Dwayne Yancey

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‘Your play is terrific!”

Fellow playwright Melinda Gros recently attended the Quannapowitt Players Suburban Holidays festival in Reading, Massachusetts where my one-act THE GIRL WHO MADE EMUS BELIEVE THEY COULD FLY was produced Nov. 29-30, Dec. 1, 5-7, 2019. She sends this happy message:

“I saw the production this weekend – the company did a very nice job – and your play is terrific! I don’t know much about emus, but the actors made them very avian and hysterical, especially the ballet-dancing emu. Congrats!”

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Poster for ‘A Zombie Christmas’ in Richmond, Virginia

Chesterfield Children’s Theatre in suburban Richmond, Virginia will present my 10-minute piece A ZOMBIE CHRISTMAS on Dec. 13, 2019 as part of several other works. Here are the promotional images. The show, by the way, is sold out.

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Photos from ‘Let There Be Lights!’ in Iowa

Mills Masquers Theatre in Glenwood, Iowa produced my one-act LET THERE BE LIGHTS! on Dec. 6-8, 13-15, 2019. Director Jeannie Lorimor sends this message and these photos: “We had an amazing turn out Friday and Saturday and we sold out our theater Sunday night! The kids did amazing! And I heard so many compliments on “Let there be Lights” The audience ate it up! One more weekend of shows to go. Friday and Saturday this week we still have seats but Sunday is filling up again and will most likely sell out again! Thank you for writing such an amazing piece! It has been a blast to direct!” You can find the full gallery here.

A cheerleader!

Sunglasses required.

Fancy dress.

* Otto-Eldred High School in Duke Center, Pennsylvania, Dec. 2018.
* Liberty High School, Liberty, Texas, Dec. 2017.
* Seton Hall University, New Jersey, 2015.


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Week 1 of ‘Exchange of Gifts’ touring show

My touring production of my Christmas show EXCHANGE OF GIFTS opened Dec. 6 in Roanoke at Theatre 3, then moved on to the historic Rex Theatre in Galax on Dec. 7 and then Beliveau Estate outside Blacksburg on Dec. 8. Despite a late casting change, the show came off without a hitch! Three shows down, six to go! Shout-out to director Kerry Plank and the cast of Kaiya Hoagland, Kelly Hoagland and Lyndsey Hanks.

Opening night in Roanoke. From left: Kaiya Hoagland, Kelly Hoagland and Lyndsey Hanks.

On the marquee in Galax

On stage in Galax.

Appreciative fans stick around to talk to the cast after the Galax show.

Walking through the snow in Blacksburg. Well, imaginary snow.

* Interview with Alleghany Mountain Radio
* Full tour schedule and ticket info.
* Behind the scenes of the publicity photos.
* Rehearsals begin

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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.


* 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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