I recently signed a contract for my first commissioned work, which feels pretty cool. The Central Square Theatre in Cambridge has commissioned me to write a 10-15 minute play in conjunction with the MIT Kavli Institute for Astrophysics and Space Research's Youth Astronomy Apprenticeship program (quite a mouthful, huh?). The program brings in about two dozen high school students from Boston and Cambridge to engage in hands-on learning and exploration of astronomy over the course of the summer and after school during the rest of the year. I'll be working with about four of the kids to come up with a play that helps them show audiences some of the things they've been exploring (this year's focus is on the telescope).
The kids and staff are bright and lots of fun. I've been to two sessions so far, and look forward to more as I try to come up with a script that's just what they need to communicate about their program.