April 27, 2019

I felt a distinctive pop in my right knee, a hard shooting pain, and then I started screaming. The little voice in my head that had tried for 225 miles to convince me to quit was getting louder. I unclipped my right leg as gently as I could and let my bike slam onto th...

September 23, 2018

When I first started writing – and I don’t mean playwriting; I mean any sort of writing, way back when I was an undergrad and didn’t know what I wanted to do – I imagined, and worshiped, writers as disheveled piles of human existence. I pictured them: Their hair probab...

August 5, 2018

It’s 2:33 on Friday afternoon, August 3rd. I’m writing this from inside the barn where our theatre company, Theatre on the Lake, performs. Outside, it’s humid. I’d guess the sky is winding up for another rainstorm, and the wood slats and roofing above me occasionally w...

April 17, 2018

“You look like a nice guy to be so crazy.” – Hotel clerk at the Econo Lodge in Harrisonburg.

Crazy. The whole idea was crazy. RockStar 270, a 270 mile mountain bike trail race from Rocktown (Harrisonburg, VA) to Star City (Roanoke, VA) was the race that shouldn’t have b...

January 31, 2018

Most of the time I write about myself in this space, but I thought it might be a good idea to introduce a few places and people you may not have heard about. After all, I can’t very well complain about WV writers not getting enough notoriety if I’m not willing to promo...

November 3, 2017

I don’t know how many opportunities ask for this mundane announcement of why I write plays, as if I’ve ever had any doubts about why I do what I do. Most of the time I just want to answer in all caps: I WRITE PLAYS BECAUSE THAT’S WHAT I LOVE TO DO AND IT GIVES ME GREAT...

September 28, 2017

I got my rejection from The Lark today. Don’t worry, I wasn’t holding out hope. But it did get me thinking... Just how many rejections have I received this year?

So I started tabulating. I have a Microsoft Word document where I collect all of my submissions. I notate th...

September 5, 2017

So I turned thirty-two a couple of weeks ago, and I thought, "Well, I've lived over a third of my life. What have I figured out so far?" And, honestly, I'm not entirely sure I've figured out much. Maybe by the time I hit sixty-four I'll have it all figured out. Until t...

August 13, 2017

Every summer for the past twelve years, a group of eight to ten actors and singers – family, really --have come together to form Theatre on the Lake, or TOTL; and for the past seven seasons (six years), I’ve been privileged to be one of them.  

We typically meet somewhe...

June 29, 2017

It’s been a busy last month or two!

The craziness began back on the weekend of 20th of May. That’s when we had the first ever Appalachian edition of “In Their Voices,” a night of new play readings stylized after what the Pittsburgh Dramatists Guild hosts every November...

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