Entry 6: New Festivals and More Fun Times

SO LOTS OF FUN THINGS ARE HAPPENING

Amazing things are happening in the city right now. My internship with Michael Cassara Casting wraps up this Friday after a week of working in the office, seeing a showcase or two, and a final EPA day. It's hard to believe that ten weeks have already passed at the office, but hey, lots of great lessons and great times. However, the schedule is filling up super quickly and I am excited that I can finally announce a lot of new projects that are happening for me in the city. 

MORE THAN/LESS THAN MOVES ON TO THE MANHATTAN REP. FINALS

After two great performances from Lauren, Natalie, and Rebecca, More Than/Less Than was selected to move on to the finals of the March Short Play Competition at Manhattan Repertory Theatre with four other plays. The Finals will be this Saturday, March 11th at 9pm at the Manhattan Repertory Theatre. It's voting based, so we hope to have a good turnout. If you can come: here is a link for tickets: http://manhattanrep.com/march-short-play-competition-2017/
 
A video of last Saturday's performance will be available, hopefully, by the end of the week. 
Special shout out to all of our friends and family who have come to see it so far and to everyone from Ohio and Otterbein who have given us so much support and love! Special thanks to my mom for being able to make up from NJ. It was the first time we have been able to see each other since August. 

ACTING DEBUT AT THE MAGNET THEATER IN TWO WEEKS

Connor, Evan, Doug, and I were lucky enough to audition for the Magnet Theater's inaugural 10-Minute Play Festival. I am excited to announce that two weeks after making my playwriting debut in NYC, I will be making my acting debut in that Festival in a really funny parody called Cool Chefs Jr. written by Matt Cox, the writer of the off-Broadway musical, Puffs! I will be playing the host of a children's cooking show and I am super pumped to do a fun comedy! The Festival will be performed on Sunday, March 19th at 7:30pm and Sunday, March 26th at 7:30pm at the Magnet Theater. 
Tickets for March 19th can be found here: http://www.magnettheater.com/shows/48989-Magnet-Theater-s-10-Minute-Play-Festival
Tickets for March 26th can be found here: http://www.magnettheater.com/shows/48990-Magnet-Theater-s-10-Minute-Play-Festival

PERIASTRON WILL DEBUT IN THE INAUGURAL BIG APPLE THEATER FESTIVAL

The cycle of Stacy and Mia plays will continue to be produced as a new play Periastron was selected as one of five plays for the inaugural Big Apple Theater Festival ran by the producers of the Big Apple Film Festival. The festival will take place in The Kraine Theater, a home to Off-Broadway and Off-Off-Broadway productions. The festival will culminate with two performances on April 8th at 7pm and 9pm. Periastron will feature Natalie Szczerba as Stacy and Lauren Kent as Mia with Evan Moore-Coll directing. Tickets will be going on sale soon!  Check out this cool link to learn more: http://bigappletheaterfestival.com/

FOUR GREAT SHOWS I LOVED THIS PAST WEEK AND A HALF

I saw four of my favorite shows since I came to New York City. They have continued to inspire me to become a better theater maker and writer. So in no order...
1. Come From Away (Broadway): THANK YOU RANDY ADAMS for bringing an amazing story to the stage that is poignant, heartwarming, heartbreaking, and so funny at the same time. 
2. The Light Years (Playwrights Horizons): THANK YOU THE DEBATE SOCIETY. It's awesome to go to the theater and learn so much history while also being moved by the story of the people in the world. Also, the lights are the most amazing design element I have seen in my life. Kudos to the actors, crew, designers, and to the Debate Society for once again inspiring me to write. 
3. 9 Circles (Sheen Center): As a reader for the final callbacks, this production will have a special place in my heart. I was in the special thanks in the bio and I am so happy to have helped at all. Josh Collins was incredible in the lead role as Daniel Reeves and a true inspiration as an actor. Powerful and moving, Doug and I very much enjoyed this one.
4. See Reverse (Broken Box Mime Theater): Through a connection with Michael, I was able to discover this amazing mime troupe in Manhattan, who perfectly blended all of the exciting, joyful, fulfilling moments of our lives, with all of the confusing, frustrating, and devastating ones. The technique was so clean. The storytelling was so clear. It was the most fun I have had watching anything in a very long time and I hope I can be apart of their community soon! 

RANDOM FUN TIMES AND SHOUT OUTS

-Went and explored the wonderful Pop Tarts Cafe with Natalie before our second performance. And everything was free. WOO! 
-Saw lots of amazing faces from Otterbein visiting on Spring Break. Much love to all of you. A special shout out has to go to Alyssa for sneaking a FaceTime video so Sally could see the opening night performance.
-Rebecca Schafer is debuting her first play in two awesome play festivals and I am super excited for her. Not to mention, the script is hilarious. 
-I am applying for a job. Let's see what happens!
-Shout out to Elizabeth Saltzgiver for being awesome and organizing everything for our showcase. 
-Shout out to Dr. Jessie Glover and Stella Kane for being awesome advisers. My defense for Distinction is at the end of the month.
-Next week, I will finally go to a museum and Central Park. Wow. Two months in and I will finally do it.
-Shout out to the Bells and my parents for obvious reasons.
-Shout out to Shawn. I miss you, brother.
-Shout out to Sally. Two years is a long time. Thanks for putting up with me and being my biggest fan. 

Until next time. 

Have fun and kick ass.