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“The Picture Window” wins first place in North Carolina

Just got word that my play THE PICTURE WINDOW won first play at the recent festival of ten-minute plays held by The Storefront Theatre in Waxhaw, North Carolina. The judging was done by a panel of judges.

That was the fourth time the script was on stage:

THE PICTURE WINDOW
An old woman’s front window is shattered by a baseball. For her, it’s time to go get the instructions her late husband left her. There’s something special waiting for the kid who could hit a baseball that far. A poignant story about old age and regrets – and baseball. Cast: Three – one male two females.
* Produced at North Park Playwright’s Festival, San Diego, California, Sept. 30-Oct. 2, 2016.
* Staged reading at Readers Repertory Theatre, Los Angeles, California, January 25, 2017.
* Produced at Greenbrier Valley Theatre, Lewisburg, West Virginia, Feb. 2-4, 2017.
* Staged reading at Storefront Theatre, Waxhaw, North Carolina, March 4-5, 2017.

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Fan mail from New Jersey

Today, I got this fan mail from an actress in New Jersey who recently appeared in one of my plays:

 

“I am playing Lois in “Catch of the Day” at Old Library Theatre in Fair Lawn, NJ and it has been such a great experience. So many of the things in this are really wonderful (I especially enjoy doing the telephone scene and the part where Edwin and I are nose to nose arguing over the poison fish) and the audience is laughing (of course not always in the same places). This afternoon is our last performance but I just wanted to let you know that I am so happy you wrote such a fun, relatable piece to perform.”

More feedback here.

 

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What people say about my work

Here’s an updated list of some of the critical feedback I’ve gotten about my work — from critics, directors, and audience members on three different continents.

“I laughed so much I was sore the next day.” That’s what one patron in New Jersey had to say.

“One of the most hilarious shows we’ve done.” That’s from the director at a theatre in Ohio that produced one of my scripts.

“All-around brilliance . . . Dwayne Yancey wrote a genuinely witty and sharp script.” That’s what a theatre critic in Great Britain had to say about one of my shows.

“Blood-curdingly amazing.” That’s what one critic in Australia had to say of a show I had there.

“Beautifully structured, fascinating, and vaguely dangerous.” That’s how one New York actor described my work.

“To be honest, each time I’d open up a play and see your name attached to it, I’d get excited. You are quite a talent.” That’s what the director of a play festival in Michigan had to say.

“Zombie Christmas was an audience favorite! Your sense of humor is deadly (if I may), and people were laughing out loud at all the right spots.” That’s what the director of a play festival in Illinois had to say about my short Christmas play “A Zombie Christmas.”

“It was heartbreaking . . . I was crying through most of the show. It absolutely is a compliment that I found it heartbreaking . . . People must be carefully guided to open their hearts to new ideas. And I think your scripts do that.” That’s what an audience member in Ohio had to say about one of my dramas.

“So many of the things in this are really wonderful . . . and the audience is laughing . . . This afternoon is our last performance but I just wanted to let you know that I am so happy you wrote such a fun, relatable piece to perform.” That’s what an actress in New Jersey had to say about “Catch of the Day.”

“Loved ‘The Recruiter.’ It was a very thoughtful piece and I’m glad we were able to include it.” That’s what a producer in Houston had to say about one of my short pieces.

“It’s a brilliant script.” That’s what a director in the United Kingdom had to say.

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Audience comments on “Jose and Maria” in Ohio

I had an unexpected treat recently: An audience member who had seen my Christmas play JOSE AND MARIA in Youngstown, Ohio and shared some of her happy feedback.

“It was heartbreaking,” she told me. She later said she meant that in a good way. “Well, the whole immigrant scenario was heartbreaking. Their fear, their youth. Their poverty and especially their vulnerability . . . I was crying through most of the show.”

And also:

“It absolutely is a compliment that I found it heartbreaking. I have 25+ years in social services as a clinical counselor incl time at a children’s psych hospital and supervising programs for foster children. So, I am somewhat jaded. However, this gripped me . . . The ending, telling us to concentrate on our community and doing what is right and good in an individual way was sooo good. I have heard it before, but really needed to hear it at the end of the play. . . People must be carefully guided to open their hearts to new ideas. And I think your scripts do that.”

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Photos and feedback from “A Zombie Christmas”

The cast from all the readings.

The cast from all the readings.

My Christmas one-act A ZOMBIE CHRISTMAS had a mid-summer staged reading in June 2016 at Princeton Theatre in Princeton, Illinois as part of a short play festival.

The festival coordinator sent me these photos and feedback:

Zombie Christmas was an audience favorite! Your sense of humor is deadly (if I may), and people were laughing out loud at all the right spots. I’m sorry you couldn’t be there—I’d have loved to meet you!—but we all thank you for sharing your play with us. It was a big contributor to the success of the festival.

I should have mentioned, too, that during the talkback people were enthusiastic. It was a mixed-generation crowd, and they definitely appreciated the conflict, from their own perspectives.

The audience.

The audience.

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Feedback from staged reading of “Exiled To Texas”

I held a staged reading of my new comedy EXILED TO TEXAS on Saturday, March 12 at the Roanoke Children’s Theatre. It’s not a children’s script, that just happened to be the venue available, thanks to the generosity of artistic director Pat Wilhelms.

I do not have any photos — well, I have some but they’re pretty blurry. But I do have this happy feedback:

I really liked it. It was a great script.
— Chris S.

A genuinely funny romp!” “Lively and unpredictable!” Srsly, I enjoyed it very much. Well done, sir!
— Scott C.

Thank you, Mr Yancey, for another hilarious script! Thoroughly enjoyable. Great job to the cast & fabulous director, Linsee Lewis! We had a great time.
— Heather S.

Thank you for caping off wife’s birthday with fun time!
— Robert T.

EXILED TO TEXAS
A teen-age Russian chess prodigy is sent, against her will, on an exchange trip to a small town in Texas, which hasn’t had a girl born there in the past twenty years. Svetlana is immediately drafted to serve as cheerleader for a football team that has never won a game. Meanwhile, her big sister back in Moscow runs an Internet scam for mail-order brides. East meets west, and comedy ensues. Cast: Six – five female, one male.

Director: Linsee Lewis
Cee Cee: Wendy Neuman
Dee Dee: Carolyn Ziegler
Anya, aka, Naughty Natasha: Kelly Anglim
Svetlana: Emma Sala
Gypsy Jane: Beverly Amsler
Coach: Owen Merritt

Stage directions: Aisha Mitchell

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“One of the most hilarious shows we’ve done”

I got an email this week from a community theatre in Ohio that produced my Christmas one-act THE FRUITCAKE a few years ago (it’s published through Brooklyn, by the way).

“It was one of the most hilarious shows we’ve done,” the director told me — and then proceeded to ask about other scripts I might have.

I can now add that to this list of reviews:

“I laughed so much I was sore the next day.” That’s what one patron of my latest show – in New Jersey – had to say.

“All-around brilliance . . . Dwayne Yancey wrote a genuinely witty and sharp script.” That’s what a theatre critic in Great Britain had to say about one of my shows.

“Blood-curdingly amazing.” That’s what one critic in Australia had to say of a show I had there last summer (last winter for them).

“Beautifully structured, fascinating, and vaguely dangerous.” That’s how one New York actor described my work.

“To be honest, each time I’d open up a play and see your name attached to it, I’d get excited. You are quite a talent.” That’s what the director of a play festival in Michigan had to say.

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