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My first play publication!

Detention

I am thrilled to announce that my ten-minute play, Ready, Aim…Fire! has now been published on Indie Theater Now as part of ESPA at Primary Stages’ Detention Series! This is my first published play – and my first comedy! – and I’m excited to share it with you all!

Detention is a monthly series in which ESPA presents a writing prompt/challenge to its playwriting students. With less than two weeks to write, the plays are then selected for a one-night only, barebones production, directed by and starring ESPA students, at Jimmy’s No. 43 in New York City. My Detention theme was “Blind Date” and I had a blast writing it and collaborating with my fellow students to put it up. The whole collaboration process did, in fact, feel like a blind date, so it was fitting!

So now, for the price of a song (literally!), you can purchase the collection of plays featured in Detention 3: Blind Date, including mine:
http://www.indietheaternow.com/Play/detention-3-blind-date

And be sure to browse around and check out the entire Detention Series Collection (the first 15 are up with more to come!). There are some amazingly talented playwrights included in that roster, and I’m both humbled and proud to be amongst them. And to read more about my Detention experience, click here.

Happy reading!

Time flies!

How is it already almost June?? Well, if the weather here in NYC is any indication, it’s definitely already summertime in the city! And if it’s summer, then that means I am woefully overdue for an update! So here goes…

The most exciting news that’s come about in the last few months is that I’m going to have one of my plays published for the first time! Yes, that’s right, I will be a published playwright! My ten-minute play, Ready, Aim…Fire!, written for and produced by ESPA at Primary Stages’ Detention Series, will be published along with all the other plays from the first 15 Detentions.

I’m so thrilled to be included in such an amazingly talented roster of fellow ESPA playwrights! And I’m even more excited to share this fun little play with all the folks who didn’t get a chance to see it during Detention or Leviathan Lab’s Asian American Women Playwrights Short Play Festival back in 2011.

The publication is still forthcoming, but for now you can check out my spiffy playwright profile on Indie Theater Now’s website:

Kristine M. Reyes on Indie Theater Now

And since you’re tooling around on the world wide web anyway, you might as well check out my first ever guest blog post for the Women in Theatre series for the League of Professional Theatre Women and Howlround. These are both excellent and vital organizations that do so much for playwrights and the theater community, so it was an honor to participate in this series. If you’re curious about getting a glimpse into my writing process (which I’m sure is not unique to me!), here’s your chance:

Slaying the Dragon

And last but not least, I would be remiss if I didn’t give a quick update about the fantastic time I had in Minneapolis for the New Eyes Festival back in December. The folks at MU Performing Arts were so warm, welcoming and generous, and it was a wonderful experience! My fellow Leviathan Labbie playwright partner-in-crime, Marisa Marquez, also had her play Cyber Fishing read during the festival, and we had a blast painting the town brown that weekend (brown because we’re Filipina, see?).

I had a great time just sitting back and watching the fabulous actors, Katie, Brandon and Allen, do their thing with my plays under the sure-handed direction of Rich. It was really cool to hear my plays again with fresh ears, in front of a brand new audience. And I survived my first post-show talkback! The audience was engaged throughout, and had some really thoughtful and positive feedback for me. And I gotta say, the people of Minneapolis, in general, were sweet as all get-out. I hope to make a return visit soon to catch more theater in the Twin Cities…and work with MU again in the future too, of course!

Here I am with my cast, director and MU’s former Artistic Director Rick Shiomi:

(L-R: Rich Remedios, Brandon Ewald, Katie Bradley, Kristine M. Reyes, Allen Malicsi, Sara Ochs, and Rick Shiomi // photo by Eric Sharp)

(L-R: Rich Remedios, Brandon Ewald, Katie Bradley, Kristine M. Reyes, Allen Malicsi, Sara Ochs, and Rick Shiomi // Photo credit: Eric Sharp)

That’s all for now, folks! I’ll be sure to let you know when Ready, Aim…Fire! is up and ready to go. Until then, stay cool and enjoy your summer!

Minneapolis, here I come!

It’s been an incredible year of having two of my new plays produced here in New York City, and now I’m off to see two of my older one-acts presented as staged readings in Minneapolis!  As part of an Emerging Playwrights Exchange between Leviathan Lab and MU Performing Arts, Quarter Century Baby and Something Blue will be performed as part of MU’s New Eyes Festival of New Works.

It’s the first time my plays will be performed outside of NYC and I couldn’t be more thrilled to be introduced to a new theater community!  It will be exciting to share my work with a brand new audience and I’m eager to see how they’ll all respond to it – there will even be a talkback after the performances!  Both plays were originally produced by Diverse City Theater Company in 2010, so it will be nice to hear these plays with fresh ears.  Who knows, I may even be inspired to revisit these short plays and expand them into full-lengths!

So if you happen to be in the Twin Cities area this weekend, come on down and check out the festival!  There is a great roster of other plays being performed, and I feel pretty honored to be in such good company.

MU Performing Arts’ New Eyes Festival of New Works
Saturday, December 1st @ 7pm – FREE

Directed by Rich Remedios

Quarter Century Baby
With Katie Bradley and Brandon Ewald

Something Blue
With Katie Bradley and Allen Malicsi

MU Performing Arts’ Studio Space
2700 NE Winter Street, Suite 1A
Minneapolis, MN 55413

Read all about the festival in the Star Tribune:
Playwrights’ Center and MU Performing Arts try out new works

It’s fall, y’all!

I can hardly believe it’s already October! After a busy summer spent with my production of Lola Luning’s First Steps for the Women of Color Human Rights Theatre Project, I’m excited to cap off the year with a production of yet another short play of mine, Balikbayan Birthday, which will be included in Leviathan Lab’s Migration Nation. It’s a site-specific multimedia theatrical experience about Overseas Filipino Workers written by the members of our women writers group. And it’s our way of honoring Filipino American History Month. Please read more about it here.

We only have four performances over two nights on Friday, October 26th and Saturday, October 27th, and tickets are extremely limited due to the space. So if you’re interested in attending, I urge you to buy your tickets now! And even if you’re unable to attend, please feel free to spread the word about the show, or consider making a small donation towards the production. We’re in the midst of our 40 Days to $4K campaign and we’re almost there!

MIGRATION NATION
October 26, 7pm & 9pm
October 27, 7pm & 9pm

Space on White
81 White Street, NYC

To purchase $15 tickets:
http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/281856

To make a tax-deductible donation:
https://www.fracturedatlas.org/site/fiscal/profile?id=4802

I hope you’ll come celebrate Filipino American History Month with me at Migration Nation! Mabuhay!

Run Leviathan Run!

Anyone who knows me knows how  passionate I am about playwriting and theater.  And even if you don’t know me personally, hopefully that passion comes through in my work and the tidbits I’ve shared on my website.  So I’d like to take this opportunity to ask for your help in supporting a new theater company that I’m particularly passionate about right now: Leviathan Lab.

Leviathan Lab’s mission is to advance Asian American performing artists by providing opportunities, resources and support for its company members.  I’m proud to say that I’m not only a company member, but also the Co-Director of the Leviathan Lab Asian American Women Writers Workshop (LLAAWWW), the first writers group of its kind in the country.  I feel truly blessed to be amongst a group of such talented, supportive and generous artists.

We have a lot of ambitious and exciting projects in the works this year, including a site-specific theatrical event written by LLAAWWW members, a screening of 10-minute films produced by our Film and New Media Initiative, and the Shakespeare Quartets.  But we need your help to make it all happen!

On April 7, Leviathan Labbies will be participating in Run Leviathan Run!, a 10K race in Central Park to raise money for our upcoming projects.  I’m lucky enough to have a husband who is both extraordinarily athletic and incredibly supportive, so we have teamed up for this effort.  He’ll be running the 10K while I, along with fellow Labbie and teammate Dorim Lee, make sure we reach our fundraising goals.

We’ve pledged to raise at least $1000 and we hope you’ll help us realize our goal.  All donations are fully tax-deductible, and no donation is too small – or too big!  We hope that you’ll help us achieve all of Leviathan Lab’s goals for 2012 and beyond – this is only the beginning!

Please visit www.leviathanlab.com and click DONATE NOW under Team Reyes-DeCrow.  Once you’ve made your donation, please email info@leviathanlab.com and say, “I’ve made a pledge to support Team Reyes-DeCrow!”

Thanks so much for your support and I’ll be sure to keep you posted on all these exciting projects!  In the meantime, follow @LeviathanLab and hashtag #RunLeviathanRun on Twitter to get all the inside scoop!

Many thanks,
Kristine
Team Reyes-DeCrow

I’m a Rockwell Scholar, y’all!

The 2012 ESPA at Primary Stages Rockwell Scholars From Left: Patrice Bell, Anna Nugent, David Davila, Kristine M. Reyes // Photo credit: Jon Kandel

On January 31st, Primary Stages announced their upcoming  2012-2013 Season and unveiled their new scholarship program named after the late Mary Louise Rockwell, a long-time board member of the acclaimed Off-Broadway theater company.   According to Tessa LaNeve, Literary Manager of Primary Stages and Director of ESPA, “Each year, five individuals will be selected for this distinguished award based on their overwhelming generosity of spirit, commitment to their craft, enthusiasm for our school, and longstanding reliability.”

The 2012 ESPA at Primary Stages Rockwell Scholars were introduced that evening, and I’m ecstatic to share the news that I’m one of them!  The other Rockwell Scholars are Patrice Bell, David Brian Colbert, David Davila and Anna Nugent, and I’m excited to be amongst a group of such lovely and talented theater artists!

As Scholars, we’ll receive guaranteed Work Study positions as Teaching Assistants in one class each for the Spring and Summer semesters.  The instructors for whom we TA – all working theater professionals – will also serve as our mentors.

As an ESPA student for the past two years, I have become more prolific, more disciplined, more inspired and more determined to continue my journey as a playwright.  I have not only built my craft, I have also built relationships with fellow students, my instructors and the staff at ESPA and Primary Stages.   It’s an incredible honor to be recognized as a valued member of the ESPA and Primary Stages community, and I’m thrilled to represent them as a Rockwell Scholar.

I really can’t say enough about ESPA.  If you want to read more, check out:

My piece on ESPA’s Detention Series

My Yelp review of ESPA

A year of firsts…

Since April of this year, I’ve been working on a new play for Women of Color Productions.  Two other playwrights and I had been tasked to write about women of color and human rights issues, a challenge that was both terrifying and exciting, and has brought about a lot of firsts for me as a playwright.

For one thing, it would be the first time I was writing a play that didn’t stem directly from my own personal experience.  Yes, I am one of those playwrights who “writes what she knows.”  But what it really boils down to is writing what I’m trying to know.  Or writing what I’m afraid to know.  And looking at it from that perspective made it a lot easier to delve into this world of characters that are new to me, but not completely foreign.

Something else that was new to me was writing a heavily researched play.  The topic that initially interested me was Filipino “comfort women” of World War II.  It was something I knew about on the periphery of my Filipino cultural & historical knowledge, but I was curious to find out more.   My main source of information and inspiration was from the autobiography of Maria Rosa Henson, the first Filipina “comfort woman” to come forward with her story, entitled Comfort Woman: A Filipina’s Story of Prostitution and Slavery Under the Japanese Military.  It was eye-opening to read such a detailed, yet unsentimental first-hand account of her harrowing experience.  From there, I had a great starting point.

Another first was incorporating dance and straying from a straightforward naturalistic style.  In my research, I read about a group of activist Filipino “comfort women” who protested at the Japanese Embassy by reenacting their stories through dance.  I can’t imagine how horrifying it must have been for these women to live through that experience once, but to re-live it as a means of protest was such a bold, powerful act that I knew I wanted to incorporate some of that into the play.

The last first for me was working with a dramaturg.  I was actually brought into the program by our dramaturg, Maxine Kern, who has worked with Diverse City Theater Company (DCT) quite a lot.  DCT produced two of my one-acts last year, and Maxine sat in on a couple of rehearsals and gave me some useful notes, so I knew I would be in good hands.  But I had no idea how good!  Her insight was invaluable and opened up so many possibilities within the play that I couldn’t have thought up myself.  The time, care and positive feedback she gave to my play was incredibly encouraging, especially during the rough patches of self-doubt and uncertainty that all playwrights go through.  This experience alone has made the writing of this play rewarding and worthwhile.

We had the first table reading of our plays a couple of weeks ago, and it was wonderful to hear the work come alive for the first time.  I was blessed with good actors, and that makes a huge difference.  I also received a lot of positive feedback from those who attended our reading, and that’s always reassuring.

After this year of firsts, it’s appropriate that the title of my new play is Lola Luning’s First Steps.  And I honestly didn’t realize that until just now.  This weekend is our second table reading, so I guess I’m finished with these firsts. Now it’s time for seconds.

To find out more about Lola Luning’s First Steps, please click the Projects tab.

finally…something!

hello world!

it only took me six months, but i finally have some content up on the site! please check out the About tab to get to know me a little better, and click the Plays tab to find out more about my plays.  thanks for reading!

welcome to my website!

welcome to the official website of playwright kristine m. reyes!  as you can see, this site is currently under construction.  please check back soon for updates.  thanks!