“The Recruiter” to be produced in Houston

Just got word that my five-minute play THE RECRUITER will be produced in Houston in the 2016 Five Minute Mile Play Festival at the Obsidian Theatre. The show dates are November 9-19.

THE RECRUITER
A scene about gender discrimination in college sports. A college recruiter shows up at a rural school asking about a particular football player; oblivious to the softball player banging home runs in batting practice. Cast: Two adult males, one teenage girl.

This is also one of the short scenes in PLAY BALL!, a full-length collection of short baseball scenes.

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“The Picture Window” to be produced in San Diego

My ten-minute play THE PICTURE WINDOW will be produced in San Diego at the annual North Park Playwright Festival. Show dates are Sept. 30, Oct. 1, October 2.

This will be the second time I’ve had my work featured in that festival.

THE PICTURE WINDOW
An old woman’s front window is shattered by a baseball. For her, it’s time to go get the instructions her late husband left her. There’s something special waiting for the kid who could hit a baseball that far. A poignant story about old age and regrets – and baseball. Cast: Three – one male, two females.

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“The Tale of the Whale” produced in Danville, Virginia

The cast of THE TALE OF THE WHALE. From left: Emily Wilkerson (in red, Cee Cee), Madi Wiley (behind her, the bureaucrat), Staley Lyle (Dee Dee) Camden Mahan (mayor), Gabby Wyatt (reporter), Whit Whitfield (Ernie), the playwright, Jacob Breedlove (kid), Caleb Mahan (Old Man McGrump), director Mimi Grubb, Blake Mitchell (Larry).

The cast of THE TALE OF THE WHALE. From left: Emily Wilkerson (in red, Cee Cee), Madi Wiley (behind her, the bureaucrat), Staley Lyle (Dee Dee) Camden Mahan (mayor), Gabby Wyatt (reporter), Whit Whitfield (Ernie), the playwright, Jacob Breedlove (kid), Caleb Mahan (Old Man McGrump), director Mimi Grubb, Blake Mitchell (Larry).

On the weekend of August 6, I had scripts produced in three different states — DEATH BY POINSETTIA in Rhode Island, THE BEAUTIFUL OGRE AND OTHER FAIRY TALES in Maryland and THE TALE OF THE WHALE in Danville, Virginia.

I got to one of those.

THE TALE OF THE WHALE was produced by the North Star Theatre Project, a youth ensemble in Danville, Virginia. This was the first production of the script, which is loosely (very loosely) based on a true story of a whale that washed up on the coast of Oregon.

THE TALE OF THE WHALE
A whale washes up on the beach. The town’s mayor is determined to remove it before a key visitor arrives. Complications, and comedy, ensue. Very loosely based on the true story where an Oregon town tried to blow up a beached whale in the 1970s, with disastrous results. Think blubber raining down from the skies. Cast: 9 — 4 male, 3 female, 1 non-gender adult, 1 non-gender kid.

Here’s the theatre from the outside

The theatre in Danville, Virginia.

The theatre in Danville, Virginia.

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More photos from “The Beautiful Ogre and Other Fairy Tales” in Maryland

Here are some more photos from THE BEAUTIFUL OGRE AND OTHER FAIRY TALES, which was produced over three weekends in June and July 2016 at the Garfield Center in Chestertown, Maryland. Here are some other photos.

A father tries to read a fairy tale to his daughter. Key word: Tries.

A father tries to read a fairy tale to his daughter. Key word: Tries.

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“Washington Senators” to have staged reading in Virginia

My ten-minute play SOMEWHERE TONIGHT, THE WASHINGTON SENATORS’ LAST GAME PLAYS ON will have a staged reading July 21 by the Chincoteague Theatre Company in Chincoteague, Virginia. This is one of many baseball plays I have.

SOMEWHERE TONIGHT, THE WASHINGTON SENATORS LAST GAME PLAYS ON
The last game the Washington Senators played – in 1971 – ended in a forfeit, when fans ran out onto the field and one of them stole first base. Now, on the night before a new Washington baseball team takes the field in 2005, the man who stole that base is trying to return it, and gets arrested. He tries to explain to the cop why the base is haunted. Cast: Two males, envisioned as one white, one black. Running time: Ten minutes.
* Produced as radio play by Falcon Radio Theatre, KSPU, Seattle Pacific University, February 7, 2013.
* Produced as radio play by Viking Radio Theatre, Western Washington University, Bellingham, Washington, February 2014; rebroadcast in fall 2014
* Staged reading by Chincotague Theatre Company, Chincoteague, Virginia, July 21, 2016.

So far in 2016:

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“Softball Is Life” has third staged reading

Me, with the cast.

Me, with the cast.

My script SOFTBALL IS LIFE had its third staged reading on July 11, 2016 — this time by Endstation Theatre in Lynchburg, Virginia. It went fantastically.

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.
* Staged reading at Showtimers, Roanoke, Virginia, Jan. 4, 2014.
* Staged reading at Sundog Theatre, New York, NY, October 2015.
* Staged reading at Endstation Theatre, Lynchburg, Virginia, July 11, 2016.

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Photos from “The Zookeeper’s Arm” in 24-hour play project

The cast of THE ZOOKEEPER'S ARM. From left, Paul Stober, Nicholas McCord, Amanda Mansfield, Ronald Blanks Jr., Bayla Sussman, and John Bergman. Photo by Susan K.

The cast of THE ZOOKEEPER’S ARM. Photo by Susan K.

For the fifth time in ten years, I was one of the writers to take part in OVERNIGHT SENSATIONS, the 24-hour play project put on by Mill Mountain Theatre and Hollins University in Roanoke, Virginia.

Everyone gathers on Friday night. The playwrights draw out of a hat the name of their director — I drew Maura Campbell. She drew the cast. Then I drew the genre (crime drama), the setting (the zoo) and the theme (“from the jaws of hell, I stab at thee”). Then the writers are whisked off to the Hollins library to write. By 8 a.m. Saturday, we’re expected to have a 10-minute script. The morning is spent going over revisions with the director, a production meeting — then the cast shows up for rehearsal at noon. At 8 p.m., the curtain goes up.

Here are some photos from this year’s festivities:

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