterfest 2008 series. It will open on Wednesday, January 23 with additional performances on Friday, January 25 and Saturday, January 26. Tickets are $20 (with a complimentary beverage) and are available through their website or by calling 646-329-6588.

What this means is that I will be a New York-produced playwright.

A lot of the credit goes to Rachel Charlop-Powers who read the play at the William Inge Theatre Festival last April and fell in love with it. She's been the driving force behind this production, and I will be eternally grateful to her.

Oh, yes, I'm going to see it, and if you're in the New York area, please come and see it.

As a little background, this play merges two characters from my works -- Donny Hollenbeck of Small Town Boys and Bobby Cramer of Bobby Cramer -- into one story. I started working on Can't Live Without You in the winter of 2001 when I was having a writer's block on Bobby Cramer and hadn't yet resumed work on Small Town Boys. So the Donny who is in the play isn't the "same" Donny in novel; he's a writer living with his girlfriend in the Florida Keys. But in a lot of ways, they are similar; they're both going through life almost oblivious to things around them until something startles them to the point of waking up and seeing their life from the third person.

Can't Live Without You is a romantic comedy in two acts and I had a lot of fun writing it. I've been trying to get theatres and producers to read it and even workshop it since I wrote it, but this opportunity at the Manhattan Rep came out of Rachel's efforts and I am very happy -- and fortunate -- to have a friend like her with such enthusiasm and love for the story.

Anyway, if you're in the NYC area, I hope you'll come see it, and I hope that you like it.

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