Monday, November 26, 2018

Bent But Not Broken: The ARC's Are Here!

Hello Friends,

Here is a helix of the Advance Reader Copies of BENT BUT NOT BROKEN!




BENT officially releases on March 15 online and in Los Angeles. Something wild in New York on April 16. And lots of other things before, in-between, and after at other locations across this great land of ours.

When the time comes, you can get to the purchase links at https://heliotropebooks.com or www.doncummings.net.

Thank you, to everyone, who helped to make this book possible. It takes more than a village. It takes cities, bravery, and magic-that-I-don't-even-know-where-it-comes-from. And readers like you.

"No one ever died from Peyronie's Disease." --The Doctor
"Of course, no one knows the cause of every suicide." --Don Cummings


Happy Holidays!



Tuesday, November 06, 2018

THE WATER TRIBE @ ESTLA Launchpad, Friday, November 16 @ 8

Hello Friends,

Please consider coming to the fully staged reading of THE WATER TRIBE at Ensemble Studio Theatre--LA. The cast is amazing. The play runs less than 90 minutes without intermission. Part of this season's LAUNCHPAD--for plays that are "good to go on their feet." It's a great festival and I encourage you to see as many of the evenings as possible.
The director and the cast for THE WATER TRIBE are out-of-control.


W/ Hannah Prichard, Christopher Reiling, Amir Abdullah, Simone McAlonen & Jayne Taini

EST-LA 
3269 Casitas Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90039

Tix:


The Water Tribe
Claudia and Johnny are intelligent but without intellectual or social context. They want to get married but they need a tribe to witness their very existence. Claudia is an orphan with a cousin, Sonia, who does nothing to help Claudia secure her future. Johnny is half an orphan, with his mother, Sydelle, doing what she can to be loving. Brian, a former co-worker of Claudia, provides a measure of balance and grounded advice. But when things go wrong with this new tribe, Claudia turns to give Johnny what she thinks he craves: an adult circumcision. When that fails, too, Claudia is left to fend for herself. Nearly obliterated by circumstances, Claudia and Johnny fight to find connection and home.

A STATEMENT FOR NOW:

Being alone is the fast condition of birth. Then, there is so much to do to make sure you survive, hopefully with the help of others. You must pay attention. And you must choose wisely if you have the chance to choose. Possibly, you will not die alone in the streets. We must understand our precarious condition. I wrote this play while experiencing consistent personal rejection because of my age, abilities, sensibility and gender. Then, I looked at young people and saw they had it even worse as power consolidates, that money no longer flows freely, that this world is often harsh and ready to dismiss. Everyone on earth needs a chance to find their power and freedom. No matter how limited, anything is a start. Actually hopeful, I think we can do well—whether as a lover of some form of religion, secular-humanism, or nothing-at-all. Our ability to see each other as valuable and as worthy of belonging is what we have, biologically. It is real, actionable, and requires only the smallest shift of open-heartedness.


Saturday, October 27, 2018

Let Go. November 10

All your best friends are doing it. Let Go. on Fairfax. November 10.
Tix https://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/3744173


Tuesday, September 11, 2018

America's Got Talent! Time to VOTE again! The Semi-Finals Live Show

TUESDAY, September 11, 8PM (7C)
On NBC
AGT Semi-Finals!
Don't forget to vote for my beautiful husband and his beautiful choir, AGAIN, on Tuesday evening (tonight) on America's Got Talent!
The outcome of this round will be determined by your votes to send them to THE FINALS, so vote early and often. There are four ways to vote and you can vote for Angel City Chorale up to 10X with each method. Voting begins during the live broadcast and ends at 7AM Eastern Time the following morning (Wednesday).


I hope you enjoy the show. Choirs are cool again. YOU have always been cool.



Stuff the box:

1. Download the App!
The fastest and easiest way to vote and follow along with AGT.
2. Vote online
https://agtvote.votenow.nbc.com/?mc_cid=aa6c287ca6&mc_eid=c05ba9e5d9

You can Vote 10X, easy, each time you sign in. The app and the online voting will remember your sign-ins, so you can just vote wherever is easiest for you. 

If you are A MANIAC, and I know you are...you can revote 10X each using different email logins for methods 1 and 2. You just keep signing in with the different email addresses you have hidden around all over the place and you can vote another 10 times using the new sign-in. It's not really stuffing the ballot box...it's more like, "network television enthusiasm."

3. Vote using the toll-free number provided during the broadcast.
NUMBER WILL BE PROVIDED ON THE TV SCREEN WHILE THEY ARE PERFORMING.
You can vote this way 10X, but only 10X, assuming you only have one cell phone number. Just keep redialing. It costs nothing. You can do this in addition to the app and online methods.
PHONE NUMBER IS 1-866-60-AGT05      1-866-602-4805

4. Xfinity X1 customers can vote via their set-top box by saying "Vote for AGT" into the X1 voice remote or by pressing the remote's Info button.

And for Wednesday (a note from the choir):

Wednesday 9/12 - Semi-Final Results Show
If we end up in the middle (as we did during the quarter-finals), we'll urgently need your votes again for the Dunkin' Save during a half hour window between roughly 8:10PM - 8:40PM Eastern Time (5:10 PM - 5:40 PM Pacific). Make sure to have notifications turned on for the AGT App and check your email and our social media pages during this time! (There is no phone voting for the Dunkin' Save.)

(Again, for the Dunkin' Save, you can keep signing in using different email addresses on the app or online.)
We love you and thank you so much for your support during this mind-boggling odyssey.

ANGEL CITY CHORALE

A final note from me, Don, about all this voting stuff: Adam and I understand, like the rest of you, that this is all somehow seedy, cheesy, odd, and annoying to ask for your time to vote like an Irishman in 1960 Chicago. But here we are, living in this strange reality-tv world. Maybe you shouldn't vote. Maybe you should not watch the show. Maybe you should throw your television out the window and thank your good sense that you have freed yourself from all that is "screened" in our culture. I mean, of course. Take off your clothes! Run in the woods! Never look back!   Or...you could vote. Might be easier.

Monday, August 13, 2018

America's Got Talent! Time to VOTE

TUESDAY, AUGUST 14, 8PM (7C)
On NBC
Don't forget to vote for my beautiful husband and his beautiful choir on Tuesday evening on America's Got Talent!
The outcome of this round will be determined by your votes, so vote early and often. There are four ways to vote and you can vote for Angel City Chorale up to 10X with each method. Voting begins during the live broadcast and ends at 7AM Eastern Time the following morning (Wednesday).

I hope you enjoy the show. Choirs are cool again. YOU have always been cool.


1. Download the App!
The fastest and easiest way to vote and follow along with AGT.
2. Vote online
3. Vote using the toll-free number provided during the broadcast.
NUMBER WILL BE PROVIDED ON THE TV SCREEN WHILE THEY ARE PERFORMING.
4. Xfinity X1 customers can vote via their set-top box by saying "Vote for AGT" into the X1 voice remote or by pressing the remote's Info button.
Thanks so much for your ongoing support!
ANGEL CITY CHORALE


Thursday, May 17, 2018

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Books/Essays/Articles

Bent But Not Broken
Heliotrope Books, 2019
Published excerpt, Epiphany Literary Journal, Issue 15                                                
Brooklyn Reading Works                                         
Revision Workshop, Yale Writers’ Conference

Whatever Happened to Cousin Mickey?
Published short story, Cagibi, Issue 4

Interview Magazine, Wolfe Tracks                                                 

Open Trench, Memoir and Other Stories, Readings
Sit ‘N Spin, Comedy Central, Los Angeles                       
E.S.T.L.A. True Story
Tell It!, Los Angeles                           
Personal SPACE, Pasadena
Brooklyn Reading Works          
Art by the Ferry Festival, Staten Island
A Different Light Bookstore, Los Angeles   

Theatre

The Water Tribe (full-length drama)
Ensemble Studio Theatre Los Angeles, Development                                        
VS. Theater Company, Reading
Developed at Ensemble Studio Theatre Playwrights Unit

The Horse Latitudes (one-act)
Developed at Ensemble Studio Theatre Playwrights Unit

Don’t Touch the Orangutan! (one-act)
Developed at Ensemble Studio Theatre Playwrights Unit

Solid Joints (one-act)                               
Ruskin Group Theatre, Café Plays

A Good Smoke  (full-length dramatic comedy)
New Jersey Repertory, Directed by Austin Pendleton, Reading
Ensemble Studio Theatre, Directed by Austin Pendleton, Reading
Primary Stages, Reading
Optioned for Broadway by Eric Falkenstein/Alan Marks
The Public Theater, Reading, Meryl Streep & Debra Monk, New York
Directed by Pam MacKinnon
The Production Company, 99-Seat Contract, Los Angeles
Eugene O’Neill National Playwrights Conference Semifinalist
L.A. Stage Scene Award for Best Actress

Live Work Space (full-length dramatic comedy)
Ruskin Group Theatre, Reading, Los Angeles
The Production Company, Reading, Los Angeles
West Coast Ensemble, Reading, Los Angeles
The Road Theatre Company, Reading, Los Angeles

The Winner (one-act)
Published, Post Road, Issue 25
Finalist, Heideman Award, Actors Theater of Louisville
West Coast Ensemble, Los Angeles, Festival of Short Plays

Exempt (one-act)                                                                                              
Developed at Ensemble Studio Theatre Playwrights Unit

The Fat of the Land (full-length dramatic comedy)
Published excerpt, The Coachella Review
Maieutic Theatre Works, New York, New Born Series Reading
The New Theatre, Los Angeles, 99-Seat Contract
Los Angeles Ovation Award for Best Featured Actor
Ensemble Studio Theatre, New York, Octoberfest
One of fifteen finalists for the Kaufman & Hart Prize for New
American Comedy awarded by Arkansas Repertory Theatre                

Piss Play Is About Minorities So It’s Really Important (one-act)
Producers Club, New York, Cringe Festival
Golden Pineapple (First Prize), Cringe Festival
First runner up lead actor award
West Coast Ensemble, Los Angeles, Festival of Short Plays

 I’m Really Different (Now)!
 Largo, Los Angeles, Original Music by Don Cummings w/ Karen Kilgariff

Feed the Children (one-act)
The Production Company, Los Angeles, Summer Sizzle Festival of Plays

A Good Smoke (one-act)
Turnip Theatre Festival, New York, Festival of Short Plays
Moving Arts Theatre, Los Angeles, Festival of Short Plays

Stark Raving Mad (full-length comedy)
Tamarind Theatre, Los Angeles, 99-Seat Contract

American Air One-Man Show (full-length dramatic comedy)
HBO Workspace, Aspen Comedy Festival Series, Los Angeles
Powerhouse Theatre, Theatre/Theater, Two Roads Theatre Company,
Los Angeles, 99-Seat Theatre Contract

What Do Men Live By? One-Man Show (full-length dramatic comedy)
Soho Repertory Theatre, New York, Equity Showcase Contract

Two Birds in the Hand (ten-minute monologue)
Ensemble Studio Theatre, New York, American Series


Film/Television

Box
Toronto Independent Film Festival, Dam Short Film Festival
New Filmmakers New York, Twin Rivers Media Festival
Distributed by Shorts International
Principal Photography, starring Mink Stole, supported by SONY

The Buzz Kill, Accidental Mexican Book Club Murder
Oh, The Horror! Alternative lifestyle Zombie movie
Money  Multi-generational one hour drama pilot
Sons and Mothers Half hour comedy pilot
The King is Always Right  Half hour comedy pilot
Miss Teen USA, 1999 Writer/Segment Producer with Host Carson Daly


Affliations

Member, Ensemble Studio Theatre, Los Angeles
Member, Ensemble Studio Theatre Playwrights Unit, New York
Member, Spoke the Word Writers Group, Brooklyn, New York
Professor, Contemporary Drama, William Paterson University, New Jersey
Literary Judge, Literary Death Match, Club Oberon, A.R.T., Harvard University
Advisory Board, VS. Theatre Company, Los Angeles                          
Member, Dramatists Guild
Member, Authors Guild
Member, SAG-AFTRA, Actors Equity Association


Education

The Neighborhood Playhouse School of Theatre, Graduate two-year program
Tufts University, BS-Biology/Pre-Medical requirements
Schola Cantorum, Paris, France, Music Composition
Manhattan Punch Line Theatre Comedy Corps
New York State School of the Arts, School of Choral Studies, Fredonia, New York

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