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Monster's Ball and other fun plays to see this weekend in NYC

Happy 2014! Thankfully I'm still in California soaking up the sun and warmth. It's always a tad depressing to leave my friends, family and good weather. But living in New York City (with two little kids) has its perks...doesn't it? I'm sure it does. I just can't think of those perks right at this moment. Out west I stay in a house with many rooms up on a mountain. In New York City we have a two bedroom apartment. Here, in Northern California I have friends and family coming out of my ears. In New York City I have no extended family (an no extra help) and not as many close friends. Well, not the kind that I have here. In New York City, I can mostly work uninterrupted by things like "let's go for a walk, bike ride or let's just meet up for fun." But New York is still New York and it's still the place to go for great theater. So let's get to it.

My good friend Fritz Brekeller who has directed several plays of mine, including My Life As You, Hoboken and Elevator Secret Thoughts has something in the cooker this weekend at The Workshop Theater. I have no idea the story behind how he got involved, but he's directing a musical called Relent and it sounds like something to check out. Fritz has great taste and he simply only works on totally cool plays. He's super talented and I can't wait to see this new musical.

Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays
January 16 thru 26, 2014

A visceral, raw meditation on love. With music.

Vera and Pace never stop.
She's caustic. He's clueless.
She can't stand to be around him until he's gone.
This endless cycle is taking its toll on Vera's band The Vagrants.
When a free-lance music photographer crashes at Vera's Williamsburg pad while Pace is in the outs, Vera becomes his next subject.
But can he handle her up close?

Rosebud Baker*
David Goldberg*
Katherine McDonald
Kenyon Phillips
Shonda Robbins
Ben Sumrall*

*Appears courtesy of Actors' Equity Association

WorkShop Theater Company
312 West 36th Street,
Fourth Floor East
New York, NY 10018
Between 8th and 9th Avenues

Also running this weekend and only a mere nine blocks from Frtiz' show is Changes an evening of short plays which happens to include my short play Monser's Ball.

Brief Acts presents Changes at the Producers Club Producers Club Theaters
358 W 44th Street, NY Between 8th and 9th, nearer to 9th.
Changes runs

Friday, January 17th at 8pm
Saturday, January 18th 3pm & 8pm
Sunday, Jan 19th at 7pm

Reserve your seats via email

Changes is extra special for a few reasons. For starters my talented friend Jason Nunes' play Thompson Square Park is also in the evening. Jason and I were both writers for a group called RCL that was run by the late great Le Wilhem and the wonderful Kathy Towson. Le Wilhelm passed away after a short illness this past September. Jason and I and some of the other writers from our group gave our plays to Le's former company Love Creek/RCL because they really needed some material to keep the theater going. Le would have wanted it this way. Le Wilhelm ran the company for thirty years. He was an impressive writer and teacher, always looking for the best in people. To me he was a wonderful mentor and friend with the best laugh. Love Creek is a little bit of a small town in a big city. Love Creek Productions is where many actors, writers, directors and producers first get their feet wet in the big, bad, cold and dirty New York City. The company under Mr. Wilhelm produced my first play The Miracle back in 2001, and it was a miracle because it changed my life. Suddenly I went from dreaming of becoming a New York City playwright to really being one...and it's all because of a wonderful man named Le Wilhelm.

Brief Acts Presents Changes

January 2014
Friday, January 17th at 8pm
Saturday, January 18th 3pm & 8pm
Sunday, Jan 19th at 7pm

All the Way to Crawfordsville
by Le Wilhelm Directed by Tanya Fazal
with Jackie Torres & Lydia Kalmen

Monster Bash
by Laura Rohrman Directed by Liam Ewing
with Marcy Agreen and Franziska Kniffka

Thompkins Square Park
by Jason Nunes Directed by Eric Leeb
with Alix Cross & Janelle Stein

J Doe No. 127
by W. LaBier Jones Directed by Tiffany James
with Gregory Cioffi Jessica Kent & Rachel Kemp

The Snow Storm
Written and Directed by Moshe Goodman
with Moshe Goodman and MacKenzie Smith
Producers Club Theatres
358 W 44th NYC NY

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