On Every Link at the Lark!

The historic courthouse in Thebes, Ill.

 

It’s been a busy few weeks—which included a long overdue return to THEBES, ILLINOIS—so I’m behind the curve on sharing all this here, but if you haven’t heard, On Every Link a Heart Does Dangle; or, Owed will be workshopped at the Lark as part of their BareBones program this April/May! In addition to being the culmination of Apothetae/Lark Fellowship, this will also mark my first time getting to work with director and fellow UCSD alum Meredith McDonough, and I’m pretty excited to share the work we’re going to be doing in New York this spring.

We’ll be announcing the full cast soon. In the meantime, here’s the press release:

NEW YORK, NY – The Lark is thrilled to announce its BareBones® program will return this season with a workshop production of On Every Link a Heart Does Dangle; or Owedby Tim J. Lord, directed by Meredith McDonough. The play, a radical reimagining of the Oedipus myth, will run at The Lark’s BareBones® Studio from May 10–19, 2019, at 311 West 43rd Street, 5th Floor, in New York City.

BareBones® productions are simply staged, public presentations of plays in the later stages of development, and are The Lark’s most intensive development workshops, with plays receiving three weeks of rehearsal and up to eight public performances. In On Every Link a Heart Does Dangle; or Owed, the town of Thebes, once the jewel of Southern Illinois, has fallen to ruin. The river has turned poisonous, the crops are failing, and pregnant women and their unborn babies are dying mysterious deaths, all while the town’s leader has locked himself away.

“This play began as an Oedipus adaptation set in Southern Illinois, but I soon found I wasn’t interested in creating another adaptation of a story about a man who creates a problem, refuses to listen to those trying to help him, then bewails the fate that was thrust upon him,” said Lord. “So I pushed Oedipus offstage. Instead, I wanted to focus on the most vulnerable people in this world. Those left to deal with his inability to see what’s killing Thebes. The new central character is a young woman born in poverty and shunned because she was born with a disability.”

Lord has been developing the play through his residency with The Lark in The Apothetae and Lark Playwriting Fellowship, which is granted in partnership with The Apothetae(Artistic Director, Gregg Mozgala), and provides a two-year cycle of support to a Disabled writer for the generation of a new play to essay and challenge perceptions of the “Disabled Experience.” Tim became the inaugural recipient of the Fellowship last season, receiving a $40,000 prize and a $5,000 opportunity and resource fund, as well as outreach and scouting toward the commissioning and development of the new play, and a $10,000 production enhancement fund.

“But Every Link isn’t a play about disability,” said Lord. “Like the play that inspired it, it’s about power—who has it and how they hold onto it. It’s about understanding that true power comes from being entrusted with it. And it’s about learning to own one’s power. I’ve had the great gift of unwavering support from The Apothetae and Lark Playwriting Fellowship over the past year and a half. It’s allowed me to tell this really big, ambitious story from a perspective that is often overlooked, so Every Link is also a play about enabling people to tell their own stories.”

On Every Link a Heart Does Dangle; or Owed is a theatrical event expected to run approximately three and half hours, and is a work-in-progress, subject to change throughout the run in order to support the development of this epic story. The play has also received development through The Lark’s Project on Tyranny, Winter Writers’ Retreat, and Roundtable programs, as well as at the University of Minnesota, The Playwrights’ Center, and at the Kennedy Center.

“Tim’s play is adventurous and incredible,” said Lloyd Suh, Director of Artistic Programs at The Lark. “It uses classic myths of history and explodes myths of disability; a heroine’s journey told with wild theatrical imagination.”

“And there’s a journey into a monster’s lair called the Panther’s Den,” said Lord.

Public performances begin May 10 and run through May 19. Seating is limited, tickets are free, and you can make your reservation here.

 

Hope to see you at the Lark this May!

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

“Who are you?!”

“Who are you?!”
“We’re….Batmen.”

Adam Szymkowicz is a mad man — a mad man playwright with a dream to interview every playwright he can get his hands on. So he’s not a mad man you have to be scared of. He’s the good kind of mad man, like Edison or Bell or Einstein or…Batman.

That’s it: Adam Szymkowicz is the playwright Batman.

And I’m his latest interview.

Check out his work too while you’re at it. His play Incendiary has 3 more performances at Wishbone Theatre Collective in Chicago.

“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(?)

“….haunted by American dreams, hunted by American dreams.”

Down in the face of God is a real boy at last.

The play opened Friday night to a sold out house, rave reviews, and (apparently) a party that Dionysus himself would have approved of. I fly to LA Tuesday and I’ll be there for the final 2 weeks of the run so come out, see all the hard work AthroughZ put in, and experience this amazing production.

Click here to get your tickets, and get ’em soon! It’s a small house and a very limited run. This coming weekend, May 24-26, is the time to go! For one, I’ll be there and seeing the full production for the FIRST TIME EVER. Also, tix are going fast for the final weekend and we need bodies for those middle shows. And finally, if you don’t attend…..you will be cursed and you won’t know how to deal with that because you haven’t see my play.

Sneak peak time……

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See you all next weekend.

 

“….were they telling me to run….”

The trailer has arrived.

Tell your friends. Tell your enemies. Then get yourself to Los Angeles for the limited run.

The World Premiere of Down in the face of God.

Written by Tim J. Lord.

May18 – June 2, 2012.

Studio/Stage Theatre in L.A.

Presented by AthroughZ Productions. Directed by Caitlin Hart. Movement & Choreography by Doug Oliphant. Featuring Dan Amerman, Sam Bianchini, Andie Bottrell, Matt Harbert, Christina Jun, Eric Martig, Lauren Terilli, and Meredith Wheeler.

Meanwhile, at the Department of the Interior….

In addition to all the excitement in Los Angeles, I also have 10-minute play happening here in New York City. It’s being produced as part of Working Theater’s 3rd Annual Directors Salon.

Here’s what Working Theater and the Salon are all about:

“Working Theater is currently in its 27th season, and as part of our programming, The 3rd Annual Working Theater Directors Salon will take place April 16th -22nd. The Salon supports emerging NYC directors by giving them the opportunity to showcase their work, meet other theater artists, and to hear from leaders in the field.

“Curated by Luke Harlan, Dina Vovsi, and Nicole A. Watson, with the support of Working Theater Producing Artistic Director Mark Plesent, this year’s theme is Work for Change. Given Working Theater’s mission to make theater for and about working people and the revolutionary presence of the Occupy Wall Street movement, we wanted to create a week of events that asked the question, what do you work for? Inspired by a “Will work for food” sign, we are curious to see the kind of plays that emerged if given this prompt: Will work for _____. We are particularly interested in writers whose work represents members of working communities and reveals a unique perspective in the context of the larger world.”

Now the fun part of all this is that anyone can take part as a director. All you have to do is show up to the kickoff party on April 16, put your name in a hat, and if it’s drawn–Bam!–you’re directing a play. At the very least, you should all come on out and be a part of the festivities.

As for me and my part in it, here’s a quick description of the play…

It’s a hard thing getting by in the Twenty-Teens! So when Dawn discovers a mysterious piece of paper at her dead end job, loses that job, and gets put on a government watchlist, it sets in motion a series of events that will bring her into contact with the historic personages that have started returning to the present world both to help us fight our battles and to bring us down, not to mention the ubiquitous Agent Rollins from the Department of the Interior— Just whose side is he on? And where in the world is Dawn going to start calling home now that she can’t pay the rent? All these questions will be asked (and maybe answered?) in the latest installment of Tim J. Lord’s Department of the Interior series, “Bureau of Land Management!”

For one night only, you can see the play along with 6 others. It happens Sunday, April 22, 7pm, at the June Havoc Theater at the Abingdon Theatre Arts Complex (312 West 36th Street). And all events are FREE!

In the meantime, you can check out an excerpt!

“Fluorescent lights engage….”

First rehearsal for Down in the face of God was last night, and leave it to Caitlin to say, “Tradition? Ha!” and toss the time-honored act of sitting around a table, reading the script, then discussing it quietly out a (metaphorical) 50th story window. No, she had them on their feet from the start.

Here’s an excerpt of the email I got from her:

“As for last night – it went great! Im really excited! It was wonderful to dive into the world of the play head first – finally!! I was crazy director lady and had them run through the entire play on its feet and side coached them. It was intense. But now they all know what they’re in for so that’s good. They were all like ‘fuck!!! Time to get off book!!’ ha!”

Side-coaching the first readthrough?! I love it.

So it is with great joy that I bring you pictures taken during all the fun.