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September, 2020

Updated: Jun 16, 2022

What a strange time it is. I've stayed busy for the past many months in a variety of ways, but there's no real sense of normal in it all.

Happily, EL PANFLETO was mounted just before the pandemic shut things down, and when things clear we plan to remount it in Santiago. I'm also currently doing some educational training online, which I see as a prerequisite for a future creative project, and possibly another Fulbright.

I have two productions coming up. The first will be THE CHRISTIANS by Lucas Hnath, which I'll direct at Next Act in Milwaukee. We'll rehearse it as a play, but then we'll film (tape) it as a video release. It will be much more involved than a Zoom reading, but still a digital production. Here's the theatre's PR description:

Twenty years ago, Pastor Paul’s church was a modest storefront. Now he presides over a congregation of thousands, with Sunday school classrooms, a vestibule coffee shop and a baptismal font the size of a swimming pool. Today’s mortgage burning should be a day to celebrate. But Paul is about to preach a sermon that will shake the faith of his flock to the core. Will the rock on which they stand be cracked or strengthened by Paul’s powerful change of heart?

My other fall project will be UP CLOSE (BUT NOT TOO CLOSE!) with Emmy Award winning Public TV host and storyteller/comedian John McGivern at the Pabst Theatre in Milwaukee. It's yet another version of some of holiday tales. It's a 1400 seat theatre and they're planning on a number of shows with socially distanced seating. I'm looking forward to it, as he and I have collaborated for years and always have a great time.

There are other ideas afloat but that's my news for the present.


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