I learned this week that two of my short scripts (five minutes or less) will be produced in June as part of the Asphalt Jungle Shorts festival in Kitchener, Ontario.
This is a unique festival, staged by Flush Ink Productions, in which all the productions are site-specific. I gather that patrons buy a ticket and then are escorted on a walking tour of downtown Kitchener, where they encounter pieces happening . . . on sidewalks . . . on park benches . . . in coffee shops . . .or in bars.
My two pieces in this festival (which happens June 6-15) are “Pandora and Schrodinger: What’s in The Box?” and “Requiem for a Buzzard.” I’m guessing the first one is a park bench piece and the other might be a sidewalk piece. (Descriptions are below.)
I love the idea for this festival; I only wish I could be there to see in action! I previously had a piece (“A Nice, Relaxing Cup of Tea”) in the 2009 installment.
Meanwhile, Falcon Radio Theatre at KSPU in Seattle continues to produce some of my work as radio plays.
On April 16, the station (affiliated with Seattle Pacific University) produced “Damsel Not in Distress” and “The Viking Funeral of Harold Olalfson.”
On April 23, it was “The Last Day of School.”
Here’s a description of each show, with a notation about previous productions (if any):
DAMSEL NOT IN DISTRESS
A play on cultural stereotypes. A knight finds a damsel in a tower — but she’s not in distress. Comedy ensues. Cast: Three — one male, one female, one non-gender. Running time: Five minutes.
* Staged reading at No Shame Theatre, Roanoke, Va., Dec. 7, 2007.
THE LAST DAY OF SCHOOL
A teacher tries to outsmart the seniors who always pull a prank on the last day of school, only to get outsmarted himself in a way he didn’t expect. A tender tale. Cast: Three — one older adult male, one young adult female, one student of either gender.
PANDORA AND SCHRODINGER: WHAT’S IN THE BOX?
Pandora had her famous box. And then there’s the famous physics paradox called Schrodinger’s Cat, which involves a cat in a box. What if the two compared their boxes. Cast: Two — one male, one female.
• Staged reading at Liminal alternative artspace, Roanoke, Va., January 2013. (I’m awaiting video to be posted from this.)
REQUIEM FOR A BUZZARD
What do buzzards do when one of their own becomes roadkill? They say a few words of remembrance, then they eat him. Cast: Three, non-gender, but perhaps best as two male, one female.
THE VIKING FUNERAL OF HAROLD OLAFSON
A young assistant at a funeral home misunderstands a widow’s instructions. Her husband was a Minnesota Vikings fan and she wanted that reflected in his services. Instead, what she gets is a full-on Viking funeral. Comedy ensues. Cast: Two males.