Photo from “An Unexpected Cheese Party” in New York

From left: Catleen Kelly, Katherine Harte DeCoux, Julie Orkis, not sure, and, as the dead mouse, Anastasia Bell.

From left: Catleen Kelly, Katherine Harte DeCoux, Julie Orkis, not sure, and, as the dead mouse, Anastasia Bell.

Here’s a photo from AN UNEXPECTED CHEESE PARTY, which was produced June 11-13 in New York as part of the Gone in 60 Seconds Festival of one-minute plays.

This involves, as you can see, a dead mouse.

I had two scripts in the New York festival, plus three in the related youth festival, and two more in the British version of the festival. You can read about all those here.

Photo courtesy of Rose Bonczek.

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Three more one-minute shows in a New York festival

I’ve got three one-minute pieces being produced in #NextGen, the youth version of the annual Gone in 60 Seconds festival of one-minute plays in New York.

Those pieces are: AN UNEXPECTED CHEESE PARTY (which is also being done in the adult version), THE FOUNTAIN OF TOO MUCH YOUTH, and THE LITTLE RED HEN THINKS BIG.

They’re being done June 12 at Brooklyn College.

AN UNEXPECTED CHEESE PARTY
Some mice found one of their fellows dead in a mousetrap. What to do, oh what to do? What else? Eat the cheese! Cast: Four, non-gender. Running time: One minute.

THE FOUNTAIN OF TOO MUCH YOUTH
An older couple drinks from the fountain of youth — but they drink too much, and of differing amounts, and so now she’s 16 and he’s 10. Cast: One teen-age girl, one pre-teen boy.

THE LITTLE RED HEN THINKS BIG
The Little Red Hen as a commodities broker. Cast: Three (one female, one male, one non-gender) or four (one female, two male, one non-gender.)

I have two pieces in the adult version — AN UNEXPECTED CHEESE PARTY and THERE ARE NO CELLPHONES IN SHAKESPEARE. So that makes five pieces in all in the New York leg of the festival. Plus I had two more done on the British side of the same festival: SLAM POETRY and THE ONLINE AFFAIR. So that makes seven!

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“Black Market of Memories” and “The Sandstorm” to be produced in Chicago

I’m going to have a one-act and a ten-minute play produced in Chicago.

Otherworld Theatre is holding its PARAGON Science Fiction and Fantasy Play Festival later this year. Today I get this word: “We are pleased to inform you that your plays Sandstorm and Black Market of Memories have been selected to be two of 40 plays performed in our upcoming PARAGON Science Fiction and Fantasy Play Festival. We were flooded with over 200 wonderfully creative play submissions and yours stood out among the very best.”

This will be the second production of THE BLACK MARKET OF MEMORIES:

THE BLACK MARKET OF MEMORIES
A young woman wakes up in a strange place — and discovers she’s had her memories stolen. Now that doctors have devised a way to transplant memories, there’s a lively market for memories — and a black market of stolen ones. The woman shares a recovery room with another woman, who specializes in “customizing” memories — doing things for rich donors that they’d never do themselves, but would like to remember doing. A dark, serious piece, which is carried primarily by the two women; the other characters appear only intermittently. Cast: Five — one male, two female, two non-gender. Running time: Twenty five minutes.
* Produced by End Times Productions, New York, N.Y., July 2011.

This will be the first production of THE SANDSTORM:

THE SANDSTORM
A dark vision from the last days of Mars. A local official in charge of building canals instead diverts some of the money to build an underground library to store his civilization’s artifacts because he knows Mars is doomed. Cast: Two non-gender. Running time: Seven or eight minutes.

So, that means in the span of just three days, I’ve scored productions in New York, Chicago and Minnesota.

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“The Sky Is Falling” to be produced in Minnesota

My ten-minute play THE SKY IS FALLING will be produced July 16 in Mankato, Minnesota.

This will be part of the Picnic in the Park Local Talent Variety Show, an annual event which this year includes: “New to Picnic is a “Youth Training Workshop” where youth, ages 11-18, can explore all aspects of produucing a short, 10-minute play.Experienced adult mentors from Merely Players Community Theatre (Seth Rausch, Breanna Boyce) and Mankato Mosaic Theatre Company (Jen Potocnik) will work with these youth.”

This production came completely out of the blue. Usually I go submitting scripts to theaters. Here, one came to me. Program director Elaine Hardwick asked some local theaters for appropriate scripts; one of them was a place where I had submitted . . . and so she contacted me.

This will be the second production for this script:

THE SKY IS FALLING

Two squirrels conduct an experiment, dropping things off a powerline. The result: Chicken Little gets hit on the head and thinks the sky is falling. Comedy — and a rap song — ensue. Cast: Five – 1 male, 1 female, 3 non-gender. Running time: Ten minutes.
* Produced by Piano Fight Productions, Marin County, California, September 2014.

I never got any photos from the previous production but do have this publicity photo.

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Two more one-minute plays to be produced in New York

Two more of my one-minute plays will be produced in New York.

Synergy Ensemble Theater will be producing two baseball-themed shorts — DEEP INTO OCTOBER and FIREBALLER — on July 18 at Geiger Park in Deer Park on Long Island.

As I understand it, the theater has found a new home and, to show its gratitude to its new host, is staging an evening of short works to show of its performers. It’s always good to be produced, but especially so when this helps give a theatre new life.

DEEP INTO OCTOBER has been produced twice before, both times in New York — there’s video of this production in the Gone in 60 Seconds Festival in 2011 and photos from this benefit for hurricane victims  in 2012.

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Short film “Kiss My Ashes Goodbye” wins another first place

The short film that Hank Ebert and I made — “Kiss My Ashes Goodbye” — won another prize in the Bike Shorts Film Festival. (Also should point out that Chris Shepard did the music soundtrack, which was surely key to its victory, as well).

In early May, we won the audience vote at the initial Roanoke showing. On Saturday, May 30, we also won the audience vote at the Blacksburg showing. That was something of a surprise, since neither of us were in attendance and we’d done nothing, literally, nothing, to drum up support there.

Another film won the audience prize at the Lynchburg showing, so that means we took two out of three!

The film stars Blair Peyton as the bike messenger, Chris Shepard as the bike messenger company chieftain, Marianne Ebert as the funeral home attendant, Stephen Glassbrenner as thief one, Hannah Whitt as the woman with car trouble, Lincoln Humphry as thief two, Martha Weeks Boswell as the woman who requested the delivery, and Maggie Bryant and Alden Bryant as the two children.

I also have these photos from the making of KISS MY ASHES GOODBYE.

And here’s a list of the other films that Hank and I have done: Read the rest of this entry »

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Two one-minute plays to be produced in New York festival

Two of my one-minute plays will be produced in June at the U.S. version of the annual Gone in 60 Seconds Festival of one-minute plays. They will be June 11-13 at Brooklyn College in New York.

I also had two different pieces produced in the British edition of the same festival in early May. (See photos and video here.)

The two pieces in New York will be THERE ARE NO CELLPHONES IN SHAKESPEARE and THE UNEXPECTED CHEESE PARTY.

THERE ARE NO CELLPHONES IN SHAKESPEARE
A director does to an audience member with a cellphone what a lot of directors would surely like to do. Cast: Four, non-gender.


AN UNEXPECTED CHEESE PARTY

Some mice found one of their fellows dead in a mousetrap. What to do, oh what to do? What else? Eat the cheese! Cast: Four, non-gender. Running time: One minute.

So far in 2015: Read the rest of this entry »

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