New season, new play: Kicking off Urban Samurai’s Season 2011


I’ve been blogging elsewhere about how I recently joined the board of directors for Urban Samurai Productions, and we’re in preparation for my play Leave, or The Surface of the World to kick off Season 2011 for the company (despite some technical difficulties these days on my end).  Well it’s official.  I just got the email…

Urban Samurai Productions is excited to announce Season 2011!

Leave, or The Surface of the World

World Premiere – Winter 2011

Season 2011 will open with the world premiere of a new, expanded version of this “don’t ask, don’t tell” drama by local playwright Matthew A. Everett.

Seth is a young Marine serving during wartime.  Nicholas is his civilian husband who waits back home.  In addition to the strain on their relationship caused by distance and absence, they must hide their love for one another behind code words and secret identities because of the United States military’s policy barring gays and lesbians from serving openly.

(Blogger note – I keep thinking any day now this is going to become a period piece [and nothing would make me happier].  But it’s been over 12 years.  Any day now…)

(If you want to check out selections from the current one-act version of Leave, which just got tapped to be part of the Great Plains Theatre Conference at the end of May/early June, browse here…)

[title of show]

Regional Premiere – Spring 2011

USP will present the regional premiere of this surprise Tony-nominated smash created by Jeff Bowen and Hunter Bell, which debuted at the New York Musical Theatre Festival and ultimately ran on Broadway. 

A love letter to musical theater and to the joy of collaboration, [title of show] is a musical about two struggling young writers writing a new musical about two struggling young writers writing a new musical.  In the span of 90 minutes the pair, along with the help of two friends, write and perform their show-within-a-show at a musical theater festival while learning lessons about themselves as people, friends, and artists.

(Blogger note – [title of show] was the one holdout.  We wanted to be sure we had the rights first, before announcing.  Rights secured, off we go.)


Fall 2011

Season 2011 will close by honoring the tremendous impact that Neil Simon’s work has had on our company and live theater by presenting Rumors

At a large, tastefully appointed Sneden’s Landing townhouse, the Deputy Mayor of New York has just shot himself.  Though only a flesh wound, four couples are about to experience a severe attack of farce.  Gathering for their tenth wedding anniversary, the host lies bleeding in the other room and his wife is nowhere in sight.  His lawyer and his wife must get “the story” straight before the other guests arrive, but as the confusions and miscommunications mount, the evening spirals into classic farcical hilarity.”

(Blogger note – Oh, we’ll be talking about Mr. Simon in the coming days.  I know some consider him an easy target.  But he’s got one more Pulitzer Prize than I do, and much of what I learned of theater, I learned by reading and seeing his plays.  So you won’t find me knocking the guy or his work.  This play’s not one I’m familiar with, so I’m looking forward to reading a new one.)