213 Webster Hall
PO Box: AC# 2248
Departmental affiliation: Theater and Dance
InterestsMy interest in RPG had to stop after Kingdom Hearts took over my life. I did NOT do WOW, knowing that would be the end of all useful activity from me. However, I continue to go movies that celebrate fantasy, even when these movies are unspeakably bad. I also love indie film and music. Since I know people in the movie industry, having written for film, I go to mainstream movies all the time. I hated The Notebook and loved Tropic Thunder, just to give you an idea of my tastes in popular movies. One of my favorite films of all time? RYAN'S DAUGHTER by David Lean. I have never lost my connection to blues and rock from my era, so, of course, I own Buddy Guy recordings and Eric Clapton, of course. I'm an amateur musician and getting better on my baritone ukelele. I collect rocks and make hippie jewelry. I write poetry and songs. My life centers on my granddaughter Corabella, my grandson Calvin, meditation, coffee, jazz, new music, and my students, past and present. Of course, I still write poetry, my first genre, and continue to write plays, some of which you can read on this website or find my collection and individual playscripts at bookstores or online. I've done quite a lot of work with adaptation: (S. by John Updike. He liked it and gave us the rights. I got to talk to to "Up" when he came to the opera); Moliere's Tartuffe, new verse version (published in its own critical edition by Norton), The Misanthrope (published by Broadway Plays Publishing), The Imaginary Invalid (this is an adaptation, since it's in prose and has been produced quite a bit). I did an adaptation of The Mother by Gorky, based on his Vassa Zelezhnova, and this was produced by American Conservatory in San Francisco. My version of Goldoni's THE SERVANT OF TWO MASTERS has played in several major cities and was brought to new life by Chris Bayes and Steve Epp, comedia masters. But it's my totally original work to which I'm devoted, most recently, Take Me to the River, about the water crisis in the west and No Little Rebellion, about the Daniel Shays Rebellion.Amherst College
Courses in Fall 2011
Courses in Fall 2012
Courses in Spring 2013
Courses in Fall 2013
Courses in Fall 2014
Tony Kushner, me, John Guare about to go white water rafting.
no little rebellion, revised July 5, 14.docx
Still not produced, but I love this story so much. Commissioned by Shakespeare and Company and the Boulder Shakespeare Festival.
SOMETHING ABOUT A BEAR.full draft (sent to Barrington Stage).docx
Produced by Theatre Novi Most in Minneapolis, 2013.
THE CHILDREN OF THE ELVI.ESPRESSO,smaalercourier10..docx
I love this play. Rude, crude, lewd post-post-apocalyptic, love/hate story.
TAKE ME TO THE RIVER.dec17.2013rev..pdf
I dedicated this play to my cousin Sherman, the last of my family on the farm.
the automata pieta--full script
I wrote this play for younger (late teens and older) actors and it's been done a few times, once at The Magic Theater in San Francisco. It's about a Barbie doll that gets thrown out of the window of a moving car and ends up getting engulfed in Toxic waste and become full-sized and sort of human, all of which she hates.
2 WASHINGTON SQUARE
This is my adaptation of Henry James' novel WASHINGTON SQUARE. We produced this at Amherst College.
Headshot I love.
my favorite headshot, taken by one of my former students, Susanna Speier.
Susan Congdon's's portrait of me
A portrait of me painted by my cousin, Susan Congdon.