Four short scripts to be produced in South Korea in December

I’ve just scored my first production in South Korea.

The Jeonju Players, an English-language company in Joenju, are producing two nights worth of short comic pieces on December 6 and 7.

Among the 14 pieces are four of mine, all of which have been previously produced:

CAN I?
A lesson in both grammar and assertiveness. A restaurant customer asks: “can I have the daily special?” A bossy waiter or waitress says “no.” Cast: Two, non-gender. Running time: Five minutes.
* Produced by Flush Ink Productions in Asphalt Jungle Shorts Festival in Kitchener, Ontario, September 2014. (Photos from that production here.)

GOD AND THE DEVIL MEET FOR A BUSINESS LUNCH
God and the devil meet in an out-of-the-way lunch spot to discuss a
business proposition: The devil thinks the Almighty should reimburse him for
punishing the wicked. Comes in two versions, one 5 minutes, one 10
minutes. Cast: Three — 2 males, 1 female. Running time: Five
minutes or ten minutes.
* Five-minute version performed at No Shame Theatre, Roanoke, Va., August 2004 and October 2004 as part of The Best of No Shame.
* Produced by Homespun Productions, broadcast on Channel 18, Sacramento, California, October 2005. Here’s video of.
* Classroom presentation, Averett College, Danville, Va., Dec. 3, 2007.
* Radio play by Falcon Radio Theatre, Seattle, 2013. Here’s audio.
* Staged reading by Lake Players, Smith Mountain Lake, Va., April 2014. (Photos from that reading here.)

THE BEAUTIFUL OGRE AND OTHER FAIRY TALES
A father reads his daughter a fairy tale as a bedtime story — which the characters begin to act out. The girl doesn’t like how the story is going — no strong female role models, for instance — so she changes it all around. This is the result. Cast: Five — three males, two females. Running time: Eight minutes.
• Produced by the Paw Paw Village Players, Paw Paw, Michigan, Feb. 15-16, 22-23, 2008.
• Produced by Youth Education on Stage Summer Shorts, Williston, North Dakota, June 24-26, 2008.
• Produced by Subversive Theatre, Buffalo, N.Y., various nights between May 2-17, 2009.
• Produced by Play’n’Well Players, Plainview, Michigan, last weekend of May 2009.

CHEF PIERRE DOES NOT DO SIMPLE
A television producer explains to a TV chef that he need to simplify some of his language because many younger viewers do not understand them. He reacts badly and winds up creating a mess with broken eggs and flour. Cast: Four — One male, three non-gender. Running time: Ten minutes.
• Produced by Newburgh Free Academy, Newburgh, N.Y., May 2009. (Photos here.)

So, here’s the latest list of my upcoming productions:

* November 7, 8, 14, 15, 22, and 23: DEMOTING PLUTO, one-act, Short Science Play Showcase at the Explora Science Center and Children’s Museum, Albuquerque, New Mexico.
* December 6-7: THE BEAUTIFUL OGRE AND OTHER FAIRY TALES, CAN I?, CHEF PIERRE DOES NOT DO SIMPLE, and GOD AND THE DEVIL MEET FOR A BUSINESS LUNCH, by the Jeonju Players, Joenju, South Korea.
* December 19-20: LET THERE BE LIGHTS! by Mockingbird Players, Columbia City, Indiana.

And here’s a partial list of productions this year:

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Photos from “Can I?” in Ontario festival

My short script CAN I? was produced recently in the Asphalt Jungle Shorts Festival in Kitchener, Ontario. This is a site-specific walking-tour festival, where patrons buy a ticket and then are escorted as a group around downtown Kitchener and, at various spots, live theatre breaks out.

CAN I? is set in a restaurant between a surly waitress and a sheepish customer. He asks “can I have . . .” a certain menu item, and the waitress lectures him on his grammar.

Arlene Thomas and John Fielding in CAN I?

Arlene Thomas and John Fielding in CAN I?

Here's the kick-butt poster for the show.

Here’s the kick-butt poster for the show.

Here's another kick-butt poster for the show.

Here’s another kick-butt poster for the show.

Here's the crowd at one point in the proceedings.

Here’s the crowd at one point in the proceedings.

Arlene Thomas starts to let John Fielding have it.

Arlene Thomas starts to let John Fielding have it.

Poor John Fielding. All his character wanted was something to eat. Instead he got a lecture on grammar.

Poor John Fielding. All his character wanted was something to eat. Instead he got a lecture on grammar.

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“Let There Be Lights!” to be produced in Indiana in December

Joy to the world! I got word today that the Mockingbird Players in Columbia City, Indiana will produce my Christmas one-act LET THERE BE LIGHTS! on December 19 and 20, 2014.

This will be the first production of that script:

LET THERE BE LIGHTS!
Two neighbors plot to see who can put on the biggest display of Christmas lights, with comical, and catastrophic, results. Cast: Eight — two adult males, two adult females, two teen-age males, two teen-age females. Running time: 30 minutes.

Like all of my unpublished work, it is available royalty-free, for reasons I explain here. I have a list of other Christmas plays here.

And here’s a list of upcoming productions:

* September 18, 19,20, 25, 26, 27: CAN I?, five-minute script in Asphalt Jungle Shorts XI, Kitchener, Ontario.
* September 22-24: SOMETIMES ELEPHANTS DIE STANDING UP, ten-minute play, Ghost Dog Productions, The Horse and Stables, London, UK.
* November 7, 8, 14, 15, 22, and 23: DEMOTING PLUTO, one-act, Short Science Play Showcase at the Explora Science Center and Children’s Museum, Albuquerque, New Mexico.

And here’s a partial list of productions this year:

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Photos from “The Face on Mars” in Connecticut

Two Martians discuss a political scandal -- and climate change.

Two Martians discuss a political scandal — and climate change.


Here is a photo from a production of my 10-minute script THE FACE ON MARS, which was staged August 16 in Suffield, Connecticut by the Suffield Players.

It was part of a festival of short plays. Below is the photo of the entire cast for the evening.

The whole cast.

The whole cast.

Here’s the synopsis of my script:

THE FACE ON MARS

The supposed face on Mars? It was commissioned by a politician who knew the truth — that Mars was running out of water. But he told the public something else entirely. Cast: Two, non-gender.

Here’s the show poster.

And here’s a list of upcoming productions:

* September 6: THE SKY IS FALLING, ten-minute play, Piano Fight Productions, Lagunitas (Marin County), California.
* September 18, 19,20, 25, 26, 27: CAN I?, five-minute script in Asphalt Jungle Shorts XI, Kitchener, Ontario.
* September 22-24: SOMETIMES ELEPHANTS DIE STANDING UP, ten-minute play, Ghost Dog Productions, The Horse and Stables, London, UK.
* November 7, 8, 14, 15, 22, and 23: A MARTIAN WESTERN and DEMOTING PLUTO, one-acts, Short Science Play Showcase at the Explora Science Center and Children’s Museum, Albuquerque, New Mexico.

And here’s a partial list of productions this year:

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Show poster from “The Face on Mars” in Connecticut

Top billing!

Top billing!

Here’s some of the publicity for my ten-minute script THE FACE ON MARS, which plays August 19 in Suffield, Connecticut as part of the Suffield Players’ festival of short plays.

Here’s the present line-up of productions I have for the rest of the year.

And here’s the synopsis:

THE FACE ON MARS
The supposed face on Mars? It was commissioned by a politician who knew the truth — that Mars was running out of water. But he told the public something else entirely. Cast: Two, non-gender.

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Photos (and fan mail) from “The Other Side of Oz” in Montana

The cast of THE OTHER SIDE OF OZ.

The cast of THE OTHER SIDE OF OZ.


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My show THE OTHER SIDE OF OZ plays this weekend in Billings, Montana, produced by the Backyard Theatre, which, true to its name, really is in somebody’s back yard.

This is my seventh full-length script I’ve had produced. This isn’t a single story, but rather a collection of short Oz-related scenes using characters in the public domain. All that, and my list of previous full-length productions, is detailed in this previous post.

My version is probably what you’d expect of my work: We have Dorothy on the psychiatrist’s couch, we have the sheriff complaining about dogs, we have Munchkin insurance adjusters going over the damage to the house — mostly in five-minute scenes.

I have the show poster and some rehearsal photos below but first, allow me to share this — fan mail! Yes, two young members of the cast (one of them 9, not sure about the other, but about the same) took the time to send me thank-you notes:

Dear Dwayne
Thank you. The show is very fun! I get to be Munchkin One in The Wizard Arrives in Oz and The Witch of the East in Sensible Shoes, I am also the munchkin in Horse of a Different Color. I am sending you some photos my mom took, the last photo is my Young Witch of the East hair and make up. Thank you for writing such a fun and awesome play. I hope I get to work with you again.
Thanks


hello my name is ****** I just wanted to thank you for the script for the other side of oz I played the young witch of the west and a munchkin I really enjoyed it its an awesome script you did a great job writing it!

once again thank you

sincerely,

I’ve never gotten fan mail from cast members before!

Lots of photos below:

The show poster.

The show poster.

Glinda and Dorothy.

Glinda and Dorothy.

A Munchkin insurance adjuster.

A Munchkin insurance adjuster.

You know who this is! The tin man!

You know who this is! The tin man!

I do believe that's Toto in this scene!

I do believe that’s Toto in this scene!

The huckster professor and future wizard.

The huckster professor and future wizard.

William Shields, Seja Foster, Micah Hornsby and Ryland Nelson go over a map of Kansas with the professor (Trevor Bionich).

William Shields, Seja Foster, Micah Hornsby and Ryland Nelson go over a map of Kansas with the professor (Trevor Bionich).

Glinda.

Glinda.

Oh, now we have a bad witch, too! And Dorothy.

Oh, now we have a bad witch, too! And Dorothy.

Dorothy and crew go to the horse racing track.

Dorothy and crew go to the horse racing track.

The complete set of photos is here. And here’s what the Billings Gazette said.

Photos from the cast party here.

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Short script “Can I?” to be produced in Ontario in September

Just got word that my short script “Can I?” will be produced in September as part of Asphalt Jungle Shorts XI, an annual walking-tour theatre festival in Kitchener, Ontario.

Performances dates are Sept. 18, 19, 20, 25, 26 and 27th.

This is a site-specific festival, where patrons sign up for a walking tour and encounter theatres at various stops. “Can I?” is set in a restaurant.

CAN I?
A lesson in both grammar and assertiveness. A restaurant customer asks: “can I have the daily special?” A bossy waiter or waitress says “no.” Cast: Two, non-gender. Running time: Five minutes.

I’ve had pieces in this festival before. Here are some photos and video from previous ones:

* Photos from “Requiem for a Buzzard” in June 2013 and again in September 2013.

* Here’s video of “A Nice, Relaxing Cup of Tea” in 2009.

It joins this list of upcoming productions:

* August 1-3: THE OTHER SIDE OF OZ, full-length script, Backyard Theatre, Billings, Montana.
* August 16: THE FACE ON MARS, ten-minute play, Suffield Players, Suffield, Connecticut
* September 6: THE SKY IS FALLING, ten-minute play, Piano Fight Productions, Lagunitas (Marin County), California.
* September 18, 19,20, 25, 26, 27: CAN I?, five-minute script in Asphalt Jungle Shorts XI, Kitchener, Ontario.
* September 22-24: SOMETIMES ELEPHANTS DIE STANDING UP, ten-minute play, Ghost Dog Productions, The Horse and Stables, London, UK.
* November 7, 8, 14, 15, 22, and 23: A MARTIAN WESTERN and DEMOTING PLUTO, one-acts, Short Science Play Showcase at the Explora Science Center and Children’s Museum, Albuquerque, New Mexico.

And here’s a partial list of productions this year:

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