At University of Idaho



September 29 through October 9, 2011: The world premiere of Lojo Simon's new drama. Sponsored by the University of Idaho Humanities Exploration Project.
If you have questions about the show or represent a theatre that is interested in the script, please contact LojoSimon@gmail.com.

Sunday, December 4, 2011

David Mark Cohen National Playwriting Award


Adoration of Dora won the David Mark Cohen National Playwriting Award given by the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival (KCACTF) and the Association of Theatre in Higher Education (ATHE). I was honored at the Kennedy Center in April, and in August, ATHE presented a reading of the play at its national meeting in Washington, DC.

Sunday, October 9, 2011

Thank You

The show closes today, and I wanted to thank the close to 80 people who worked so hard to make it a successful production. I'd also like to thank the more than 1,000 people who came out to see the show, especially those who were inspired to come back multiple times. I know that Adoration of Dora is not an easy night of theatre. I know that it challenges, unnerves and disturbs the order of things -- this was my intention -- to write a play that makes people think, and even more so, makes them feel. Everyone who was part of Dora -- in the front of the house, in the audience, backstage, on stage -- all of you honor me with your presence. Thank you for a wonderful, fulfilling experience I will always treasure.

Tuesday, October 4, 2011

Opening Weekend

Opening weekend has already come and gone. Hard to believe. Today, I participated in a panel discussion of the show with Rob Caisley and art historian Marco Deyassi as part of the Humanities Exploration at UI. The lunchtime audience seemed very interested and enthusiastic. Thanks to sponsor Rodney Frey for inviting us. Dora also was featured on the morning radio show on KRAO-FM, 102.5 in northern Idaho. Thanks, Jerry!

Feedback overall has been good, especially for a show that is very challenging and disturbing to watch. I'm grateful for everyone who has taken the time to at least give it a try, even if they left the theatre a bit confused or uncomfortable. As Dora says, "Art should disturb the order of things," and this play does exactly that! Personally, I'd like to thank Charlotte, Randy and Patrick for traveling all the way to Moscow for Dora. I really appreciate your support of my work.

Cast and crew have a few days off, and then we begin again this Thursday for our second weekend of performances, including a talkback as well as the ACTF response on Thursday night. More friends and family coming this weekend, as well. I'm excited for the rest of the run. A little sad that it will be over so soon. But eager to jump into new projects, as well.

If you haven't seen the show yet, please come this weekend. If you can't make it, both the Humanities panel and the show will be available online. Details to follow as they become available.

Sunday, September 25, 2011

Tech Weekend

We spent all weekend in tech, which for non-theatre people, is coordinating all the light, sound and image cues, making sure they look right, work together, go on and off at the right time, are the correct volume level, etc. It's a complex, tedious process that often is fraught with technical difficulties and surprises (which we don't want).


The whole process is coordinated by the Stage Manager Sarah Pappin. Everyone involved this weekend was remarkably pleasant during the 20-plus hours of work, but for my money, Sarah and her assistant, Zach Brink, deserve a medal. In lieu of that, fortunately, we got this response from the tech advisor at the close of business today: "It looks like we're going to have a show."