“…fussing and flapping in priestly black like a murder of crows”

crows-fin-smOn a cold November night back in 1994, I was walking through Standish Park in Galesburg, Illinois. It’s an old park with tall trees, and the sound that came spilling down from the treetops was unlike anything I’d ever heard. An enormous flock of crows had alighted there and for the first time ever I understood why a large group like this was called a “murder.” They stayed there for much of the winter, their myriad voices crying out as I walked below them. And then one day they were just gone.

10 years later I was walking through the woods in Rhode Island, and another murder found me. This time they were moving en masse through the trees and I walked among them for a time, following them to a bluff looking out over Olney Pond. This time I could pick out individual voices from among the greater din, and when they flew on without me, I was left knowing how to create the play that I’d been turning over in my head.

Peloponnesus was born shortly thereafter. It’s a Greek tragedy set in contemporary Southern Illinois, and the play incorporates a chorus. A chorus that resembles a murder of crows.

Three years ago, Peloponnesus had a reading at Knox College and it introduced me to director and co-founder of the Cutout Theatre Company, Avery Wigglesworth. She told me she was a big fan of the play and could she contact me when she moved to New York. One year ago she declared her interest in producing Peloponnesus, and 2 days ago she and her company started rehearsals on its world premiere.

This play has been with me a long time. It’s had a number of readings through the years. It’s gotten me onto a number of professional radars. But no one has had the audacity to actually take it on and give it life. Until this upstart of a theater company said, “Let’s do this.”

I am so excited about the work we’re doing.

You can join us in April for 5 performances. And you can get your tickets here.

Hope to see you in Brooklyn next month.

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Tim J. 2016 – Part 1

PolarBear_06First up in the first quarter of my 2016 is a new 10-minute play written for the 52nd St. Project’s next show: The Nick of Time – The Punctual Plays. My play is called “Polar Bear Service & Repair,” a buddy, roadtrip comedy starring Adam & Justin,  two of my favorite kids who are members of the Project, and directed by Sean Kenealy.

All the performances are free! Make your reservations HERE.

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The Nick of Time – The Punctual Plays

2016 Two-on-Two Shows

At the eleventh hour, and right on time! Six adults each write a short musical for a pair of Project kids, and then another adult directs each show.

The Kid Performers: Adam Alkindi, Justin Bannister, Sabrina Caldona, Joseph Cruz, Allyssia Feliciano, Bryan Lopez, Kayla Matos, Wilhemina Ohene Kari Kari, Kayla Ortiz, Christin Tetteh, Bamba Thiam, & Lambert Whitney

The Adult Directors: Tina Chilip. Arielle Goldman, Sean Kenealy, Colette Robert, Sathya Sridharan, & Kerry Whigham.

The Adult Writers: Lucas Kavner, Tim J. Lord, Beto O’Byrne, Lynne Rosen, Melisa Tien, & Cate Yu.

Composer/Music Director: Patrick Barnes.

Performances:
Friday, January 29 @ 7:30
Saturday, January 30 @ 7:30
Sunday, January 31 @ 3:00

Five Angels Theater
789 Tenth Avenue, 2nd Floor
New York, NY 10019
b/t 52nd & 53rd Streets

Internet “Famous”

Sometimes I ride my bike to work. My work is near the Daily Show’s Studio, and today I saw this:

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It’s definitely part of Jon Stewart’s Daily Show set and this part is definitely NOT going to the Newseum in D.C. My sleuthing says it’s the piece to the right of Jon’s desk, over where the correspondents would do their green screen bits, as seen in this photo:

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Anyhow, I ‘grammed it and Facebooked it (typical for me). I also hashtagged it #DailyShow (atypical for me). And next thing I know I’m getting emails from Gothamist and follow requests from the Daily News. (And my WordPress viewing stats are WAY up today).

And then Gothamist published it, so now, I guess you can say I’m a published news photographer.

Not a bad way to start off a week, I guess.

(Next goal: To be a PAID news photographer. Le sigh….)