Busy Summer Ahead!

I hope that you’re all doing well. We’re enjoying the explosion of spring flowers here in Western MA and our yard and garden are getting more colorful every day.I have a bunch of shows coming up in Massachusetts that I hope you might either attend or help spread the word.

My newest ten-minute play, Leap/Fly, is co-created with my good friend and very talented magician, Evan Northrup, and will be part of the Boston Theater Marathon in Boston on May 5. The Marathon is an annual event that features 50 ten-minute plays by 50 playwrights produced by 50 companies, all in 10 hours!  This year will mark the 20th year my work has appeared in the BTM. Our show is at 2pm. You can buy your tickets here.

My site-specific play for Boston’s Old North Church, Revolution’s Edge, will return this summer for a ten-week run, June 10-August 10. Set on the verge of the American Revolution, this play is a powerful exploration of the complexities of fatherhood and war, freedom and slavery. More info and tickets here.
Nathan Johnson in Revolution’s Edge at Old North Church in Boston (Evan Turissini and Brooks Reeves in the background).
Another return engagement is Pulling at the Roots in Northampton, MA, June 19-29. My play The Optimist’s Razor, one of three one-act plays about three centuries of Northampton History, with a focus on women’s autonomy and freedom. The run sold out quickly last year, so we’re bringing it back. Tickets will go on sale in early May. More info here.
Gabe Levey and Myka Plunkett in The Optimist’s Razor
And last, but certainly not least:

From August 13-16,  Plays in Place, will produce the first play in our Suffrage in Black & White series, A Light Under the Dome, directed by Courtney O’Connor. Suffrage in Black & White is a series of plays exploring the intersection of the fight for woman suffrage and race and abolition in Boston, created with the National Parks of Boston.At the Massachusetts State House, on February 21, 1838, exiled Southerner Angelina Grimke becomes the first American woman to address a legislative body. Her powerful speech about abolition also firmly asserts the full citizenship of American women. Four other women abolitionists–Maria Weston Chapman, Lydia Maria Child, Susan Paul, and Julia Williams–are there to support and guide her through this pressure-packed moment, and they have their own moments of intense struggle to share. To be staged in the Massachusetts State Senate Chamber, under the dome where Angelina gave her original speech. (The space is amazing.)

I could not be more excited for this play. Tickets will be free and will go super fast, so be sure to sign up for the Plays in Place mailing list. This is a one-in-a-lifetime kind of show that we’ve been working on for years.

It’s also a project where we need your support. The National Park Service is providing almost all of the funding for this series, but we still need to raise some additional money to make it happen. If you are interested and have the ability to support this kind of powerful, site-specific work, I hope you’ll check out our fundraising page. Anything you can donate will make a difference. The Lyric Stage Company of Boston is our nonprofit fiscal sponsor for this project.

If you want to check out my work, but you’re too far away, I do have play just published by Original Works:  Distant Neighbors. It had terrific productions in Boston and Seoul.

Thanks so much for your support. I hope we’ll see you at some of the show this summer!