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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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Video: “Catch of the Day” at Michigan State

Here’s video of my one-act CATCH OF THE DAY at Michigan State University in November 2016.

Earlier I posted photos from the production. Also rehearsal photos and a promo video.

 

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More photos from “Catch of the Day” in Michigan

The cast of CATCH OF THE DAY.

The cast of CATCH OF THE DAY.

Here are some photos from my one-act CATCH OF THE DAY, which was produced at Michigan State University Nov. 3-6.

You can see the whole photo gallery here.

Earlier the director sent me this promo video and rehearsal photos.

CATCH OF THE DAY

A nervous mother is preparing to entertain her daughter and the daughter’s new boyfriend. She’s eager for the match to succeed. She’s instructed her husband to pick up some fish on the way home for dinner; he mistakenly acquires a fugu, a type of fish prized as a delicacy in Japan — but which is also highly poisonous, if improperly prepared. Naturally, the woman succeeds in poisoning the daughter and her boyfriend — sending them into a trance. Comedy ensues, while the pair are frozen in position through part of the play. Cast: Two males, two females. Running time: 30 minutes.
* Staged reading as a radio play by Falcon Radio Theatre, Seattle, Washington, April 23, 2013.

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Photos (and video) from “Catch of the Day”

Michigan State University is producing my one-act CATCH OF THE DAY Nov. 3-6. Director Emily Clark sends this promo video and rehearsal photos.

The parents (at each end of the table) meet their daughter's new boyfriend, Spike. But that's not all that happens.

The parents (at each end of the table) meet their daughter’s new boyfriend, Spike. But that’s not all that happens.

Ryan Carlson plays the dad; Melanie Ebeling plays the mom; Teagan Parkinson plays the daughter and Luke Ostrem plays Spike.

Directed by Emily Clark and Holly Simon.

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Audio of “Catch of the Day” on Falcon Radio Theatre

The radio station at Seattle Pacific University produced my one-act “Catch of the Day” as a radio play on April 23, 2013.

The audio is just now becoming available.

On that same show, Falcon Radio Theatre also produced one of my five-minute scripts, “Zucchini Are Planning to Take Over the World.”

CATCH OF THE DAY
A nervous mother is preparing to entertain her daughter and the daughter’s new boyfriend. She’s eager for the match to succeed. She’s instructed her husband to pick up some fish on the way home for dinner; he mistakenly acquires a fugu, a type of fish prized as a delicacy in Japan — but which is also highly poisonous, if improperly prepared. Naturally, the woman succeeds in poisoning the daughter and her boyfriend — sending them into a trance. Comedy ensues, while the pair are frozen in position through part of the play. Cast: Two males, two females. Running time: 30 minutes.

Here’s a list of audio to some of the other pieces I had on Falcon Radio Theatre:

* “The Angel of Brooklyn” (one-act)
* “Lucy” (one-act)

* “God and the Devil Meet for a Business Lunch” (ten-minute script)
* “Somewhere Tonight, the Washington Senators’ Last Game Plays On” (ten-minute script)

* “Cat and Dog” (five-minute script)
* “If Cats Had Lawyers” (five-minute script)
* “The Last Day of School” (five-minute script)
* “The Liberal Arts Pirates” (five-minute script)
* “The Secret Lives of Goldfish: Breakout!” (five-minute script)
* “The Secret Lives of Goldfish: Pirates!” (five minute script)
* “The Viking Funeral of Harold Olafson” (five-minute script)

Falcon Radio Theatre also did my one-act, “Occupations,” but there doesn’t seem to be audio available of it.

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Audio of my scripts produced as radio plays by Seattle station

Falcon Radio Theatre

Falcon Radio Theatre

First, the good news: Falcon Radio Theatre at KSPU in Seattle has produced some more of my scripts as radio plays. Most recently, on May 21,  the one-act “The Life List” and the shorter piece, “Zucchini Are Plotting to Take Over the World.”

They join a long list of other pieces of mine that the station has done this year.

Even better, the station has now made the audio available. You can find the archives page here.

Here’s a recap (all these are 5-minute or less pieces unless otherwise noted):

* April 2: “Cat and Dog”

* April 9: “Catch of the Day” (one-act) and “Big Time College Chemistry” and “The Monkey Rodeo.”

* April 16:“Damsel Not in Distress” and “The Viking Funeral of Harold Olalfson.”

* April 23: “The Last Day of School”

There might be some others there that I’ve missed; if so, I’ll update.

The bad news: Alas, Falcon Radio Theatre is going off the air. This is at a college station and the students involved are moving on. What a great ride while it lasted!

 

 

 

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Nine scripts produced in six states (plus Singapore) so far this spring

"Hit the Books" is published by Eldridge Plays and Musicals.

“Hit the Books” is published by Eldridge Plays and Musicals.

Falcon Radio Theatre airs Thursday nights at 7 p.m. Pacific Standard Time on kspu.org

Falcon Radio Theatre now airs Tuesdays at 6 p.m. Pacific Standard Time on kspu.org; note new time.

It’s the spring play season at high schools around the country. Between them — and Falcon Radio Theatre in Seattle getting back on the air after a brief absence — I can tally up the following:

So far this spring, I’ve had nine scripts produced in five  states — and Singapore! — with another script scheduled to be produced in a sixth state later this spring.

(If you’re scoring at home, those six states are Maryland, Montana, Oregon, Wasington, Wisconsin and Virginia.)

Keep in mind that some play publishers alert me ahead of time to productions; others don’t until they have to pay royalties later in the year, so it’s quite possible that some scripts are getting done this spring that I won’t know about until later.

Here’s a run-down of what I know so far:

* “Big Time College Chemistry,” a five-minute comedy about how a college chemistry department would look like if it operated like a big-time college football program, was produced by Falcon Radio Theatre on April 9, 2013. It previously was done as a staged reading at No Shame Theatre in Roanoke, Va. (I’m hoping to have a link to audio of this and the other scripts done by Falcon soon.)

* “Cat and Dog,” a five-minute comedy about, well, a cat and a dog, was produced on Falcon Radio Theatre on April 2, 2013. This was the fourth time this script has either been produced outright, or had a staged reading. (It’s also the first in a series of “Cat and Dog” pieces.

* “Catch of the Day,” a one-act comedy about the exotic poisonous fish fugu (look it up!), was produced by Falcon Radio Theatre on April 9, 2013. It’s still unpublished, so remains one of the scripts that is available royalty-free. (I explain how and why here.)

* “The Circus Man,” a dark five-minute script, was produced by the Star City Creators Society as part of the Marginal Arts Festival in Roanoke, Va., on March 29, 2013. Brian O’Sullivan, who played Klaus in my Christmas show, and directed last year’s “57 Hours in the House of Culture,” was The Man here.

* “Hit the Books,” a one-act comedy at a student who hits herself in the head with a book and suddenly acquires all its knowledge, was produced by the Owens-Withee School District in Owen, Wisconsin on April 1, by Walkersville High School in Walkersville, Maryland on April 12 and is scheduled to be produced by Triangle Lake High School in Blachly, Oregon on May 2. It’s published by Eldridge Parks and Musicals; the Triangle Lake show will be the 11th production.

* “Mac and Beth,” a one-act in which a failed bank robbery plays out much like Shakespeare’s Scottish play, was produced by a youth group in Singapore on April 1. It’s published by Brooklyn Publishers; this was the second production of the script. Pre-publication, there was a staged reading at what is now the American Shakespeare Center in Staunton, Va.

* “Macbeth Goes Hollywood,” an hour-long one-act in which Shakespeare meets Hollywood, is scheduled to be produced by the Malta Junior-Senior High School in Malta, Montana on April 25, 2013. That will be the 25h production of that script, which is published by Eldridge Plays and Musicals.

* “The Monkey Rodeo,” a five-minute comedy about a monkey act at a minor league baseball game that goes wrong, oh so very wrong, was produced by Falcon Radio Theatre on April 9, 2013.

* “The Weird Sisters on Holiday,” a one-act in which the Weird Sisters of Macbeth fame take a trip, was produced by Medicine Lake School in Montana on March 28, 2013. That script, published by Brooklyn Publishing, has now been produced twice. Before publication, it also  had a staged reading at what is now the American Shakespeare Center.

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