MY LAI will be performed in New York City, September 27 – 30 2017.
My short story, “Halliday’s Treasures,” came out in CATAMARAN, the 2016 Spring Issue.
MY LAI: January 29, 2016: Harris Theater, Chicago premiere of My Lai, an operatic mono-drama for which I wrote the libretto. This beautiful piece, composed by Jonathan Berger, is about Hugh Thompson, the Army helicopter pilot in Vietnam who courageously intervened in the massacre of My Lai on March 16, 1968, only to be haunted for the rest of his life by that morning, and by his own government’s efforts to undermine his testimony. This beautiful, haunting opera was performed by Kronos Quartet, Van Anh Vo, and Rinde Eckert. Directed by Mark DeChiazza.
In a spectacular review in The Chicago Tribune, John Von Rhein wrote: “Thompson’s confused musings took center stage, couched in effective, recitative-like lines mixed with fragments of wistful arioso. The half-spoken, half-sung vocal writing moved in sometimes jagged, expressionistic intervals, the character’s recollections peppered with obscenities common to GI-speak, especially in the heat of battle. Chessman’s memory play mixes poetry, slang and hurt with fierce brilliance.”
For short video glimpses of Jonathan Berger’s earlier operas, Theotokia and The War Reporter, click here.
SPRING 2017 BOOK TOUR for The Lost Sketchbook of Edgar Degas (earlier dates):
Wed. March 1, 2017, 7:00 p.m.: Launch at R.J. Julia Booksellers, Madison, CT
Sun. March 5, 2017, 6:00 p.m.: Why There Are Words in New York, NY
Th. March 9, 2017, 7:00 p.m.: Why There Are Words in Sausalito, CA
Mon. March 13, 2017, 7:00 p.m.: Books Inc. Palo Alto, CA
Tues., March 14, 2017, 7:00 p.m.: Rakestraw Books, Danville, CA
Wed. March 15, 2017, 7:00 p.m.: Folio Books, San Francisco, CA
Th. March 16, 2017, 7:30 p.m.: Mrs. Dalloway’s in Berkeley, CA
Sunday, March 26, 2017, 3:00 p.m.: The Concord Bookshop, Concord, MA
Tuesday, March 28, 2017, 7:00 p.m.: Odyssey Bookshop, South Hadley, MA
Saturday, April 1, 2017, 1:00 p.m.: Blue Umbrella Books, Westfield, MA
Sunday, April 2, 2017, 2:00 p.m.: Hickory Stick Bookshop, Washington Depot, CT
Tuesday, April 4, 2017, 7:00 p.m.: Water Street Books, Williamstown, MA
Saturday, April 8, 4:00 p.m.: Vermont Book Shop, Middlebury, VT (with John Elder, Professor Emeritus of Environmental Studies and English, Middlebury College, and author of Reading the Mountains of Home and Picking Up the Flute, among many more.
Th. May 18, 2017, 7:00 p.m.: Guilford Free Library, Guilford, CT
Sunday, May 21, afternoon: Savoy Bookshop & Cafe, Westerly, Rhode Island
Wed. May 24, 2017, 7:00 p.m.: Book the Writer, Manhattan, NY
Monday, July 24, 2017, 7:00 p.m.: Bread Loaf School of English, Ripton, VT