6/11 WORLD PREMIER OF “ILLUMINATED” AT CONVERGENCE CONTINUUM
After a successful staged reading in February 2017 of Illuminated (prequel to Darker and O’Keefe’s latest finish play) at Dobama Theatre as part of the Dobama Theatre Playwright’s Gym Reads, director Sarah Greywitt of Ohio City Theatre Project will take on this one act play in the world premier of this darkly comic drama. Starring Stuart Hoffman, Kayla Gray and Michael Randall this play explores the story of Max, Lucy and Tom before it got dark, when the world was filled with light and possibilities, or not. This is part of the Tweeners program at Convergence Continuum and proceeds go towards their capital campaign. Show is one weekend only, June 22nd – 24th at 8pm. Tickets HERE.
10/10 O’KEEFE TO JOIN DOBAMA THEATRE’S PLAYWRIGHTS GYM
In the 2016/2017 season, O’Keefe will become one of the 11 members of the Playwright’s Gym at Cleveland’s Dobama Theatre. The GYM is a program that provides local playwrights with the opportunity to workshop new work. GYM playwrights are area professionals who are given various resources to help further their work. These resources include rehearsal space, collaboration with a director to assist the playwright, marketing, and public events supported by the theatre. The GYM’s goal is to nurture new work in a safe environment, provide the “exercise” equipment needed to develop new plays by these Cleveland-area writers.
O’Keefe has chosen to use these resources this year to work on a new play Illuminated. This play is a prequel to a previous well loved play of hers called Darker that was written in 2006 and published a few years back. She has long wanted to revisit the characters in this play and is excited to see how the two pieces work together an as stand-alone performances.
Darker and Illuminated will be read at Dobama on February 6th 2017. The reading is free, open to the public and starts at 7pm. The readings will be directed by Dale Heinen.
12/8 LAKE ERIE INK WORKSHOPS FOR ALL AGES IN JAN. 2017
O’Keefe is proud to be teaching this year’s Lake Erie Ink’s Stage Wrights: Playwriting workshops. The workshops take place over two weekends in which children, teens and even adults can explore the basics and beginnings of playwriting at Dobama Theatre. Using games, moment techniques and writing prompts O’Keefe will help students start pieces and encourage submission to the 2017 Marilyn Bianchi Kids Playwriting Festival.
O’Keefe is excited to get back into sharing her love of theatre and playwriting with this wonderful organization and everyone who is interested in learning about how to create a play. Each workshop has a $5 fee at the door and will be taught on the stage at Dobama Theatre. 10:30am – 12:30pm on January 21st and January 28th 2017. View more information HERE.
4/17 ‘BEST INTENTIONS’ GETS READY TO TOUR
Best Intentions… what characters Angelica and Emilia definitely had before they got themselves both into trouble. Now, these modern adaptations of two, pivotal but often overlooked, women in Shakespeare’s “Othello” and “Romeo and Juliet” have an opportunity to look closely at their lives, the choices they made and how they ended up trapped in the same room with one another. Through reasoning, deduction and slowly revealing their secrets, they discover that they have much in common including needing to escape their current situation unscathed, as they find that “best intentions” is not an excuse in the eyes of the law.
The first performance will be at the Bread and Roses Theatre in London England (Aug. 2-6th) and then the Edinburgh Festival Fringe (Aug. 8-13). Visit www.sharkeatmuffin.com for added details on the 2016 tour, tickets and further info.
Conceptualization by: Courtney Brown and Amy Fritsche
Directed by Courtney Brown
Written by Catie O’Keefe
Performed by Amy Fritsche and Jess Tanner
5/18 ‘FANTASIES AND NIGHTMARES’ BACK IN NEW YORK
Monday May 18th will host the return of Fantasies and Nightmares in the Big Apple. The international creative team from London, New York and Ohio are back under one roof to present a staged reading of the new draft of Fantasies and Nightmares as developed from last year’s intensive work shop. This reading will be directed by Illana Stein who directed O’Keefe’s 2011 US production of Darker in the Cincinnati Fringe Festival. Now a New York Native, Stein is joined by a cast of 4, Wes Hager, Ashley Kate Adams, Ted Schneider and Michelle McMahon at the Barrow Group theatre (TBG Theatre) in Manhattan.
This reading is the final opportunity for O’Keefe to alter the script and introduce it to venue’s and producers before opening in New York as a full production.
14/12: ‘FLIGHT 212’ FLIES FROM OHIO TO OREGON
Beady Little Eyes and Tears of Joy Theatre presents a very Cupid-y, Valentine’s Day weekend edition of PUPPET SHOWS! This puppet slam will feature artists from the West Coast as well as a special guest artists. Due to strong language and the possibility of other lewd things that only felted beings can get away with on stage, the recommended age is 14 and up. Tickets are $10 in advance / $12 at the door. The show will take place two evenings, Friday Feb 13 and Saturday Feb 14 @ 8pm.
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4/11: ‘FANTASIES AND NIGHTMARES’ WORKSHOP AND READING IN NYC
This is O’Keefe’s latest full length play and she is excited to be work-shopping the production further with the help of Dramaturge Michelle McMahon and Producer Sabrina Dridje. The 48 hour intensive workshop will delve into the deep dimensions of the dreams and realities that make up the script. If you are interested in attending the staged reading on May 11th at the Made in NY Media Center, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org. Seating is limited.
Synopsis: Ralph remembers his high school crush on Sally – but perhaps it’s not all he recalls. From a dream he reignites feelings for her; feelings that soon take over every minute of his monotonous working day, consume every thought in his head and he cannot rest. Convinced that if they were to meet again, they would have their moment, he sets up a Facebook event, a wine and cheese party to invite Sally over. Provoked and cautioned in varying measure by co-worker Micky, Ralph embarks into dangerous territory.
However, Ralph’s wife Deb is preoccupied, finding solace from her distant husband by caring for a bird who’s broken his wing. But Deb is holding out hope that the impending wine and cheese party will jump start things at home, especially during their son’s recent absence.
In this hyper-reality play, Ralph descends through real, fantasy and nightmare scenarios as he loses control of what he hopes will be his outcome and what fate actually holds for him.
11/25: ‘DARKER’ IS RELEASED FOR KINDLE AND PRINT
O’Keefe’s second play to be published, through Original Works Publishing is now available to order or download. This play was originally written as a Christmas gift for Catie’s husband, Joe Dargue in 2008. After submitting the short play to some theatres in London she received interest from First Draft Theatre who produced it as part of their spring play festival, April Showers. Director Matthew Parker enjoyed the play so much that the company asked O’Keefe to wright a longer version for full production. In November 2010 the play premiered at First Draft Theatre and later won two First Draft Awards for “Best New Writing” and “Best Moment” (Tom and Max’s kiss). In 2011, Cincinnati theatre company New Edgecliff Theatre took notice of this play and produced it in the 2011 Cincinnati Fringe Festival. “Especially pleasing… a Fringe must-see” – The Cincinnati Enquirer.