Andrew Tucker, We Heart You

Ladies and gents, we’re thrilled to present the work of Andrew Tucker next Tuesday, July 14, at our Words & Music show in San Jose’s St. James Park. Andrew has been a core part of the POW community since our founding; he is the brilliant soul who designed our logo and all of our flyers. We’re really excited to perform his piece, “A Pessimistic Reading of a Journey Hit: ‘Don’t. Stop Believin.’” Also–he has fiction hot off the presses this week at the Rumpus–check it out!

Andrew lives and writes in San Jose, California, where he received his MFA in fiction and screenwriting from San Jose State University. He has served as the Managing Editor of Reed Magazine. He has been awarded the James D. Phelan award for short fiction above and below 2,000 words, as well as the Lois King Thore Short Story Scholarship.

When he isn’t writing, Andrew spends his time playing death metal, fussing over craft beer, and working as a tech writer and graphic designer.

Andrew Tucker
Andrew Tucker

Publications, Honors or Awards:

James D. Phelan award for short fiction (both above 2,000 words and below). Lois King Thore Short Story Scholarship. Fourth place for feature screenplay in the CSU Media Arts Festival.

Upcoming projects:

I’m always designing new nerdy t-shirts, so keep your eyes peeled for fresh designs at www.teepublic.com/user/designsbydrew.

What inspired you to participate in Play On Words?

I was introduced to Play on Words by Nicole Hughes and have been encouraged by countless others to submit my work. After seeing the shows, I knew I had to write a piece that would fit into the program!

Which writers or performers inspire you?

The list is never-ending, but lately I’ve been really inspired by Pete Holmes and his podcast You Made It Weird. I’m also inspired by writers like Sarah Rogers, Sage Curtis, Jesse Mardian, Jessy Goodman, and Jeff Heid (and I’m sorry if I neglected to list anyone); each of these people is a friend whose success in writing has pushed me to be a better writer myself.

Name a book or performance that fundamentally affected you.

I remember seeing Kevin Smith speak on several panels at San Diego Comic Con back in 2007. His wit and his ability to speak so clearly about his process and his goals really inspired me to follow in his footsteps.

Our July show is made possible through the generosity of The John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, in partnership with the San Jose Downtown Association.

Introducing Allie Costa

Our next show is less than a week away! Get ready.

Next Tuesday, July 14, we’ll be performing in San Jose’s St. James Park as part of the Summer in St. James Park series, sponsored by the San Jose Parks Foundation. This event is made possible through the generosity of The John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, in partnership with the San Jose Downtown Association. RSVP on our Facebook page to learn more!

We’re thrilled to introduce some new writers to our series next Tuesday. First up is the lovely Allie Costa, author of “Glitter and Smoke.” Allie is an actress, singer, writer, and director. Her original screenplays and stage plays include Femme Noir, Who She Could Have Been, and Can You Keep a Secret? As an actress, her theatre credits include Spring Awakening, Anything Goes, and Hamlet, and her film/TV credits include 90210, Unusual Suspects, and You Me & Her. She’s currently playing Annie in the world premiere of Alien vs. Musical in Hollywood.

Allie Costa
Allie Costa

What inspired you to participate in Play On Words?

I’ve always loved word play, so when I saw the submission opportunity for an organization called Play On Words, I had to learn more about it!

Which writers or performers inspire you?

Christopher Golden. Lin-Manuel Miranda. Jonatha Brooke. Brooke Fraser.  Cary Grant. Gene Kelly. Barbara Stanwyck. Jack Lemmon. And so many more.

Name a book or performance that fundamentally affected you.

When I was little, I saw a version of Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland with a brunette Alice and realized that I could play that part, too.

Publications, Honors & Awards:

Little Swan, a Pas de Deux named Best of PlayGround-LA and subsequently published and available for licensing; has been staged in Los Angeles, Chicago, and London
Who She Could Have Been LBDI Semi-Finalist; produced at Black Rabbit Theatre in Canada
Femme Noir selected for GLO 2014, produced by multiple theatres in Los Angeles, readings in New York, upcoming production in D.C.
Can You Keep a Secret? 10 by 10 in the Triangle Semi-Finalist
Tofurkey Day produced in Los Angeles and Chicago, with additional readings in LA and London; named Best of Fest at Girl Play Festival in Florida; finalist for Shorties 2015

Upcoming projects:

On July 31st, Allie’s play Two Girls will be performed at the Clear Lines Festival in London. Learn more here. 

On August 2nd, Little Swan, a Pas de Deux will be performed at The Public House Theatre​ in Chicago as part of Echoes of…, a festival produced by 906 Theatre Company​. Get the details.

Prodigal Daughter, Part-Time, and Altared State will have staged readings at Cabrillo Playhouse in San Clemente, California on August 22nd.

Femme Noir will be produced by Silver Spring Stage August 20th-23rd.

The Intervention Will Be Televised will have a reading at Drama West in Los Angeles on August 29th.

Music of the Mind will be produced in Los Angeles September 3rd-25th as part of the Unknown Artists New Play Festival.