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Hearts Full of Blood - design by Tara Sissom

Awesome news!  With everything else going on, I failed to mention here that the play I wrote that The New Colony produced in Chicago last fall remounted for the New York International Fringe Theater Festival.  Well, as part of the fest, I finally got to see the show for the first time, and the director (Andrew Hobgood) and cast (Sarah Gitenstein, Gary Tiedemann, Mary Hollis Inboden, and Evan Linder) did a fantastic job.

And New York thought so too.  The show got great reviews, was picked for the festival’s Encore Series, and won an award for “Outstanding Achievement in Playwrighting”!   SO, if you or anyone you know are in New York this week (and like theater) get your tickets for Hearts Full of Blood in the FringeNYC Encore Series!

The Players Theater – 115 MacDougal Street, New York NY
Performances:  9/09 @ 9:30  +  9/10 @ 7:00  +  9/12 @ 3:00  +  9/14 @ 8:00

PRAISE (TO MAKE YOU MORE INTERESTED IN GOING):

“FringeNYC Encore Series…includes my favorite play of the fest, Hearts Full of Blood. The tightly constructed play from Chicago’s New Colony theater group begs for an off-Broadway run and is better than most of the plays currently running.” – Huffington Post

“**** the play’s snappy dialogue, shocking subject matter and remarkable leading performance give the Fringe a welcome infusion of quality.” – Time Out NY

“This is the kind of gritty, heartfelt, intelligent, and fearless work that I want to see and I imagine you will want to see it as well.” – Theater Is Easy

“Asmus is a talent. His ability to create realistic, natural dialogue for the stage is sensational.” – NY Theatre

Plus – a bucket load of praise for all the artists involved since the original run is round up HERE if you’re interested (Mom).

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A little too late, but it’s worth recording for posterity that my latest play and first full-length drama “Calls to Blood” just closed its extended run at Royal George theater in Chicago.

I never got to actually see the show, but I am so incredibly grateful for the hard work of everyone involved and how well it was recieved.   I really, really look forward to revisiting this piece for future productions.  I’m 90% sure that it’ll have a different title, BTW.

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A few quotes, all from writer/editor recommended reviews (!):

“Sex, relationships and intensity done right – when I search in my memory for a comparably provocative, promising and closely observed experience, I can only come up with the early LaBute scripts I saw at the old Cafe Voltaire in the mid-1990s.” — CHICAGO TRIBUNE

“Calls to Blood masterfully manipulates dramatic clichés, veering from cheerful chick-flick to terrifyingly twisted quick enough to cause emotional whiplash — manipulating audience mindsets, too, along the way.” —CENTERSTAGE

“Lots of people have nuggets of experience that could presumably anchor a drama, but not many of them have Asmus’s technical chops…Asmus uses an improbable but apparently true scenario to demonstrate his gift for capturing the rhythms of contemporary talk. ” / “Both gut-wrenchingly tragic and very, very funny.” —TIME OUT

“Revealing a horrifying family secret straight out of Sam Shepard…Asmus packs his seemingly incompatible scenes with accurate, telling observations of human behavior.  Against all odds, nearly everything in this New Colony premiere rings poignantly true.” —CHICAGO READER

Trust me that once again, The New Colony has gone to a place most theatre companies wouldn’t even think to go. [Asmus’s] skill in writing sharp comic dialogue shows he’s a writer to watch.”  —TALKIN’ BROADWAY

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