"Call Me Adam" played it cool with "The Joes," Joe Iconis and Joe Tracz, when he went to Two River Theater in Red Bank, NJ to chat with these two musical theatre writers about the world-premiere of their NEW show Be More Chill, which runs from May 30-June 21! Click here for tickets!
Be More Chill, based upon the novel by Ned Vizzini, tells the tale of "Jeremy Heere," an average teenager, who finds out about "The Squip"—a tiny supercomputer that promises to bring him everything he desires most: a date with Christine, an invite to the raddest party of the year and a chance to survive life in his suburban New Jersey high school. Will "Jeremy" get the girl of his dreams along with everything else he desires? There's only way to find out, come see Be More Chill!
"Call Me Adam's" Be More Chill interview with Joe Iconis and Joe Tracz:
A musical theater writer and a fixture on the New York cabaret scene. He has been nominated for two Drama Desk Awards, a Lucille Lortel Award, and is the recipient of an Ed Kleban Award, a Jonathan Larson Award, an ASCAP Harold Adamson Lyric Award, and a MAC John Wallowitch Songwriting Award. Joe’s songs appeared on season two of NBC’s Smash and his writing has been featured in The New York Times and The Dramatist. He is the author of The Black Suits (Center Theater Group, Barrington Stage Company), the rock and roll Spaghetti Western musical Bloodsong of Love (Ars Nova, NAMT), ReWrite (Urban Stages, Goodspeed Opera House), Theatreworks USA’s The Plant That Ate Dirty Socks and We the People. Albums: Things to Ruin (OCR) and The Joe Iconis Rock and Roll Jamboree are both available on Sh-K-Boom/Ghostlight Records. Current projects: the musical version of Diary of a Wimpy Kid for 20th Century Fox (with Joe Tracz; opening at CTC Spring 2016), a musical about Hunter S. Thompson for La Jolla Playhouse (with Gregory S. Moss), and an exploitation musical called Annie Golden: Bounty Hunter, Yo! (with Lance Rubin and Jason SweetTooth Williams). Joe is greatly inspired by Robert Altman, Dolly Parton, The Muppets, and The Family of artists he frequently surrounds himself with. www.MrJoeIconis.com
A playwright with an MFA from NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts. His adaptation of the first book in the Percy Jackson series, The Lightning Thief (with composer Rob Rokicki) received a Lortel nomination for Outstanding Musical and is now touring nationally with Theatreworks USA. With Chill collaborator Joe Iconis, he is developing a live stage version of Diary of a Wimpy Kid to premiere at Children’s Theatre Company in 2016. This summer, Williamstown Theatre Festival will present a workshop of his original musical Poster Boy (with composer Craig Carnelia) and a production of his play Song for a Future Generation. Other plays have been developed with Manhattan Theatre Club, Second Stage, Roundabout, Ars Nova, and The Flea, and published in Best American Short Plays. Film/TV includes Epic (20th Century Fox) and Lights Out (FX). Joe is a former Playwrights Realm writing fellow, an alumnus of Theater Masters and the Ars Nova Play Group, and, with Two River and Joe Iconis, a recipient of a 2015 Doris Duke Foundation Commissioning Grant. He has a BA from Kalamazoo College.