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Review for ‘The One-Word Christmas Carol’

Here’s a review for my short Christmas play THE ONE-WORD CHRISTMAS CAROL that was posted on the New Play Exchange:

“If you haven’t partaken of Yancey’s one-word classics, they are a treat and this is a good place to start. Dickens himself would be proud. I particularly liked this glimpse into Belle’s family, and of course Scrooge’s back and forth with the Christmas ghosts always delight. Yancey makes it look deceptively easy but don’t be fooled, it’s HARD selecting the exactly right single word at a time to convey the spirit of a timeless story, move the plot forward and still have the entire project feel fresh and vibrant. Yancey is just the man for the undertaking.”
— Matthew Weaver

THE ONE-WORD CHRISTMAS CAROL

The traditional Christmas Carol story, more or less, told with each actor speaking a line of just a single word. Cast: Can be done with as few as six, or expanded larger, if you desire. With six, 4 male, 1 female, 1 non-gender. Feel free, of course, to use non-traditional casting.

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2018: 68 productions and 7 readings in 6 countries

UPDATED! In 2018: I had at least 68 productions and 7 staged readings in 5 countries: Australia, Cameroon, Canada, China (Hong Kong), Great Britain and the United States. That’s a record number of productions and included my first international production of a full-length script (in Australia) and my first production in Cameroon (of a one-act). That number of productions may rise because one of my publishers is always very slow in reporting.

Most of those were shorts, but that list did include two productions of full-length scripts — THIS ROSE HAS THORNS by BustCo in Melbourne, Australia and ON THE THIRTEENTH DAY OF CHRISTMAS by Fountain Community Theater in Fountain, Colorado. That, by the way, was the third production of that script. I also had one staged reading of a full-length: REVENGE OF THE FAIRY QUEEN at the Bower Center in Bedford, Virginia.

Other milestones: My most frequently-produced script is the one-act THE FRUITCAKE, published through Brooklyn Publishers. The script had its 51st and 52nd productions in 2018 and has a 53rd scheduled for early 2019.

My most frequently-produced script in 2018 was the short play THE CELLPHONES OF THE DEAD, which was produced at least seven times (and maybe more) because it was included in a collection of gun-related plays which got a lot of productions in the wake of the school shooting in Parkland, Florida.

You can see the complete list of my 2018 productions here and an up-to-date list of my 2019 productions here.

Here’s the production report for 2017.

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Video of ‘On the Thirteenth Day of Christmas’ in Colorado

Fountain Community Theater in Fountain, Colorado produced my full-length script ON THE THIRTEENTH DAY OF CHRISTMAS in December 2018. Here’s some video of the show. And here are some rehearsal photos.

OTHER PRODUCTIONS OF ON THE THIRTEENTH DAY OF CHRISTMAS

* 2015: First Avenue Playhouse, Atlantic Highlands, New Jersey: Photos and video here.
* 2013: Santiam High School, Mill Creek, Oregon. Photo here and praise for the show here.

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Photos from ‘On The Thirteenth Day of Christmas’ in Colorado

Fountain Community Theater in Fountain, Colorado produced my full-length script ON THE THIRTEENTH DAY OF CHRISTMAS in December 2018. Here are some photos.

Rehearsal shot.

Newspaper coverage.

OTHER PRODUCTIONS OF ON THE THIRTEENTH DAY OF CHRISTMAS

* 2015: First Avenue Playhouse, Atlantic Highlands, New Jersey: Photos and video here.
* 2013: Santiam High School, Mill Creek, Oregon. Photo here and praise for the show here.

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Video of ‘Joy to Other Worlds’ in Texas

Liberty High School in Frisco, Texas produced my Christmas one-act JOY TO OTHER WORLDS December 18-19, 2018. Director Jordan Miller (a student!) shares this video. Earlier I posted her awesome cast photos.

OTHER PRODUCTIONS OF JOY TO OTHER WORLDS
2017: Otherworld Theatre, Chicago, photo here.
2016: Esk-Dale High School, Millard County, Utah; photos here.
2014: Backyard Players, Steinbach, Manitoba (no photos)

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Photos from ‘Joy to Other Worlds’ in Texas

Liberty High School in Frisco, Texas produced my Christmas one-act JOY TO OTHER WORLDS December 18-19, 2018. Director Jordan Miller (a student!) sends these awesome photos. You can find more photos here.

The awesome aliens.

The whole cast and crew.

Some fantastic lighting.

The master plan.

OTHER PRODUCTIONS OF JOY TO OTHER WORLDS
2017: Otherworld Theatre, Chicago, photo here.
2016: Esk-Dale High School, Millard County, Utah; photos here.
2014: Backyard Players, Steinbach, Manitoba (no photos)

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My biggest crowd ever: 600 in Minnesota

I’m told that 600 people were on hand to watch Pine Island High School in Pine Island, Minnesota produce my Christmas one-act LET THERE BE LIGHTS! on December 21, 2019. Director Kate Laack shares this photo.

A scene from LET THERE BE LIGHTS!

OTHER PRODUCTIONS OF LET THERE BE LIGHTS:

2018: Otto-Eldred High School, Duke Center, Pennsylvania; photos here and poster here.

2017: Liberty High School, Liberty, Texas; photos here

2015: Seton Hall University did a script-in-hand production; photos here.

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