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Tuesday, August 4, 2015

"The Ballad of Downtown Jake" Roma-Deeley & Scinto, nominees, ariZoni Award

I am thrilled to say that"The Ballad of Downtown Jake," a music drama based on my collection of poems High Notes--and for which I wrote the book and lyrics--has two nominations for the 2015 ariZoni Awards.

Nominations:
Original Script--Adult--Play or Musical (Lois Roma-Deeley)
Original Music Composition--Adult--Play or Musical (Christopher Scinto)


http://www.arizoniawards.com/

from website:

The ariZoni Theatre Awards of Excellence

About Us

The ariZoni Theatre Awards is a not-for-profit organization devoted to promoting the visibility and growth of theatre in the Valley of the Sun & Maricopa County. Each year at its annual awards ceremony, the Board bestows an outstanding contribution award and a distinguished service award to deserving individuals or organizations for their contributions to theatre. In addition, the ariZoni Scholarship Committee will award one or more scholarships to selected, qualified students.

Most importantly, after completion of an exhaustive judging process, (involving close to 100 Adjudicators) awards of excellence are presented to those individuals who have excelled in performance and production during the just-completed season.

These awards represent true celebrations of EXCELLENCE IN THEATRE.

Monday, July 20, 2015

Roma-Deeley's poem "Otherwise"--The Good Men Project

I am thrilled my poem "Otherwise" is on The Good Men Project webpage!


http://goodmenproject.com/featured-content/chb-otherwise/

 
Otherwise


From this distance, my husband seems so small.
Like water over mill wheels, he moves
Through dreams in one direction.  If I call

To him from this great height:       we
Had a life no one thought practical,
Will he look up and will he answer me?

Love and work will kill him.  I've seen his eyes
Study the clouds, heavy with ridicule,
Too late.  But what if there were better lives,

Some way we always think that it should be?  Our days
Filled with a furious constancy,
Rise through the rain.  We are not what we became.

I have looked  into the palm of his hand
Cupped under the well-pump and don't know why
He doesn't scream out loud.  The farmer

And his wife--Tom and Jane--two marks
Over one grave.  Now he sees my face
In the light on a pool of standing water...

From a whisper of dark,
Honeysuckle in the meadowland,
I breathe out the last of my heart--

We have lived as if this is commonplace.



(first published on BestPoem.com






Otherwise
From this distance, my husband seems so small.
Like water over mill wheels, he moves
Through dreams in one direction.  If I call
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To him from this great height:       we
Had a life no one thought practical,
Will he look up and will he answer me?
Love and work will kill him.  I’ve seen his eyes
Study the clouds, heavy with ridicule,
Too late.  But what if there were better lives,
Some way we always think that it should be?  Our days
Filled with a furious constancy,
Rise through the rain.  We are not what we became.
I have looked  into the palm of his hand
Cupped under the well-pump and don’t know why
He doesn’t scream out loud.  The farmer
And his wife–Tom and Jane–two marks
Over one grave.  Now he sees my face
In the light on a pool of standing water…
From a whisper of dark,
Honeysuckle in the meadowland,
I breathe out the last of my heart–
We have lived as if this is commonplace.
***
(first published on BestPoem.com)
- See more at: http://goodmenproject.com/featured-content/chb-otherwise/#sthash.JT9B3VlV.dpuf

Otherwise
From this distance, my husband seems so small.
Like water over mill wheels, he moves
Through dreams in one direction.  If I call
ADVERTISEMENT
To him from this great height:       we
Had a life no one thought practical,
Will he look up and will he answer me?
Love and work will kill him.  I’ve seen his eyes
Study the clouds, heavy with ridicule,
Too late.  But what if there were better lives,
Some way we always think that it should be?  Our days
Filled with a furious constancy,
Rise through the rain.  We are not what we became.
I have looked  into the palm of his hand
Cupped under the well-pump and don’t know why
He doesn’t scream out loud.  The farmer
And his wife–Tom and Jane–two marks
Over one grave.  Now he sees my face
In the light on a pool of standing water…
From a whisper of dark,
Honeysuckle in the meadowland,
I breathe out the last of my heart–
We have lived as if this is commonplace.
***
(first published on BestPoem.com)
- See more at: http://goodmenproject.com/featured-content/chb-otherwise/#sthash.JT9B3VlV.dpuf

Wednesday, March 11, 2015

The Ballad of Downtown Jake, based on HIGH NOTES, by Lois Roma-Deeley, World Premiere March 12


THE BALLAD OF DOWNTOWN JAKE
(a contemporary music drama - for mature audiences)

Created by PVCC Faculty members Dr. Lois Roma-Deeley and Dr. Christopher Scinto
Directed by PVCC Faculty member Andrea Robertson

March 12th, 13th, 14th @ 7:30pm; Sunday March 15th @ 2:00pm. $8$15 Admission.
Click HERE to purchase tickets *$4 additional ticket fee at the door 1hour prior to performance.

Video Preview:

THE BALLAD OF DOWNTOWN JAKE is set in the shadowy jazz scene of the late 1950’s. On the road to success, Jake Delmonico, once crowned the greatest saxophonist America has ever heard, takes several dark turns, which threaten his life and, ultimately, his music. Each of the main characters—hustler, jazz man, singer, waitress—and even the one hovering Angel—struggle with themselves and the world they find themselves living in. Jake’s addiction to drugs has resulted in the deaths of his children and the near ruin of his music. Harry Jones tempts Jake, again and again, with heroin. Sugar Baby’s unrelenting grief and emotional overdependence on Jake has pivoted her life toward drugs, alcohol and prostitution. As the Civil Rights movement is stirring, Jasmine is beginning to confront her own anger over injustice. At each and every turn, the Angel refuses to give up hope for these souls of “the imperfect now.” The spirits of Johnny Dae, Charlie “Bird” Parker and other jazz greats appear in various ways to offer comfort and not a small amount of warning. Lust, betrayal, longing and love make the journey these five characters take a treacherous one, marked by addiction, redemption, hope and one last shot at fame.

"What a journey this has been!" says Lois Roma-Deeley, who wrote the lyrics and book for the show. “After nearly 10 years of collaborating with composer Christopher Scinto on this project and now working with such outstanding artists, I am thrilled to see the fusion of music and poetry, story and character, struggle and hope, come to life on stage. The total effect is pure magic!"

Composer and musical director Christopher Scinto says, “The musical score for JAKE is heavily influenced by the blues and small combo jazz of the 1950s, which are fused together with musical conventions found in opera and musical theater.”

“The opportunity to direct a new work is a rare and wonderful one,” says Andrea Robertson. “Having the chance to turn to the playwright and composer and say ‘what if we tried this?’ or ‘can you clarify this character choice?’ is amazing; usually as a director you are feeling around in the dark, guessing as best you can what the playwright meant or wanted.”

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Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Spillway "Muse & Music" Roma-Deeley

Thrilled that my poem, "A Banjo Strums Itself to Sleep," is published in the poetry journal Spillway's "Muse & Music" edition alongside so many of my favorite poets, including: Norman Dubie, Jane Hirshfield, Cornelius Eady, Richard Krawiec, Eleanor Wilner and many more! Thank you Susan Terris!



Thursday, October 23, 2014

Thursday, June 26, 2014

Poem in Spring 2014 and/or journal

Excited to see my poem "Me and J. Alfred in the 21st Century" published in the Spring 2014 edition of and/or!

and/or is an international print journal devoted to publishing experimental creative writing and graphic art by writers and artists from around the world. and/or publishes one volume per year and follows a double-blind editorial process for all submissions.
http://www.and-or.org/