More photos from ‘The Four Horsemen of the Internet’ in New York

My ten-minute play THE FOUR HORSEMEN OF THE INTERNET has hit the stage at The Secret Theatre in New York, part of a month-long festival that is set up March Madness-style with audience voting. Each show is guaranteed four performances in hits bracket — then we find out who advances. As you can see from these photos, director Leslie Kincaid Burby has done a bang-up job.

War, Pestilence, Famine and Death.

Ghosting, Deletion, Trolling with Viral on the floor.

Audience member Robert Blumenfeld posted on Facebook: “Your play is fantastic — so original and innovative and witty and hilarious. My very dear friends the Burbys’ contributions were amazing: Leslie Kincaid Burby’s direction was brilliant, and all the performances were really great. Henry Burby [Trolling] was vicous and extraordinary, Joe Burby [War] perfect and frighteningly bellicose and Adam Burby [Viral] delightfully humorous, sprightly and athletic. Bravissimo, signore!”

He went on to add:”An evening of one-acters by you would be fantastic.” I agree!

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‘The Four Horsemen of the Internet’ in rehearsal in New York

My 10-minute play THE FOUR HORSEMEN OF THE INTERNET will open at The Secret Theatre in New York on Jan. 25, part of a competition festival that runs through February and culminates with an audience vote of winners in early March. Director Leslie Kincaid Burby shares these rehearsal photos. Our four guaranteed dates: Jan. 25., Feb. 2, Feb. 12, Feb. 20. The rest depend on whether we advance in the voting.

The cast from left to right: Henry Burby (Trolling) Joe Burby (War), Lucy McMichael (Death), Adam Burby (Viral), Emma Mueller (Ghosting), Richard Grunn (Famine), Kimberley Reisner Windbiel (Plague) and Kevin Stafford (Deletion).

The four horsemen of the apocalypse, before they get replaced.

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Reviews of ‘Exchange of Gifts’

Here’s some of the press coverage and other feedback that my touring Christmas show “Exchange of Gifts” received.

“This play was so good with a great message and many laughs. I am sorry if you missed it . . . terrific play.”
— columnist Mary Beth Gutshall in The Recorder, about the Dec. 14 show in Monterey

“Wow! What a great job all the ladies did. We were very impressed. They knew their lines well and it was very funny! Merry Christmas.”
— Anonymous feedback sent to The Bower Center for the Arts about the Dec. 20 show in Bedford.

Finally, here’s the story that the Lynchburg News and Advance did Dec. 18 to advance the shows in Bedford and Lynchburg: Read the rest of this entry »

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Praise for The American Experiment’ from a New York theatre

This came in the form of a rejection notice, but a very happy one, from a New York theatre:

“We so appreciated its arresting theatrical premise, thoughtful character work, and head-on engagement with urgent contemporary crises.”

Ultimately, though, THE AMERICAN EXPERIMENT was deemed not the right fit for that particular company. It happens. But the company didn’t need to say anything, much less such nice words.

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Praise for ‘The Christmas Goat’ from a UK producer

The Ambassadors, a theatre company in London, included my 10-minute play THE CHRISTMAS GOAT as a staged reading in its December event at the New Wimbledon Theatre in London. Producer Graham Hill sends these kind words:

“So many people came up to me afterwards and commented on how much they’d enjoyed the piece and how funny and engaging your writing was. The thing I personally love about your writing is that you don’t approach ideas and themes from the obvious angle and I think this is what hooks the audience so quickly.”

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Week 3 of ‘Exchange of Gifts touring show

My first self-produced show is now history. The Christmas show EXCHANGE OF GIFTS played nine shows in different different locations up and down western Virginia in December 2019. Here are photos from week 3 — which saw the show in Bedford at the Bower Center for the Arts, in Axton at Mountain Valley Brewing and the finale in Lynchburg at Riverviews Artspace. Next up: EXCHANGE OF GIFTS will be published in 2020 by Norman Maine / Big Dog Plays.

In Bedford: Svetlana shows Tilly what she’s found.

Axton: A very intimate space, and a dog in the audience.

Lynchburg: Stuck in the airport one last time.

MORE ON EXCHANGE OF GIFTS:
* Photos from week 2 in Critz, Monterey and Clifton Forge
* Photos from week 1 in Roanoke, Galax and Blacksburg
* Interview with Alleghany Mountain Radio
* Full tour schedule and ticket info.
* Behind the scenes of the publicity photos.
* Rehearsals begin

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Week 2 of ‘Exchange of Gifts’ touring show

On weekend 2, my self-producing touring Christmas show EXCHANGE OF GIFTS was in Critz at the Reynolds Homestead on Dec. 13, in Monterey at the Highland Center on Dec. 14 and in Clifton Forge at the Masonic Theatre on Dec. 15. Good crowds in all, but Monterey — the smallest town on our 9-date tour — had the biggest crowd of all!

Stuck in the airport — at Reynolds Homestead in Critz.

What’s up, doc? In Monterey.

Svetlana demonstrate how a roller coaster works — in Clifton Forge.

MORE ON EXCHANGE OF GIFTS:
* Photos from week 1 in Roanoke, Galax and Blacksburg
* Interview with Alleghany Mountain Radio
* Full tour schedule and ticket info.
* Behind the scenes of the publicity photos.
* Rehearsals begin

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