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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!”
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.
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.
MORE FROM LET THERE BE LIGHTS!:
* Otto-Eldred High School in Duke Center, Pennsylvania, Dec. 2018.
* Liberty High School, Liberty, Texas, Dec. 2017.
* Seton Hall University, New Jersey, 2015.
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.
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.
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).
MORE ON EXCHANGE OF GIFTS:
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.
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