Spin, or Twilight of the Bohemians, Centenary Stage

San Francisco writer Carol (CJ) Verburg is best known as an award-winning playwright and theater director, and for her best-selling books including Ourselves Among Others and The Environmental Predicament. For her specialties and background as an editor, see her LinkedIn profile.

A friend and neighbor of the late artist Edward Gorey, Carol produced twenty-odd of his original theatrical pieces on Cape Cod.  Edward Gorey On Stage is her memoir about that adventure; and Croaked: an Edgar Rowdey Cape Cod Mystery started as one of their frequent idées du jour over lunch.  She is also the author of Silent Night Violent Night: a Cory Goodwin Mystery, which grew out of her adventures on the dark side of science publishing.

Rehearsal heaven: October in Ashland at director Lenny Neimark's picnic table.

Rehearsal heaven: October in Ashland at director Lenny Neimark’s picnic table.

Spin, or Twilight of the Bohemians was a winner of Ashland New Plays Festival (Oct. 2011) and Centenary Stage Company’s Women Playwrights Series (April 2012).  When Pulitzer laureate Jerome Hart drops dead onstage, what will become of his Cape Cod farmhouse, his five cats, and his unofficial lifelong partner, Mimi Locke?  Read about Spin and the ANPF in the Ashland Daily Tidings.

“The wonderful thing about this festival is that the Rogue Valley is full of avid playgoers who can give educated feedback on each production,” says Lenny Neimark, director of a winning script, Carol Verburg’s Spin, or Twilight of the Bohemians. . . . Neimark, a longtime freelance director, says he was intrigued by Verburg’s script: “It’s a nontraditional plot — more of a character piece centering on life’s drama.”

Kim as BH-colorLady Day in Love, at San Francisco’s Fellowship Theatre Guild (summer 2006), starred local and international jazz diva Kim Nalley as Billie Holiday, with Lady Sunrise, Ed Gillies, and T. Hall. Created for and with the Black Theatre Ensemble of Cape Cod, Lady Day in Love was originally staged at Theater on the Bay in Bourne as part of a regional Women’s Month theater festival and moved to The Heron Bistro in Sandwich.
Edward Gorey's poster and program design for The Whistling Pig (he also supplied the title)

The Abduction was a winner of the Utah Shakespearean Festival’s 2001 Plays in Progress series. Written as part of the Provincetown Theatre Company’s Playwrights’ Workshop (now Lab), of which Carol Verburg was a founding member and later head, it was first produced at Theater on the Bay in Bourne. The Whistling Pig debuted at the Cotuit Center for the Arts in Cotuit, MA, after winning a 1999 Jane Chambers Honorable Mention Award. This all-female murder mystery (or is it?) was directed by P.J. McKey, with a poster and program designed by Edward Gorey, who also supplied the title. Shooting Stars, set in the heyday of Boston Celtics legend Larry Bird, was performed as a staged reading at the Barnstable Comedy Club and at the Studio at Boston’s Huntington Theatre.

Carol Verburg’s plays in progress include Mice (based on Daniel J. Kevles’s revelatory book The Baltimore Case), After the Gold Rush (San Francisco’s 1856 Vigilance Committee; staged reading, Magic Theatre), and On Fire (the passionate discovery of science and love by Voltaire and the Marquise du Chatelet).


2 thoughts on “About CJ Verburg

  1. Carol, I’m an MHC ’70 alumna, and I read with interest about the publication of your second Cape Cod novel, in part because I, too, am a part-time Cape Codder.
    I have downloaded the first novel in the series, and I look forward to reading it!


    Nancy Olson

    1. Nancy, I’m so pleased you discovered my Cape mysteries! My other series actually stars an alum of our vintage, journalist-sleuth Cory Goodwin, who in Silent Night Violent Night is lured into trouble by her ex-MHC big sister. Sequel due out this Spring. Happy reading — Carol

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