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Poster from “The Rules Are The Rules Are The Rules” in Australia

Pop Culture Theatre poster

Here’s the awesome poster that Pop Culture Theatre in Melbourne, Australia has put together for my one-act THE RULES ARE THE RULES ARE THE RULES. It’s being entered in a series of festivals around the State of Victoria.

THE RULES ARE THE RULES ARE THE RULES
A farce set on an airplane. A male passenger has apparently died, and the flight attendants carry him up to first class, telling other passengers he’s simply drunk. The chief flight attendant, though, insists they go by the book and perform CPR and mouth-to-mouth on the hapless victim until the plane lands. The other flight attendants devise ways to skirt those rules, with increasing hilarity. That hilarity hits its peak when it turns out the man isn’t dead, after all. Cast: Five — four female, one male. Running time: Thirty minutes.
* Produced by the Castle Players, Lytchett Matravers Village Hall, near Poole, England. Feb. 18-29, 2011.
* Produced by Pop Culture Theatre, Melbourne, Australia, July-September, 2017.

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Photos from “They Always Blame The Snake”

Here are photos from THEY ALWAYS BLAME THE SNAKE, my entry in the 2017 edition of OVERNIGHT SENSATIONS, the 24-hour play festival sponsored by Hollins University and Mill Mountain Theatre. My prompts: The reptile house, a farce, and the theme “do you trust them or do you not want to suspect them?”

Claire Hilton is the paranoid chameleon who wonders why the new arrival, the snake played by Bonny Branch, is in pain.

The result: Two bumbling criminals break into the reptile house, having tried to smuggle cocaine into the country in the belly of a snake shipped to the zoo. Instead, they find a DEA agent inside.

These photos come courtesy of Dan Smith and Susan K.

More photos and details below.

Claire Hilton, the chameleon, talks to Janemarie Laucella, the iguana.

Amanda Mansfield makes a fantastic, and grumpy, turtle.

Neil David Siebel and Stephen Baltz as our two bumbling criminals.

We move toward the climactic scene.

MY OVERNIGHT SENSATIONS HISTORY:

2007: “Stuck on You,” a farce about a glue gun gone bad at a prom.
2010: “A Vampire Soap Opera,” which is pretty much what it sounds like.
2011: “Strong As a Bull,” a horror piece about steroids and baseball — in the 1800s.
2012: “The Keys To the Universe Next Door,” a science fiction horror story about a woman trapped in an alternative universe.
2016: “The Zookeeper’s Arm,” about a murder in the zoo.

More from 2017:

Preparation and such explained here.

Plus:
More photos of the whole process.
Rehearsal and production photos from the Hollins Playwright’s Lab
More photos from Dan Smith

Some of the responses I got:

“Your play was my favorite.”
— Celie H.

“Loved your piece.”
— Sherilyn L.

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Photos from Overnight Sensations 2017

For the sixth time in ten years, I was invited to take part in OVERNIGHT SENSATIONS, the 24-hour play festival that Hollins University and Mill Mountain Theatre produce each summer in Roanoke, Virginia. (If you’re a stickler, it’s the sixth time in 11 years, because the event skipped one year when the theatre was under renovation.)

Here are some photos of how it went down.

Packed for the adventure.

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Photos from “A Small Problem Down The Street” in Kitchener

My short play A SMALL PROBLEM DOWN THE STREET was featured in this year’s Asphalt Jungle Shorts festival, an annual walking-tour festival in Kitchener, Ontario. Here’s how it went down, thanks to photos from director and producer Paddy Gillard-Bentley:

A man approaches a construction site.

A conversation ensues about why the street is blocked.

More conversation.

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“It’s Real To Me” in New Jersey

From the program.

My one-act IT’S REAL TO ME was produced June 1-4 at Bergen County Academies, Hackensack, New Jersey.

IT’S REAL TO ME
A doctor devises a way to transplant memories from one person to another. It’s a form of therapy, a way to give one person’s surplus happy memories to those who have suffer from depression or some traumatic incident. But when one woman gets a memory transplant to overcome her depression, something goes wrong. She wakes up with a memory of killing someone. It’s a repressed memory that the donor had given away. A dark, serious piece. Cast: Nine: Four female, one male, four non-gender. With option of adding a tenth, non-gender, character with two lines. Running time: 30 minutes.

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Photos from “The Other Side of Oz” in Michigan

Toto and Dorothy.

Lake Fenton High School in Lake Fenton, Michigan produced my full-length show THE OTHER SIDE OF OZ in May 2017, marking the second production of that script. (The first was in Montana in 2014). Here is a photo gallery.

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Photos from “The Sandstorm” in Texas

My 10-minute play THE SANDSTORM was produced May 12, 2017 at Rockwall Heath High School in Heath, Texas.

The inspector interrogates a government official about discrepancies in his account.

They’re Martians. He’s siphoning off money to pay for a vault to store Martian artifacts after the planet’s oceans dry up and no life remains. They drink a toast of Martian water.

THE SANDSTORM
A dark vision from the last days of Mars. A local official in charge of building canals instead diverts some of the money to build an underground library to store his civilization’s artifacts because he knows Mars is doomed. Cast: Two non-gender.
* Produced by Otherworld Theatre, Chicago, Illinois, July 2015.
* Produced by Rockwall Heath High School, Heath, Texas, May 2017.

Here’s video from the Chicago production.

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