World premiere of ‘Rhonda’s High-Class Roadkill Chili’

My full-length script RHONDA’S HIGH-CLASS ROADKILL CHILI had its world premiere Nov. 22-23 at Salt Fork High School in Catlin, Illinois. It’s the ninth full-length script I’ve had produced. Director Lauren Hous shares these photos. She writes: “The script is funny and endearing and the kids loved it.” The show first came to life in a staged reading at Showtimers in 2016 and then was published earlier this year by Norman Maine / Big Dog Plays. Rights info here.

51Hunter and his map.

Zeke and 51Hunter meet.

Pay no attention to the woman with the sledgehammer.

The piece de resistance.

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Interview with Alleghany Mountain Radio

Alleghany Mountain Radio

Scott Smith of Alleghany Mountain Radio — a network of six stations along the Virginia-West Virginia border — did an interview with me about EXCHANGE OF GIFTS, the touring Christmas show that opens Dec. 6 (and comes to Monterey in his listening area on Dec. 14).

Kaiya Hoagland (left) and Lyndsey Hanks (right) rehearse a scene.

MORE ON EXCHANGE OF GIFTS:

* Full tour schedule and ticket info.
* Behind the scenes of the publicity photos.
* Rehearsals begin

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Photos from reading of ‘Extracted’ in New York

Equity Library Theater of New York hosted a reading of my full-length play EXTRACTED in New York on Nov. 16. The reading was directed by Alexandra Scordato. Actor Paul Weissman paid me what I thought was the ultimate compliment: When he met me, he said he was surprised. He said he assumed that, based on the hip dialogue, the writer was in his early 30s. I’ll take that anyday! Next up: Revisions!

For more photos, see here.

it was hard to get the whole cast in the same photo. From left: Erika DeGraff (Myth America); Esh Red (Dominique; she’s seated so hard to see here), Victoria Marliny (Esmerelda), Amina Theis (Sam), Kimberly Rios (Libby), Matt McGlade (Joe), Paul Weissman (Gordon), Brandon Bogle (Tiny).

Here’s a better view of Esh Red, who played Dominique. She’s at left, casting an eye on Sam and Libby.

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Photos from ‘Sometimes Elephants Die Standing Up’ in Maryland

Cecil College in Elkton, Maryland produced my short play SOMETIMES ELEPHANTS DIE STANDING UP in early November 2019. More photos by Sarah Rose Capparuccini here.

The elephant’s dead but still useful.

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Photos from ‘The Debate At Bosworth Field’

In August my 10-minute play THE DEBATE AT BOSWORTH FIELD was produced in Manchester, Great Britain — not all that far from the actual Bosworth Field — as part of the Fight Like a Girl festival (a fund-raiser for cancer research). Now, at last, here are some wonderful photos from Shay Rowan of my piece.

Richard III in a modern campaign-style debate.

Journalism is hard in any era.

The full gallery is here.

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Two reviews for ‘The Sandstorm’

My 10-minute play THE SANDSTORM has garnered two nice reviews on the New Play Exchange, one from Ohio playwright John Busser and the other from New York playwright Scott Sickles:

“Short, sad and oh so relevant. I was moved by the simplicity of the narrative and the characters, in just a few pages, had me concerned about their fate. Not a showy play at all, it is quiet but powerful.”
— John Busser

“O, how I love a good apocalypse! This one’s just getting started, but the play also has other things I love: smart people, bureaucracy, science and culture! And best of all, the characters have dimension! An investigation is in progress but it leads to unexpected admissions and even impactful lessons learned. As they face the certainty of a rather grave future, Yancey again instills his play with a bright hope in the deep darkness. Even in that darkness, this effervescent piece did my heart an otherworld of good!”
— Scott Sickles

Here are photos from a 2017 production in Texas and video from a 2015 production in Chicago.

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Review for “The Math Lesson’

My 10-minute play THE MATH LESSON got a nice review from New York playwright Scott Sickles on the New Play Exchange:

“An elegant and concise sci-fi drama illustrating what’s at the root of everything wrong in the world, namely institutionalized ignorance. Yancey shows us a savvily-defiant teacher called to task over a subversive math problem. The power struggle is palpable and infuriating. Meanwhile, two normal girls simply observe the changes in the world around them, unaware that their planet is in a show but certain freefall. The play infuses doom with hope, and pays tribute to the beauty of their world and ours. Much like the math teacher, THE MATH LESSON is a sublime protest. A genuinely important short play!”
— Scott Sickles

Here are photos from a 2017 production in Chicago.

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