April 29 -- Brooklyn College Reading ALIEN COUNTRY

Looking forward to taking a new play into Emily Edward’s MFA Directing class at Brooklyn College today — great chance to have a talented group of MFA directors and actors read and discuss this brand new piece about capitalism, globotics and immigration. Also love their campus!


Footage from The Empress Arias concert at 54 Below on Feb 8

The Byzantine Choral Project had a great time presenting songs from the first three Icons/Idols plays at 54 Below. Thanks to our amazing singers and instrumentalists: Iris Beaumier, Faye Chiao, Isabella Dawis, Rachael Duddy, Hannah Eakin, Emily Gardner Xu Hall, Kay Weber, Joell Weil, Mark Ziegler, Lydia Paulos and Justin Zakrajsek. Here’s some footage from the night:


Big News! The Byzantine Choral Project was just awarded an Archive Residency at the New Ohio/IRT Theaters to keep on working on our ICONS/IDOLS tetralogy, meaning we get the chance to stage two more of the plays in the New Ohio’s fabulous space in the Archive Building on Christopher St. More updates to follow, but here’s the link to the launch party on Sept 30, where we’re singing ‘The Wheel of Sleep’ from PRINKIPO, the third play in the cycle: https://web.ovationtix.com/trs/pe/10332968


JAMBOREE18 @ The Tank

It's JAMBOREE time again! Excited to be presenting the song 'The Nuns of Prinkipo' from ICONS/IDOLS: PRINKIPO at The Tank on 5/16 @7pm, along with a host of work by other JAM members.


2018 ICONS/IDOLS news!

Breaking....the trilogy has grown into a tetralogy because these Empresses were just too big for three operas... so by 2019, and thanks in part to developmental funding from Opera America, the ICONS/IDOLS series will include IRENE; PRINKIPO; THE EUNUCHS; and THE WILDNESS OF SIN.

We're hugely grateful to all the people and places helping us make this epic creative project a reality. Next month the Byzantine Choral Project creative team (composer Grace Oberhofer, director Colette Robert, music director Robert Frost and me as librettist) are off to the O'Neill Theater Center in Connecticut for a mini-residency working on the new material we've written for the second play in the tetralogy. Then on March 25, we'll be presenting a concert presentation of PRINKIPO at The Tank: https://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/3341783

In May, New Georges will be hosting an epic unsung reading of the libretti of IRENE, PRINKIPO and THE EUNUCHS as part of their JAMBOREE 2018.

And then in June, as a culmination of Grace's OPERA America's Grant for Female Composers, supported by the Virginia B. Toulon Foundation, we will be workshopping both PRINKIPO and THE EUNUCHS and presenting a double concert of both plays at OPERA AMERICA. Ticket details for all our presentations will be up on our website: www.byzantinechoralproject.com

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La déroute @ Works on Water, June 19 and 20 at 3LD

I've been working on an opera with the composer Catherine Brookman and opera director Mary Birnbaum as part of my Water Residency at New Georges and we get the chance to show our work in progress at their amazing festival of water based theatre and visual art at 3LD Art and Technology Centre. Catherine will be singing the main role of Marie alongside singers David Skeist, Beth Griffith, Rachael Duddy and Jessie Shelton. Mark Van Hare will be doing sound design, Sarah Bennett is on percussion and Robert Frost is playing the keyboard. It's an amazing room of people to be working with and I'm so excited for our concert performance on Monday June 19 at 7.30pm and Tuesday June 20 at 1pm. Tickets are free on the door or you can reserve via www.worksonwater.org

Theatre503, the Drama League and Opera America

It's been a great start to 2017! In January my short play POSITIVE THINGS was performed as part of Top Trumps at Theatre503, alongside a fascinating series of talk-backs about Trump's first 100 days in power. In February,  Jess Chayes received a 2017 Next Stages Drama League residency to workshop my play INTELLIGENCE and further develop its semi-immersive staging. This month Grace Oberhofer was awarded an Opera America Discovery Grant, which will enable us to continue collaborating with director Colette Robert on our trilogy of choral plays, ICONS/IDOLS. We start work in September and will be workshopping the script and score of each play through June 2018. Further updates coming at www.byzantinechoralproject.com. 

FGP's Sounds Good in Live Design Magazine

Earlier this year, I took part in a fantastic FGP Challenge where I was paired with a sound designer and asked to create a short play inspired by a list of sound cues. Together with composer Grace Oberhofer and director Logan Reed, I created The Sixth Borough a play about New Yorkers trying to reach a more utopian place. Live Design interviewed all the participants and wrote this great piece about the unusual process of putting sound design first in the theatre process:


Grace and I then went on to work on ICONS/IDOLS at Ice Factory 2016, so it was a pretty successful first collaboration!

The Dramatist

Check out the latest history plays edition of The Dramatist magazine where I talk about writing  ICONS/IDOLS for Ice Factory 2016!