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Video: ‘Shakespeare’s Lost Christmas Play’ in Minnesota

Pine Island High School in Pine Island, Minnesota produced SHAKESPEARE’S LOST CHRISTMAS PLAY in December 2021. Here it is:

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Video: ‘Shakespeare’s Lost Christmas Play’ from four different continents

The New Jersey-based Zenith Players did an online reading of SHAKESPEARE’S LOST CHRISTMAS PLAY, with actors from four different continents — the United States in North America, The Netherlands in Europe, Colombia in South America and Australia in, well, Australia.

The cast:

Steve Anderson as ERASMUS
Caitlin Jurewicz as ANN
Andrea Atwood as THOMASINA
Patrick Brockway as BARTHOLOMEW
Tatanya Löwed-Spence as SUSAN
Tricia Pisarra as EMMA
Claire Bochenek/Mira Singer as TOBY
Emily Brennan as OLIVIA
Joshua Boyer as ROGER
Emily De Rango as JOAN THE STAGE MANAGER
Shakira Searle as HORTENSE THE DIRECTOR

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‘Let There Be Lights!’ and ‘Santa in the Off-Season’ in San Jose

The Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. library in San Jose, California has its own theatre program for kids. On December 17, the library produced, virtually, two of my short scripts — the five-minute SANTA IN THE OFF-SEASON and the one-act LET THERE BE LIGHTS!

Here are some photos and the program:

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‘Shakespeare’s Lost Christmas Play’ in Birmingham, UK

Infinite Arts in Birgmingham, England, UK produced my play SHAKESPEARE’S LOST CHRISTMAS PLAY in December, and also sent along some fan mail!

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Staged reading of ‘The Girl Who Made Emus Believe They Could Fly at Christmas’

The Valley Playhouse in Harrisonburg did a staged reading of my one-act THE GIRL WHO MADE EMUS BELIEVE THEY COULD FLY AT CHRISTMAS on December 5, 2021, as part of the city’s Winterfest festival.

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Review: ‘Miss Mitchell’s Comet’

Jack Seamus Conley of the Rainy Day Arts Collective in Seattle, Washington posts on the New Play Exchange this very nice review of MISS MITCHELL’S COMET, my two-person (but mostly one-woman) play about Maria Mitchell, America’s first female astronomer.

“Fascinating and well-rendered story about an important but not-well-enough-known figure in scientific history. The use of the supporting actor to play the whole cast of characters in Maria’s life is an excellent move and really brings the focus on what matters: centering Maria Mitchell in a world that doesn’t give her achievements enough credit. Fabulous piece, and I always love seeing amazing historical women centered. ”

You can find a video production of this script here.

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Review: ‘The Weird Sisters Go Rogue’

Jack Seamus Conley of the Rainy Day Arts Collective in Seattle, Washington posts this lovely review on the New Play Exchange of my one-act THE WEIRD SISTERS GO ROGUE:

Love this piece! Incredibly creative female-centric take on Macbeth that is sure to delight Shakespeare lovers, witch enthusiasts, and appreciators of parody/comedy alike. I’m always enthralled by pieces that give additional voices to the more “minor” characters in well known tales, and “The Weird Sisters Go Rogue” does not disappoint. ”Love this piece! Incredibly creative female-centric take on Macbeth that is sure to delight Shakespeare lovers, witch enthusiasts, and appreciators of parody/comedy alike. I’m always enthralled by pieces that give additional voices to the more “minor” characters in well known tales, and “The Weird Sisters Go Rogue” does not disappoint. ”

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Four pieces in Florida

Rough Magic Shakespeare Company in Florida produced four of my short pieces as part of their Shakespeare’s birthday celebration on April 23, 2021. Three of the four pieces — THE SHIPWRECK, THE GROUNDSKEEPER and MESSAGE IN A BOTTLE — were written in their quick-turnaround challenge event, the 14th quick turnaround play festival I’ve been involved in. The fourth, LADY MACBETH’S LAMENT, is an older piece.

“The Shipwreck.”
“The Groundskeeper”
“Message in a Bottle.” Notice the beard is now longer.
“Lady Macbeth’s Lament”

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Video: ‘The Stanley Cup Goes Missing’

Last month I took part in a 48-hour play challenge through This Moment Productions in Chicago. Here’s the video of the show: ‘The Stanley Cup Goes Missing,” directed by Dane Rogers and starring Stephanie Reynolds (upper left), Marc Motiejunas (upper right) and Sarah Hoback (below).

Also, here’s the awesome logo designed by Dana Hall, one of the producers.

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‘The Stanley Cup Goes Missing’ produced in Chicago

I changed the title later.

Well, kind of in Chicago. On March 26-28 I took part in a 48-hour play festival sponsored by This Moment Productions, which is in Chicago, although the theatre had writers, directors and actors from 13 states and one Canadian province.

I drew “thriller/mystery” as my genre, then we were all instructed to use “did you enjoy yourself last night?” as our opening line and “I miss moments like this more than anything” as our closing line. We also had to construct a way to explain why all our characters were speaking virtually and encouraged to make use of all the whiz-bang technology available through the Steamyard platform, including the ability to do a TV-like “crawl.” I was assigned director Dane Rogers of Cincinnati and a cast of three — Sarah Hoback of Cincinnati, Stephanie Reynolds of Des Moines and Marc Motiejunas of London, Ontario. As soon as I heard the opening line, I immediately pictured a lawyer speaking to a client in jail. Surprise! Turns out Marc really is a lawyer — a prosecutor. What I came up with: THE STANLEY CUP GOES MISSING. More photos below:

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