authorphotoMost writers live in Limboland. Limboland is that place you go to while waiting for someone (anyone!) to get back to you with a response to your work. The good thing is that it’s full of people just like you doing exactly what you’re doing…waiting for a response from a publisher or a theater. The bad thing is when the letter carrier arrives with a letter for you. Letters never bring good news with them. One letter told  Louisa  to stick to teaching. Someone called Francis’s book absurd and melodramatic. Joseph once found out publishers didn’t think his book was funny even though we all thought it was hilarious. James was told he was beyond psychiatric help and they advised Vladimir to bury his novel under a stone for a thousand years. I’m an optimist, so I told him that a thousand years is not as bad as say two thousand years. 

The saddest thing (and maybe also the happiest) happens when the phone rings or an email comes in. There is a sudden rush. Everyone runs to the phone or the computer because they think it’s for them. But, of course, it isn’t. It never is until it is. And it is sometimes. The call does come. The email does arrive that tells you to call. Good news is rare but it does happen. 

Limboland has comfortable couches, clean bathrooms, and nice mattresses. This is all thanks to the generosity of those that got the call (not all give back but some do). They teach or they do workshops or they do readings or they do something but they remember the address. How can anyone forget the address. But some do. Unfortunately some do.

If you wish to send good news the email is I’m giving you this email just in case you forgot it and need to get in touch with me. I’m usually around and will email you right back. 

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Rogelio Martinez

Rogelio is the winner of the first ever Mid-Career Fellowship at the Lark Theater Company. Ping Pong, his play about Nixon, Mao, and the hippie that brought the two together, is part of this season’s Public Studio series at The Public.  His new play, Born in East Berlin, will be given a workshop at the Arden in April.  Some of Rogelio’s plays include Wanamaker’s Pursuit  (Arden Theater),  When Tang Met Laika  (Sloan Grant/ Denver Center/ Perry Mansfield),  All Eyes and Ears (INTAR at Theater Row),  Fizz (NEA/ TCG Grant/ Besch Solinger Productions at the Ohio Theatre, New Theater Miami),  Learning Curve (Smith and Krauss New Playwrights: Best Plays of 2005/ Besch Solinger Productions at Theater Row),  I Regret She’s Made of Sugar (winner of the 2001 Princess Grace Award),  Arrivals and Departures (Summer Play Festival),  Union City... (E.S.T, winner of the James Hammerstein Award), and Displaced  (Marin Theater Co.) In addition, Rogelio’s work has been developed and presented at the Public Theater, Oregon Shakespeare Festival, Mark Taper Forum, South Coast Repertory, the Magic Theater, and Ojai Theater Company among others. Rogelio is an alumnus of New Dramatists and his plays are published by Broadway Play Publishing. He has received commissions from the Mark Taper Forum, the Atlantic Theater Company, the Arden Theater Company, Denver Center Theater, and South Coast Repertory.  In the past Rogelio has been profiled in a cover story in American Theater Magazine. In addition to writing, Rogelio teaches playwriting at Goddard College, Montclair University, and Primary Stages as well as private workshops. For several years Rogelio was a member of the Dorothy Strelsin New American Writer’s Group at Primary Stages. In television, Rogelio has written for Astroblast, a children’s television show. Rogelio was born in Cuba and arrived in this country in 1980 during the Mariel boatlift.  He lives in New York with his family.  

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