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‘Exchange of Gifts’ will tour Virginia in December 2019

From left: Kiaya Hoagland as Tilly, Lyndsey Hanks as Svetlana, Olivia Hunter as Veronica. Photo by Hank Ebert.

I’ve put together a touring production of my Christmas play EXCHANGE OF TOUR that will play at nine different venues in western Virginia in December 2019. Kerry Plank, a veteran of Roanoke Valley theatre, will direct the show. The cast consists of Kaiya Hoagland, Lyndsey Hanks, Olivia Hunter.

Here are the show dates and times:

Friday, Dec. 6: Roanoke, Theatre 3, 7 p.m.
Saturday, Dec. 7: Galax, Rex Theatre, 7 p.m.
Sunday, Dec. 8: Blacksburg, Beliveau Estate Winery, 3 p.m.
Friday, Dec. 13: Critz, Reynolds Homestead, 7:30 p.m.
Saturday, Dec. 14: Monterey, Highland Center, 7 p.m.
Sunday, Dec. 15: Clifton Forge, The Masonic Theatre, 3 p.m.
Friday, Dec. 20: Bedford, Bower Center for the Arts, 6:30 p.m.
Saturday, Dec. 21: Axton, Mountain Valley Brewing, 2 p.m.
Sunday, Dec. 22: Riverviews Artspace, Lyncburg, 3 p.m.

For tickets, see each venue.

Here’s what the show is about:

A sweet Christmas story with a message. Three foreign students studying at colleges in the United States find themselves snowbound at an airport for Christmas. One is from Australia, one is from Canada, one is from Russia. Adventure ensues — involving broken chairs, computer hacking, and a health scare. By the time it’s over, each one has learned something about themselves that changes the direction of their lives. Cast: Three women of college age.
* Staged reading by Attic Productions, Fincastle, Virginia, November 2017.

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Video: ‘A Couch for Luxury and Damned Incest’

Here’s video of my 10-minute play in Overnight Sensations 2019, a 24-hour play festival sponsored by Hollins University’s Playwright’s Lab and Mill Mountain Theatre. An earlier post detailed how the event works. Thanks to director Amile Wilson for the video (and the great direction!).

Drifer: Gianni Palmarini
Bed: Bailee Adams
Chair: Nancy Lawrence
Couch: Kelly Anglim
Desk: Gene Marrano
Table: Walter Dodd

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Overnight Sensations 2019: The making of a 24-hour play

For the eighth time in 12 years, I was one of the writers in Overnight Sensations, a 24-hour play festival organized by the Hollins University Playwright’s Lab and Mill Mountain Theatre. I drew dream play in a furniture factory with a specific line of dialogue from Shakespeare. What I came up with: A drifter seeks overnight accommodations in an abandoned furniture factory. He blows some notes on a saxophone, which makes pieces of furniture come to life — and they want to perform Hamlet. Conveniently, Hamlet mentions a bed, a table, a couch, a desk and a table, so everyone has a part in A COUCH FOR LUXURY AND DAMNED INCEST. Here’s how it all went down:

1. Friday night. We gather at Mill Mountain Theatre, with Todd Ristau presiding.

2. The six writers draw their director from a hat. After that, the writers and director alternate in drawing a cast, a genre, a setting and a theme — which this year came in the form of a line from Shakespeare that we had to use as dialogue.

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Where I’ve been produced: 46 states, 6 provinces, 14 countries

Here’s the list of states where I’ve been produced (this also includes productions that are scheduled).

The current count: 46 states, 6 Canadian provinces and 14 countries — which will be 15 with a production in Italy in September 2019.

The states I’m missing: Alaska, Delaware, Hawaii and New Hampshire.

The provinces I’m missing: Newfoundland and Labrador, New Brunswick, Prince Edward Island and Quebec.


Alabama 3 one-acts
Alaska 0
Arizona 4 one-acts
Arkansas 1 one-act
California 6 one-acts plus 2 ten-minute
Colorado 1 one-act plus 2 ten-minute plus 1 full-length
Connecticut 2 one-acts plus 1 ten-minute
Delaware 0
Florida 14 one-acts
Georgia 6 one-acts plus 1 full-length
Hawaii 0
Idaho 1 one-act
Illinois 12 one-acts plus 2 ten-minute plus 1 full-length
Indiana 2 one-acts plus 1 ten-minute
Iowa 2 one-acts
Kansas 4 one-acts
Kentucky 5 one-acts
Louisiana 4 one-acts
Maine 3 one-acts
Maryland 8 one-acts plus 6 ten-minute
Massachusetts 6 one-acts plus 3 ten-minute
Michigan 6 one-acts plus 3 ten-minute plus 1 full-length
Minnesota 9 one-acts plus 2 ten-minute plus 1 full-length
Mississippi 1 one-act
Missouri 3 one-acts
Montana 4 one-acts plus 1 full-length
Nebraska 13 one-acts
Nevada 2 one-acts
New Hampshire 0
New Jersey 6 one-acts plus 1 full-length
New Mexico 3 one-acts
New York 2 one-acts plus 3 ten-minute
North Carolina 10 one-acts plus 3 ten-minute
North Dakota 5 one-acts plus 2 ten-minute
Ohio 11 one-acts plus 3 ten-minute plus 1 full-length
Oklahoma 7 one-acts
Oregon 3 one-acts plus 1 full-length
Pennsylvania 7 one-acts plus 1 one-minute
Rhode Island 1 one-act
South Carolina 7 one-acts
South Dakota 6 one-acts
Tennessee 7 one-acts
Texas 20 one-acts plus 4 ten-minute
Utah 2 one-acts
Vermont 1 one-act
Virginia 32 one-acts plus 11 ten-minute plus 3 full-lengths
Washington 11 one-acts plus 7 ten-minute
West Virginia 4 one-acts plus 1 ten-minute
Wisconsin 7 one-acts plus 1 full-length
Wyoming 1 one-act

Alberta 1 one-act
British Columbia 1 one-act
Manitoba 2 one-acts
New Brunswick 0
Newfoundland and Labrador 0
Nova Scotia 1 one-act
Ontario 1 one-act plus 1 ten-minute
Prince Edward Island 0
Quebec 0
Saskatchewan 5 one-acts

COUNTRIES WHERE I’VE BEEN PRODUCED: 14, will be 15 with Italian production in Sept. 2019
Great Britain
Hong Kong/China
New Zealand
The Philippines
South Africa
South Korea
United States

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Photos from ‘The Contact Lens’ in Pennsylvania

The scene.

Looking . . .

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Photos from shorts on Long Island

The Ghost Lamp

Four of my short scripts were produced in April by the Babylon Arts Council, Lindenhurst, New York: DEEP INTO OCTOBER, FIREBALLER, THE GHOST LAMP and THE UNIFORM. Three of those deal with baseball so I’m not sure from the photos which ones are which but this is definitely THE GHOST LAMP.

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Photos: ‘Curiosity Killed The Cat’ in Ohio

Summit Academy in Xenia, Ohio produced my one-act CURIOSITY KILLED THE CAT on May 23, 2019. Here are photos.

Curiosity and the private investigator.

Curtain call!



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