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One thing that’s happened during this year of the pandemic: I’ve had a lot of script requests from non-theatres. Some have come from book clubs, some have come from families looking for home entertainment. Some haven’t worked out, but the Monday Night Book Club in Minneapolis, Minnesota did do a Zoom reading of my full-length A DICKENS OF A CHRISTMAS on Dec. 20, 2020 (which wasn’t a Monday night but the whole year has been out of whack).
Organizer Stephanie Pearson sends this fan mail:
“We had a wonderful time reading your play at our bookclub tonight. I am the woman in the black (stage direction) with the phone. We’ve been together over 20 years so it was fun to connect with this play!
Everyone enjoyed themselves! I loved how you integrated A Christmas Carol in with the plot along with the funny (and cranky) Lady Crumblebum. I couldn’t stop laughing during these scenes. Also, you had some great references on gender roles (ie: women doing dishes) which I think we are still doing today 100 years later. Funny!
Thanks for making our zoom holiday bookclub a memorable one. We appreciate your willingness to share and provide us with a great script to read.”
PopUp Productions in Louisiana produced my Christmas one-act virtually in December 2020. Here are some screenshots.
Here are some photos from the dress rehearsal for SHAKESPEARE’S LOST CHRISTMAS PLAY at Eskdale High School in Millard County, Utah. First, the back story: Director Lois Faber had produced two scripts of mine a few years ago. In September, she contacted me out of the blue to say she was looking for a Christmas play for her class to perform. She’d come up short. It need to fit a specific number of students, with a specific gender mix, a specific length, and needed to be performed socially distanced. Oh, and it would be nice if it would address the pandemic. So I wrote a script to fit those specifications — except I changed the setting from the COVID-19 pandemic to the plague in Shakespeare’s day.
More wonderful photos below:
Little Theatre of Norfolk has produced my one-man play about the father of the Soviet space program as a virtual show. The theatre staged the show without an audience, filmed it, and has posted it online through the platform ShowTix4U. Here’s Brian Cebrian as Sergei Korolev. This marks the fifth production of the show — at the moment, it’s my most-produced full-length show.
Fountain Community Theater in Fountain, Colorado produced my full-length script THE ARMADILLO QUEEN June 12-13 as an outdoor show. The show had been scheduled for indoors in April but was delayed by the COVID-19 pandemic. More photos here.
This was the premiere production. The show first had a staged reading in 2016 at Renaissance Theatre in Lynchburg, Virginia. It will be published later this year by Norman Maine / Big Dog Plays.
The Quannapowitt Players Suburban Holidays festival in Reading, Mass. produced my one-act
THE GIRL WHO MADE EMUS BELIEVE THEY COULD FLY in November and December 2019. Out of the blue, they sent me these photos with the note: “It was perhaps the best received play this year.”
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The Coronavirus One-Minute Play Festival produced 625 one-minute virus-related plays over six days in April — with a different batch of plays being performed each night, via Zoom, by a different theatre. My short piece PRIORITIES IN AISLE 14 came on the final night, April 17, and was performed by students at Macalester College in St. Paul, Minnesota.
My one-act THE CURIOUS CASE OF JOCKSTRAP MALONE is running in the New Ideas Festival at the Alumnae Theatre in Toronto — my first show in Toronto! Now I can say I’ve been produced in New York, London, Melbourne, Chicago, Los Angeles . . . and Toronto! Along with a bunch of other places. Alas, I had planned to see the show but cancelled my plans amid the COVID-19 pandemic fears.
Samantha Devries, Director
Mofi Agboola, Stage Manager/Assistant Director
Alison Dixon, Pixie
Andrew Horbatuik, Malone
Kim Sprenger, Tabitha
Piyal Sarker, Drixie
Sundance Nagrial, Trixie
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My 10-minute play THERE’S A REASON WHY THEY CALL IT FALLING had its premiere in February at South Walton High School in South Walton, Florida. A lot more photos here.
Directed by Lily Hanley
He’s Cole Bailey
She’s Ava Clark