Long time since my last entry, well let's see what's been happening. I spent a lot of the middle part of 2012 as well as the beginning of 2013 developing a play of mine called "In Da Boogie Down" and have had several readings both in New York and Chicago with more readings to come into 2014. This year I was also honored to be a playwright-in-residence for Voices Inside/Out in Kentucky and I wrote a new full length play titled "Full Moon Inside A Red Sky" which was developed at The LAByrinth theatre company's Summer intensive at Connecticut Collegewhich with much reliefe was very, very well receivedThis past year I was completed a run of "To Fool The Eye" presented by the Boomerang theatre company.
Terrific time at the table read for "Bob's Gang" an original screenplay written by David Henry Hwang (M Butterfly) and director Jonathan Caovette (Tarnation). A very promsing and at times very moving and inspirational script.
With the work that was started during my couple of hours of writing as part of WRITE OUT FRONT event I now have a new play I'm working on with the working title "Full Moon in a Red Sky" - the basic story line is as follows: Two strangers with wounded hearts find themselves underneath a full moon with a red sky discover that love is only a fallen snowflake away.
Last week I had a great time doing the WRITE OUT FRONT at the drama book store. I think I may have discovered the sees of a new one act play. This week is also very exciting to me because rehearsals have begun for the west coast premiere of my two one acts play "By The Dawn's Early Light: Midnight Mass & Los Embrujados" - performances begin in September
Rewrites continuing on "In Da Boogie Down" - the script is getting tighter-more focused and much to my surprisse with the changes less hopeful and more tragic. Yesterday I got new representation, I have a manager now. It was an excellent meeting, the best I've ever had with new representation. She will be focusing on the acting side of my life, which is fine with me. This was a little sunshine after a tough week.
Just got some great news, I've just be slelected to be a part of a playwrights residency titled Northpoint Inside Voices in Kentucky to take place in July of 2013. Pretty cool knowing what you're gonna be doing a year in advance.
It's been a pretty good week. Rehearsals are going well with "Undertow" and I just got invited to be part of a panel discussion of playwrights called "The Art of Feedback", looking forward to this and learning a few things from my fellow playwrights.
Big day - callbacks for a play tited Welcome to America and a teaching-artist gig. Crossing fingers.
Very excited that my play "Los Embrujados" will have a benefit readin on Feb. 22nd in Los Angeles. It's a young theatre company named Working Artist LAB. It's a benefit reading prior to a full production in the fall of both parts of By The Dawn's Early Light one acts.
Well another play has closed. I had a fun time doing "Don Pedro De La Cebolla". This play and the rehearsal process really helped me shake the funk of a previous production that didn't turn out to be the best of experiences. Now it's time to get back and do some serious heavy duty re-writing on a script of mine. It's interesting it's been tough getting back behind the desk to write. I think I'm mentally tired. I've been sort of going none stop with writing-acting-writing -acting since last February. But I got to suck it up and dive in. Much work still nees to be done and I'm the only one who can do it.
Mel Nieves is a New York City born and raise award-winning actor/playwright. He is also a proud member of LAByrinth Theatre Company. His most recent work includes, Mando Alvardo's Sangre, presented as part of City Park Foundation SummerStages, Matthew Harrington's Don Pedro de La Cebolla at the Interart Theatre and independent feature film The Children of Hip Hop, written & directed by Antonio Dela Cruz.