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‘Exchange of Gifts’ will tour Virginia in December 2019

From left: Kiaya Hoagland as Tilly, Lyndsey Hanks as Svetlana, Olivia Hunter as Veronica. Photo by Hank Ebert.

I’ve put together a touring production of my Christmas play EXCHANGE OF TOUR that will play at nine different venues in western Virginia in December 2019. Kerry Plank, a veteran of Roanoke Valley theatre, will direct the show. The cast consists of Kaiya Hoagland, Lyndsey Hanks, Olivia Hunter.

Here are the show dates and times:

Friday, Dec. 6: Roanoke, Theatre 3, 7 p.m.
Saturday, Dec. 7: Galax, Rex Theatre, 7 p.m.
Sunday, Dec. 8: Blacksburg, Beliveau Estate Winery, 3 p.m.
Friday, Dec. 13: Critz, Reynolds Homestead, 7:30 p.m.
Saturday, Dec. 14: Monterey, Highland Center, 7 p.m.
Sunday, Dec. 15: Clifton Forge, The Masonic Theatre, 3 p.m.
Friday, Dec. 20: Bedford, Bower Center for the Arts, 6:30 p.m.
Saturday, Dec. 21: Axton, Mountain Valley Brewing, 2 p.m.
Sunday, Dec. 22: Riverviews Artspace, Lyncburg, 3 p.m.

For tickets, see each venue.

Here’s what the show is about:

EXCHANGE OF GIFTS
A sweet Christmas story with a message. Three foreign students studying at colleges in the United States find themselves snowbound at an airport for Christmas. One is from Australia, one is from Canada, one is from Russia. Adventure ensues — involving broken chairs, computer hacking, and a health scare. By the time it’s over, each one has learned something about themselves that changes the direction of their lives. Cast: Three women of college age.
* Staged reading by Attic Productions, Fincastle, Virginia, November 2017.

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Video: ‘A Couch for Luxury and Damned Incest’

Here’s video of my 10-minute play in Overnight Sensations 2019, a 24-hour play festival sponsored by Hollins University’s Playwright’s Lab and Mill Mountain Theatre. An earlier post detailed how the event works. Thanks to director Amile Wilson for the video (and the great direction!).

Cast:
Drifer: Gianni Palmarini
Bed: Bailee Adams
Chair: Nancy Lawrence
Couch: Kelly Anglim
Desk: Gene Marrano
Table: Walter Dodd

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Overnight Sensations 2019: The making of a 24-hour play

For the eighth time in 12 years, I was one of the writers in Overnight Sensations, a 24-hour play festival organized by the Hollins University Playwright’s Lab and Mill Mountain Theatre. I drew dream play in a furniture factory with a specific line of dialogue from Shakespeare. What I came up with: A drifter seeks overnight accommodations in an abandoned furniture factory. He blows some notes on a saxophone, which makes pieces of furniture come to life — and they want to perform Hamlet. Conveniently, Hamlet mentions a bed, a table, a couch, a desk and a table, so everyone has a part in A COUCH FOR LUXURY AND DAMNED INCEST. Here’s how it all went down:

1. Friday night. We gather at Mill Mountain Theatre, with Todd Ristau presiding.

2. The six writers draw their director from a hat. After that, the writers and director alternate in drawing a cast, a genre, a setting and a theme — which this year came in the form of a line from Shakespeare that we had to use as dialogue.

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Photos from ‘The Contact Lens’ in Pennsylvania

The scene.

Looking . . .

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Photos from shorts on Long Island

The Ghost Lamp

Four of my short scripts were produced in April by the Babylon Arts Council, Lindenhurst, New York: DEEP INTO OCTOBER, FIREBALLER, THE GHOST LAMP and THE UNIFORM. Three of those deal with baseball so I’m not sure from the photos which ones are which but this is definitely THE GHOST LAMP.

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Photos: ‘Curiosity Killed The Cat’ in Ohio

Summit Academy in Xenia, Ohio produced my one-act CURIOSITY KILLED THE CAT on May 23, 2019. Here are photos.

Curiosity and the private investigator.

Curtain call!

 

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Review for ‘The Debate At Bosworth Field’

My 10-play play THE DEBATE AT BOSWORTH FIELD just got a very nice review on the New Play Exchange:

“A delightful historical romp! Like Monty Python meets the History Channel – What fun characters, and cracking dialogue. Yancey’s imaginative set-up finds us out on Bosworth Field – the declarative WIN for Lancaster over York, duh – in this all-too-relevant satire. Thank you to this bold author for stuffing a short play with tons of characters! It’s hilarious, with all the farcical strings pulling in criss-crossing dimensions. You can say a ten-minute play can only have 2-3 characters, but then you wouldn’t have this epically hilarious gem! No wonder it was recently selected for a competitive festival. It’s a hoot.”

— Rachael Carnes

The festival she references is the Fight Like a Girl festival in Manchester, Great Britain in August (it’s a fund-raiser for cancer research). Here’s a synopsis:

THE DEBATE AT BOSWORTH FIELD
Imagine if Richard III and Henry Tudor had met in a campaign-style debate instead. This time, Richard wins. Cast: 8 – 5 male, 2 female, 1 non-gender.

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