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For the third year in a row, Michigan State University’s Roial Players produced one of my one-acts. JUST ANOTHER DAY AT THE OFFICE ran Oct. 18-21. Here are some awesome photos.
Back in April, a staged reading of this script won a prize in Virginia. More on that here.
JUST ANOTHER DAY AT THE OFFICE
A young woman is sent on a mission to raid another department for supplies. She comes back as the CEO. A play about sexism in the workplace. Cast: 18 — 12 male, 6 female.
* Staged reading at Shakespeare in the Burg, Middleburg, Virginia, April 2018.
* Produced by Roial Players, Michigan State University, East Lansing, Michigan, October 2018.
My one-act LET THERE BE LIGHTS! is being produced Dec. 19 at Otto-Eldred High School in Duke Center, Pennsylvania. One of the students drew a poster for the show. This reminds me that theatre is such a collaborative art form that brings in many disciplines. Here somebody got to use their artistic talent.
This script is getting produced a lot this winter:
* Staged reading at Seton Hall University, Seton Hall, New Jersey, December 2015. (Photos here.)
* Produced by Liberty High School, Liberty, Texas, December 1, 2017. (Photos here)
* Scheduled to be produced by Otto-Eldred High School, Duke Center, Pennsylvana, December 19, 2018.
* Scheduled to be produced by St. Luke’s Methodist Church, Hickory, North Carolina, December 19, 2018.
* Scheduled to be produced by Pine Island High School, Pine Island, Minnesota, December 21, 2018.
* Scheduled to be produced by Geo Prep Mid-City of Greater Baton Rouge, Baton Rouge, Louisiana, December 2018.
My one-act CURIOSITY KILLED THE CAT was produced Nov. 17 at The American School of Yaounde, Yoaunde, Cameroon. It wasn’t my first production Africa — I’ve been produced previously in South Africa — but was my first in Cameroon.
This was the fourth production of the script, with a fifth scheduled in 2019 in Canada.
* Produced by Attic Productions, Fincastle, Va. March 2011.
* Produced by Red River Revue, Clarksville, Texas, May 2017.
* Produced by RuBarb Productions, Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan, May 2018.
* Scheduled to be produced by the American School of Yaounde, Yaounde, Cameroon, November 2018.
* Scheduled to be produced by Turner Fenton Secondary School, Brampton, Ontario, February 2019.
Here’s the poster for my one-act, which is being produced along with another show Dec. 4 at Emerald Coast Middle School in Santa Rosa Beach, Florida.
That will be the fourth production of that script. The previous three:
* Stonewall Jackson High School, Mount Jackson, Va., March 13-14, 2009.
* Esk-Dale High School, Millard County, Utah, March 2017.
* Paris Community Theatre, Paris, Texas, spring 2018.
My short play THE CHRISTMAS SPIDERS had a staged reading as part of Attic Productions’ Christmas Playwriting Festival on November 17, 2018. For more photos, see here.
Director Nick McCord asked me if I’d be one of five playwrights in a semi-collaborative project called NOT ANOTHER EXQUISITE CORPSE? The deal was one playwright would write 15 pages, then pass it on to the next playwright, who would only see the first playwright’s last two pages, and so forth and so on.
The only rules: We had a five-person cast previously lined up. Each character had to be in those last two pages. And we couldn’t kill someone off — unless we created another character for that actor to play. Otherwise, it was all fair game.
So I said sure. The other playwrights were Claire Wittman of Virginia, Shelby Love of Florida, Caitlin Gilman of Chicago and Kate Leslie of Chicago. As fate would have it, I drew the first straw. Actually, Nick drew it for me. I asked the cast for some prompts — I wound up with an genre of noir, a prop of diet soda, a line from Shakespeare and, well, I forget the others now but there were five, one from each actor. I was the over-achiever. I wrote an actual one-acts — about 20 pages — on the theory that I wanted something I could market after the project was over. I ended up writing two completely different ones — first, TONGUE OF THE DOG and then THE CURIOUS CASE OF JOCKSTRAP MALONE. Nick chose the latter one (it was the better choice for this project) and took the first 15 pages.
The result, once it ran through all the playwrights, was a delightfully silly mash-up but also an excellent writing project. So it’s fair to say that I had 3/4ths of a play produced as 1/5th of a play. And now I have two new one-acts to market.
I have not one, not two but three short pieces in Creative Collisions, a industry showcase being presented in London (yes, that London) on Nov. 27 at the Cockpit Theatre.
The three pieces are CURTAIN SPEECH, BOLIVIA! and THE CELLPHONES OF THE DEAD.
The full title of CURTAIN SPEECH is CURTAIN SPEECH FROM THE HOUSE OF CULTURE OF STATE BALL-BEARING PLANT NUMBER 1 and is a standalone version of the opening scene of my full-length script at the 2002 Moscow theatre siege, 57 HOURS IN THE HOUSE OF CULTURE.