New poster from “This Rose Has Thorns”

Poster by Julia Allen. Photography by JoKa Photography.

Here’s a new and very amazing poster for my show THIS ROSE HAS THORNS, which opens April 5 in Melbourne, Australia.

A parody of some common Shakespeare themes, with good stage combat roles for women and girls. The daughters of a lord receive letters from their boyfriends, informing them that they have been imprisoned in the Tower of London and expect to be executed. The two girls do what seems only natural to them; they dress up as men and set off to London to rescue them – not realizing that the boyfriends intended these as break-up letters. Comedy ensues. Cast: 13 – 7 females, 6 males.


* First round of posters

* Cast list for the show

* Amazing audition poster

* First international production of a full-length script announced

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Video: “Putting the Fair In Tooth Fairy” in Houston

Somewhere in this video is my five-minute piece PUTTING THE FAIR IN THE TOOTH FAIR, produced by Cone Man Running in Houston, Texas in November 2017.

You can find still photos from the production here.

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Posters for “This Rose Has Thorns” in Australia

Here are some posters from my upcoming show in Melbourne, Australia: THIS ROSE HAS THORNS will be produced by the Burwood Student Theatre Company at Deakin University.


Another one.


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58 productions in 2017

Updated Jan. 25, 2018 to reflect a publisher who just reported in, adding a new production I didn’t know about.

Counting up the year: I had at least 58 productions and 17 readings in 2017. I say “at least” because some publishers won’t report final tallies for months yet. I had shows in Australia, Canada, Great Britain, India and, of course, the United States. Most of these were short scripts, which inflate the numbers but they were done nonetheless. Best places for productions were Maryland 8, Florida 6, Texas 6, Minnesota 5, Washington 5, UK 4, Illinois 4, India 3, Michigan 3 New Jersey 2, Ohio 2, Ontario 2, Virginia 2, West Virginia 2, Australia 1, Nebraska 1, North Dakota 1, Utah 1. For readings it was Virginia 8, California 5, Florida, Illinois, North Carolina and Oklahoma 1 apiece.

The list could have been 60 productions — because one theatre in Ontario started rehearsing one script then had scheduling difficulties and never did the show, and a high school in West Virginia planned a production but couldn’t perform it for some reason.

You can find the full list here.

Here’s the running list for 2018. It’s still short yet but already includes productions in three countries — Australia, Canada and the United States, as well has two full-length scripts (with hope for a third that’s tentatively scheduled but not yet listed.


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Video of “Veronica’s Dolls” in Oklahoma

Echo Theatre in Tulsa, Oklahoma held a staged reading of my one-act VERONICA’S DOLLS on April 23, 2017. I’ve finally got a video of the reading.

A teenage girl’s old dolls come to life to try to save her life when she attempts to commit suicide by swallowing an overdose of sleeping pills. Cast: Four, plus an off-stage voice to make five. Three female, two non-gender. Running time: Fifteen or so minutes.

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Photos from “Death by Poinsettia” in Roanoke

Not only did my Christmas one-act DEATH BY POINSETTIA get produced in Hollywood this Christmas season, it also had a staged reading Roanoke at Mill Mountain Theatre, through the Hollins Playwright’s Lab. Sadly, I missed the show because I was in Orlando for the staged reading of MISS MITCHELL’S COMET. Michael and Amanda Mansfield were the actors; Lauren Brooke Ellis directed.

Photo by Hank Ebert.

Photo by Carole Tarrant

Photo by Carole Tarrant

Photo by Carole Tarrant


* Photos from Actors Workout Studio in Hollywood, 2017.
* Show poster in Hollywood, 2017
* Show poster for staged reading in Roanoke
* “Death By Poinsettia” wins awards in Maryland
* Photos from “Death by Poinsettia” in Maryland
* Photos from “Death by Poinsettia” at Studio C in Hollywood, 2015.
* After-party photos from Hollywood, 2015.
* Rehearsal photos from Hollywood, 2015.

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Photos from “Miss Mitchell’s Comet” in Orlando

My full-length script MISS MITCHELL’S COMET — based on the true story of Maria Mitchell, America’s first female astronomer — had a staged reading in Orlando Dec. 13, 2017 by the Playwright’s Roundtable at the Orlando Shakespeare Center.

From left: playwright Dwayne Yancey, actors Susan Potrock and David Strauss, and director Celestino Maria DeCicco.

The reading itself. Photo by Chuck Dent.

I was honored to have two classmates from Montevideo High School join me — Mitch Percival and Linda Kelly Elkins. Both now live in Florida. Photo by Keith Yancey.

Based on the life of Maria Mitchell, America’s first female astronomer. She grew up on Nantucket Island during the whaling era, where she learned the stars at a young age from her father, who worked on navigational instruments for the sailors. In 1847, she became the first American to discover a comet, and went on to win fame as the first woman in a variety of scientific accomplishments, ending her career as a professor at Vassar College. Along the way, she faced opposition from men and women alike who frowned on a woman being a scientist. At Vassar, she was a hard taskmistress, insisting her students learn complicated mathematical formula to understand the orbits of the planets. Deeply religious, Maria Mitchell insisted that these formula were nothing less than a hymn to God’s grand design. Yet she also clashed with authorities, who were often exasperated by her disregard for school rules. She roused students in the middle of the night to look at the sky, once ordered a tree chopped down because it blocked her view of a comet, and even asked a minister to cut short his prayer at evening chapel so she could go observe Saturn. Cast: Two — one woman in her 50s and a man to play various other parts. This is basically a one-woman show with some incidental parts played by a man. Running time: 90 minutes, no intermission.

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