“Letters from the Mona Lisa” to be produced in Washington state

Got word this weekend that my ten-minute script LETTERS FROM THE MONA LISA will be produced May 7-8 at the Jewel Box Theatre in Poulsbo, Washington.

From the artistic director: “We received over 100 entries for our first festival from all over the United States and Canada and were very pleased, and entertained, by the responses. In fact, both of your submitted plays were in our top 20.”

Here’s the synopsis of the script. Not sure yet which ending they’re using:

LETTERS FROM THE MONA LISA
The woman in the famous painting comes to life and speaks to a security guard at the Louvre museum. He persuades her to write a letter to one of her fans. Cast: Two to four, depending on which ending you choose. The basic cast is 1 male, 1 female, with the male envisioned as older and the female capable of portraying the Mona Lisa. Some of the optional endings add 1 female and 1boy. Running time: 10 minutes.

Here’s the current list of my 2016 productions:

2016:
* January 2, 2016: Staged reading of RHONDA’S HIGH-CLASS ROADKILL CHILI (full-length) at Showtimers, Roanoke, Virginia.
* January 28, 2016: MAC AND BETH (one-act), Cascade Christian Schools, Puyallup, Washington.
* January 30, 2016: HIT THE BOOKS (one-act), Greater Sioux Falls Home Schools, Sioux Falls, South Dakota.
* Feb 5: Staged reading of THE BEAUTIFUL OGRE AND OTHER FAIRY TALES (ten-minute plays) as radio play before live audience, Hoosier Hometown Live, Mitchell, Indiana.

Upcoming:
* Feb. 12: JIMMY’S PLAN FOR WORLD DOMINATION (one-minute play), Curiosi-Tea House, Mankato, Minnesota.
* March 19, 2016: Staged reading of 57 HOURS IN THE HOUSE OF CULTURE, Sweet Briar College, Sweet Briar, Virginia.
* May 7-8: LETTERS FROM THE MONA LISA (ten-minute play), Jewel Box Theatre, Poulsbo, Washington.

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Video of “The Beautiful Ogre and Other Fairy Tales” in Indiana radio play

Here’s video of my ten-minute script THE BEAUTIFUL OGRE AND OTHER FAIRY TALES being done as a radio play before a live audience in Mitchell, Indiana on Feb. 5.

Another script of mine, CHICAGO DREAM, was also on the bill but the program ran long so the last four pieces were cut — one of which was CHICAGO DREAM. I’m told it’s likely to be on the bill for the May installment of “Hoosier Hometown Live.”

This was the sixth production of the script:

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.
* Produced by Jeonju Players, Jeonju, South Korea, December 2014
* Produced as script-in-hand radio play by Hoosier Hometown Live, Mitchell, Indiana, Feb. 5, 2016.

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Productions coming up in Indiana and Minnesota

The poster for Hoosier Hometown Live.

The poster for Hoosier Hometown Live.

I have three short scripts being produced in February — two in Indiana and one in Minnesota.

“Hoosier Hometown Live” is a radio show based in Mitchell, Indiana. On February 5, the show will include two of my 10-minute plays — performed script-in-hand before a live audience at the Mitchell Opera House, and also broadcast over WBIW-AM.

The two scripts are THE BEAUTIFUL OGRE AND OTHER FAIRY TALES and CHICAGO DREAM. The former has been produced five times; the latter has never been on stage in any form.

UPDATE: The show ran long and dropped the last four pieces, one of which was CHICAGO DREAM.

Meanwhile, in Mankato, Minnesota, my one-minute script JIMMY’S PLAN FOR WORLD DOMINATION will be part of an open-mic theatre performance at the Curiosi-Tea House on Feb. 12. That production came through Elaine Hardwick, who last summer produced my ten-minute play THE SKY IS FALLING in Mankato.

Details and such below:

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Photos from staged reading of “Rhonda’s High-Class Roadkill Chili”

I held a staged reading of RHONDA’S HIGH-CLASS ROADKILL CHILI on Saturday, January 2, 2016 at Showtimers in Roanoke. Here are some photos.

Heather Sexton shows how to make a stage armadillo -- one plastic rat, one pineapple fajita, minus the fajita.

Heather Sexton shows how to make a stage armadillo — one plastic rat, one pineapple fajita, minus the fajita. And something to bind them together.

Here’s the synopsis:

RHONDA’S HIGH-CLASS ROADKILL CHILI
Rhonda has never won anything in her life, so one of her sisters persuades her to enter a chili cook-off. Since time is tight, they decide on a roadkill recipe. Meanwhile, Rhonda’s husband is putting up Christmas lights out of season, because he’s determined to win the town contest that winter. When it turns out his light display is bright enough to be seen from outer space, things get more complicated. Aliens, and comedy, ensue. Cast: Nine, although two of those are bit parts at the end. The main cast is: Three adult females, two teen or pre-teen females, two adult males, and then the two small parts are two non-gender characters, although best played as males.

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“57 Hours in the House of Culture” to have staged reading at Sweet Briar College

My dark play about the 2002 Moscow theatre siege will come to life for a second time. Sweet Briar College (north of Lynchburg, Virginia) will hold a staged reading of 57 HOURS IN THE HOUSE OF CULTURE on Saturday, March 19, 2016.

I’m indebted to Sweet Briar theatre instructor Melora Kordos for arranging (and directing) this. She remembered the show from its previous production at Studio Roanoke in 2012.

The staged reading will be in the Pannell Gallery, which at that time will be hosting an exhibit called “Art For the People: Propaganda and Public Service.”

The reading is at 7:30 p.m. and is free.

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Photos from “Let There Be Lights!” at Seton Hall

Here are some photos from Seton Hall University’s script-in-hand production of my Christmas one-act LET THERE BE LIGHTS!

Some of the cast.

Some of the cast.

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More photos from “On the Thirteenth Day of Christmas” in New Jersey

Here’s another batch of photos from ON THE THIRTEENTH DAY OF CHRISTMAS, now in production at the First Avenue Playhouse in Atlantic Highlands, New Jersey.

The show starts with all the characters singing the classic song.

The show starts with all the characters singing the classic song.

Mr. Rudolph, the neighbor, can't sleep because of all the noise. From the gifts, that is, that are outside.

Mr. Rudolph, the neighbor, can’t sleep because of all the noise. From the gifts, that is, that are outside.

More below!

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