“The Picture Window” wins first place in North Carolina

Just got word that my play THE PICTURE WINDOW won first play at the recent festival of ten-minute plays held by The Storefront Theatre in Waxhaw, North Carolina. The judging was done by a panel of judges.

That was the fourth time the script was on stage:

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.
* Produced at North Park Playwright’s Festival, San Diego, California, Sept. 30-Oct. 2, 2016.
* Staged reading at Readers Repertory Theatre, Los Angeles, California, January 25, 2017.
* Produced at Greenbrier Valley Theatre, Lewisburg, West Virginia, Feb. 2-4, 2017.
* Staged reading at Storefront Theatre, Waxhaw, North Carolina, March 4-5, 2017.

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Photos from “Nursery Crimes” in Utah

EskDale High School in Millard County, Utah produced my one-act NURSERY CRIMES on March 10, 2016 and Brandi Ericksmoen Roberts has these awesome photos.

Investigating the crimes in the nursery rhymes.

Peter Peter Pumpkin Eater.

If that’s not the most awesome Humpty Dumpty in the world, I don’t know what is.

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Staged reading of “Virginia’s Real” in Virginia

The cast. Director Kerry Plank is second from the left. Brigid DePalma (center, in purple) played the title role.

Eleven years after it was first produced, my play VIRGINIA’S REAL came back to life with a staged reading at Attic Productions in Fincastle, Virginia on March 4, 2017.

VIRGINIA’S REAL
A Southern family is divided over what to do with the family farm when the patriarch retires. The drama focuses on the farmer’s youngest daughter, a waitress and single mom named Virginia, who is eager to subdivide the farm as a way to make her fortune. Her goal is complicated by the prospect
of a new highway going through the neighborhood – and the discovery of Civil War artifacts on the site. The story deals with a variety of universal themes, but also many topical references, from urbanization of rural areas, the preservation of historical sites, and NASCAR. Cast : 11 – 4 adult females, 3 adult males, 4 female children (two teens, two pre-teens), and one off-stage voice which can be either male or female. Set requirements: Minimal, although at various points you’ll need to create some aspects of a
kitchen and a diner.
• Finalist, Shenandoah International Playwrights, Staunton, Va., 2004.
* Produced by Cobb Playhouse, Acworth, Ga., July 2006.
* Staged reading at Attic Productions, Fincastle, Va, March 2017.

Below are two rehearsal photos:
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The cast of “The Picture Window” in West Virginia

George Piasecki (Bert), Sally (Stephanie Bachman) and Kimberly King (nurse).

George Piasecki (Bert), Sally (Stephanie Bachman) and Kimberly King (nurse).

My ten-minute play THE PICTURE WINDOW was produced Feb. 2-4 at Greenbrier Valley Theatre in Lewisburg, West Virginia. It was the second full production of this bittersweet script.

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.
* Produced at North Park Playwright’s Festival, San Diego, California, Sept. 30-Oct. 2, 2016.
* Staged reading at Readers Repertory Theatre, Los Angeles, California, January 25, 2017.
* Produced at Greenbrier Valley Theatre, Lewisburg, West Virginia, Feb. 2-4, 2017.
* Scheduled for staged reading at Storefront Theatre, Waxhaw, North Carolina, March 4-5, 2017.

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Photos of “The Picture Window” in San Diego

My 10-minute play THE PICTURE WINDOW was produced Sept. 30, Oct. 1-2, 2016 in the North Park Playwrights Festival in San Diego. Here are three photos:

The ghost of Bert looks on as his widow, Sally, interacts with a visiting nurse.

The ghost of Bert looks on as his widow, Sally, interacts with a visiting nurse.

Those are Bert's ashes scattered on the floor. The urn containing them was knocked to the floor by a baseball that came crashing through the window.

Those are Bert’s ashes scattered on the floor. The urn containing them was knocked to the floor by a baseball that came crashing through the window.

Bert left instructions that whoever was the first to knock a baseball through the picture window would win a scholarship to his alma mater.

Bert left instructions that whoever was the first to knock a baseball through the picture window would win a scholarship to his alma mater.

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Q&A for my show at the Greenbrier Valley Theatre

My ten-minute play THE PICTURE WINDOW is included in this year’s new works festival at the Greenbrier Valley Theatre in Lewisburg, West Virginia Feb. 2-4.

Here’s a Q&A with me and some of the other playwrights.

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Fan mail from New Jersey

Today, I got this fan mail from an actress in New Jersey who recently appeared in one of my plays:

 

“I am playing Lois in “Catch of the Day” at Old Library Theatre in Fair Lawn, NJ and it has been such a great experience. So many of the things in this are really wonderful (I especially enjoy doing the telephone scene and the part where Edwin and I are nose to nose arguing over the poison fish) and the audience is laughing (of course not always in the same places). This afternoon is our last performance but I just wanted to let you know that I am so happy you wrote such a fun, relatable piece to perform.”

More feedback here.

 

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