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Here’s some of the press coverage and other feedback that my touring Christmas show “Exchange of Gifts” received.
“This play was so good with a great message and many laughs. I am sorry if you missed it . . . terrific play.”
— columnist Mary Beth Gutshall in The Recorder, about the Dec. 14 show in Monterey
“Wow! What a great job all the ladies did. We were very impressed. They knew their lines well and it was very funny! Merry Christmas.”
— Anonymous feedback sent to The Bower Center for the Arts about the Dec. 20 show in Bedford.
This came in the form of a rejection notice, but a very happy one, from a New York theatre:
“We so appreciated its arresting theatrical premise, thoughtful character work, and head-on engagement with urgent contemporary crises.”
Ultimately, though, THE AMERICAN EXPERIMENT was deemed not the right fit for that particular company. It happens. But the company didn’t need to say anything, much less such nice words.
The Ambassadors, a theatre company in London, included my 10-minute play THE CHRISTMAS GOAT as a staged reading in its December event at the New Wimbledon Theatre in London. Producer Graham Hill sends these kind words:
“So many people came up to me afterwards and commented on how much they’d enjoyed the piece and how funny and engaging your writing was. The thing I personally love about your writing is that you don’t approach ideas and themes from the obvious angle and I think this is what hooks the audience so quickly.”
My first self-produced show is now history. The Christmas show EXCHANGE OF GIFTS played nine shows in different different locations up and down western Virginia in December 2019. Here are photos from week 3 — which saw the show in Bedford at the Bower Center for the Arts, in Axton at Mountain Valley Brewing and the finale in Lynchburg at Riverviews Artspace. Next up: EXCHANGE OF GIFTS will be published in 2020 by Norman Maine / Big Dog Plays.
MORE ON EXCHANGE OF GIFTS:
* Photos from week 2 in Critz, Monterey and Clifton Forge
* Photos from week 1 in Roanoke, Galax and Blacksburg
* Interview with Alleghany Mountain Radio
* Full tour schedule and ticket info.
* Behind the scenes of the publicity photos.
* Rehearsals begin
My 10-minute play GOD AND THE DEVIL MEET FOR A BUSINESS LUNCH was produced Dec. 13-14 at American River College in Sacramento, California, directed by Zachariah Mejia.
MORE FROM THE GOD AND THE DEVIL SERIES . . .
Want to see more?
* Here’s video of a group in Sacramento, California doing the same piece in 2005.
* Here’s audio from when Falcon Radio Theatre in Seattle did the script in 2013.
* Video: “God and the Devil Settle a Contract Dispute”
* Video: “God and the Devil Debate The Issues”
* GOD AND THE DEVIL MEET FOR A BUSINESS LUNCH by the Lake Players, Smith Mountain Lake, Virginia, 2014.
The Snyder Drama Club at Snyder Schools in Snyder, Oklahoma produced my 10-minute play FATHER CHRISTMAS on Dec. 11 with another show on Dec. 18. Here are photos from director Micah Baker. More below. Read the rest of this entry »
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!”