Top Ten and big news!
The world premiere of Little Brother made Sam Hurwitt’s top ten plays of 2012. Sam is the number one theatre blogger in the Bay Area, the theatre critic for the Marin Independent-Journal, and the Editor-in-Chief of Theatre Bay Area Magazine. In his top-ten post, he also spills the beans: he is publishing my adaptation of Little Brother in the next issue of Theatre Bay Area!
This will be a new draft of the play, with a few tweaks I put in after the premiere production closed. The biggest change is a fix to the end of the online press conference. I was never really happy with the way I cut and compressed the storyline there; the new version departs further from the letter of the novel while staying very true to the spirit.
Here’s what Sam has to say:
Writer-director Josh Costello’s adaptation of Cory Doctorow’s novel blew me away when I saw it last January. Little Brother lays out the eerily familiar scenario of a crackdown on civil rights following a terrorist attack on a public structure, but this time the San Francisco Bay Bridge has been blown up and innocent American teens are being detained and interrogated, and it’s up to a group of teenage hackers to fight Big Brother. Costello’s dynamic three-person staging for Custom Made brought it all to life in a dynamic and inventive way, and I loved it so much that I decided to publish the play in the January/February issue ofTheatre Bay Area magazine, which comes out this week.