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‘The Debate at Bosworth Field’ in Manchester, Great Britain

Courtesy of Andy Pilkington

My 10-minute play THE DEBATE AT BOSWORTH FIELD was included in the Fight Like a Girl! festival in Manchester, Great Britain — a fund-raiser to fight cancer. Don’t have any photos from my piece but here’s the curtain call with all the casts. Pretty sure that’s producer Andy Pilkington in the yellow.

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.
*Produced by Fight Like A Girl Festival, Manchester, Great Britain, Aug. 15-17, 2019.

Courtesy of Andy Pilkington

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Photos from ‘The Beautiful Ogre and Other Fairy Tales’ in Ohio

My 10-minute play THE BEAUTIFUL OGRE AND OTHER FAIRY TALES was produced Aug. 2-3 in Akron, Ohio by KenMore Kreative. This marked the 14th production of that script. Here are photos, courtesy of Yulia Gray.

The knight but the damsel is not in distress.

The ogre is beautiful.

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‘Rhonda’s High-Class Roadkill Chili’ is published

I’ve now had my third full-length script published (I’ve lost track of how many one-acts have been published; I generally just say a dozen). RHONDA’S HIGH-CLASS ROADKILL CHILI has been published by Norman Maine / Big Dog Plays. The script previously had a staged reading at Showtimers in January 2016; photos here.

My other published full-lengths are FAIRWEATHER FRIENDS BY Eldridge Plays and Musicals and THE HURLEYBURG TWIRLING SOCIETY by Rebel Belle Publishing.

The cover.

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‘Exchange of Gifts’ tour 2019: Behind the scenes

Here are some behind-the-scenes photos from the June 30 photo shoot for the publicity photos for EXCHANGE OF GIFTS, the Christmas tour that will be touring Virginia in December. Full list of dates here.

Cast and crew walking down Campbell Avenue en route to our photo location. It’s 90-plus and Lyndsey is in full winter garb.

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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. SOLD OUT
Saturday, Dec. 7: Galax, Rex Theatre, 7 p.m. (Tix available here.)
Sunday, Dec. 8: Blacksburg, Beliveau Estate Winery, 3 p.m. (Tix on sale after the grape harvest).
Friday, Dec. 13: Critz, Reynolds Homestead, 7:30 p.m. (Call 276-694-7181 x 27 for reservations; no online sales).
Saturday, Dec. 14: Monterey, Highland Center, 7 p.m. (Tix available at the door only)
Sunday, Dec. 15: Clifton Forge, The Masonic Theatre, 2 p.m. (Tix available here)
Friday, Dec. 20: Bedford, Bower Center for the Arts, 6:30 p.m. (Tix available here.)
Saturday, Dec. 21: Axton, Mountain Valley Brewing, 2 p.m. (Call 276-833-2171.)
Sunday, Dec. 22: Lynchburg, Riverviews Artspace, 3 p.m. (Tix available here.)

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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