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Photos from “Death by Poinsettia” in Maryland

Silver Spring Stage in Silver Spring, Maryland (Washington suburbs) produced my one-act DEATH BY POINSETTIA August 18-20. Here are some photos.

A lonely woman tries to commit suicide at Christmas by eating a poinsettia, and broadcasting it via webcam.

She invited all her co-workers to a party, knowing they wouldn’t show up. But the nerdiest one did. He also knows something she doesn’t: Poinsettias aren’t really poisonous.

He also brought mistletoe. Love happens, reluctantly.

Theatre is that-a-way.

This was the third production of the script.

DEATH BY POINSETTIA
A lonely woman tries to kill herself at Christmas by eating a poinsettia, convinced the plant is poisonous. It’s not, though. A male co-worker shows up and a touching scene ensues. Cast: Two – one male, one female.
* Produced at Studio C, Hollywood, California, December 2015.
* Produced by Artists Exchange, Cranston, Rhode Island, August 2016.
* Produced by Silver Spring Stage, Silver Spring, Maryland, August 2017.

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Photos from “Black Market Bombs” in India

G.D. Birla Memorial School in Ranikhet, Amora, Uttarkhand, India produced three of my short plays June 29-30: THE FERRYMAN’S APPRENTICE, COPIER DEMON and BLACK MARKET BOMBS. Here are photos from BLACK MARKET BOMBS, which traces the path of a small nuclear weapon from Russia into the hands of a terrorist.

The businessman.

The middlemen.

Awesome fake tattoes!

More photos here.

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Photos from “It’s Real To Me” in New Jersey

Bergen County Academies in Hackensack, New Jersey produced by one-act IT’S REAL TO ME June 1-4, 2017.

A doctor figures out a way to transplant memories with troublesome results.

The doctor comforts his daughter, who had a bad experience, which he transplanted into someone else’s brain.

Not everything goes well.

Curtain call.

You can find more photos here.

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.
* Produced at Bergen County Academies, Hackensack, New Jersey, June 1-4, 2017.

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Photos from a show that never was

Glasstown Players in Wallaceburg, Ontario was supposed to produce my one-act THE RULES ARE THE RULES ARE THE RULES in June 2017. The group rehearsed the show, but then the show was postponed indefinitely, for reasons I’ve yet to learn. However, the players did send me these rehearsal photos.

An airplane passenger appears to be dead, and flight attendants try to figure out what to do with the body.

You can find more awesome photos here.

This would have been the second production of the script. Instead, Pop Culture Theatre in Melbourne, Australia got that honor. Maybe this will be the third.

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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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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