Starting in September 2017 I began the MFA Playwriting program at the Actors Studio Drama
Happy to report that my ten-minute play E MINOR SEVENTH was staged for the ASDS cohort in February and there wasn't a dry eye in the house. More info to come.
MIGHTY GOOD COMPANY, a new play, received its first workshop production in April 2017, with three standing ovations and much good spirit. Expertly directed by Aimee Todoroff, the production starred Sara Thigpen, Alyssa Simon, Mel House, Molly Lovell, Hannah Seusy, Catherine Porter, Chantal Gagnon, and AL Pearsall.
MIGHTY GOOD COMPANY has been called "an Our Town for our times." In it, three women carry out a tradition to tend to a small urban cemetery where their ancestors live. The lives of the living and the journeys of the dead are threatened when a developer offers the women vast sums of money to buy the cemetery.
Inquiries about the play may be directed here.
WHAT'S IN A NAME has been selected for inclusion in this year's PLAYS AND PLAYWRIGHTS anthology of new plays, published by Indie Theatre Now.
In announcing this year's collection, Martin Denton wrote:
Timothy Nolan’s What’s in a Name is ... a bona fide thriller, as we trace–through flashbacks–the long-stored secrets of its heroine; and also, compellingly, an exploration of identity and reputation and memory. The question posed by the play’s title is thoroughly examined here, with memorable and insightful results.
Proud and humbled to announce being named a 2013 Indie Theater Person of the Year by Indie Theater Now. And yes, it's true, there will be a new play seeing the light of day in 2014.
TIMOTHY NOLAN is a veteran playwright, and the Literary Manager of Variations Theatre Group. One Memorable Thing He Did in 2013: His most recent play, What’s in a Name?, was produced by Variations Theatre Group at The Chain Theatre last spring. Plans for 2014: Timothy will continue his stewardship of Variation Theatre Group’s staged reading series, Minor Variations Project, and hopes to get a new play development lab off the ground. He is also working on a new play of his own.
Read about all the amazing artists named in 2013 here.
Check out our review from Cliff Kasden's A View From The Cliff column for the Queens Courier:
What's In A Name at Chain Theatre in LIC
A View From The Cliff
by Cliff Kasden, Queens Courier
“Got a revolution. Got to revolution!”
Jefferson Airplane 1969
The bold revolutionaries of the 1960s triggered undeniable social change. But the most militant American rebels suffered an unexpected fate. They became perpetual fugitives from justice, changing their identities to survive.
Playwright Timothy Nolan offers What’s In A Name. It is a two act nightmarish revelation in which the protagonist confronts her decades of deception. It is also a window into the tormented woman’s emotional breakdown. Producers Kirk Gostkowski and Rich Ferraioli utilize very capable performers, some with numerous TV and media credits along with AEA credentials. Director Greg Cicchino employs a sparse set and actors who change accents and attitudes in mid sentence. The result is a deliberately ambiguous transformation in locations, timeline and characterizations. All without changing costumes, scenery or adding cast members.
Maria Deasy is Price/Doherty, the crumbling victim of her lost ideals. Her performance is riveting as she unravels emotionally before the audience, almost from her first moments onstage. Lenny Thomas as doomed Black Panther Clarence is invisible to all onstage except Price/Doherty. Thomas’ persona is simultaneously sinister and seductive yet seldom sympathetic. He fills the stage with his presence, providing an eerie glimpse into the anger of a revolutionary. Sutton Crawford as the police officer and Lauren Roth as the waitress Em provide pivotal links that cannot be underestimated.
The Variations Theatre Group has built their new venue at the Chain Theatre located at 21-28 45th Road. They represent another bona fide jewel that sparkles on the side streets of Long Island City. Hopefully their success will grow geometrically. It should grow in conjunction with not in competition against other outstanding troupes that have emerged in the area.
As always, save me a seat on the aisle.
From Martin Denton's review on NYTheatre.com:
"What's In a Name plumbs...this situation with real invention and insight...The brilliance of Nolan's work here is its immediacy. It's absolutely worth seeing, and also a piece that deserves a long life in productions elsewhere."
Read the entire review here.
Click here to watch my one-act animated play She's So Beautiful, animated by Jodi Chamberlain and performed by Michael Chimenti.