RE-IMAGINING THE STORY (RETREAT)

Hey people- I’m co-leading a weekend getaway FOR MEN with my amazing friend & colleague John Badalament this coming January 11-13 in the beautiful Santa Cruz hills near SF at a brand new, affordable and beautiful retreat center 1440 Multiversity (there are 1440 minutes in a day)
• Set aside uninterrupted time, Friday 6pm — Sunday 12pm to eat great food, relax, and reenergize.
•. Exploring meaningful questions about your life at this point: What’s working and what you want to change as a dad, husband/partner, and man? How do you become your life’s storyteller, and re-imagine the story of your life?
• Make this a solo mini-vacation with real-world learning you can bring back home OR bring someone along to do a workshop with artists like author
Elizabeth Gilbert or singer Alanis Morissette, chill, hike, eat fresh food and use the spa.
Pease check out the amazing weekend John and I have put together at 1440 Multiversity and either sign up right away, think about it and then sign up, and SHARE THIS WITH ANYONE YOU THINK WOULD LIKE THIS.

 

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Last Night!

Thank you to everyone that came out last night to WHAT MAKES A CITIZEN. We had almost 700 people jammed into the Moody Performance Hall for a night of complex thought, theater, music and ideas. There is talk of touring it to other cities so stay tuned. It’s been great being in Dallas, connecting with kinfolk here-we miss y’all!

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WHAT MAKES A CITIZEN?

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This Evening @ Spelman College

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SEIZE THE KING ON PBS

Check out this cool mini-doc that aired on KPBS in San Diego.  I especially dig the section that shows the building of our set (shout out to set designer Lauren Helpurn on that).  We are in the last week of shows and it’s been a special vibe out there.  I have enjoyed working at La Jolla, and am thankful to have opened my third production at the theater, this one a world premiere.

See mini-documentary here:

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CASTING ANNOUNCED FOR WORLD PREMIERE

I can’t even describe how brilliant these bright artists are.  From left to right: Julian Parker, Jesse Perez, Saidah Arrika Ekulona, Jennapher Zheng, and Luis Vega!  Read full announcement in Playbill here.

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WORLD PREMIERE

Thrilled to have a brand new play this upcoming season at La Jolla Playhouse. Been a real blast to work with director Jamie Castaneda and team as we develop the piece and ready it for production. I’ve had the pleasure of working at La Jolla on two occasions in the past-a new work for children called “Honey Bo and the Goldmine” and my play “The Seven” (adapted from the greek tragedy “Seven Against Thebes”) had a great run on the main stage. This new piece, “Seize the King,” continues to be a joy to create and develop! Please mark dates on your calendar and if in the area (or if you can get to the area) please come check out the work! Show runs August 21-Sptember 16.

For more Tickets and More Info: http://www.lajollaplayhouse.org/2018-2019-season

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2017 HOPE AWARD NOMINATION

 

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Wow! Last week I was surprised to learn that I was nominated for the prestigious Hope Professor of the Year Award at SMU! I was at the banquet but didn’t know I was an honoree!( damn glad I showed up, would’ve been embarrassed if I didn’t). Only a handful of faculty are nominated per year. Thank you to all the students who showed me love, I have thoroughly enjoyed my time here, and have tried to contribute to the progress of the University. Thanks for this wonderful surprise!

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IN THESE TIMES, IN PROGRESS

IMG_3673Last week worked on three new pieces-an exploration or a young Malcolm X with Arts Emerson and The Alliance Theater, a socio-political-gospel musical called Wade in the Water with Center Theater Group and possibly Dallas Theater Center, and a third new piece don’t know who I’m going to partner with but started writing that one and it feels good. Nothing like an evil president and dire world situations to crank up creativity, sending it into overdrive.

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2016 Doris Duke Artist Award

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SOME GREAT NEWS, I HAVE BEEN GIVEN A 2016 DORIS DUKE ARTIST AWARD!

 

The 2016 Artists are:  Kyle Abraham (Dance), Sharon Bridgforth (Theatre), DaveDouglas (Jazz),Faye Driscoll (Dance), Janie Geiser (Theatre), MiguelGutierrez (Dance), Fred Hersch (Jazz), Wayne Horvitz (Jazz), Taylor Mac (Theatre),Dianne McIntyre (Dance), Jason Moran (Jazz), Mark Morris (Dance), Lynn Nottage(Theatre), Thaddeus Phillips (Theatre), Will Power (Theatre), Aparna Ramaswamy (Dance), Matana Roberts (Jazz), Jen Shyu (Jazz), Wadada Leo Smith (Jazz), Morgan Thorson (Dance), Henry Threadgill (Jazz).

Thank you to the Doris Duke Foundation for this great honor.

More info on the Doris Duke Award.

 

 

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