Daily Archives: April 8, 2013

Great Potential Press- Meetings of Tucson Publishers

Dear Tucson Publishers:

Several of us have talked about having occasional meetings of Tucson publishers, and there seems to be a good bit of interest. Kathryn Conrad, of U of A Press, very kindly provided me with a list from several years ago of a similar group, and I am sending this email to that list.

Please feel free to invite others who are involved in publishing to this meeting. I am thinking that this initial meeting will have two purposes:

  • Get to know each other a bit
  • See if there is interest in future meetings

I propose that we meet at La Parilla Suiza (5602 E. Speedway) on Tuesday, April 30, at 12:30 for about an hour. This restaurant, which seems easy to get to, has a nice meeting room that we could have to ourselves, and they indicate that they would be happy to accommodate us.

I would appreciate it if you could  email an RSVP so that we have some idea of how many might be attending.

Thanks for your time and support,


James T. Webb, Ph.D., President
Great Potential Press, Inc. 




Great Potential Press, Inc | 1325 N. Wilmot Ave., #300 | Tucson | AZ | 85712

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Playwrights Foundation- Productions of New American Plays

 Our Monthly Suggestions for Great Theater

Playwrights Foundation- Productions of New American Plays
We have quite the selection of works for you for our April Picks for Tix. A few of the shows are by playwrights deeply connected to PF, and many of them explore what it means to be an American and the sacrifices required to achieve the Dream. Enjoy!

We are so proud of our colleagues Jeffrey LoKatori Hall, and Thomas Bradshaw! Two have shows that close soon, and one that opens. Hurry and check them out now!

JEFFREY LO is the Literary Manager at Playwrights Foundation.
When Lo isn’t working with PF, he’s busy receiving awards like the Arts Council Silicon Valley 2012 Artist Laureate: Emerging Artist Award, directing and reading plays. His other plays are Barcelona Love Songand The Chase.

Bindlestiff Presents award-winning Bay Area playwright Jeffrey Lo debuts his new rom-com, based on a bittersweet break-up between twentysomethings, at Bindlestiff Studios.

Lo’s poignant, funny valentine to “falling out of love” stars new and veteran Filipino-American actors, working in repertory.

Extended Through April 13 only!

For Tickets: http://sadlovestory.bpt.me 

HALL’s The Mountaintop got  its early development at The Lark, and on PF’s  Rough Readings Series and Bay Area Playwrights Festival in 2008. This powerful, feminist drama went on to receive London’s 2010 Olivier Award for Best New Play, and enjoyed a successful run on Broadway starring Angela Bassett and Samuel L. Jackson. Now it’s playing the Bay Area for one more week, and we cannot endorse it more strongly. Don’t Miss This!!

TheatreWorks presents the
Regional Premiere of Hall’s The Mountaintop

This breathtaking Broadway hit imagines the last night of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., burnishing a legend while revealing the flesh-and-blood man behind it.

Get 25% off tickets. Call our Box Office at 650.463.1960 and mention code “PLAYWRIGHTS.”

Phone orders only. Tickets subject to availability. Cannot be combined with any other discounts. Cannot be applied to previously placed orders. Expires 4/7/13.

CLOSES April 7 at the Lucie Stern Theater 

in Palo Alto  |  Click here for tickets

Katori Hall’s The Mountaintop

THOMAS BRADSHAW is no stranger to PF – where he developed Job, and The Ashes, both of which enjoyed NY premieres. The New Yorker says of him “…he has sliced open the pretensions of the white avant-garde with a wittily glistening axe.”  This is his first production in the Bay Area!


A Crowded Fire West Coast Premiere

April 4-27, 2013
at the Thick House, 1695 18th Street

A wickedly funny take on Sex, Drugs, and the American Dream…

Ferocious, startling, and unsettling, THE BEREAVED is a dark, gleaming comedy exposing the blithe entitlement of upper-middle-class America alongside the feral appetites and violent prejudices roiling just beneath the surface.
Get a 15% discount! CODE: pfmember


APRIL 11 through MAY 04, 2013
Thursdays through Sundays at 8pm
at the A.C.T. Costume Shop Space
1117 Market St. (at 7th. St) , San Francisco, CA 94102
Limited Seating- Make Reservations Now!!!!
Richard Montoya of Culture Clash collaborates with Intersection for the Arts resident theater company Campo Santo and its co-founder Sean San José, to create The River. The play carries us along its trail through the personal stories of California’s diverse citizens: “illegals”, hipsters, immigrants, families, outcasts, desperados. Through his unique gift for telling stories  Montoya invites us to laugh as we consider our hedonism and longings rooted in our sense of loss. The River is a wild, fun, ecstatic trip; a vision quest that slips easily and often across the border between mourning and hilarity.

A.C.T. presents the world premiere of 

Music by Byron Au Yong
Libretto by Aaron Jafferis
Directed by Chay Yew

A tragicomic musical inspired by the true story of a Chinese immigrant trapped in a Bronx elevator for 81 hours. Sounding the alarm will open the doors to freedom, but calling for help also means calling for attention—with dire consequences for this undocumented immigrant. Inventively staged by internationally acclaimed artist Chay Yew—and introducing the prodigious work of a brilliant young composing team—Stuck Elevatorunleashes a stunning hybrid of musical theater, opera, and innovative modern performance.

April 4-28 at the The Geary Theater in San Francisco

$35 Orchestra, $25 Mezzanine, and $10 Balcony seats! 
Use code FREEDOM2 when ordering 
at www.act-sf.org or 415.749.2228.

Playwrights Foundation uses Vendini for ticketing, marketing, and box office management.

Playwrights Foundation – 1616-16th Street, Suite 350, San Francisco, CA, 94103, (415) 626-2176
Vendini, Inc. – 660 Market Street, San Francisco, CA, 94104, 1 (800) 901-7173

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Pan Left Productions- Pan Left Just Art Brunch 2013


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You are invited to the
Pan Left Just Art Brunch 2013

Pan Left’s 4th Annual Just Art Brunch

Celebrating Artists and Social Justice in our community

Sunday April 28 at 10 a.m.

U of A Student Union South Ballroom

(parking at 2nd St. Parking Garage)

1303 E. University Blvd.

Come celebrate with us as we honor local artists and activists



Melo Dominguez

  see more at melodominguez.com


Brunch Details


For more information email: panleft@panleft.org  phone: 520-792-9171



BUY Brunch Tickets Here

 (Use a Credit Card without PayPal account. Click on Don’t have a PayPal account)

Thank You and see you at the Brunch!

Or mail check (memo Brunch) to:

Pan Left Productions

631 S 6th Avenue

Tucson, AZ 85701

Pan Left Productions
631 S. 6th Avenue
Tucson, Arizona 85701

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“Celebrating 26 years of helping writers reach their potential”

Small people always do that, but the really great make you feel that you, too, can become great.” — Mark Twain

>> MISSED OUR LAST READING? WATCH IT ON YOUTUBE. Faculty members LISA BELLAMY, THERESE EIBEN and MICHELE HERMAN and master class students SYLVIE BERTRAND and DORIS CHENG read their work. More information on our reading series.
>> “TRULY, I AM NOT THE SAME WRITER I WAS WHEN I STARTED AT THE WRITERS STUDIO. I am more playful, less fragile and have been able to connect to bolder and more embodied narrators, all as a result of your extraordinary method and the incredibly generous and astute teachers who teach it. To my level IV teacher, I want to thank you for being an outstanding teacher. For your clarity and rigor and the generosity of your insights. I feel as though I passed through something profound in your class, something I can’t quite name, but can feel. And I don’t think I’m mistaken in having felt that change in my classmates as well.” — Trellan Smith, former NYC Master Class student. Read more feedback from our students.

San Francisco Workshop [Financial District] Level I, taught by Lorraine Babb, begins April 2
Online Level I, taught by Anamyn Turowski, begins April 17
NYC Level I, taught by Whitney Porter, begins May 6
The Tucson Workshop Level I, taught by Janelle Drumwright, began March 28
Next Craft Class begins April 23

You can register up to two weeks late.  If you’re not sure which class to join, or have questions, give us a call at (212) 255-7075.  We enjoy speaking to writers and helping them find the class or tutorial that’s right for them.
Complete schedule of classes.

www.writerstudio.com / 212-255-7075 / TWITTER / FACEBOOK / question@writerstudio.com

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Mattie Lennon Irish Author- VOICES FROM THE PAST


By Mattie Lennon

The voice of the dead was a living voice to me.” (Tennyson.)

  When listening to The Lake Isle of Innisfree or reading The Great Hunger, have you ever wondered what the authors’ voices sounded like.  Wonder no more. The British Library has brought out a 3CD set, The Spoken Word; Irish Poets and Writers. It consists of 24 recordings; almost three and half hours of listening.

   It covers more than sixty years from a recording of James Joyce, reading from Ulysses, in 1927 to Eavan Boland in 1988.

   In an extract from a recording made in 1963 Frank O Connor tells of how he became a writer. He illustrates his development with readings from his books including his short-story Guests of the Nation.

   There are 38 minutes of W.B. Yeats (6 tracks.)  One track In the Poet’s Pub runs to almost 20 minutes.

It is from a BBC broadcast of 1937.  Yeats convinced the BBC to present English poetry readings on radio as if in a pub atmosphere. I find this surprising since it is widely believed that W.B. was only in a Dublin pub once in his lifetime. Listening to his voice recorded so long ago I couldn’t help thinking of the opening line of one of his poems,

”Speech after long silence; it is right.”

  On this track his poems are read by actor, V.C. Clinton-Baddeley and Yeats himself can be heard singing in the choruses.

   That other master of the English language George Bernard Shaw gives us, Spoken English and Broken English and Address at the British Drama League Conference. In the former he spoke about how the gramophone could distort the human voice. This was one of the earliest commercial spoken word recordings in English by any literary figure and it is a pleasant irony that now, 86 years later, we can listen to this amazing digital restoration of Mr. Shaw and others. And it would be hard to agree with Oscar Wilde who said, “Bernard Shaw has no enemies but is intensely disliked by his friends.”

   There are only two recordings of James Joyce’s voice in the world and they are both in this collection. He is heard reading an extract from Ulysses in 1924 and an eight-and-a-half minute piece from Finnegans Wake which he recorded in 1929. Another track features Sylvia Beach discussing the recordings of Joyce in which she relates that Joyce picked the Aeolus section from Ulysses, to record, because, he claimed it was , “The only passage that was defamatory and therefore suitable for recital.”  She makes it clear that she didn’t believe that Joyce picked the piece just because it was defamatory but that it was something the he wanted to say himself and have it recorded in his own voice.

  Another track has Frank O Connor with Portrait of James Joyce in which he speaks of the only time he met Joyce in Paris. According to O’Connor Joyce, at the time was surfing from,” . . . a slight persecution mania …” and, what O’ Connor calls, “association mania.” He also refers to Joyce’s obsession with, not Dublin, but Cork, the home of his father.   Tracks which were recorded in the 1960s include Sean O’ Casey, Elizabeth Bowen (who said, “Ireland gives one a sort of terrain of imagination”), Mary Lavin, Patrick Kavanagh and Sean O Faoláin. (There is also an earlier track of O’Faolain recorded in 1949.)

   Brendan Behan sings The Auld Triangle which was written by his brother Dominic. The track is taken from a private disc donated to the British Library by the Theatre Royal, Stratford East. No date is given for the recording but I’m fairly sure it was made in 1961 the year of his trip to the USA and Canada. (On his return when asked what the thought of Canada he replied,”It’ll be nice when it’s finished.”)

   I would, at times, like to think that I know a thing or two about Patrick Kavanagh but to hear him baring his soul to Peter Duval Smith in a BBC interview, in 1964, was a revelation.

   The man who accused Monaghan of burgling his “. . .bank of youth” and clogging ( . . .the feet of my boyhood,” confessed in this interview that leaving his home place was a mistake and that he had “lived in a fog” and because of a “fantastic inferiority complex” had always seen himself as a failure. This interview was recorded about the time he wrote Song at Fifty. which begins,

It came as a pleasant surprise

To find experience

Where I had feared that I

Had no such currency,

Had idled to a void

Without a wife or child . . .


   Almost every Irish person has read, or at least heard of, The Valley of the Squinting Windows (I couldn’t ever understand why it wasn’t made into a film) and the controversy surrounding its publication but how many know what the author Brinsley McNamara sounded like. He’s heard here along with four other literary luminaries, discussing Yeats and other poets.

   From the stories of Edna O Brien and Mary Lavin, read by the authors to the philosophies of Liam O Flaherty and sean O Faoláin, it’s all there.

   Anybody who has any interest in our Irish poets and writers owes a big thank you to the British Library for rescuing those voices from the jaws of obscurity.

    The 3CD set is available from the British Library Shop;



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