I’m writing and producing an audio-based project for Living Room Playmakers at Salvage One this November. Here is a trailer I made for it with the help of Jonathan Baude, Chad Eschman, and Kasey Waas:
Working on it on site:
More things soon.
Talking about some pretty cool future collaborations with artist David Mitchell (a.k.a., DAVID DEATH), so you should go ahead and check out the rest of his work in the meantime.
And related to nothing, here’s a photo Chad Eschman took of me in 2013 when I was auditioning for hipster of the year:
I told a story about fort-building and eviction at Living Room Playmakers‘ Two Year Anniversary Party on April 11.
photo by Galen Gulick
If you happen to be one of my many blog readers who definitely live in Houston, you can see my short play Goodbye, Breakfast at the University of St. Thomas during their Ampersand Festival, April 22nd through the 25th.
I also have a couple plays in the Chicago One-Minute Play Festival, which is either running April 27th through April 29th, or April 29th & April 30th, depending on who you ask.
Photos from Night Lights can be found here.
Photos from basically everything else I’m doing can be found here.
The Living Room Playmakers just celebrated our one-year anniversary at the house where we did our first production, Three Stories. I don’t think I could be happier to work with this group of people, or prouder of the work we’ve done in the past year:
I am participating in Chicago’s One-Minute Play Festival at Victory Gardens this year. Come see my plays Heat Source and Mermaidtown on Sunday/Monday May 4th & 5th, at 7:30 PM (plus like 70 other plays by Chicago-area playwrights).
Members of Living Room Playmakers, including myself, will be performing plays and prose pieces and songs as part of Modet Dance Collective’s Future Perfect Tension performance at Stage 773 on Sunday, June 15th at 8PM. My short play The End Is Next will be featured.
Many other projects are in the works, but they are all still secrets. More soon!
Night Lights killed. Photos coming soon.
In the meantime, you can feel like you were there (or relive the experience, if you were there) by checking out our party playlist.
Also, want to hear some weird songs co-written and partially performed by me? Including a Christmas song? Sure you do. You have a heart. Go to my friend Stacie’s soundcloud page.
Although I must admit, the best song on there is Vegetarian, which I only helped with by being Stacie’s first vegetarian friend.
I am co-producing this magical thing right now. And I have a tiny play in it. And these are my legs:
Get over to lrplays.org right now and get your tickets while you can, because it’s two nights only and it is selling like hotcakes.
I’ve been thinking about all the different places where a play can start.
The End Is Next, a ten-minute play about the apocalypse in an ‘L’ car, was directed by Damon Krometis at Next Theatre in April 2012, as part of Master Clash, an ongoing collaboration between the MFA Directors and MFA Playwrights at Northwestern University. It starred Anna Marr and Benj Sullivan-Knoff.
This is the short version of a play that continues to grow and stretch.
I started writing it on my phone, on a train in Chicago, after my friend David texted me to ask:
Have you seen The Future?
Yes. …. Wait. Literally, or the Miranda July film?
I mean things that happen after now.
Cool, what happens?
The world gets a lot muddier. Some people learn to love but some people only get really good at their jobs. At the end, it’s just one L car and the ocean.
It sounds wonderful. I can’t wait.
I went to the 11th Annual Playwrights Lab at Timber Lake Playhouse a few weeks ago. I walked in the woods and I worked on a new play and I made new friends and I watched Mrs. Doubtfire.
For some reason, whenever I get back from Timber Lake, I want to edit stop-motion films.
So, these two things are totally related.
When I’m not making dumb videos, here are some other things I do:
I am part of a new theatre collective called the Living Room Playmakers. We just did Three Stories, three plays that went up in a Rogers Park estate earlier this month, and I will be producing Last Call: 7 Rounds of Theatre in a bar in a Lakeview loft on May 17th & 18th, directed by Jess McLeod. I’m also writing a new short play called Prodigals for that evening. Go to our website! It has pictures and everything.
I am also one-half of Shorties Review Chicago, a two-woman review machine that does one-sentence reviews of art, theatre, live music, film, and the occasional sandwich. If you live in Chicago, we can help you find out what’s good, fast. If you live elsewhere, you will only enjoy it if you like anything.
Did you know that I am also Co-chair of The What Is Breakfast Committee? If you are wondering if what you are eating is Breakfast, our experts are here to help.
So, stop by these sites and be sure to say, “Hello, Jessy!” And I will say, “Hello, you!”