SEP 19, 2011 – Dramatists Guild Fellows showcase!

My wonderful year as a 2010-2011 Dramatists Guild Fellow culminates in this showcase at Playwrights Horizons, where all 10 of us Fellows will present excerpts from the work we’ve developed over the year, under the tutelage of Lynn Ahrens, Stephen Flaherty, Andrea Lepcio, and many brilliant guest artists (including Stephen Sondheim)!

I’m presenting material from my new show MY LIFE IS A MUSICAL, performed by myself along with Emily Padgett (ROCK OF AGES), Kristine Reese Tighe (WICKED), Natalie Charle Ellis (9 TO 5), Billy Tighe (LA CAGE AUX FOLLES), Nick Dalton (LEGALLY BLONDE), and Alex Wyse (LYSISTRATA JONES).

My astoundingly talented fellow Fellows (playwrights and musical theater writers) are: Masi Asare, Chisa Hutchinson, Anna Jacobs, Peter Lerman, Bill Nelson, Kristen Palmer, Ayanna Saulsberry, Ken Urban & Stefanie Zadravec.

An exciting finish to a wonderful year — look for new material from this show soon dg195on my Writing page and in my Song Store!

JUN 19, 2011 – CLOWN BAR opens in Cino Nights series

I join forces with Juilliard-trained playwright Adam Szymkowicz, writing music for his lyrics in his “clown noir” play CLOWN BAR, which has a one-night-only performance in Rising Phoenix Rep’s Cino Nights series.  Performed in an actual bar, the play tells the story of Happy, a clown-turned-cop who goes back into the seedy den of clown crime to settle an old score …

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by Adam Szymkowicz
directed by Kip Fagan

Lyrics by Adam Szymkowicz and Adam Overett
Music by Adam Overett

with Alex Anfanger, Brett Aresco, Stephen Bel Davies, Sam Breslin Wright, Jamie Effros, Jessy Hodges, Beth Hoyt, Jessica Pohly, Dominic Spillane, and Stephen StoutClown Bar production photo

Long ago Happy left the Clown Bar and the organized clown crime world to work for the good guys.  Now his junkie brother Timmy has been murdered, and Happy returns to his old life to ask a few questions.  Can he go home again without getting sucked into the seedy clown underbelly of vice and violence?  And will he survive the gun toting clowns who used to be his friends? Or Blinky, the lady clown he left behind?

ONE NIGHT ONLY: Sunday, June 19 at 7 p.m. and 9 p.m.
Seventh Street Small Stage

JUN 17, 2011 – ACE lands

Wrapping up a three-week developmental lab workshop of the musical ACE, with book and lyrics by Robert Taylor and Richard Oberacker, and music by Richard Oberacker, directed by Sheryl Kaller.  An incredibly engaging, creative, and fun journey exploring this work along with some of my favorite artists and people, including Aaron Lazar, Becca Ayers, Mary Beth Peil, Mary-Mitchell Campbell and so many other greats!