We're loading in and building our bike shop! Tech begins this weekend for my next play at Azuka Theatre, SHITHEADS. And look we got some cool press already! Stay tuned for more updates, this one is going to be fun...
Damn. I fell OFF with this music posting thing. I'm still listening to an album every day though!
Below are my favorite albums I listened to this summer (not albums that were released this summer however, just albums that are new to me that I've been playing on repeat) In no particular order!
Two months ago I started a music project where I listen to a new album everyday. It's awesome! I've come into contact with a ton of great new music already.
Today I'm looking back at some of the best albums and songs I listened to this past month. (These aren't in ranking order or anything, it's sort of just the order in which I listened to them.) Maybe I'll make this a regular first of the month kind of thing. Enjoy!
And then you read it two days later...
This year FringeArts created a new arm of their annual Fringe Festival: Digital Fringe. What does a digital play even look like?
Martha Stuckey, Ilse Zoerb and I decided to find out. This year we're creating a show that takes place entirely on Instagram: @AstroJennie. Here's the blurb:
"According to the latest Congressional budget, outer space is bullshit. NASA's funding has been slashed yet again. Now, after spending the last five years living in the International Space Station, astronaut Jennie Stuart must return home to North Philly. When she arrives expecting a rousing homecoming, America's reaction is anything but gracious."
Follow @AstroJennie on Instagram to see the play!
It's summer so shit is going craz-ay around here. My PlayPenn workshop for Shitheads came and went (it was awesome!) Orbiter 3 opened its first production Moon Man Walk by James Ijames (which will be closing THIS WEEKEND!) and I'm working on two (count 'em TWO) projects with the incomparable Martha Stuckey.
Trying to be better about updating this thing, more to come!
Very excited to announce that my play Shitheads will be receiving a workshop with PlayPenn, culminating in a reading at the Barnes Foundation on May 18th. (That's right, we're gonna do a reading of a play called Shitheads in a fancy-schmancy museum) This play will be a part of PlayPenn's newest program of biannual workshops in partnerships with local theaters.
Here's the synopsis for Shitheads: "In a down-and-out bike shop in lower Manhattan, three employees have just learned that if sales do not dramatically improve, Bert's Bikes and Sports will be shutting its doors forever. Now this rag-tag group of slackers and misfits must work together to keep their measly, low-wage jobs. But when each shop-rat returns to work one morning to discover that the most expensive bike in the shop has been stolen, everyone is a suspect..."
Should be a fun time! Hope you can join us on the 18th...
Wow! What a crazy, incredible ride. I originally thought I'd be posting more about Moon Cave as rehearsals and previews and opening and closing all happened, but I totally underestimated just how much my life would be taken over by this whole process.
I learned so much from this entire process. Much of which I tried to keep track of with journal entries that were post here and here on Phindie. Both of those posts are really only a very small slice of what this entire experience has meant to me. I came into rehearsals thinking I would only be making very small changes. I was pretty positive I knew what the play was about and where it needed to go. Then, with the help of our bangarang cast, crew and the fearless leadership of our director Kevin Glaccum, we went even further -- mining for as many new and exciting ideas as we could.
I couldn't be happier with the play and with the production. It was an incredibly positive and enlightening experience for me. Very excited to write the next one. (More to come on that soon!)
So goodbye for now Moon Cave! Hopefully I'll have the opportunity to see you again sometime soon.
We are on a mission from God -- to raise $15,000 in 35 days all in the name of the American Theatre! Head over here to learn how you can help six new plays get produced in Philadelphia over the next three years. I'll be updating our progress here as the campaign continues.
Rehearsals for Moon Cave are in full swing. I'm still doing some rewrites but everything is really coming together. Can't wait to share this play.
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Howard Shaprio included Moon Cave in his spring preview of Philly Theatre:
"Douglas Williams, Azuka Theatre's playwright-in-residence, examines the vagaries of notoriety in this Azuka world premiere about a guy who keeps out of public view after a childhood trauma that may lead people to recognize him. Then he meets a gal and...what does he tell her and what does he not? It's at Off-Broad Street Theater, March 4-22."
Sounds about right. We start rehearsals in 19 days! Whaaaaaaat?
The New Play Exchange is here, and it's fucking rad! For those of you who don't know the New Play Exchange is a new tool headed by the National New Play Network for playwrights to share their work with the wider world. (And hopefully with a few literary departments as well!)
On the NPX they give you the option to post either a sample of the play or the whole text. I don't know what's kosher here, but I've always wanted to make my plays available for whoever wanted to read them -- therefore I decided to upload the WHOLE DAMN THING! Fuck samples, right? I dunno, maybe I'll go back on this someday but for now, enjoy!
Whooooa, look at this fresh new website! My girlfriend surprised me for Christmas with this fancy new thing. Now I feel so official! R.I.P. douglasawilliams.weebly.com. You served me well but now it's time to grow up.
So what else is new? Well in about a month we're going to jump into rehearsals for Moon Cave at Azuka. This is my first legit / professional / this-is-a-big-deal-to-me production so I'm both terrified and elated by the idea of getting started.
And just yesterday rehearsals began for a new project I'm devising slash writing slash some kind of mixture of the two with Kristen Bailey and Eric Wunsch. It's gonna be about science! There will probably be beer! That's pretty much all we know so far!
So anyways, welcome to the new and improved Douglas Williams website. Many many many thanks to Martha for setting this whole thing up for me.
Doesn't it look bangarang??