The Indies First Campaign
Saturday, November 29, 2014
The Back Story… Author Sherman Alexie came up with the idea for writers to support their local indie by "volunteering" to work at the store on Small Business Saturday 2013. The day was a huge hit. Thousands of authors across the country acted as guest booksellers and the Indies First movement was born.
Authors then backed Indies First Storytime Day, during Children's Book Week, and were story hour readers at hundreds of independent bookstores.
Throughout, publishers have been behind the scenes boosters, recruiting authors and tagging great reads to promote!
For the holiday, 2014 season, Daniel Handler (aka Lemony Snicket) started Upstream, an indie bookstore-author partnership that connects authors with their local independent booksellers for signed stock, AND bestselling author Neil Gaiman and musician-author Amanda Palmer are leading the call for their fellow authors to get behind Indies First.
As part of Small Business Saturday, authors volunteer at their favorite indies.
1:30 p.m. John Patrick Shanley @JohnJpshanley ("Outside Mullingar," "Doubt" and MANY others)
Craig McNulty craigmcnulty.com
Craig McNulty is an internationally acclaimed and award winning playwright whose work has been produced extensively in New York, Chicago, Boston, Los Angeles, Melbourne Sydney, & Singapore. His published short plays include 9 HOURS TO FALLUJAH (Best New 10-Minute Plays 2006, Smith & Kraus), MAY 1, 2011 (The Collective :10 Play Anthology, Vol. I), and WATERTOWN, MASS. (Vol. II). His full-length Welcome Home Steve was a Gold Star critics pick in Backstage, noted for “crisp dialogue, excellent… quintet of totally believable characters, smartly paced.” His plays And No One Knows What You’re About and Pink Dress were finalists for The Actor’s Theatre of Louisville Humana Festival’s National Ten-Minute Play of the Year (2009 & 2010). He currently has plays in development at The Collective, Naked Angels, HB Studio Playwrights Foundation, REVO Theatre & Fundamental's Mass Rhetorics Theatre Project. Unstill Life: 5 plays by Craig McNulty and Warning: May Contain Nuts- 4 New Plays from Craig McNulty were produced by The Collective and enjoyed sold out runs. Craig studied theatre with Uta Hagen, Jose Quintero, Bill Hickey, Gene Frankel, Donna De Matteo, and Austin Pendleton and was mentored by Julie McKee
Rober Z. Grant @robertzgrant
Robert Z Grant's short plays include Outside the Box and Letting All the Air Out. He is also an actor, director, and producer: his work with The Collective was seen in Ionesco’s The Lesson, Me Equals This, 360 - an original adaptation of La Ronde, and Someone Who’ll Watch Over Me, and on Comedy Central's Inside Amy Schumer. A trained improviser, Robert can also be found in the award-winning show, Broadway’s Next H!T Musical around New York and across the country. Robert is a graduate of the William Esper Studio, where he studied with Bill Esper. www.robertzgrant.com, @robertzgrant
Playwright Peter Carrozzo has written numerous plays of all lengths and several short stories; most recently, his short play Key to My Heart was produced by The Collective as part of October's Collective :10. Peter is also an attorney and adjunct professor at John Jay College where he teaches Constitutional Law. He has published a number of law review articles on legal history and real property law and writes for legal websites, including his own www.constitutionland.com. Peter lives in Queens with his wife Erin, and children, Katherine, Abigail and Patrick.
2:00 p.m. Bob Shuman @Bobjshuman ("Duo!: The Best Scenes for Two for the 21st Century")
2:15 p.m. Lisa Kicielinski @LisaKhere
Producer and publications editor Lisa Kicielinski is a permanent ensemble member and former Managing Director of The Collective, for which she adapted and is producing Turtleface for CollectiveNY Films. Carnegie Mellon and Actors Studio alum. She’s appeared on Inside Amy Schumer on Comedy Central and worked with Sidewalk and Dublin Film Festivals, Steeltown Entertainment, KDKA television station, and HBO.
2:30 p.m. Mark Borckowski @mjborkowski
Mark Borkowski’s plays have won critical acclaim from coast to coast - most recently, The Head Hunter at The Producers Club and A Gravedigger’s Tale at The Hudson Guild. Other NYC productions include: The Daughters of Eve (The Cherry Lane Studio Theatre), The Mutilation of St. Barbara (The Gene Frankel Theatre), Twilight's Child (Playwright’s Horizons), Within The Skins of Saints (The Common Basis Theatre), The Rude Man (The Kraine Theatre), The Godling, and The Shadow Keeper (Tribeca Lab), as well as many others. Outside New York: Suicide, Inc. at The Walnut St. Theatre. In Los Angeles, his Lonely Vigil for a Stranger ran at The Burbage Theatre where LA Times heralded it, “fireworks and poetry.” Publications include: A GRAVEDIGGER’S TALE (Smith & Krauss) Best One Acts of 2009 and DON’T LISTEN TO WHAT IT SOUNDS LIKE (Smith & Krauss) Best One Acts of 2007. He is the winner of the Playwrights Fellowship Award from the Pennsylvania Council of the Arts and The Rod Serling Award. Also a screenwriter, his award winning thriller, THE PERFECT WITNESS is available on DVD worldwide, NETFLIX and on SHOWTIME.
3:00 p.m. David Caudle @caudleplaywrite ("The Sunken Living Room")
4:00 p.m. Lucy Thurber (The Hilltown Plays and others)
6:30 p.m. Lisa Kron @KronLisa (IN THE WAKE, WELL, FUN HOME and others)