I was interviewed for both a podcast and a blog this summer!
In June, I was a guest on Julia Meinwald and Sam Heldt’s podcast, The 29-Hour Podcast: Conversations with theater actors, writers, and directors. I talk to Julia and Sam about the strange experience of seeing childhood favorite shows as adults, gender differences in what characters get to sing about, and the difference between writing for pleasure and building a career.
Listen here or download it from iTunes.
In July, I was featured in an interview on Strip it Down, a blog by Jenna Glazier that focuses on Jewish women in theater. Full interview here.Thank you to Julia, Sam, and Jenna for including me!
From July 11 – 14, I attended the Third International Thornton Wilder Conference given by the Thornton Wilder Society, the Wilder family, and the Monadnock Center for History and Culture. The conference was in Peterborough, New Hampshire, the town which is said to be the inspiration for Grover’s Corners, the town in Wilder’s famous play Our Town. I consider myself a die-hard Thornton Wilder fan and had been looking forward to attending a Thornton Wilder conference for quite some time. After a very long train ride and taxi, I arrived at the opening reception at Keene State College. Then it was off to Peterborough for an amazing few days. Check out the article in the local paper about the conference. Here are some of my highlights:
- Giving my presentation titled “New Audiences: Bringing Thornton Wilder into New Spaces”
This year I have been a contributing editor for Musical Theater Today, an annual print publication consisting of interviews, work excerpts, and essays from some of the most prominent and influential musical theater artists of our time, including Michael John LaChiusa, Max Vernon, Rachel Bloom, David Henry Hwuang, and more.
Volume 2 launched on Monday night, July 16th at our launch party! You can order the book for $25 from this site and get Volume 1 for a discounted rate as well.
I wrote an essay for the new volume, as well as conducted interviews with songwriter Julie Gold and the leaders of Pipeline Theatre Company. There’s so much great content in this volume you’ll be reading it the entire year until the next volume comes out!
Our musical “A Story No One Knows” was a finalist for the 2018 Live & In Color (formerly Bingham Camp Theatre Retreat) two-week retreat and workshop!
“Inspired by decedent property agents, the people who clean up an apartment after a dead body is found with no next of kin or foul play as well as the lonely and unpersonable nature of cities, ‘A Story No One Knows’ is a dark romantic comedy that examines the humanity of people in their final moments on earth seen through the eyes of those who clean up the mess of living. When you live alone and die alone in the city – what do you leave behind? Through this show, the team hopes that people are encouraged to think more about the individuals in their lives and to treasure the time they have with them.”
This Saturday, May 12th, I am performing two of my songs, “Dark Night” and “The Decay,” in my hometown of Upper Dublin, PA. I’m so excited to bring my work home and to hear what others are working on outside of New York City. If you are in the Philly area this weekend, check out Everybody’s Theater Company’s New Works Spring Forth!
Everybody’s Theater Company and Upper Dublin Parks and Recreation present their first evening of original short plays and music compositions introducing local playwrights, composers and performers.
Shoshana Greenberg and Hyeyoung Kim’s
A Story No One Knows Headlines New York Theatre Barn’s
New Works Series
The eleventh season of New York Theatre Barn‘s New Works Series continues on Monday, April 16, 2018 with pre-premieres of two new musicals: Anne of Green Gables and A Story No One Knows. Theatre Barn’s eleventh season will explore “Foreign Cultures and Fractured Fairy Tales.”
The new musical A Story No One Knows has book and music by Hyeyoung Kim and lyrics by Shoshana Greenberg. When you live alone and die alone in the city, what do you leave behind? A Story No One Knows is a dark romantic comedy that examines the humanity of people in their final moments on Earth, as seen through the eyes of those who come to clean up the mess of living. Greenberg and Kim’s musical Days of Rage was featured in New York Theatre Barn’s New Works Series and Choreography Lab.
The April 16 installment includes presentations of both new musicals at 7PM and 9PM at The Cell, located at 338 West 23rd Street in New York City. Tickets are $20 in advance and $25 at the door, and can be purchased on New York Theatre Barn’s website: www.nytheatrebarn.org.
Read the Broadwayworld.com press release.
Shoshana Greenberg and Hyeyoung Kim Named
Inaugural Sokoloff Arts Fellows at Town StagesTribeca Arts Hub Town Stages has announced the first-year fellows for the program that is part residency, part incubator, and part home base.
TOWN, the female-driven arts institution led by Executive Director Robin Sokoloff, has announced the inaugural slate of artists selected for its 2018 Fellowship Program. The program is a partnership between the Tribeca arts hub Town Stages and the non-profit cultural institution Sokoloff Arts. The application-based program is characterized as part residency, part incubator, and part home base that offers free access to shared spaces, rehearsal/performance/event space subsidies, and more.
The complete list of 2018 Sokoloff Arts Fellows follows: Jessica Anderson (with Stefanie Izzo, Alex Kocheva, Amy Stewart, and the Astoria Music Project); Caps Lock Theatre (Mariah MacCarthy, Melissa Lusk, Leta Tremblay); Joanna Carpenter; Matt Cox (with Kristin McCarthy Parker, Stephen Stout, and Colin Waitt); Ephrat Asherie Dance; Esperance Theater Company (Katie Hartke, Charlie Murphy, Ryan Quinn); Jono Freedrix; Jason Jacobs; Matthew Jellison; Christine Toy Johnson; Hyeyoung Kim and Shoshana Greenberg; Steven Kopp; Yan Li; Made with Sass (Samantha Slater); Jessie Mahon; MAWU, MelimelL Digital Art Design; Rebecca Odorisio; Pocket Universe (Alyssa May Gold); Charlotte Purser; Richard Pictures Presents (David Hilder and Dan McCoy); Ripening (Vanessa Walters, and Brian Gonzalez aka Taxiplasm); Andy Scott; Shallow Graves (Jenny Lester and Juliana Jurenas); Crystal Skillman; The Long Table (David Loewy, Noah Reece, Greg Taubman, Jocelyn Vammer); The Rigano Songbook (David and Paul Rigano); and Jamila Youngstedt.
Read the Playbill.com announcement.
Last year, I read 11 books! This year I also read 11. One of those books is A Series of Unfortunate Events book that I started with my babysitting charge and finished on my own, so I’ve completed my usual goal of 10 books on my own, like last year. I’m glad I’ve kept up my reading pace.
I saw 7 movies this year. This is one fewer than last year, which had been a major drop from the previous year’s 18, which had already been a major drop from the previous year’s 25. What more could I expect, though, since I basically stopped going to the movies. I did make a bit of an effort this year, but that didn’t result in much.
This year, the majority of films I saw were new films (6 out of 7). 1 was part of a film festival, and 2 were at Film Forum. Last year I only saw 3 new movies. The older movie I saw this year was part of my company’s Movies for the Mind series. Of the 7 I saw this year, I saw all of them for the first time. Last year, that count was 7/8.