New Work Weekend

This weekend I’ll spend Saturday with the Emerging Writer’s Group at The Public Theater, directing new pieces by some truly fantastic, exciting, boundary-testing playwrights.  So psyched.

And, Sunday will spent with Trinity Church in Lower Manhattan; I’ll be staging the winning play of the 2011 Trinity Playwrights Competition – starring Francesca Choy-Kee and Lee Rosen.  Tickets available here for free, with reception to follow.

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Shakespeare’s Talkin’

Lots going on with the Shakespeare Society.  Tomorrow will be our second major event, CONCORD OF SWEET SOUNDS, featuring powerhouse actor John Douglas Thompson.  He will be playing an amazing and far-reaching range of characters, from Orsino to Prospero, all in one night.

And next Monday, at The Pearl Theater, we’re holding a talk with Daniel Sullivan, Liesl Tommy and Davis McCallum, moderated by Michael Sexton, on Directing Shakespeare.  Quite a breath of experience and approaches in conversation with each other.  Don’t miss it!

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Women’s Project Annual Meeting

The Women’s Project Lab is off to a great start!  We just completed our first project together – making pieces for the Annual Meeting.  I was thrilled to work with uber-talented playwright Dipika Guha and producer Deadria Harrington.  We created a piece based on Joan Schenkar’s 1978 play SIGNS OF LIFE, which starred Kathleen Chalfant.  This was especially exciting because we discovered, after embarking on making the piece, that Joan and Kathleen would be in attendance.  Eep!  Well, great fun was had by all and it was a thrill to meet them both.  There was even talk of exploring SIGNS OF LIFE again – which is a wonderful, intricate play.

I had the honor of introducing Kathleen to the excited attendees, and look forward to more invigorating nights at City Center over the coming years.

Joan Schenkar, Kathleen Chalfant, Deadria Harrington and myself.  Dipika, where were you?  I’ll have to Photoshop your head in between Joan and Kathleen.

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#METtempest

Excited for the first Shakespeare Society Major Event of the season.  We’re going to be hosting Robert Lepage and Peter Holland for discussion about TEMPEST – with scenes and songs from the play and opera.  And, I’ll be live tweeting the rehearsal/show.  You can follow me at @keatlo and the Shakespeare Society at @shakespearenyc; I’ll be posting with the hashtag #METtempest.

Details on the event below!

October 15 at 7pm
MAJOR EVENING EVENT
SHAKESPEARE AT THE OPERA: Robert Lepage & The Tempest
A Collaboration with the Metropolitan Opera

at the Kaye Playhouse, East 68th Street between Lexington and Park Avenues

An evening of readings, song, commentary and conversation focusing on this fall’s Met premiere of Thomas Ades’s The Tempest with visionary director ROBERT LEPAGE, MET opera singers, and commentary by Notre Dame’s PETER HOLLAND. With readings from the play by SETH NUMRICH (War Horse), RON CEPHAS JONES (Richard III), and SAMANTHA SOULE (Dinner at Eight).

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Shakespeare Society

I’ve just joined the ranks of The Shakespeare Society, as Artistic Associate!

I’ll continuing development on our Shakespeare Talks series and Major Events evenings, as well as helping to support Shakespeare productions in development in NYC.

More on the Society here!

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Women’s Project Lab : 2012 – 2014

I’m proud to announce that I’ve been selected as a director for the Women’s Project Lab, 2012 – 2014.

Check out more on the lab here!

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HPOH at Williamstown Theater Festival

Harmonious Pimps just completed an amazingly productive residency at Williamstown Theater Festival – Thanks to the WTF community for their support!!

More Pimps news soon!

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Fill Our Mouths in NYC

Thanks to all the incredible folks who turned out for Fill Our Mouths on Friday!

It was an incredible experience to be able to dive back into working on this gorgeous play; could be more grateful to New Georges and Women’s Project for their support.

Look for more from Fill Our Mouths next summer!

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HowlRound

My interview with Joe Haj is now up on HowlRound.   Check it out!

We talk about diversity in artistic leadership in this country – and how might be able to start to achieve it.

Here’s a sound bite:
There is a glass ceiling problem, and until we acknowledge that and actively work to move the needle on this, we’re going to see more of the same. This is not a pipeline issue. These leaders are out there; if you think it’s a pipeline issue, you need to know more people.”

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Mobile Unit

Today I embark again on the Public Theater’s Mobile Unit – teaching Shakespeare’s RICHARD III at correction facilities and institutions through NY and NJ.  I could not be more excited to continue my year of RICHARD, or so it would seem, since I spent March teaching this powerful play for BAM.

I’m especially excited to re-visit the incredible folks I met on the last tour.  As Michelle Hensley beautifully sums up, there is little that is more rewarding than showing people who don’t often get it (or maybe have never have gotten it) respect – respect for their intelligence, their imagination and their life experience, and the power that they hold.  That “this is for you – you are in this.”

Check out the wonderful video the Public produced of last year’s adventure  –
Mobile Unit 2011: Measure for Measure

And, check out Ron Cephas Jones’ powerhouse performance as Richard this year –
Ron Cephas Jones, RICHARD III

Performances for the general public run August 6th – 25th.  Full details here!

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