E. Thomalen’s is well produced. His plays include Clara’s Christmas Dreams (2004, St. Clements Theatre, New York City); The Metamorphosis, A Play (2003, Jose Quintero Theatre, New York City); El Tigre (2001, U of Texas at Arlington & Bass Performance Art Center, Fort Worth); Dances of Life – and Death Thespis Festival (2015) Tale of 2 Murderers (2001, American Theatre of Actors, 2003, Theatre Studio Inc.); The Platform (2004, Chicago Infamous Commonwealth Theatre); and Seed for the Planting (1987, Baltimore). Award-winning plays include The Night Watchman (1987 semifinalist O’Neill, 1998 winner in the New Century Writers Awards competition, WILDSound Festival 2013, Hawai’i Prize 2013); The Metamorphosis, A Play (1996-97 American Alliance for Theatre and Education, Unpublished Play Reading Project); El Tigre (2001 Writer’s Digest Playscript competition); The Platform (2004 themed contest “Home for the Holidays”), Seed for the Planting (1987 Baltimore Playwrights Competition winner) Publications include Clara’s Christmas Dreams, The Metamorphosis, and El Tigre, all published by Samuel French.
Last year his play The Pearl Diver a magical tale about a young girl and a sea dragon made a huge splash. Originally known as the subject of a Noh, a medieval musical, in the spring of 2012 the story could be seen on illustrated scrolls at the New York Metropolitan Museum of Art. This production incorporates poetry, song, dance and live music. Kabuki began in the 1600s. All-female troupes performed both male and female roles in comic scenes about everyday life. Noh, began in the 1300s. It often features masked characters, and requires strict training by the actors and musicians. Both are still performed today as a celebration of tradition. This contemporary production drew on those rich traditions, but also employ updated theatre practices. The artists hope this blending of both old and new will make it exciting for American audiences.
His newest play The Lake of Sorrows re-tells the story in music, dance and spoken word of Swan Lake, the ballet made famous by Tchaikovskys music. It is a cautionary tale about love.
The Lake of Sorrows: NY SummerFest, Hudson Guild Theatre, 441 West 26th Street, August 22nd @ 9PM August 23rd @ 6:15PM and August 26th at 3:30.