FROM OUR VOICES PLAYWRIGHT Debbie Wiess - A number of upcoming events:
It has been a very busy spring and there are a number of upcoming events at which I am presenting work, both theatre pieces and poetry, in English and French. Most will take place in the metro Boston area, 3 the first part of May and 1 the second half of June. In addition, at least one of my bilingual short plays will be in the next showcase put on by the Little French Church Players in NYC mid-June. And one of my short plays will be taped for broadcast on local Boston-area cable. Perhaps this will give those of you further afield a reason to visit!
First up will be the 3rd Annual Cambridge Poetry Jam on Sat May 5. From 11am to 4pm at the Cambridge Public Library main branch, located at 449 Bway, a wide variety of local area poets will share their work. I will be reading my poem THE LITTLE GREY MOUSE/LA PETITE SOURIS GRISE in both English and French sometime between 12-1pm, the multilingual segment of the program. The poem, based upon actual events, was written last summer originally in French and then English. The poem will be published this spring in English in the Boston Bagel Bards Anthology.
The following day, Sun May 6, during the Somerville Artists Open Studios one of the three trolleys providing transportation for the weekend-long event, and called the Spoken Word Trolley, will have performances and readings from 12-6pm. I was invited to curate one of the six hours of programming and will be presenting 3 of my short plays in a series called CONVERSATIONS ON A TROLLEY, as well as my mouse poem in English. Music from a 3-woman band will round out my hour, which goes from 2-3pm though the timing could slip. The trolley makes several stops throughout Somerville, taking anywhere from 20-30 mins to complete its loop. The easiest way to catch it is at the stop by the Davis Square T station, across the street from the Somerville Theatre. Signs should indicate the location. All are welcome to get on and off whenever they want to along the route to visit the artists' studios. Though with the entertainment on the bus you may be tempted to stay on board!
Later that week, on Wed May 9 my short French play L'ART DE LA RENCONTRE, a 12-minute long play set in an art gallery in Paris during an opening will have a production during the art opening of French artist Denis Lefèvre in the gallery space of the French Cultural Center at 53 Marlborough St in Back Bay Boston. The opening goes from 6:30-8:30pm and my play will go up around 7pm. This will be the play's first production in Boston in French. Last year it had a reading at the Boston SWAN Day event in English. The play was put on bilingually last Sept in NYC and in English in TX last Feb. Please call to rsvp at 617-912-0400. Lefèvre's art will be up the month of May.
The above mentioned 3 May events are free and open to the public. They should all be very original presentations of my work in unusual venues and at interesting occasions.
In June, over the second weekend, Fri-Mon, June 8-11, there will be 4 presentations of the Little French Church Players Show, held at the Church of St-Esprit at 111 E. 60th Street (between Lexington and Park) in NYC. My bilingual French/English play IN A BEDROOM AFTER A PARTY, which was written for this show, will be in the program of short pieces and scenes.
Two weeks later, Fri and Sat, June 23 and 24, my short play WELCOME INN will be presented in a program of staged readings by Theatre One in its Fourth Annual "Slice of Life" Festival of New Work. The festival takes place at the Alley Theatre in Middleboro, MA, about an hour south of Boston. This will be the 3rd year that my work has been selected for this festival. The 2-character play takes place in a hotel lobby where appearances can be deceiving.
I'll send out more info later on about the June events when the details are available.
Also for those in Newton, MA this weekend my short play LET'S PLAY CLUE! will be taped for future broadcast with an interview with the author/director (me) and actors. So look out for that on NewTv in the coming months as the show will be broadcast over a 4 week period. This new play was recently presented in a staged reading at this year's Boston SWAN Day event at the end of March.
Hope all of this gives you the chance to catch some of my work this spring! Let me know if you are able to come out. And please do pass this announcement to others who could also be interested!
Hope all is well! A bientôt !