On the Mountain Shout-outs

November 10th, 2014

Two nice shout-outs in the last few months for my 2005 play On The Mountain: in this TDF article about plays that should be revived, and this Portland theatre blog about contemporary plays to read.

Alison Pill and Amy Ryan

Alison Pill and Amy Ryan


Now or Later Acting Edition

November 7th, 2014

DPS has published an acting edition for Now or Later which means the play is available in print from a US publisher at last.

Michael Goldsmith

Michael Goldsmith

Sundance Playwrights Studio

October 26th, 2014

I just returned from a wonderful week at the Sundance Institute’s Playwrights Studio at Flying Point. Graciously hosted by Joan and George Hornig, a great group of writers got to work freely in a beautiful setting. Below, the barn on the Hornig property where many of us did our work.


Writing for Disability

September 24th, 2014

Below, a Dramatists Guild panel “Writing for Disability,” from HowlRoundTV.

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Dying City in Miami

September 17th, 2014

Roger Martin, miamiartzine: A challenging piece best watched while leaning forward, perched on the edge of the seat, mouth slightly agape and eyes squinted to catch every nuance skittering through a ninety minute message that all’s not right with a young war widow, her manly dead husband reappearing in flashbacks and her husband’s gay twin brother.

Christian Vandepas and Valentina Izarra

Christian Vandepas and Valentina Izarra

August Odds and Ends

August 8th, 2014
Keith Nobbs and Isiah Whitlock, Jr. in Four

Keith Nobbs and Isiah Whitlock, Jr. in Four

The Coming World in Chicago

August 4th, 2014

Justin Hayford, Chicago Reader: Christopher Shinn’s cagey, elliptical 2001 one-act seems uneventful – and a tad precious – but he submerges so much drama in 55 minutes of splintered thoughts, unspoken revelations, and missed connections it’s ultimately haunting.

Alex Hardaway and Aislinn Kerchaert

Alex Hardaway and Aislinn Kerchaert

Disability Is Not Just a Metaphor

July 23rd, 2014

UPDATE: I was on CBC’s Q to discuss my article; audio at the link.

Why don’t disabled actors get cast more? I answered the question for The Atlantic.

Liam Benzvi and Christopher Imbrosciano

Liam Benzvi and Christopher Imbrosciano in Teddy Ferrara

The Coming World at Williamstown

July 21st, 2014

Mark Armstrong directed a one-night-only production of The Coming World at Williamstown Theatre Festival.

Alex Mickiewicz and Rosa Valenze Gilmore

Alex Mickiewicz and Rosa Valenze Gilmore


Dying City in NOLA

July 15th, 2014

Theodore P. Mahne, NOLA.com/The Times-PicayuneIn her landmark and poetic play, A Raisin in the Sun, Lorraine Hansberry focuses on the idea that a dream deferred becomes a heavy load over time. In his play Dying City, Christopher Shinn cuts deeper, creating a harsher poetry for harsher times, as he explores the weighty effects of an unfulfilled life.

Michael Martin, NOLA Defender: Dying City is about many things (at first I thought 9/11 and the Iraq invasion were mere topical window dressing, but Shinn has ideas of value even about those) but if I were to pick one, I’d say it’s first about the fatal attraction of machismo, in individuals and in nations… this is not a play in which everything will turn out okay if people can just tell each other the hard truth. City is a play in which the ability to hold secrets and sustain lies is all that keeps people going and sorta functional. Dying City is a stone-cold-hearted piece of work.

Will Coviello, Gambit: Strangely and starkly compelling. It’s a gripping work, bordering on psychological thriller, about the haze of memory and battle and revealing difficult truths.

Monica Harris

Monica Harris