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Photos from ‘Sometimes Elephants Die Standing Up’ in Maryland

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.

The elephant’s dead but still useful.

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Photos from ‘The Debate At Bosworth Field’

In August my 10-minute play THE DEBATE AT BOSWORTH FIELD was produced in Manchester, Great Britain — not all that far from the actual Bosworth Field — as part of the Fight Like a Girl festival (a fund-raiser for cancer research). Now, at last, here are some wonderful photos from Shay Rowan of my piece.

Richard III in a modern campaign-style debate.

Journalism is hard in any era.

The full gallery is here.

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Photos from ‘Chef Pierre Does Not Do Simple’ in Italy

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.

Here are some photos from the show, which took place Sept. 27-29 and Oct. 4-6.

More Chef Pierre.

And more.

More photos here.

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Photos from my work in Kitchener, Ontario

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.

First we see a man clad in black running down the street.

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Rehearsal begins for ‘Exchange of Gifts’ tour

From left: Director Kerry Plank, stage manager Kelly Hoagland, actresses Kaiya Hoagland, Lyndsey Hanks, Olivia Hunter.

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.

From the other side.

MORE ON EXCHANGE OF GIFTS:

* Full tour schedule and ticket info.
* Behind the scenes of the publicity photos.

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‘Troubleshooting’ wins award in Australia

Michelle Drinnan with the prize I won but couldn’t accept.

My short play TROUBLESHOOTING was named “best original script” in the annual Foster One Act Play Festival in Foster, Australia — but I couldn’t accept the prize because it’s reserved for an Australian writer. Still, the honor! As Gemco posted on their Facebook page: “We are so proud that Dwayne Yancey was awarded best original script for troubleshooting! We have chosen not to accept as this award is for an Australian writer, however we are chuffed nonetheless!”

“Chuffed,” by the way, is Australian slang for “pleased.” I’m chuffed, too!

Gemco Community Players Theatre performed TROUBLESHOOTING and several other scripts (that weren’t mine) at the festival Aug. 24 in Foster in the State of Victoria. Michelle Drinnan was nominated for Best Female Actor for her work in TROUBLESHOOTING. She also won Best Supporting Female Actor for her work on another show. Meanwhile the judges gave special prizes to Michael Young, who appeared in two of the other shows. That’s relevant because he appeared last year in my play THIS ROSE HAS THORNS, produced by the student theatre company at Deakin University in Melbourne.

Michael Young, John Smith and Michelle Drinnan with their various prizes.

The whole Gemco troupe.

Close-up of the prize envelope.

 

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‘Waiting on the 10:15’ in Lansing, Michigan

Quinn Thomas Kelly and Ny’kieria Blocker. Not sure which one is Melissa and which one is Paige. All photos courtesy of Jeff Croff.

The undertaker arrives to supervise.

Eight times in the past 12 years, I’ve been a writer in the Overnight Sensations 24-hour play festival in Roanoke that Hollins University and Mill Mountain Theatre produce each summer. A few weeks ago, I saw where Ixion Ensemble in Lansing, Michigan was holding a 24-hour play festival and were looking for writers. I emailed to apply, citing my Overnight Sensations experience. They said thanks, but we’re already full. OK, no problem, moving on. Then last week they emailed me to say, oh, someone got sick and had to drop out, still available? I was. So over the weekend I took part in my first 24-hour play festival remotely.

About 10:30 Friday night I was emailed the prompts:

-Genre: Western
-Use at least one of these names: Chad, Melissa or Paige
-Words to use: Art, cheesemaking, urban and beat

Dialogue: “You can’t make me…” Or “It is if the cheese is talking”

Only real guidelines: ten minutes and you only have three actors.

By Saturday morning I had written and emailed in WAITING ON THE 10:15. I was under the impression all the teams were two women and one man, so I wrote it with two female gunfighters. Turns out my cast — randomly assigned — was two men and one woman so I’m guessing one of the guys played “Melissa.”

WAITING ON THE 10:15
Two female gunfighters appear to be ready to square off against one another in the streets of an old western town. They’re waiting on the undertaker to pronounce when it’s high noon – timed to the arrival of the 10:15 train, which is always late. We eventually learn, though, they were not gunfighters at all, but makers of cheese. Their batch of Swiss cheese hasn’t come out well, so they’re about to shoot holes in it. Cast: Three – two women, one man.
* Produced by Ixion Ensemble, Lansing, Michigan, Aug. 18, 2019, as part of a 24-hour play festival.

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