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Week 3 of ‘Exchange of Gifts touring show

My first self-produced show is now history. The Christmas show EXCHANGE OF GIFTS played nine shows in different different locations up and down western Virginia in December 2019. Here are photos from week 3 — which saw the show in Bedford at the Bower Center for the Arts, in Axton at Mountain Valley Brewing and the finale in Lynchburg at Riverviews Artspace. Next up: EXCHANGE OF GIFTS will be published in 2020 by Norman Maine / Big Dog Plays.

In Bedford: Svetlana shows Tilly what she’s found.

Axton: A very intimate space, and a dog in the audience.

Lynchburg: Stuck in the airport one last time.

MORE ON EXCHANGE OF GIFTS:
* Photos from week 2 in Critz, Monterey and Clifton Forge
* Photos from week 1 in Roanoke, Galax and Blacksburg
* Interview with Alleghany Mountain Radio
* Full tour schedule and ticket info.
* Behind the scenes of the publicity photos.
* Rehearsals begin

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Week 2 of ‘Exchange of Gifts’ touring show

On weekend 2, my self-producing touring Christmas show EXCHANGE OF GIFTS was in Critz at the Reynolds Homestead on Dec. 13, in Monterey at the Highland Center on Dec. 14 and in Clifton Forge at the Masonic Theatre on Dec. 15. Good crowds in all, but Monterey — the smallest town on our 9-date tour — had the biggest crowd of all!

Stuck in the airport — at Reynolds Homestead in Critz.

What’s up, doc? In Monterey.

Svetlana demonstrate how a roller coaster works — in Clifton Forge.

MORE ON EXCHANGE OF GIFTS:
* Photos from week 1 in Roanoke, Galax and Blacksburg
* Interview with Alleghany Mountain Radio
* Full tour schedule and ticket info.
* Behind the scenes of the publicity photos.
* Rehearsals begin

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Photos from ‘God and the Devil Meet for a Business Lunch’ in California

My 10-minute play GOD AND THE DEVIL MEET FOR A BUSINESS LUNCH was produced Dec. 13-14 at American River College in Sacramento, California, directed by Zachariah Mejia.

God, the waitress, the devil. Or so I assume!

Definitely no waitress here.

Pretty sure that’s the devil on the left.

MORE FROM THE GOD AND THE DEVIL SERIES . . .

Want to see more?

* Here’s video of a group in Sacramento, California doing the same piece in 2005.
* Here’s audio from when Falcon Radio Theatre in Seattle did the script in 2013.
* Video: “God and the Devil Settle a Contract Dispute”
* Video: “God and the Devil Debate The Issues”
* GOD AND THE DEVIL MEET FOR A BUSINESS LUNCH by the Lake Players, Smith Mountain Lake, Virginia, 2014.

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Photos from ‘Father Christmas’ in Oklahoma

The cast

The show.

The Snyder Drama Club at Snyder Schools in Snyder, Oklahoma produced my 10-minute play FATHER CHRISTMAS on Dec. 11 with another show on Dec. 18. Here are photos from director Micah Baker. More below. Read the rest of this entry »

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Photos from ‘Let There Be Lights!’ in Iowa

Mills Masquers Theatre in Glenwood, Iowa produced my one-act LET THERE BE LIGHTS! on Dec. 6-8, 13-15, 2019. Director Jeannie Lorimor sends this message and these photos: “We had an amazing turn out Friday and Saturday and we sold out our theater Sunday night! The kids did amazing! And I heard so many compliments on “Let there be Lights” The audience ate it up! One more weekend of shows to go. Friday and Saturday this week we still have seats but Sunday is filling up again and will most likely sell out again! Thank you for writing such an amazing piece! It has been a blast to direct!” You can find the full gallery here.

A cheerleader!

Sunglasses required.

Fancy dress.

MORE FROM LET THERE BE LIGHTS!:
* Otto-Eldred High School in Duke Center, Pennsylvania, Dec. 2018.
* Liberty High School, Liberty, Texas, Dec. 2017.
* Seton Hall University, New Jersey, 2015.

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Week 1 of ‘Exchange of Gifts’ touring show

My touring production of my Christmas show EXCHANGE OF GIFTS opened Dec. 6 in Roanoke at Theatre 3, then moved on to the historic Rex Theatre in Galax on Dec. 7 and then Beliveau Estate outside Blacksburg on Dec. 8. Despite a late casting change, the show came off without a hitch! Three shows down, six to go! Shout-out to director Kerry Plank and the cast of Kaiya Hoagland, Kelly Hoagland and Lyndsey Hanks.

Opening night in Roanoke. From left: Kaiya Hoagland, Kelly Hoagland and Lyndsey Hanks.

On the marquee in Galax

On stage in Galax.

Appreciative fans stick around to talk to the cast after the Galax show.

Walking through the snow in Blacksburg. Well, imaginary snow.

MORE ON EXCHANGE OF GIFTS:
* Interview with Alleghany Mountain Radio
* Full tour schedule and ticket info.
* Behind the scenes of the publicity photos.
* Rehearsals begin

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World premiere of ‘Rhonda’s High-Class Roadkill Chili’

My full-length script RHONDA’S HIGH-CLASS ROADKILL CHILI had its world premiere Nov. 22-23 at Salt Fork High School in Catlin, Illinois. It’s the ninth full-length script I’ve had produced. Director Lauren Hous shares these photos. She writes: “The script is funny and endearing and the kids loved it.” The show first came to life in a staged reading at Showtimers in 2016 and then was published earlier this year by Norman Maine / Big Dog Plays. Rights info here.

51Hunter and his map.

Zeke and 51Hunter meet.

Pay no attention to the woman with the sledgehammer.

The piece de resistance.

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Photos from reading of ‘Extracted’ in New York

Equity Library Theater of New York hosted a reading of my full-length play EXTRACTED in New York on Nov. 16. The reading was directed by Alexandra Scordato. Actor Paul Weissman paid me what I thought was the ultimate compliment: When he met me, he said he was surprised. He said he assumed that, based on the hip dialogue, the writer was in his early 30s. I’ll take that anyday! Next up: Revisions!

For more photos, see here.

it was hard to get the whole cast in the same photo. From left: Erika DeGraff (Myth America); Esh Red (Dominique; she’s seated so hard to see here), Victoria Marliny (Esmerelda), Amina Theis (Sam), Kimberly Rios (Libby), Matt McGlade (Joe), Paul Weissman (Gordon), Brandon Bogle (Tiny).

Here’s a better view of Esh Red, who played Dominique. She’s at left, casting an eye on Sam and Libby.

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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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