This is a picture of where I've been getting my hair cut in Sunnyside for the past few years. The salon is celebrating it's 40th Anniversary this year. Every time I go into Peter's Impressions I hear stories of the old days of Sunnyside so I decided to submit a proposal to capture these stories and put it into a documentary play. I love my neighborhood, and it's the first time I've felt I really had a home in New York. I'm grateful for QCA's support and will be updating the progress of LEVI'S IMPRESSIONS here. It seems fitting I can give a little bit back to the community that has given so much to me.
I'm getting ready to gear up for two teaching residencies starting next week and couldn't be more excited. I had the chance to answer some questions about my experience being a TA for the last two years and thoughts I'd share. You can read the interview HERE. It's amazing how much I learn from jumping in and saying yes to these projects.
This summer I had the great fortune to travel as a director with DRAMATIC ADVENTURE THEATRE creating a devised piece of theatre called Whispers of Floreana. The play was created through interviews with residents of Floreana, a small island in the Galapagos, and was performed in both Quito and New York City. Beyond working with some amazing actors I was able to meet a few new animal friends highlighted here. The journey was incredible and I'm so grateful I can continue to do what I love and love what I do. Below is the directors note posted in the program. It is amazing how much can happen when you are simply open to it.
It had been a dream of mine to spend time on the Galapagos since 2009 when I first travelled, as an actor, with DAT. Many years later I found myself on Santa Cruz, thinking I had landed on Mars. The land was different, turtle crossing signs peppered the road, and we had to take one plane, to another plane, to a boat, to a bus, to a truck, to finally get to our hotel, and it was worth every moment. While the Galapagos is known for its nature, it’s the people, and energy from the island’s mysterious past, that created the spark for Whispers Of Floreana.
My initial vision for a play about Floreana, before I left for Ecuador, was inspired by the history of Post Office Bay, the birthplace of the Galapagos, and the letters that were left by whalers. Ask the cast and they will tell you about the letters I had them write to each other, to paintings, to their naps, and the art installation we came across in Quito about the art of letter writing. It was a wonderful way to come together as a team, but on the boat to Floreana from Santa Cruz I was immediately struck by the enthusiasm of the local tour guide, Jimmy, who was bringing a group of snorkelers to the island for the day. He was happily surprised that we were volunteering and staying for more than a few hours and was excited to be interviewed. I believe that when devising a piece of theatre if you follow the breadcrumbs the story starts to unfold for you. Jimmy was the key that unlocked the inspiration to create a documentary theatre piece based on interviews with the islanders, people we came across on our journey, and information we pulled from the documentary The Galapagos Affair: Satan Came to Eden.
We could have told many different stories with the materials we gathered, but decided together that it was Rodrigo’s story that was the most inspiring. The cast truly connected with the students they taught, and I have no doubt that they each made a lasting impression. While language was a barrier for some of us relating through the language of love came easy for all. It was inspiring watching each actor dig in and connect on a deep level with each person they came across during our time on Floreana.
I’m grateful for the opportunity to have worked with such inspiring individuals who truly care about their place in this world and want to make a lasting difference that goes beyond showing up with a handful of candy. It is my hope that you see a little slice of an island that has so much potential, many challenges, and a beating pulse from a mysterious past that continues to tug at the heart of each person who grows up on Floreana.
A READING of A BAD NIGHT directed by Jackson Gay
w/ A Talk Back Discussing Rape Culture in our Society
$10 suggested donation -
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An original play co-written by Nicole Pandolfo & Amy E. Witting based on real interviews from survivors, detectives, attorneys, and others affected by what is a problem of escalating proportions. Directed by Jackson Gay - Featuring: J.Stephen Brantley, Glen Feinstein, Meg Griffiths Anderson, Jamie Heinlein, Celestine Rae, Evelyn Spahr
With Trump's sexual assault allegations there has never been a more important time to confront this issue.
Grateful to be selected as one of two Playwrights for Abingdon Theatre Company's Inaugural Residency Program. For the next year I will have a desk to call home, to write, explore, and have a community advocating for my work. Looking forward to what the year brings!Read More
THE HOUSE ON THE HILL is headed to TEXAS in December as part of The 2016 National Showcase of New Plays. Lots of wonderful artists involved and reuniting with director Bridget O'Leary. Dusting off my cowboy boots!
Directed by Ian R. Crawford
Sunday, Oct. 9th at 7:30 pm
Featuring: Amy Attaway, Katie Kalahurka, Daria LeGrand and Hannah Freeman.
Dramaturg & Stage Directions: Alyson Germinder
THE HOUSE ON TOP OF THE HILL
Wednesday, March 30th @ 7pm
The Abingdon Theatre Company
June Havoc Theatre
312 West 36th StreetRead More
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My play "There's Never a Gavin" directed by Tony Speciale will be presented as a part of Atlantic's Amplified Reading Series tonight @ 6:00pm!
Nicole Pandolfo and I were awarded a Jerome Foundation Emerging Artist Fellowship for a residency at Tofte Lake for A BAD NIGHT, our documentary play about acquaintance rape. We are so grateful to continue the development of this play over the summer.
My Atlantic Commission is having a first read directed by the wonderful Jackson Gay!
Featuring: Mikaela Feely-Lehmann, Madeline Kolker, Jill Shackner, and Danielle Slavick
Excited to have two plays in the upcoming #OMPF at Luna Stages!
This is an amazing group of talented folks and hope you can come out and support!
My newest play The Midnight Ride of Sean & Lucy will be 1 of 5 plays in Roundabout Theatre's Underground Reading Series! So overjoyed to be included in this group of talented writers.
The reading will be directed by Daniella Topol
Featuring: Elisabeth Moss & Bryce Pinkham
So grateful to be asked to speak about the women who first encouraged me to write a play: Mickey McNany. It has been a privilege to be a part of her legacy. #Tony4Mickey
So grateful that this 10-minute play is part of a wonderful evening of one-acts inspired by Homer's Odyssey and produced by RedLeap Theatre Co.- https://www.facebook.com/redleaftheatre?fref=photo
Lotus and Peter sit in a post-apocolptic Manhattan as the last boat taking survivors fades away in the distance. When they meet a man on his own epic journey they have a choice. Stay in the comfort of their own fantasies or leap into the unknown.
The Kraine Theatre
March 31-April 4, 2015
Tuesday-Friday @ 7pm and Saturday @ 2pm & 7pm
Directed by Alex Correia and featuring the talented Jim Conant, Kara Dudley, and Paul Eddy.
A Bad Night is a complex portrait of acquaintance rape told by real interviews from survivors, detectives, attorneys, and others affected by what is clearly a problem of inconceivable proportions.
A Bad Night Reading
February 20th @ 7:30pm
Loewe Room @ The Dramatists Guild
1501 Broadway, 7th Floor
The reading is directed by Kathleen Amshoff and featuring:
Kara Dudley, Paul Eddy, Meg Griffiths, Jamie Heinlein, Tessa Claire Hersh, Arnold Mazer, Angela Rambourg, and Maggie Surovell.