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Jonathan Lomma
William Morris Endeavor Entertainment
1325 Avenue of the Americas
New York, NY 10019
212-903-1552
JDL@wmeentertainment.com

Robin Budd
Viewfinder Management
rb@viewfindermgmt.com

Gratitude Part 2

So pumped and still fairly stunned that I can announce this: http://www.yalerep.org/center/

I am honored and excited to be a commissioned artist at Yale Rep and straight-up crazy humbled by the company I’m in.

Time to get to work.

Teenage Dreams

When I was a teenager you were more popular than me, but I had a rich interior life.

So I wrote about it on Parabasis.

New (old) Haven

Thanks to the very nice people at Page 73 I got to spend a week in July back in New Haven working on my play PARTNERS with David F. Chapman, Michael Walkup, and our lovely Yale School of Drama cast. The strangest part was that I would completely relax into rehearsing in my old classroom space, accustom myself to the horrible drone of the Crown Down air conditioner, only to remember on our 10-minute breaks that I do not, in fact, live in New Haven or attend grad school anymore. Also, there was pizza. Like, a year’s worth of mashed potato pizza, as served by our local brewpub, which means you get to consume carb-on-carb-on-carb. How I like it. The venerable gay bar across the street from our housing is called Partners and features a large mural of Anne Frank. We all chose to take it as a good sign.

Gratitude

Sometimes in the midst of an ordinary day writing plays, you get a phone call. And at the best of times, it’s an unexpected phone call with good news. And, very occasionally, it’s a couple of fairy godmothers calling up to say that they like your plays and would you like to spend the weekend at a playwriting retreat where they house and feed and work with you on a play that you’re developing in the gorgeous desert?

Thank you so much, Kelly Miller and Kimberly Colburn and Skyler Gray, and fellow playwright Lila Rose Kaplan for our time in Joshua Tree. I worked on my play PARTNERS. I read a lot of “The Company She Keeps” by Mary McCarthy. I ate maybe all of the dark chocolate peanut butter cups. And I had so much fun.

So I saw this movie called “Brave”

And, basically, I think it’s just about the greatest (and most feminist) thing since sliced cake.*

Here’s an essay I wrote about it for Isaac Butler’s lovely theater-and-other-stuff blog Parabasis:

“The Brave-ry of Keeping Mom Alive”

If you have ever been or known or hung around a mother and/or a daughter, I would suggest seeing this movie asap, even though the songs are lame and there’s no dancing crab. It rocks.

* Sliced cake, for those of you who don’t know, is incredibly feminist. Which is why I’m eating it now.

Mommune Workshop

Just because I coordinate everything I do with our nation’s print media . . .  I began a two-week, partially site-specific workshop of MOMMUNE with the fabulous Chalk Rep, as this having-it-all story claims the cover of The Atlantic. (not to be confused with the big kid breastfeeding story on the cover of TIME. That was the week of the MOMMUNE reading).

Thank you so much to Chalk’s wonderful actors and to director Larissa Kokernot for your time and smart thoughts and good instincts and interesting questions. It’s kind of stunning to spend several hours a day delving into this creepy world. And, especially as workshopped at this place, it is a creepy world.

 

 

Somebody in Kansas Loves Me

If you find yourself in Chicago between now and June 30, check out my short play SOMEBODY IN KANSAS LOVES ME, at Live Wire Theatre’s VisionFest. It’s a pretty neat thing where they pick two paintings as prompts and then you write a 10-minute play in response to one of them.

Two warnings. One: there is nudity in my play. Two: not in a sexy, fun way. More like in a plangent way.

 

Status Update: Cast

See? Get it? It’s like a double-entendre of sorts, because the play is called STATUS UPDATE, but also this post is itself a Status Update and, anyway . . .

The point is that is Ms. Becca Wolff and I were just up in somewhat alarmingly lovely Walnut Creek, CA to cast my play STATUS UPDATE, which will be presented in November by Center Rep. The cast we found is amazing. They can sing, they can dance , they can sound pan-European (really!). Mark your calendars.

Haters are going to hate

Larry Pontius asked me to write for his lovely blog, and I decided to talk about How Not to Hate Everybody in 3 easy steps. This is all true, by the way. Also, the steps aren’t so easy.

Mommune reading in NYC

One night only . . . I will be in New York (very briefly) for a reading of Mommune as part of the AracaWorks series, held at Ars Nova. More details coming soon, but it will be

Tuesday, May 22 at 7:30pm

directed by Rebecca Taichman

and held at  511 West 54th Street

Very excited to back East!