LADY OF THE HOUSE to be developed by Actor’s Express

This new play for one actor explores life, death, and how art, imagination, and empathy can help us transcend the unthinkable. The play unfolds in real time, involves the audience, and will include plenty of theatre magic.

I’ll be workshopping it as both playwright and actor for a week at Actor’s Express in their 2019 Threshold New Play Festival.

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SAFETY NET an Alliance Theatre 2018-19 Atlanta Reiser Artists Lab Selection

I’ve got a new three-woman play—called SAFETY NET—about the opioid crisis in Alabama. It’s intimate and intense. And, as always for my stuff, funny. It takes on addiction, first responders, mothers and daughters, cooking as therapy, and the ways of strong women in the Deep South.

I’ve written myself into this one and will be working with fellow actor/collaborator, Carolyn Cook, and director, Karen Robinson, on development in a 16-month residency at the Alliance Theatre.

READ MORE ABOUT THE PROJECT AND THE ALLIANCE’S YEAR OF DEVELOPMENT HERE 

From the Alliance:
The ALLIANCE THEATRE is pleased to announce the three artistic projects chosen for development during its 5th Reiser Atlanta Artists Lab. Each project will receive $10,000 to use toward further exploration and development, as well as access to the Alliance’s artistic, educational, and production staffs, and rehearsal spaces. The lab productions will be presented in free performances in 2019. It is the goal of the Reiser Atlanta Artists Lab to celebrate the breadth and vision of Atlanta-based artists, to encourage collaboration among Atlanta’s artistic community, and to seed projects that will be produced here in Atlanta.

MEDICA Selected for Synchronicity Theatre’s 2018 SheWRITES Festival

28058715_1778186332243756_114666135041815614_n.jpgAfter a developmental workshop with Working Title Playwrights in November of 2017, I took MEDICA down to the studs and rebuilt it. The resulting draft just finished a week-long rehearsal process and reading with Atlanta’s Synchronicity Theatre as part of their SheWRITES Festival, which involves a national call-for-entries. The Fest includes three lady-writers, the other two hailing from New York and California.

Here’s the Broadway World article.

I went into full-on rewrite mode for the full week. I’ll sleep when I’m dead.

The reading was February 21, 2018 at Synchronicity Theatre. It was directed by Rachel May, with directing assistance and dramaturgy by Rebekah Suellau, stage management by Britt Sharer, and featuring Mary Lynn Owen (appearing courtesy of Actors’ Equity Association), Caitlin Hargraves, Theroun Patterson, and Dakota Adams.

THANK YOU FOR THE OPPORTUNITY AND THE KICK IN THE PANTS, SYNCHRO!

AMERICAN THEATRE MAGAZINE: Actor’s Express Announces 2017-2018 Season (and The Flower Room is in it)

READ THE AMERICAN THEATRE ARTICLE

After a rousing reading as part of their Threshold New Play Series, The Flower Room secures a slot in Actor’s Express’s upcoming 30th anniversary season. With its commitment to new work and material with a certain edge, Actor’s Express is the perfect theatre to give this little sexual awakening comedy its world premiere. Thanks to Emory University for launching the play with its write-a-play-in-two-days project and continuing to support its development with their Brave New Works project. And thanks to Freddie Ashley and AE for embracing sex, orgies, nudity, and, in this case, women of a certain age. It sure is gonna be fun.

FLORIDA REP PLAYLAB 2017: THE FLOWER ROOM Reading

Florida Rep produced my play SPLIT IN THREE after choosing it for the first-ever PlayLab back in 2014—and did a damn fine job of it.

This season, they selected THE FLOWER ROOM to be included in their 4th Annual PlayLab, along with plays by an impressive roster of writers, and I headed down for the fest at the end of April.

It was directed by Annette Trossbach and featuring Kate Hampton, Kody C. Jones, Nate Ritesma, and Marissa Toogood with stage directions by Dillion Everett. Here are some pics, including one of the talkback where I look like I’m boring the folks on stage so much, they’re trying to open a hole in the floor with their eyes.

MEDICA Gets a Workshop

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If any of my plays ever needed a developmental workshop, it’s MEDICA. And thanks to  Working Title Playwrights, this surreal, sci-fi, darkly funny, bloody, relentless alternate reality play about female surgeons in wartime got one as part of The Ethel Woolson Lab.

The Woolson,” is a super opportunity, providing a juried selection process, several months with a dramaturg and a full week of rehearsal (and rewrites) and discussion with top-tier Atlanta actors and directors, culminating in a staged reading for an audience.

And I couldn’t be more thrilled to have director Amber Bradshaw at the wheel, with dramaturg Patricia Henritze helping me help the play find its road.

UPDATE: The workshop was the week of November 13, with the public reading on November 19. I learned a lot about the script and wrote a new draft during that time. The reading featured Shayla Love, Jacob McKee, Kathleen McManus, and Chad Martin.

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FREED SPIRITS photos: shooting in a cemetery

It was 90 degrees, half the cast was wearing wool or a corset, and fire ants attacked the majority of the crew while they wrangled props, light shields, and hundreds of feet of extension cords.

It’s a strange and special moment when you first see—in the flesh—characters you’ve been creating in writing for four years.

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The FREED SPIRITS cast of characters

Daryl Lisa Fazio, FREED SPIRITS playwright

Thanks to photographer BreeAnne Clowdus and the staff and artists at Horizon Theatre. 

THE FLOWER ROOM included in the Actor’s Express Threshold New Play Festival

Actor’s Express here in Atlanta is in their second year of this expertly-run little festival of new works by mostly area writers. Pleased to be a part of it in December 2016 with this play that started out as 48-hour play project (4:48, thanks to Edith Freni and Paula Vogel) through Emory University’s Breaking Ground in the summer of 2015.

December 2, 2016, 8pm
Directed by Lisa Paulsen
Featuring Jennifer Alice Acker, Stacy Melich, Stephen Ruffin, and Joe Sykes

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Emory: Brave New Works

My play, THE FLOWER ROOM, which was hatched as part of the 4:48 Bake-Off at Emory University in August of 2015, was workshopped with the other 4:48 plays (by Johnny Drago, Edith Freni, and Michael Winn) as part of Emory’s Brave New Works in February 2016. We all started with the same source material—a book called SEX AT DAWN—and after the initial summer drafts, took off in our own directions. One fact that won’t be surprising: the play is about sex.