I have been looking forward to this one, especially. As a student in the Northeast Ohio Master of Fine Arts, I interned in Mike's creative writing workshop. His students and I enjoyed his high-energy engagement and perceptive advice. Mike was also on my thesis committee. When he suggested I try for an Ohio Arts Council Individual Excellence Award, I did, and won, and then he encouraged me to apply for the funded residency at Headlands Center for the Arts, which I was also wildly fortunate to win. I feel a personal gratitude for his encouragement which significantly enhanced my life.
But that's just par for the course for Mike, who has been a champion of writers and the Cleveland theater scene for a long time.
About Heirloom, Mike says the play
considers the effects of incest and violence across four generations of a Cleveland family. It considers the commonalities between family dysfunction and the genocide of Native Americans carried out by the US government, in a search to bring dignity and awareness to their victims.
Each year we designate one First Wednesday as a NEOMFA Reunion Reading. We are a bit spread out, students, faculty and alums, and it's fun to gather.
We're also celebrating Comfort Food Day with ginger cookies and hot cocoa, maybe a small consolation to those who will miss Cocoa & Carols at Stambaugh that evening. This calendar page tends to look like a pen was murdered on each square, right? So cookies is the least we can offer to those giving up everything else to come to this incredible reading. Hope to see you at the Soap.