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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.


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.

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


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Photos from staged reading for “Revenge of the Fairy Queen”

Katerina Yancey (left) as Oberon, transformed into a multi-creature beast. Photo by Bobbie Daniels.

In June 2018, I held a private staged reading for my script REVENGE OF THE FAIRY QUEEN. Dylan Kennedy Grey directed at the Bower Center for the Arts in Bedford, Virginia.

I have two wonderful photo galleries from this — one from Bobbie Daniels and one from, well, um, me. Hers are better.

The unauthorized sequel to Shakespeare’s “Midsummer Night’s Dream.” Titania realizes that Oberon has duped her into falling in love with a mortal transformed into an ass. Furious, she plots revenge, to be carried out on Midwinter’s Day. Her plot, though, goes awry and many complications ensue. Cast: 12 – 4 female, 5 male, 3 non-gender.

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Short play “Saguaro” included in Protest Plays collection of immigration plays

My five-minute play SAGUARO has been included in a collection of plays about immigration being promoted by Protest Plays.

Earlier this year, Protest Plays included my five-minute play THE CELLPHONES OF THE DEAD in a similar collection of short plays related to mass shootings.

More on Protest Plays here.

Here’s a synopsis:

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. Cast: Two males. Running time: Five minutes.
* Staged reading at No Shame Theatre, Roanoke, Va., July 22, 2011.


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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.”


* How the process unfolds

* Rehearsal photos


* 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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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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