Christmas Quartet development

Christmas Quartet, the newest musical by Becca Anderson, Julian Blackmore, and Dan Marshall, will have a developmental reading in late March as part of the lovely Charissa Bertel's Composer Salon Series.

Christmas Quartet had a private reading in New York City in December of 2014.

President Mom is going to Hawaii

The talented students at the 'Iolani School in Honolulu will be presenting President Mom in April.

My collaborator and I have been invited to visit the school, teaching master classes, presenting a cabaret, and attending rehearsals as part of the Tam & Young Arts Chair visiting artist program.

We are excited and grateful for this opportunity and can't wait to experience the Aloha state and meet these gifted young performers!

Academia Nuts named Best New Musical at NYMF 2014

I am thrilled to share that my musical Academia Nuts, written with Julian Blackmore and Dan Marshall, was named the Play By Play Best New Musical at the 2014 New York Musical Theatre Festival.

Our fabulous director Thomas Caruso was awarded the prize for Excellence in Direction, our actors Jennifer Simard and Alyse Alan Louis won awards for their performances, and the writing team received Honorable Mention in the categories of Excellence in Writing (Book) and Excellence in Writing (Lyrics).

Congratulations to all the winners! A full list can be found here.

Academia Nuts is Metro New York's #1 pick at NYMF!

Academia Nuts is featured on page 20 of today's (July 23, 2014) Metro New York as the number one show from the 2014 New York Musical Theatre Festival! We are flattered and honored to be in great company (they also loved Cloned! and Searchng for Romeo). If you're in New York City, pick up a copy and give it a read! 

Academia Nuts wraps up sold out run at NYMF

We finished up our sold out run at NYMF this week. It was an exciting and wonderful experience, and I am thrilled I was able to be a part of the festival and this production. Rehearsing, rewriting, and producing were a workout and a blessing.

Thank you to The Virginia B. Toulmin Foundation, the Anna Sosenko Assist Trust, and the Kevin Spacey Foundation: America for support Academia Nuts. I could never have put the show up without these generous organizations that care about and foster the arts.

Stephanie D'Abruzzo, Jennifer Simard, and more starring in Academia Nuts at NYMF 2014

Our full cast and creative team have been announced, and we couldn't be more pleased!

Rehearsals have begun, and the time is doing an amazing job with the material already. We are thrilled and humbled by all of the talent involved with Academia Nuts this summer, and I hope you can come see the show. Tickets go on sale on June 16th!

Click here for all the details and the full cast info!

Casting complete for Academia Nuts

I'm thrilled that casting is now complete for Academia Nuts this summer at the New York Musical Theatre Festival!

Keep your eyes peeled for a press release soon. We begin rehearsal three weeks from today and tickets go on sale June 16th.

Be sure to check out the NYMF website for more details!

President Mom Wins the 2014 Ronald M. Ruble New Play Prize

My children's play President Mom recently won the Ronald M. Ruble New Play Prize in Huron, Ohio. The three finalists for the prize were presented as staged readings by the Caryl Crane Youth Theatre, and the winner was selected through audience votes.

I was lucky enough to be able to Skype in for the performance, and I couldn't be more pleased with how professional and talented the youthful cast was. Bravo!

President Mom a Finalist!

I'm happy to announce that my children's play President Mom is one of three finalists for the Ronald M. Ruble New Play Festival at the Caryl Crane Youth Theatre in Huron, Ohio. My musical Hatter, written with Brandon James Gwinn, was a finalist for this award in 2012.

A free reading of President Mom will be presented on May 3rd at 2pm in the McBride Auditorium at BGSU Firelands.

Hooray for the LA FPI's SWAN Day of Action Fest

This past weekend I was lucky enough to be a part of the Los Angeles Female Playwrights Initiatives' SWAN Day of Action Fest. My one act play Over Ripe was presented by Barbara Tarbuck and William Dennis Hunt with direction by Gloria Iseli at the Samuel French Bookshop in Hollywood.

It was a fun day with five new short plays presented by brilliant actors (most of whom work with the Vagrancy Theatre in LA), microreads of one page scenes and excerpts, and loads of goodwill (not to mention snacks).

I had a wonderful time, expanded my theatrical network by meeting some incredible artists, and felt myself falling even more in love with LA and southern California.

LifeinLA.com had the following to say about my play:

"Becca Anderson’s play Over Ripe was an extraordinary piece about an old New York couple, a married man and woman in their 70s, who were also notorious bodega robbers, spending an afternoon bickering about their annoyances with each other. Though young herself, Becca Anderson had acutely captured the language, idioms, and jargons of that generation.  And the elder actors, Barbara Tarbuck and William Dennis Hunt, added the mannerism of that age with much ease. By the end of the play the audience broke into cheers, and some even gave a standing ovation."

Click here to read the full article.

March 22 & 24: You're a Good Man, Charlie Sheen

My 20 minute musical sketch comedy You're a Good Man, Charlie Sheen will be presented as part of the Broadway Melodies series. The show is produced by Eric Kallin and Lori Mannette and music directed by Dan Macalinao. It will play March 22nd at 9:30pm and March 24th at 7:00pm at the West End Theater (formerly The Underground) located at 955 West End Avenue. Tickets are $10 at the door.

You can read more about it on Broadwayworld.com and join the Facebook event.

Academia Nuts selected as 2014 NYMF Next Link show!

I'm a little late announcing this, but pulling together a show for the New York Musical Theatre Festival (NYMF) can prove time consuming. :)

Academia Nuts, the raunchy nerd-rock musical I've written with Julian Blackmore and Dan Marshall, has been selected as an official NYMF 2014 Next Link show and will receive a full production this July in New York City!!

Be sure to follow the show on Twitter and like it on Facebook to keep up with all of the most up-to-date news as we dive head first into this amazing project! You can also help make the show happen by donating to NYMF and earmarking your donation for Academia Nuts! Just be sure to select us on the scrolldown menu labeled "earmark your donation."

For more info on NYMF and Next Link, check out the links below.

Broadwayworld.com article

Playbill.com article

NYMF website

Staged Reading of Academia Nuts

Academia Nuts is a Finalist for the New Jersey Playwrights' Contest Musical Series and will receive a staged reading at William Paterson University in Wayne, NJ on Thursday, February 13th. You can read more about it here.

One Year Over, A New One Just Beginning

I love the feeling of being ready to take on the world that always seems to come with this time of year. It's a time to look back on your accomplishments (did you know I just wrote my second novel?) and look forward to your goals (I've started running again, and this time it is going to stick!).

I wish all of you a very safe and cheerful holiday season, and I hope you are inspired by your own achievements and ready to leap into a new year!

New Projects

Very excited to be starting a sting of new projects including a new full-length musical with my frequent collaborators Dan Marshall and Julian Blackmore; a webseries; a TYA play; and a pilot for an hour-long seriocomedic series.

As always, New York Comic Con has truly inspired me! Good old nerds!

 

Portfolio

The website now includes a portfolio of sorts including script samples, demo recordings from my musicals, video of live performances from my shows, and short sketch videos. 

Check it out here! 

Occupying the Empty Space

My short play "Park Bench" has been selected for Occupy the Empty Space's third festival benefiting the Museum of Reclaimed Urban Space in New York City.

The piece will be one of several performances taking place on August 16th at 7pm at the Museum of Reclaimed Urban Space, 155 Avenue C.

Trying the dead and my patience

I am disgusted by the verdict of the Zimmerman trial, as are many Americans. The man hunted down and killed an unarmed teenager at 7 o'clock in the evening simply because the boy was walking slowly. And the justice system has said that is fine and acceptable.

Hug your loved ones. And write.