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Cecil College in Elkton, Maryland produced my short play SOMETIMES ELEPHANTS DIE STANDING UP in early November 2019. More photos by Sarah Rose Capparuccini here.
My 10-minute play THE SANDSTORM has garnered two nice reviews on the New Play Exchange, one from Ohio playwright John Busser and the other from New York playwright Scott Sickles:
“Short, sad and oh so relevant. I was moved by the simplicity of the narrative and the characters, in just a few pages, had me concerned about their fate. Not a showy play at all, it is quiet but powerful.”
— John Busser
“O, how I love a good apocalypse! This one’s just getting started, but the play also has other things I love: smart people, bureaucracy, science and culture! And best of all, the characters have dimension! An investigation is in progress but it leads to unexpected admissions and even impactful lessons learned. As they face the certainty of a rather grave future, Yancey again instills his play with a bright hope in the deep darkness. Even in that darkness, this effervescent piece did my heart an otherworld of good!”
— Scott Sickles
My 10-minute play THE MATH LESSON got a nice review from New York playwright Scott Sickles on the New Play Exchange:
“An elegant and concise sci-fi drama illustrating what’s at the root of everything wrong in the world, namely institutionalized ignorance. Yancey shows us a savvily-defiant teacher called to task over a subversive math problem. The power struggle is palpable and infuriating. Meanwhile, two normal girls simply observe the changes in the world around them, unaware that their planet is in a show but certain freefall. The play infuses doom with hope, and pays tribute to the beauty of their world and ours. Much like the math teacher, THE MATH LESSON is a sublime protest. A genuinely important short play!”
— Scott Sickles
Here are photos from a 2017 production in Chicago.
In late September and early October, I had my first production in Italy — which became the 15th country on my list. The U.S. Army — which has an entertainment division for its troops — produced my 10-minute piece CHEF PIERRE DOES NOT DO SIMPLE at the Soldiers Theatre in Vincenza, Italy.
More photos here.
Once again, one of my short pieces was performed in the annual Asphalt Jungle Shorts festival in Kitchener, Ontario. This is a walking tour festival where the audience is led around downtown and short pieces of live theatre break out at various points. This year my piece was THE GOVERNMENT’S SECRET TIME TRAVEL PROJECT EXPOSED. It was directed by festival founder Paddy Gillard-Bentley and performed by Mason Miceveski.
My political allegory EXTRACTED will have a staged reading in New York on Sat., Nov. 16 through Equity Library Theater of New York. The reading will be at noon at NYPL-Belafonte, 203 W. 115th Street. The reading will be directed by Alexandra Scordato. Free admission, groups welcome, seating is limited, more info at 631 898 4205.
The official teaser:
A truck driver sleeping in his cab in southern California is awoken by someone banging on his door. He opens it to find two teen-age girls who say they desperately need a ride back to New York — Sam says she’s rescued her sister Libby from drug gangs in Los Angeles and needs to get her home to her family. Thus begins a strange, cross-country journey full of mysterious characters — and a dark allegorical tale.
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On Labor Day weekend, most people were probably thinking about the end of summer, or the beginning of fall, but my thoughts were on Christmas. We held the first rehearsal for my touring Christmas show, EXCHANGE OF GIFTS. Here are some photos.
By the way, our only Roanoke show is now SOLD OUT — three months before the event.
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