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“The Cellphones of the Dead” in Minneapolis

The police officer at the scene of a mass shooting. Photo courtesy of Casey Holmes.

My short play based on the mass shooting at Virginia Tech in 2007 has gotten produced a lot this year as part of various theatrical productions that have risen up in the wake of the mass shooting in Parkland, Florida this spring. In September, THE CELLPHONES OF THE DEAD was included in the Safety Off show at The Phoenix Theatre in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

Producer Casey Holmes shares this photo gallery.

THE CELLPHONES OF THE DEAD

A police officer’s somber monologue: He was at the scene of a mass shooting, and could literally hear the awful news start to spread — as the cellphones of the victims started to ring with desperate messages from their frantic friends.

Also:
* Photos from Roanoke, Virginia, April 2018
* THE CELLPHONES OF THE DEAD included in collection of short plays

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List of 2019 productions

Just booked my first production for 2019!

* February TBA: CURIOSITY KILLED THE CAT (one-act), Turner Fenton Secondary School, Brampton, Ontario.
* April 25: MACBETH GOES HOLLYWOOD (long one-act), Clay County High School, Clay County, West Virginia.

List of 2018 productions
List of 2017 productions
List of 2016 productions
List of 2015 productions

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Review: My entry in Overnight Sensations called “the best”

The big finish. Photo by Dan Smith

OVERNIGHT SENSATIONS, the annual 24-hour play project sponsored by Mill Mountain Theatre and the Hollins University Playwrights’ Lab, isn’t a competition but my entry this year got a nice review from local journalist Dan Smith:

Here’s what Dan had to say about my piece in his review on the night’s performance:

“There were many notable moments and accomplishments, not the least of which was Dwayne Yancey’s fall-down funny “The Denmark County Barbershop Quartet Presents …,” wherein an oddball quartet gets by singing about disasters. This is, I think, the first musical I’ve seen in the 11 Overnight Sensations and the crew (Reilly Lincavicks, Michael Mansfield, Erica Musyt, J.P. Powell, Chris Shepard and Ally Thomas) carried if off beautifully. I thought it was the best of all the plays last night.”

MORE FROM OVERNIGHT SENSATIONS 2018:

* How the process unfolds

* Rehearsal photos

* Photos and videos from THE DENMARK COUNTY BARBERSHOP QUARTET PRESENTS . . .

* More photos by other photographers

* Lots more photos here.

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More photos from Overnight Sensations 2018

Here are some more photos — from other photographers — from Overnight Sensations 2018 and, in particular, my piece THE DENMARK COUNTY BARBERSHOP QUARTET PRESENTS . . . .

The Denmark County Barbershop Quartet. Photo by Dan Smith.

Reilly Lincavicks with the skull of Yorick. Photo by Todd Ristau.

Michael Mansfield directs the quartet. Photo by Dan Smith.

The big finish. Photo by Dan Smith.

More photos below:

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Photos and videos from “The Denmark County Barbershop Quartet Presents . . .”

My 7th 24-hour play festival with Mill Mountain Theatre and the Hollins University Playwrights’ Lab resulted in THE DENMARK COUNTY BARBERSHOP QUARTET PRESENTS . . . in which a ragtag barbershop quartet presents Hamlet to the tune of “In the Good Old Summertime.”

From left: Ally Thomas, J.P. Powell, Reilly Lincavicks, Bob Moss, me (kneeling), Erica Muyst, Chris Shepard and Michael Mansfield.

Below is rehearsal video from a short song about the Hindenburg, followed by the big finish about Hamlet.

MORE FROM OVERNIGHT SENSATIONS 2018:

* How the process unfolds

* Rehearsal photos

* Lots more photos here.

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Rehearsal for Overnight Sensations 2018

So, here’s how rehearsal for this year’s 24-hour play project at Mill Mountain Theatre played out.

Saturday, 8 a.m. The writers and directors meet in the green room at Mill Mountain Theatre. My director, Bob Moss, is at right.

With six shows, rehearsal space is at a premium. Our group gathered in the Harrison Museum of African-American History. From left: Michael Mansfield, director Bob Moss, Chris Shepard, J.P. Powell, Ally Thomas, Erica Muyst and Reilly Lincavicks.

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My 7th 24-hour play festival

For the 7th time, I was a writer in OVERNIGHT SENSATIONS, the annual 24-hour play project sponsored by Mill Mountain Theatre and the Hollins University Playwrights’ Lab. I’ve been invited a few other times but had schedule conflicts.

Here are some photos to show how the process unfolds.

First, the gear. I always wear the jester’s hat. This year, I added two hats I picked up on my April trip to Australia.

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