“love taps” returns

I’m incredibly pleased to announce that Love Taps is once again hitting the stage here in Chicago, in the spring of 2014. Originally conceived by Chicago Tap Theatre Artistic Director Mark Yonally and me in 2010, Love Taps introduces you to a cast of lonely urban dwellers, and then invites the audience to play match-making website. Every night the choices are the same, but the endings can change, based on what the audience chooses. The original score featured lyrics from a number of poets, lyricists, and writers, but – for the new version – we’ve pared all of the songs down to their instrumental roots. The new arrangements – created by music director Kurt Schweitz, my associate Jordan Lewis, and myself – will be performed by a small ensemble of multi-instrumentalists – guitar, bass, keyboards, piano, mandolin, and accordion – live on stage at every performance. The script – or bible – for Love Taps has been beautifully rewritten by Marc Kelly Smith (creator of the poetry slam), and will feature some new music written especially for the revamped version of the show. Starting March 14th at Stage 773, we hope to see you there! Here is some music from the original to whet your...

interview in marginalia

My first-year graduate student Steven Spiel conducted a very nice interview with me for the Columbia College graduate blog. You ever wondered about my life story? Here it is – in a really small nutshell, with several periods omitted. Ha! Enjoy! Pictures by Gabriel...

the doctor who podcast interview

Here is my lovely (and dorky, because I’m a dork) interview with Michelle from The Doctor Who Podcast, discussing my work on Doctor Who: The Companion Chronicles – The Wanderer. You can get a digital or physical copy of The Wanderer here. Thanks so much to everyone in the campervan, and to Richard Dinnick for recording a nice intro to the episode! Looking forward to meeting you guys at the TARDIS-Con next...

songsalive! chicago songwriters workshop

I’ll be the guest speaker at the Songsalive! Workshop on Septermber 8th, at the Beat Kitchen in Chicago. I’m looking really forward to being a part of this event. If you’d like to participate, you can get all of the information at their blog. Participants share some of their own work for discussion with the group, followed by a presentation from an industry professional. Should be a blast! Hope to see you...

support the englewood film festival

I’m not one to promote that many crowdsourcing campaigns, but Mark Harris and his incredible team have put together a remarkable event that is coming up on its second year. The Englewood community, on the South Side of Chicago, has been plagued with violence for years. This film festival strives to facilitate change — creating a neighborhood where children and families can safely grow and thrive. The film festival is crowd-sourcing its funding, and they could really use your help. If you are so inclined, please consider giving a donation at their indie-gogo site, linked below. This incredible event can only be made possible with the help of the greater community. Thanks so much. The Englewood Film Festival Indie Gogo...