Saturday, September 22, 2007

AC NY Chi-Town

Aaron Carter's one act Raw Material opens on September 23rd in Chicago. At the same time, Iowa Akhbar is being read at the KNF Series in New York.

The KNF reading is chock full of OU alums including director Carolina Conte and actor Erinn Ruth.

Sunday, September 16, 2007

Dave Carrico and Meredith Neal.

Dave Carrico reports:

Here's an update on me and Meredith Neal.

We just celebrated our 2nd wedding anniversary. We're living in Brooklyn. I'm starting a new job Monday at Pace University, as an adjunct Professor of Theatre, and Technical Director for the Department of Theatre.

Meredith is a freelance costume designer, currently doing Costumes and Props for a production of Camino Real that Sarah Michelson, another OU alum is directing for the 2nd Annual Tennesee Williams Festival in Provincetown, Massachusetts. She had a small show in NYC's 365, and recently did Costumes for a new play, Leni, with Collaborative Play as part of FringeNYC. Her website is

We have three cats, Roux, Lola and Meatwad. If you're in NYC, give us a holler!

Saturday, September 15, 2007

Qui Invades Chicago

OU Alum Qui Nguyen is invading Chicago. Check out his productions coming up here.

Christopher De Paola

Christopher De Paola reports:

For the past nine months, I've been working for Weigel Broadcasting (WCIU-TV) here in Chicago. I'm a head-writer and actor on the children's show "Green Screen Adventures." We take children's stories (grades 1-4) and adapt them for television. The show has been airing once a week for the last 6 months. But the powers that be have decided to amp it up. Original episodes begin airing weekday mornings, 5 days a week on September 17th. Channel 23 for all you Chicago folks!! Weigel Broadcasting is the only television station in Chicago creating original children's programming.

I was recently commissioned by Scott Foresman Publishing to write two short plays for a west coast reading/literature text book slated for publication next year.

I am also co-founder, with Aaron Carter, of Instant Theatre at Chicago Dramatists. Instant Theatre started on a trial basis at Chicago Dramatists this past summer. And lucky for us, Chicago Dramatists has signed us on as a permanent monthly fixture in their schedule. Aaron and I both organize and host the event every month. Check out our blog for details...

As for my acting, I was in last season's production of "Cynical Weathers" at Victory Gardens Theater. Was in "Autobiography" by Sean Graney for Collaboraction's Annual Sketchbook Festival in June. I begin rehearsals next month for "Eye of the Storm"- an adaptation of Shakespeare's "The Tempest." I'll be playing the lead role of Trinculo. The show runs November 1 thru December 6 at the Vittum Theater.

Friday, September 14, 2007

Laura Jacqmin

Laura Jacqmin reports:

I was commissioned by Collaboraction to write the final piece in a modern take on the Herman Hesse novel, Siddhartha. The resulting play (made up of shorter vignettes by Sean Graney, Stephen Cone, Emily Schwartz, myself and J. Nicole Brooks and directed by Joel Moorman), The Siddhartha Project: A Down-Home, Apocalyptic Avalanche of Beauty, will play at Lumen (839 W. Fulton) in Chicago, Sept. 29-Oct. 14. See for more details.

Julie Dahlinger

Julie Dahlinger reports:

"The Ville" ...Not your Mother's Soap Opera

A live-action serial theatre piece with a team of 8 writers and 20 actors working to produce new episodes each month. Info and Promo at:

Mary's Attic
5400 N Clark St.
Mondays at 8pm

I recently closed "Les Liaisons Dangereuses" at Actor's Workshop, and a ten-minute 365 play called, "Mythical Murderess" with Stage Left.

Jeni Mahoney

Jeni Mahoney reports:

I've got a play running right now in Denver: "The Feast of the Flying Cow... and Other Stories of War." The theater company (And Toto Too) just posted a My Space page for it at: I'm also teaching playwriting at Playwrights Horizons Theater School which is a part of the BFA Theater Program at NYU's Tisch School for the Arts.

I'm Artistic Director (and founder) of the Seven Devils Playwrights Conference in McCall, Idaho. We're based on the model of the O'Neill Playwrights Conference (I was there as a playwright in 97) - We've developed more than 50 plays in the past 7 years and worked with some great writers on some truly terrific plays -- and we've brought a number of Bob Cats out there inc.: Roger Truesdell (Director), Ed Baker (Actor, Production Manager), Danette Baker (Actress, Director), Greg Paul (Actor, Director).

Wednesday, September 12, 2007

Victory Gardens has a new Literary Manager

Aaron Carter has been hired as the Literary Manager for Victory Gardens. Here's a link to the Playbill article.

Law & Order: Jacquelyn Reingold

Jacquelyn reports:

I am happily catching murderers in convoluted ways writing for Law & Order Criminal Intent. My next episode will air November 8th on the USA channel. In July I was at the JAW Festival at Portland Cetner Stage doing a workshop of "A Story About a Girl," which I started way back when at OU. It was great to meet fellow alum, fabulous actor, Rob Riley there.

Aaron Burns Up Nashville

An excerpt from my play Panther Burn will be read at the Shades of Black Festival on on September 13 at 6 p.m. at the Darkhorse Theater, 4610 Charlotte Ave. Nashville, TN.

Panther Burn was nominated for a Black Theater Alliance Award in Chicago. The awards banquet is October 8th. Fancy dress and everything.

Melissa Gawlowski amps Madness

This Thursday, [September 13th] I've got a show called Metis in Tribeca at a theatre called The Tank (279 Church St. at 9 p.m., for any New Yorkers reading the bloggage). It's an experimental interaction between six playwrights and six improvisational musicians. Essentially an amped-up Madness. I assigned each playwright (Qui Nguyen is one of 'em) to riff on a section of The Odyssey, and we're going to cast each other and rehearse for an hour or so, then meet up with the musicians/vocalists/sound artists and see what happens. I think it might be pretty cool. Or crazy bad. Interesting nonetheless, I hope. There's a website: Also