I have been wanting to do a performance of PILOT PROGRAM in Utah Valley for a while. The publication of THIRD WHEEL provided a good opportunity. BCC Press is presenting a staged reading of the play this coming Saturday, September 9, at 7 p.m. in the Ragan Theatre at UVU. Mette Harrison will also be there, reading an excerpt from her novel THE BOOK OF LAMAN. We have a great cast. It should be fun. Come, come, come!
A few weeks back I had the chance to talk with Brian Whitney and Brandt Malone on their new podcast, MORMON NEWS REPORT. We had a great time talking about the launch of my book, THIRD WHEEL, as well as THE EDIBLE COMPLEX, FREETOWN, and my love for Wonder Woman. We also chatted about my most recent project, a screenplay called JANE AND EMMA.
Here is the link if you want to give a listen: https://overcast.fm/+JiYMKkvcg
The Kindle versions of all five of By Common Consent Press's most excellent offerings are currently on sale for $3.95 a pop, including my own THIRD WHEEL. If you love reading on your tablet or phone, this sale is all about you.
Other available titles include:
THE BOOK OF LAMAN by Mette Harrison
THE BURNING POINT by Tracy McKay-Lamb
SCIENCE THE KEY TO THEOLOGY: VOLUME ONE: PRELIMINARIES by Steven Peck
MOTHER'S MILK by Rachel Hunt Steenblik
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Please read and enjoy! And if you enjoy what you read, please leave a review on Amazon! I'd love to hear what you think.
It's so crazy to think that this is happening, but I have a book and it's all finished. It will be released and available for sale a week from tonight. Next Tuesday, the 25th, I will be on a panel with two other fabulous writers (Mette Harrison and Rachel Hunt Steenblik) and a fabulous artist (Ashmae Hoiland) whose books are also being releated by BCC Press. If you would like to atend the panel—the four of us will be discussing each other's work and then I'm guessing there will be time for questions—it's at the Writ & Vision gallery in Provo, Tuesday, July 25th at 7 p.m. All three books will be available for sale, and you may even be able to get all three together in a bundle (I heard something like that anyway). You may want to come early to claim a seat.
We are also setting up a staged reading of PILOT PROGRAM in Provo near the end of August to promote the book. I have been wanting to do a reading or a performance of PILOT in Utah County for a while, so this makes for a nice opportunity. So far I have stellar actors lined up, so it should be fun. More info as we get closer.
Launch event information.
Writ & Vision
274 West Center St.
Provo, UT 84601
I didn't want to write about the election. I was too stunned by the outcome. But it turns out that those are the times I need to write—when things are tough or just inexplicable. I need to try to sort through them. Figure them out, even if it's in a semi-fictional situation, so that I can better understand what's going on.
But as necessary as it was, I wasn't keen on the idea when Jerry and Cheryl at Plan-B proposed that the Lab playwrights each write short pieces responding to the election. The goal, as I understood it, was to take a walk in someone else's shoes and really try to get a sense of where they are coming from—to look at some of the stark political divides troubling our country and try to explore them fairly from all sides. At first I grumbled. There were rules, and a deadline. It felt like homework. The rules: 1) none of the candidates could be mentioned or even alluded to because when they are mentioned, listening ceases; and 2) everything had to be rooted in real-life experience.
I struggled and I pouted. It was a difficult assignment. But now, somehow, I have 2 5-minute plays—one from a conservative character, and one from a liberal—and they go together. Both halves are necessary. They are a complete story together, and that's life. Real and hard and complicated. Hopefully interesting.
Now all of these short plays, written by some incredibly smart and cool individuals, have been woven together in an evening of reader's theatre directed by Jerry Rapier. Tickets are free but need to be reserved in advance. Performances run June 8 - 11 and 15 - 18 at the Studio Theatre.
More information at planbtheatre.org.
Reserve your free tickets at Eventbrite. I think there are a few left for the run, which opens this week Thursday. Better grab them quick if you haven't already! And hey—even if tickets aren't available, chances are good you can come at 7:30 and waitlist.
SEGULLAH is an online journal featuring the writing and art of LDS women. From their mission statement: "We publish insightful writings and images which explore life’s richness and complexity while reflecting faithfulness to the gospel of Jesus Christ. Our aim is to highlight a variety of women’s perspectives within a framework of shared beliefs and values."
Earlier this year I was excited and flattered when Segullah asked me to be their featured writer for the spring quarter. They are completely online now, and they were totally open to publishing excerpts from several plays. I also did an interview with them to get the ball rolling. Here are links to the pieces they published. But you should wander around on the site and check it out; there are a lot of lovely things to see and read.
April 2017 - Little Happy Secrets excerpt
May 2017 - Sweetheart Come excerpt