Three short pieces performed in Maryland at Valentine’s event

Three of my short pieces were performed as staged readings at the Garfield Center for the Arts in Chestertown, Maryland on Feb. 13, 2015 as part of the center’s Valentine’s weekend event.

Specifically, it was an event for the reading of erotic poetry.

My pieces — CHERRY POP TARTS, MY CRIMSON LOVE and LUST — aren’t poetry. But they are monologues. Whether they qualify as erotic, well, I guess tastes vary, eh?

Get your mind out of the gutter. CHERRY POP TARTS really is about the breakfast pastry. MY CRIMSON LOVE is about a Norway maple. And LUST, well, LUST really is about LUST — one of the pieces from the ten-minute script called THE SEVEN DEADLY SINS: THE MONOLOGUES.

Coincidentally, these were performed the same night that I had a staged reading of one of my full-length scripts in New York: Poetic Theater Productions did a reading of my dark play about Chernobyl, 39 HOURS IN THE SOVIET CITY OF ROSES.

Upcoming:
* March 19: Staged reading of SOFTBALL IS LIFE, Sundog Theatre, New York, N.Y.

So far in 2015:
* Feb. 13: Staged reading of 39 HOURS IN THE SOVIET CITY OF ROSES, Poetic Theater Productions, New York, N.Y.
* Feb. 13: Staged reading of three short pieces: CHERRY POP TARTS, MY CRIMSON LOVE and LUST, at Garfield Center for the Arts, Chestertown, Maryland.
* Feb. 6: Production of MACBETH GOES HOLLYWOOD, Gull Lake High School, Richland, Michigan.
* Jan. 3: Staged reading of MISS COW PIE BINGO, Showtimers, Roanoke, Virginia.

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Two staged readings coming up in New York

I’m thrilled to announce that I have not one, but two staged readings of my full-length scripts coming up in New York.

Poetic Theater will do 39 HOURS IN THE SOVIET CITY OF ROSES, about Chernobyl, sometime in February, more or less. UPDATE: This will be Friday, February 13 at the Wild Project, located at 195 East 3rd Street in New York City’s East Village.

Sundog Theatre will do SOFTBALL IS LIFE sometime in March, more or less. UPDATE: This will be Thursday, March 19, at St. George’s Theatre, 35 Hyatt Street, Staten Island.

These will mark the third and fourth staged readings of full-length work I’ve had in New York. In June 2013, Barefoot Theatre did THE BALLAD OF ALEJANDRO LOPEZ and in December, Gi60 Extended Play Series did KLAUS.

Stay tuned for dates and details! Here’s a synopsis of each show:

39 HOURS IN THE SOVIET CITY OF ROSES
A dark look at what happened in the city next to the Chernobyl plant after the accident in 1986. It took 39 hours to evacuate the city. Most of the weekend, people went about their business, unaware they were being showered with radioactivity. Cast: At least 10 — 3 females, 3 children or teens of either gender, at least 4 males; number of males can be expanded up to 20 depending on how you feel about doubling.

SOFTBALL IS LIFE
A sports play for women that isn’t really about sports. A former high school softball star sits in prison, estranged from her 14-year-old daughter, who has inherited the woman’s talent for pitching but doesn’t realize it. While the mom tries to contact her daughter, the girl spends her time trying to avoid a dangerous situation in the home where she’s living. Cast: Eight — Four females (one to play a teenage girl), three males, one non-gender.

SOFTBALL IS LIFE had a previous staged reading in January 2014 at Showtimers in Roanoke, Virginia, and has been subsequently revised.

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Photos from staged reading of “Miss Cow Pie Bingo”

Emma Sala, as Meredith, gets everyone's attention. Well, except maybe her father, who's passed out drunk (Zeke, played by Tim Kennard.

Emma Sala, as Meredith, gets everyone’s attention. Well, except maybe her father, who’s passed out drunk (Zeke, played by Tim Kennard).

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I held a staged reading of my new play, MISS COW PIE BINGO, on Saturday, January 3, 2015 at Showtimers in Roanoke, Virginia. It’s a Southern comedy.

The basic plot: A Texas mother desperately wants one of her daughters to win a beauty pageant. Problem is, neither of them have any interest. One just wants to shoot guns. The other is a video gamer. That doesn’t stop the mother from hiring a pageant consultant anyway, who turns out to be a fraud. Comedy ensues. There’s also a robot.

The reading was directed by Melora Kordos.

The cast:

Rhonda, the mom: Heather Sexton
Meredith, the oldest daughter: Emma Sala
Thomasina, aka, Zelda, the youngest daughter: Gwyneth Strope
Zeke, the father: Tim Kennard
Libby, the crazy grandmother: Nancy Lawrence
Debbie, the pageant consultant: Kelly Anglim
Horace, the newspaper editor: Patrick Kennerly
The coffee machine that’s been turned into a robot: Jason Patrick Palmer

Stage directions were read by Luke Clark.

Here are some photos from the event (or you can see the full set here.) Also, some audience feedback is at the very bottom.
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Photos from “Demoting Pluto” in New Mexico

My one-act DEMOTING PLUTO was produced in November at the Explora Science Center and Children’s Museum in Albuquerque, New Mexico as part of a festival of short plays about science.

A fast-paced commentary on modern-day attack ads in politics, and the public’s lack of scientific knowledge. A political consultant and an astronomy professor team up to wage a media campaign aimed at reclassifying Pluto from a planet to something less than a planet. A comedy, with a sharp point. Includes
audience participation, and two alternate endings, depending on the outcome.
Cast: Six — 4 males, 2 females. Running time: 30 minutes.

Kristina Caffrey and Victoria Sullivan as newscasters reviewing election returns. Check out the fancy fake knobs on the TV.

Kristina Caffrey and Victoria Sullivan as newscasters reviewing election returns. Check out the fancy fake knobs on the TV.

JJ Suffron, who played the political consultant, and Neil Fauloconbridge who portrayed Prof. Thompson.

JJ Suffron, who played the political consultant, and Neil Fauloconbridge who portrayed Prof. Thompson.

Almost the entire cast.

Almost the entire cast.

Victoria Sullivan, Ninette S. Mordaunt, Kris Montoya, and Kristina Caffrey.

Victoria Sullivan, Ninette S. Mordaunt, Kris Montoya, and Kristina Caffrey.

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“Joy To Other Worlds” produced in Manitoba

My Christmas one-act JOY TO OTHER WORLDS had its premiere this month in Steinbach, Manitoba this month. It was produced by the Backyard Theatre Company.

Here’s the synopsis:

JOY TO OTHER WORLDS
A man’s display of Christmas lights flashing to the tune of “Joy to The World” attracts the attention of an alien race, which struggles to interpret the transmission. Cast: Nine — Four male, three female, two non-gender or one male, six females, two non-gender.

I’ve now been produced in every Canadian province from Ontario and west; nothing yet from Quebec to the east.

I have three more Christmas one-acts being produced this season:

* December 19-20: LET THERE BE LIGHTS! by Mockingbird Players, Columbia City, Indiana.
* December 19-20: THE ANGEL TREE and A ZOMBIE CHRISTMAS, by CW Actors Group, Collbran, Colorado.

Here’s the complete list of my Christmas plays.

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

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Staged reading of “Miss Cow Pie Bingo” on January 3

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My newest full-length script is MISS COW PIE BINGO, a “Southern comedy.” I’ll be having a staged reading of it at Showtimers theatre in Roanoke, Virginia on January 3, directed by Melora Kordos of Lynchburg. She directed last year’s reading of the drama SOFTBALL IS LIFE. (Photos from that are here.)

Synopsis: Rhonda Hardbuckle wants nothing more than for one of her daughters to win a beauty pageant. Problem is, neither of them is interested in competing. That doesn’t stop Rhonda from hiring a pageant consultant anyway, who turns out to be a fraud. Comedy ensues. There’s also a robot.

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Radio plays on Viking Radio Theatre in Washington state

A bunch of my scripts have been used this year as radio plays on Viking Radio Theatre at Western Washington University in Bellingham, Washington. By a bunch, I mean five, with a sixth one in the can, ready to air. Here’s the audio:

Season 1, Episode 1: February 2014

“God and the Devil Meet for a Business Lunch”
God: Tyler Detrick
The Devil: Walter Lutsch
The Waitress: Skye Gordon
Narrator: Kendall Uyeji

“Somewhere Tonight, the Last Washington Senators Game Still Plays On”

Ralph: John Dexter VI
Police Officer: Liana Merrill
Narrator: Adam Kane

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