Review: ‘Death By Poinsettia’

The Baltimore playwright Susan Middaugh left this review of my one-act DEATH BY POINSETTIA on the New Play Exchange.

“ What starts out as a downer evolves into an uplifting and romantic Christmas play about two lonely people who find each other at just the right time. Funny line: “They (poinsettias) might make your cat sick.” Dwayne to the rescue! ”

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Review: ‘The Ferryman and The Thief’

There’s been a real run of reviews on the New Play Exchange. A reviewer named Jared Kobre Alessandro — no more information available — left this review of my 10-minute play THE FERRYMAN AND THE THIEF:

“ A wonderful slice of greeco-roman mythology given to the modern audience. It manages to avoid the “Percy Jackson,” route, by not modernizing it and keeping true to the mythology while still being entertaining. A must read. ”

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Review: ‘The Beautiful Ogre and Other Fairy Tales’

A reviewer named Isabella Castillo — don’t know more — left this review of my 10-minute play THE BEAUTIFUL OGRE AND OTHER FAIRY TALES on the New Play Exchange:

“This wonderful piece challenges the typical fairy tale stories that many of us have been fed in a fun, comedic way. The piece is a beautiful balance of being light-hearted and joyful, while also really compelling the audience to think about and challenge norms. ”

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Review: ‘The Ferryman and The Thief’

A reviewer named Angie Loveday — don’t know any more — left this review of my 10-minute play THE FERRYMAN AND THE THIEF on the New Play Exchange:

“ Well-thought story involving the basis of Greek afterlife. It leaves a nice message about the fear of the known and unknown, helping accept death. Albeit a dark ending as the child must pay his dues, but very appropriate within the story. ”

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Review: ‘The Contact Lens’

John Kelly, emeritus professor of theatre at Elmira College in Elmira, New York, has posted this review of my 10-minute play THE CONTACT LENS on the New Play Exchange:

“ A wonderfully farcical short about a woman, her lost contact lens, and oh, so much more. To say more would be… unfair. Let’s just say things get… very interesting! Give this fine bit of fun and foolery a good look! Bravo!”

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Photos: ‘The Weird Sisters Go Rogue’ in Tampa

Lab Laughs in Tampa, Florida produced my one-act THE WEIRD SISTERS GO ROGUE Jan. 21-24.
More photos here.

The witches from Macbeth

And once they go rogue.

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Video: ‘Joy To Other Worlds’ in Pennsylvania

The Playhouse in McConnellstown, Pennsylvania produced my Christmas one-act JOY TO OTHER WORLDS in December 2020. Earlier I posted some photos. Here’s the video.

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Video: ‘The One-Word Christmas Carol’ in New Mexico

Blank Conversations Theatre Company in Las Cruces, New Mexico produced my one-act THE ONE-WORD CHRISTMAS CAROL as a one-man show.

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‘Let There Be Lights!’ in Maine

The Belfast Maskers in Belfast, Maine have produced my one-act LET THERE BE LIGHTS! as a virtual production. To adhere to virus regulations, they filmed it using two actual familes. Here it is!

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‘A Dickens of a Christmas’ in Minnesota

One thing that’s happened during this year of the pandemic: I’ve had a lot of script requests from non-theatres. Some have come from book clubs, some have come from families looking for home entertainment. Some haven’t worked out, but the Monday Night Book Club in Minneapolis, Minnesota did do a Zoom reading of my full-length A DICKENS OF A CHRISTMAS on Dec. 20, 2020 (which wasn’t a Monday night but the whole year has been out of whack).

The book club in action!

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And there’s the script off to the side.

Organizer Stephanie Pearson sends this fan mail:

“We had a wonderful time reading your play at our bookclub tonight. I am the woman in the black (stage direction) with the phone. We’ve been together over 20 years so it was fun to connect with this play!

Everyone enjoyed themselves! I loved how you integrated A Christmas Carol in with the plot along with the funny (and cranky) Lady Crumblebum. I couldn’t stop laughing during these scenes. Also, you had some great references on gender roles (ie: women doing dishes) which I think we are still doing today 100 years later. Funny!

Thanks for making our zoom holiday bookclub a memorable one. We appreciate your willingness to share and provide us with a great script to read.”

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