In NYC Working at the Lark

As part of my Apothetae-Lark Fellowship, I’m working on 2 plays at the Lark in NYC this week.

Wednesday, November 29, 2017:
We’ll read through the new, existing draft of Fault & Fold. Nicole A. Watson, directing.

After her tour of duty was ended by an act of violence, Sarah finds herself back home trying to figure out how to put her life back together. Back in Afghanistan, Khalid, the brother of the woman Sarah killed, is trying to do the same. Together they look for the ways to bridge the distances between one another, a journey that will cross continents and cultures and delve deep into the earth.

Monday, December 4, 2017:
I’ll be revisiting an older play, G-Men! with director Avery Wigglesworth, who helmed the production of Peloponnesus with her company The Cutout Theater.

Dateline: 1956, The Big City! Spcl. Asst. Deputy Director Norman and his crackerjack agents are on the trail of a mad, dress-wearing bomber who’s blowing up ladies’ clothing stores. Led by no less than J. Edgar himself, our heroes brave a world full of liberals and commies and foreigners-Oh my! They banter, they quip, they defy time & space and rewrite history. They are…G-Men!

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“Assuming there are seagulls, assuming I’m near the sea…”

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Next up in 2016, aka the “Year of Tim J. Lord:”

“Uprooted,” a brand new 10-minute play written for the 52nd St. Project’s Teen Ensemble. Two performances only!

The other plays were written by Dylan Dawson, Christina Quintana, Erica Saleh, & Melisa Tien. Directed by Ka-ling Cheung, Rachel Dart, Austin Regan, Max Rosenak, & Lynne Rosenberg.

Tickets are free! Make your reservations here!

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The Teen Ensemble One-Act Festival

2 Performances
Friday, June 3 @ 7:30 p.m.
Saturday, June 2 @ 3:00 p.m.

The 52nd Street Project’s
Five Angels Theater
789 Tenth Avenue, 2nd Fl.
Between 52nd & 53rd Streets

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“…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