Archive | June, 2012

MilkMilkLemonade in Omaha.

12 Jun

If you or someone you love (or hate) lives in Omaha, send them to SNAP!‘s production of MilkMilkLemonade, which has been getting lovely reviews.

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To quote Bob Fishback of the Omaha World Herald, “Don’t let the show’s off-putting title keep you away.” Ha ha ha ha!

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London Calling.

8 Jun

British people will have two chances to see my work this summer. My feminist horror camp comedy, The Sluts of Sutton Drive, is having its world premiere at The Finborough beginning June 24th. Tickets and info here. 

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“Would you ever want to sit with me in the dark? Just sit with the lights out, barely even touching, maybe not touching at all, and just listen to me breathe?”

As part of the multi-award-winning Finborough Theatre’s Summer Season, acclaimed US playwright Joshua Conkel makes his UK debut with the world premiere of the darkly comic The Sluts of Sutton Drive.

Everybody wants a piece of Stephanie Schwartz. Her son’s demanding nuggets, her boyfriend wants her to wax and her best friend’s taking her to a stripping class. Now there’s a rapist on Sutton Drive, an obscene caller invading her home and a portal to hell beneath her sofa. How far must she go to make it all stop? And how far is too far?

A heart-breaking, taboo-busting black comedy by Joshua Conkel, “the most important queer playwright of his generation” (Doric Wilson, the Co-Founder of Off-Off-Broadway’s very first theatre, Caffé Cino.)

The workshop production that Ensemble Studio Theatre produced in 2011 was one of the most thrilling, frightening, weird and wonderful experiences of my career. I hope the English will allow me back after viewing this jacked up little play.

The play is also being published in London by the extremely wonderful Oberon Books and you can pre-order your copy here. (9.99 GBP is only, like, $200 USD or something.)

Speaking of weird American plays in London; my short about the rapture entitled Up With (Some) People will be produced in Blast Off!, an evening of science-fiction themed plays at The Soho Theatre’s downstairs space, so get your tickets to that as well.

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Up With (Some) People is very dear to me. It was the very first play I ever wrote for Youngblood and has since been produced all around the country. Again, I hope the English like it. Here’s hoping the joys of watching Connecticut W.A.S.P.s get raptured transcends oceans!

I Wanna Destroy You.

5 Jun

Get excited! There’s a reading of my play, I Wanna Destroy You, this coming Saturday produced by At Hand Theatre Company.

I Wanna Destroy You by Joshua Conkel

Saturday, June 9th – 5:00p
Pearl Studios (500 8th Avenue, 4th Floor) – Studio #404

“But you’re not Cinderella. You’re one of the woodland creatures who helps her get dressed.”

Beau is the gay personal assistant to a famous (and famously demanding) romance novelist, Cecile Collins. His longtime boyfriend dumps him on his 30th birthday, just as he is helping Cecile plan her wedding. When an old frenemy makes a reappearance, Beau must re-evaluate his choices and plans. I Wanna Destroy You is a romantic comedy that tears the trope of the gay sidekick to shreds. This staged reading is being directed by Dan Horrigan and will feature Geneva Carr, Joseph Gregori, Megan Hill, Preston Martin, Bruce McCarty & Devin Norik. It is part of At Hand’s FREE Developmental Reading Series, and seating is available on a first come, first serve basis. RSVP to matt@athandtheatre.com to make sure you get a seat for this exciting piece of new theater!