Joe Iconis and Joe Tracz's Adaptation of Ned Vizzini's "Be More Chill" Will Have Private Reading at NJ's Two River Theater
19 Nov 2013
Be More Chill, a musical adaptation of Ned Vizzini's science fiction novel of the same name — penned by "Smash" and The Black Suits songwriter Joe Iconis and playwright Joe Tracz — will be given a private reading at Two River Theater Company in New Jersey.
According to a press representative for the theatre company, Two River has commissioned Iconis and Tracz to adapt "Be More Chill" and is working with the duo for an upcoming private reading, as part of the developmental process.
Additional details, including production dates, have not yet been announced.
The 2004 novel "Be More Chill" centers on high school student Jeremy Heere, who — in hopes to boost his popularity status and ward off bullies — obtains a "squip," a quantum computer in pill form that can communicate directly with your brain after being ingested.
Iconis, whose Black Suits is currently playing at the Center Theatre Group, also penned the Drama Desk Award-nominated Bloodsong of Love, ReWrite and The Plant That Ate Dirty Socks as well as the theatrical concert Things to Ruin. His songs have also appeared on the second season of the NBC musical drama "Smash."
Holed up in a seedy motel on the edge of the Mojave Desert, two former lovers unpack the deep secrets and dark desires of their tangled relationship, passionately tearing each other apart. Led by director Daniel Aukin (Back Back Back at MTC, 4,000 Miles), Tony winner Nina Arianda (Venus in Fur at MTC, Born Yesterday) and Sam Rockwell (A Behanding in Spokane, The Way Way Back) bring an explosive intensity to Sam Shepard’s (Buried Child, True West) landmark myth of the new Wild West.