I really thought I was going to start talking about my novel this week. I feel like I’ve been teasing my readers with hints about The Lost City of the Metal Men and my new heroine, Nifty Brandenburger, without saying anything substantive. But then the Tony’s happened. And my buddy’s book dropped. And I found out about a reading. So, kindly allow me to put off talking about Nifty for a bit longer so I can tout the achievements of my friends.
First off, the big news…congrats to PlayPenn and Paul Meshejian and Michele Volansky for Oslo, which won the Tony for Best New Play last Sunday. PlayPenn is responsible for developing many many many plays over the years (including one of mine!), and developing a Tony-winner is a big feather in their cap. I guess I should also congratulate playwright J.T. Rogers as well, but the truth is, I’ve never met the guy (at least, as far as I recall). So, open invitation, J.T…if we ever run into each other at a PlayPenn event, I’ll buy you a drink. And then we’ll work out what your nickname should be, because I have trouble calling anyone “J.T.” How about “Slam Dunk?” Slam Dunk Rogers.
Anywho, Paul gave a great five-minute interview on the June 13 episode of NewsWorks, last week. You can listen to it on the podcast, starting at 8:03.
Second, John DiFelice’s new book dropped this week. You might recall me talking about his novel, American Zeroes, last year, and he’s followed it up with a collection of short stories and poetry. Order it now!
And last, I see that my friend and fellow playwright Robin Rodriguez has a reading this Tuesday, June 20, courtesy of the good people at PlayPenn. It’s at the Drake (1512 Spruce Street, Philadelphia) and runs from 7 to 9 pm, though I’m sure there will be carousing, afterward. As always, if you’re in the Philly area and love new plays, you should check it out.
Playwrights are sexy!
Playwrights are dangerous, if you don’t pay attention to us! Pay attention to us! Do it! DO IT!!!!!