“You pray to the gods? Let me grant your prayers.”

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“I stand, revealed at last.”

What began with the birth of a god is not yet finished. The debt has not been paid; the Gods themselves are still owed.

“Dost know thy lineage? Nay, thou know’st it not,/ And all unwitting art a double foe/ To thine own kin, the living and the dead;/ Aye and the dogging curse of mother and sire/ One day shall drive thee, like a two-edged sword,/ Beyond our borders, and the eyes of that now/ See clear shall henceforward endless night.”

The next play in my Thebes cycle is on its way. Look for readings in your neighborhood this spring and fall.

“The hammer clicks in place….” but only 3 more times

New headshot. I’m going for “serious, but still a fun guy to hang out with, and maybe a little bit mischievous.”

Hi all,

The production in LA is going very well, and everyone except for this guy is very excited about it. Yes, that’s what is known in the review world as a “pan;” but I can’t help it if I’ve sullied the Greeks with things like sex and swearing. I’m sure they were all pretty puritanical, didn’t fuck around or stuff like that. That must be why their myths are all so dull.

Anyhow, there are 3 performances left. Tonight’s is sold out but there are still tickets left for Friday, June 1, and Saturday, June 2. They are available here. But be quick. There aren’t many left.

And if you attempt to buy tickets but find them all sold out, come to the theater anyway. We’ve had no-shows at every performance, so if we can, we’ll squeeze you in at the last moment.

I will be at all performances, so I hope to see you there.

P.S. Thoughts on that head-shot? Funny background, but that’s my backyard so it seems…appropriate(?)

Adjudication

In other news of the strange and wonderful, I spent the weekend of May 5 trodding the cobblestones of my past.

My alma mater, Knox College, invited me back to judge their annual student playwriting award. I got to talk big and present some of my work. It was pretty cool. But the best part was that I got to meet with 11 of the 12 entrants–30 minute 1-on-1 classes basically, and it was just so exciting to be working as a teacher again, talking with these young writers about what we do and how we can do it better. I said it to the profs beforehand, and I meant it: it was no easy task picking the winners. Congrats to all. I hope I get to go back sooner rather than later.

View pics of the event here.

“…blackbirds frying on a wire…”

Just read AthroughZ’s status update on the book of faces:

“Commencing 24 hour countdown to the online premiere of the trailer for Down in the face of God!”

This was posted about an hour ago, so check out AthroughZ’s website tomorrow around 5:30pm (EDT) to see it. And I’ll be sure to share it here as well.

I hope you all are as excited as I am.

“….your soul is not for sale….”

(photo by Andie Bottrell)

It’s Tuesday, April 10, 2012, and rehearsals for AthroughZ‘s production of Down in the face of God get underway tonight in LA. I won’t be in attendance–supreme bummer–but I’m very excited for what’s sure to be an amazing production. I’m very excited for the work I’ve done on the play and the fantastically devoted artists at AthroughZ.

The show runs weekends May 18-June 2 at Studio/Stage in Los Angeles. Stay tuned for the trailer. I’ve seen a rough version and it’s… well… it was pretty rockin’ before they went back to do some sexy reshoots featuring our D & Anna. And now…. Well, see for yourself with these behind the scenes shots.

Picking up the pieces

Hey all (if there’s anyone still out there),

I am in the process of trying to get the webpage up to date. If you check the 12/12 Experiment postscript, you’ll get the more recent and comprehensive description of what’s been going on. 2010’s been a productive year and will hopefully lead to an exciting and fruitful 2011.

Thanks for staying in touch and supporting the work.

Be well,

Tim

Dirty War

I wanted to write something about the fact that we started rehearsal this week and it’s going very well and it’s always a joy to see the characters you’ve written alive and breathing before you. And all that’s true and it’s great as well. And I don’t want to get my high horse atop a soap box but I sat down to write this entry and, of course, before I do anything else at the computer I check my email and there’s an email in there from my director, Niegel Smith, and it’s just a headline and a link from the Times: 

“Chechen Rights Campaigner Is Killed” (http://www.nytimes.com/2009/07/16/world/europe/16chechnya.html)

So now this is what I’m writing about, because it’s the thing my play deals with. You haven’t seen it yet so I’ll fill you in. Terroristrevolves around the 2002 Moscow Theatre Hostage Crisis. In case you don’t remember, this was the seizing of a Moscow theater and everyone inside by about 40 Chechen guerillas, half of whom were women with bomb belts strapped to them. They were demanding the immediate withdrawal of Russian troops from Chechnya or they would blow up the theater and everyone inside it. I started off writing a play that was basically a dramatization of the theater crisis; but as I continued to find my way into it, the thing I became obsessed with was Chechnya and what was going on there and the people caught up in the struggle. I followed it in the news whenever stories would crop up, I started reading the writings of Anna Politkovskaya–one of the few journalists who was actually reporting on what was going on in Chechnya and who was assassinated in 2006 for pissing off the wrong people one too many times. The more I tried to turn all this into the play the more I lost hope about my being able to do so. And the more I thought about it the more stupid I found the whole endeavor. “If you really want to make something happen,” I’d tell myself, “You should actually get out there and start working as an activist.”

Well, I didn’t do that either. I found a way to write the play. I ended up taking a cue from Anna P. who focused her stories not so much on the politics behind what was happening in Chechnya but on the personal stories of the people whose lives were caught up in the conflict. The result is a play I’m pretty happy with. I don’t know if it has the ability to “make a difference.” My best hope is that it gets people interested in Chechnya and asking questions both about what’s going on there and why no one is really doing anything about it. So it’s this constant back and forth for me. Being in the play, and being in the real world, back to the play, but don’t forget what’s actually going on. 

Anyhow, I thought I’d share some of my research, a documentary made by BBC4 that does a great job of explaining what’s been going on in Chechnya: http://www.moviesfoundonline.com/chechnya_the_dirty_war.php

We open in 2 weeks. Fingers crossed.

SPF Begins…Sort of.

Which is to say that SPF absolutely did begin this past Tuesday, July 7. But I haven’t been around. I’ve been on the road from California. But we had our first readthrough last night and so it has sort of begun for me.

Anyhow, this is all prelude to saying that SPF has a playwrights blog that I’m part of and I’m going to post my entries here as well. Enjoy!

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Wednesday, July 8

But wait, it’s Friday July 9–no, make that the 10th. Or is it Saturday? I don’t really know. I just know I’m late getting my post to the blog. This however is not because I’m some sort of slacker or scatter-brain, it’s because I’ve just driven 3,156 miles to be sitting here at my desk in New York again. I was in California with my girlfriend. She’s a set designer and was working out there for the summer. I went to spend time with her and to bring us both back back east. Logistically it isn’t a hard thing to do: Pack car, get in, note rising of sun, head towards that. Cross mountains, desert, more mountains, plains, plains, plains, prairie and farmland, farmland, farmland, mountains again, more farmland, Jersey-ness, follow eyes and ears to big, noisy city, get across city, survive the Brooklyn-Queens Expressway, park outside Astoria apartment, unpack, collapse. The catch was that my girlfriend’s last day was Friday, July 3, and I had to be back in the city Thursday, July 9 for the first readthrough of We Declare You a Terrorist. It’s a long way to go in such a short span of time, but it’s an amazing way to see the country. And it was pretty amazing to be eastbound on I-78 through New Jersey with the Manhattan skyline rising before me. It’s a sight I’ve seen many times, but knowing that behind me was a long very long journey from the San Francisco Bay made it special and new again. 

And what has this got to do with my play? Absolutely nothing. I could draw some sort of metaphoric parallel to the long journey it’s been seeing this play come to this point where I’m suddenly just over two weeks away from having it open at SPF. It’s true. It has been a long journey. But that’s pretty lame. Mostly I just wanted to write about the roadtrip because as a writer I’m fascinated by landscape and how people inhabit it. What I can say aboutTerrorist is that the readthrough last night went very well. It was my first time hearing this newest draft and getting to meet two of my actors and I’m very excited. I think we’ve got a fantastic cast, a fantastic design team, fantastic production team. We start rehearsals on Monday and I can’t wait.

But first I have to finish the roadtrip. Today I’m driving to Cape Cod.

Only 6 Weeks Away

So I’m a mere 6 weeks away from the opening of my play at this year’s Summer Play Festival here in New York. And it’s all pretty exciting. We’re mostly cast and well into design meetings so the play has started to take some actual physical shape, and text-wise I’m following up the work I did at New Harmony with some (I think) really good stuff.

 

And I’m so excited about my design team that I’m going to list them right now:

 

Scenic: Caleb Levengood

Costumes: Emily DeAngelis

Lighting: Jeff Fightmaster

Sound: Mark “Muttt” Huang

 

I’m even more excited because the first 3 names there are all folks I went to UCSD with, and the 4th guy is a good friend I’ve made since coming to New York.

 

I’ll announce the cast once we’re finished with casting.

 

In the meantime , details about the production are below. Tickets are onsale NOW and they’re a steal at only $10 so get yours while they’re still available.

 

WE DECLARE YOU A TERRORIST 
by Tim J. Lord
directed by Niegel Smith


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securedownloadJuly 28-August 2    
Tuesday-Saturday 7:30pm  
Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday at 3pm  

Eight hundred civilians are taken hostage during the performance of a hit Moscow musical. In the aftermath, the playwright is plagued by the story of his captor—a young woman willing to die for her cause—in an intense drama where one person’s patriotism is another’s act of terrorism.    

TICKETS:
WWW.SPFNYC.COM or 212-967-7555

SPF 2009 is hosted at The Public Theater 
425 Lafayette Street