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Photos from ‘Macbeth, the Sanitized Version’ in Toronto

Early in the pandemic I wrote a 10-minute play called MACBETH, THE SANITIZED VERSION. In November 2021, it had a virtual production from the University of Toronto Scarborough. I especially liked the use of kitchen tools as as sword.

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Photo from ‘Delicacies’ in Hamilton, Ontario

Emerson Arts in Hamilton, Ontario produced three short pieces of mine as part of their spooky October festival. Here’s a photo from one of them — ‘Delicacies.’ Don’t ask what she’s eating. That’s the punch line.

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‘The Picture Window’ produced in Connecticut

Here’s the promotional image for THE PICTURE WINDOW, a 10-minute play of mine that will be produced in November by The Orange Players in Orange, Connecticut.

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Photos from Overnight Sensations: ‘The Secret Agent’

For the ninth time in 14 years, I was invited to be a writer in Overnight Sensations, the 24-hour play festival put on each year by Hollins University and Mill Mountain Theatre. This year it was virtual, which was not as much fun, but I still got a good script out of it. It was produced July 10.

THE SECRET AGENT
An incompetent Russian spy is given a make-or-break assignment: Instead, he hacks into a crystal ball of a fortune teller, who is being visited by a baseball scout. Comedy ensues. Cast: Four — three male, one female.

The sports agent.
The fortune teller.
A Russian spy chief.

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Photos from Cone Man Running in Houston

Cone Man Running is an annual festival of short plays in Houston, Texas. Well, almost annual. I had two shows set for 2020 that got scratched due to the pandemic but they’re now being done in this multi-week festival in late June / early July 2021.

Two border patrol agents in Arizona are on the look-out for illegal immigrants. The veteran explains the desert to the rookie, with a twist at the end. (play) (Directed by Christine Weems; Performed by Scott Searles and David Toscano)

A young assistant at a funeral home misunderstands a widow’s instructions. (play) (Directed by Kacie Adams; Performed by Rafael Lozano and David Toscano)

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Four pieces in Florida

Rough Magic Shakespeare Company in Florida produced four of my short pieces as part of their Shakespeare’s birthday celebration on April 23, 2021. Three of the four pieces — THE SHIPWRECK, THE GROUNDSKEEPER and MESSAGE IN A BOTTLE — were written in their quick-turnaround challenge event, the 14th quick turnaround play festival I’ve been involved in. The fourth, LADY MACBETH’S LAMENT, is an older piece.

“The Shipwreck.”
“The Groundskeeper”
“Message in a Bottle.” Notice the beard is now longer.
“Lady Macbeth’s Lament”

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‘Blood Relatives’ in Seattle festival

I’ve now taken part in 14 quick turn-around play festival. The latest was through the Rainy Day Arts Collective in Seattle although in this new virtual reality, the writers, directors and actors were from all across North America. We gathered virtually on Friday, April 9. I drew these prompts: Who (a bride), What (a game), Where (someplace scary), When (a family reunion and Why (“you’re going to have choose, is it [blank] or me?”). My result: BLOOD RELATIVES, directed by Sally Miller of Roanoke and starring Kelsey Boulton of Seattle as a vampire and Stephanie Kamau of Olympia, Washington as the fiance marrying into a vampire family.

Awesome logo by Dana Hall
The skeptical Valerie (at left) with the vampire Anastasia (right)

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Photos from ‘Veronica’s Dolls’ in Roanoke

Hidden Valley High School in Roanoke County, Virginia produced my one-act VERONICA’S DOLLS in April 2021, directed by Joe Kavanaugh.

The cast, crew, director and playwright.
Autographed copy of the script!

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Video: ‘The Stanley Cup Goes Missing’

Last month I took part in a 48-hour play challenge through This Moment Productions in Chicago. Here’s the video of the show: ‘The Stanley Cup Goes Missing,” directed by Dane Rogers and starring Stephanie Reynolds (upper left), Marc Motiejunas (upper right) and Sarah Hoback (below).

Also, here’s the awesome logo designed by Dana Hall, one of the producers.

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‘The Stanley Cup Goes Missing’ produced in Chicago

I changed the title later.

Well, kind of in Chicago. On March 26-28 I took part in a 48-hour play festival sponsored by This Moment Productions, which is in Chicago, although the theatre had writers, directors and actors from 13 states and one Canadian province.

I drew “thriller/mystery” as my genre, then we were all instructed to use “did you enjoy yourself last night?” as our opening line and “I miss moments like this more than anything” as our closing line. We also had to construct a way to explain why all our characters were speaking virtually and encouraged to make use of all the whiz-bang technology available through the Steamyard platform, including the ability to do a TV-like “crawl.” I was assigned director Dane Rogers of Cincinnati and a cast of three — Sarah Hoback of Cincinnati, Stephanie Reynolds of Des Moines and Marc Motiejunas of London, Ontario. As soon as I heard the opening line, I immediately pictured a lawyer speaking to a client in jail. Surprise! Turns out Marc really is a lawyer — a prosecutor. What I came up with: THE STANLEY CUP GOES MISSING. More photos below:

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