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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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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

MORE ABOUT DEATH BY POINSETTIA:

* 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.

MISS MITCHELL’S COMET
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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Photos from “Death by Poinsettia” in Hollywood

This is also a big year for my Christmas one-act DEATH BY POINSETTIA, which was one of three shows of mine that were at the Actors Workout Studio in Hollywood in early December 2017. Kara Duffus shares these photos.

The theatre.

The audience gets ready.

I both opened and closed the show!

MORE ABOUT DEATH BY POINSETTIA:

* 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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More photos from “Svetlana’s First Christmas Away From Home” in Texas

This has been a big year for SVETLANA’S FIRST CHRISTMAS AWAY FROM HOME, a large-cast one-act that has had productions in both West Virginia and Texas. Louis Antonelli of The Clarksville Times shares these photos from the Texas production by Red River Revue.

 

Svetlana with the spider.

The whole cast.

More photos from The Clarksville Times here.

I also have these backstage photos from the Red River Revue production.

Here are photos from the West Virginia show.

And here’s a photo from the premiere in Ohio in 2016.

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Photos from “Svetlana’s First Christmas Away From Home” in West Virginia

My one-act SVETLANA’S FIRST CHRISTMAS AWAY FROM HOME is off to a roaring start. It was first produced last year by Victorian Players in Youngtown, Ohio and this year is being produced twice, by Lewis County Community Theatre in Weston, West Virginia and Red River Revue in Clarksville, Texas. Here are photos from West Virginia. Of note: The Svetlana in the script is a Ukrainian exchange student. By chance, Lewis County had an actual Ukrainian exchange student to play the titular role.

Svetlana hugs the spider.

Another look at the awesome spider.

Lots of kids, lots of costumes.

Like I said, lots of kids, lots of costumes.

Another hugging shot.

The full cast.

More photos from the Lewis County Community Theatre show here.

MORE ON SVETLANA
* Victorian Players, Youngtown, Ohio, December 2016
* Poster and backstage photos from Red River Review, Clarksville, Texas, December 2017.

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Poster and set photo from shows in Hollywood

The show poster.

Actors Workout Studio in North Hollywood, California is producing six Christmas one-acts, three of which are mine: THE ANGEL TREE, THE CHRISTMAS GOAT and DEATH BY POINSETTIA. My cousin, Itai Levin, attended on Dec. 8 and said there was a full-house and the shows were excellently cast.

The set of DEATH BY POINSETTIA. Photo by Itai Levin.

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