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Photos from “Let There Be Lights!” in Texas

Liberty High School in Liberty, Texas produced my Christmas one-act LET THERE BE LIGHTS! in December 2017.

LET THERE BE LIGHTS!
Two neighbors plot to see who can put on the biggest display of Christmas lights, with comical, and catastrophic, results. Cast: Eight — two adult males, two adult females, two teen-age males, two teen-age females. Running time: 30 minutes.

Let There Be Lights!

Yes, the lights are so bright they need sunglasses.

Director Joseph Roberts share more photos here.

Seton Hall University did a script-in-hand production of this script in 2015; photos here.

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“Death By Poinsettia” opens in Hollywood

My one-act DEATH BY POINSETTIA opened November 13 at Studio C in Hollywood — yes, that Hollywood. Here are photos from the after party. The show runs through December 14.

Sumi Folz, director Edgar Pablos, Andres Solorzano

Sumi Folz, director Edgar Pablos, Andres Solorzano

Andres Solorzano, director Edgar Pablos, Sumi Folz,

Andres Solorzano, director Edgar Pablos, Sumi Folz,

ALSO:
* Rehearsal photos
* Show dates

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Photos: “The Fruitcake” in Orrsville, Ohio

A scene from THE FRUITCAKE.

A scene from THE FRUITCAKE.

My most frequently-produced script is THE FRUITCAKE, a Christmas one-one published through Brooklyn Publishers. It’s been produced 42 times so far and yet . . . I’ve never seen it. Nor have I been able to find photos from a production — until now.

The folks at Orrsville Community Theatre in Orrsville, Ohio — who were the 42nd production, in December 2014 — kindly provided these photos.

You can find the whole set here.

THE FRUITCAKE
An extended and quite dysfunctional family gathers for a Christmas season tradition — Aunt Hazel’s historically inedible fruitcake. But before she can bring it out, some of the relatives steal the thing and make a bet on whether they can destroy it. Chaos ensues. Characters include a goth-punk teen, a science nerd, a tough-talking ex-Peace Corps worker, a nearsighted aunt, and so forth. Cast: Nine — 2 male, 4 female, 3 non-gender.

If you’re curious, here’s the entire production history — so far! Read the rest of this entry »

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“Death by Poinsettia” to be produced in Hollywood

Got word today that my short Christmas one-act DEATH BY POINSETTIA will be produced in Hollywood by Studio C Artists this November and December.

It’s one of three one-acts in the theatre’s holiday show.

Performance dates are:

Friday, November 13th
Saturday, November 14th
Friday, November 20th
Saturday, November 21st
Friday, December 4th
Saturday, December 5th
Friday, December 11th
Saturday, December 12th

I seem to recall that Studio C’s call for submissions was looking for short holiday scripts that were cool, hip and could be done by 20-somethings. Mine fits!

DEATH BY POINSETTIA
A lonely woman tries to kill herself at Christmas by eating a poinsettia, convinced the plant is poisonous. It’s not, though. A male co-worker shows up and a touching scene ensues. Cast: Two – one male, one female.

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Photos from “The Angel Tree” at Showtimers

My Christmas one-act THE ANGEL TREE was produced at Showtimers in Roanoke, Virginia December 5-7 as part of their holiday show. Here are some photos.

Lindsey Talbott as a somewhat sassy angel.

Lindsey Talbott as a somewhat sassy angel.

The angel, played by Lindsey Talbott, appears -- transformed from the angel on top the tree to an live angel. The tree suffers in the process.

The angel, played by Lindsey Talbott, appears — transformed from the angel on top the tree to an live angel. The tree suffers in the process.

More photos below: Read the rest of this entry »

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“Let There Be Lights!” to be produced in Indiana in December

Joy to the world! I got word today that the Mockingbird Players in Columbia City, Indiana will produce my Christmas one-act LET THERE BE LIGHTS! on December 19 and 20, 2014.

This will be the first production of that script:

LET THERE BE LIGHTS!
Two neighbors plot to see who can put on the biggest display of Christmas lights, with comical, and catastrophic, results. Cast: Eight — two adult males, two adult females, two teen-age males, two teen-age females. Running time: 30 minutes.

Like all of my unpublished work, it is available royalty-free, for reasons I explain here. I have a list of other Christmas plays here.

And here’s a list of upcoming productions:

* September 18, 19,20, 25, 26, 27: CAN I?, five-minute script in Asphalt Jungle Shorts XI, Kitchener, Ontario.
* September 22-24: SOMETIMES ELEPHANTS DIE STANDING UP, ten-minute play, Ghost Dog Productions, The Horse and Stables, London, UK.
* November 7, 8, 14, 15, 22, and 23: DEMOTING PLUTO, one-act, Short Science Play Showcase at the Explora Science Center and Children’s Museum, Albuquerque, New Mexico.

And here’s a partial list of productions this year:

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“The Fruitcake” hits its 35th production, with more on the way

The Christmas one-act “The Fruitcake” — published by Brooklyn Publishers — is pulling away as my most frequently produced work.

Two places have produced it this winter season, and one more is scheduled to.

The ones so far are:

* Cedar Rapids Public School, Cedar Rapids, Nebraska, Nov. 19, 2012.
* Rock’n’Bach (which appears to be a private arts school of some sort), Frisco, Texas, Nov. 30, 2012.

That Rock’n’Bach performance marked the 35th production.

And then the Fort Worth school district in Fort Worth, Texas is scheduled to produce it on Dec. 20 (not sure which school.)

Alas, for all those productions, I have yet to see a one, nor receive any photos from any of them.

My second most frequently-produced script is the one-act “Macbeth Goes Hollywood” — produced by Eldridge Plays and Musicals. That show has been produced 24 times, most recently in October at a school in Steger, Illinois.

In third place is “Hamlet on Spring Break” — published by Playscripts. That show has been produced 23 times, most recently in July 2012 by a school in Port Republic, New Jersey. (Here’s video from a May 2007 production in Winston-Salem, North Carolina and still photos from a 2004 production in St. Paul, Minnesota.

However, that ranking might change. In fourth place is another Christmas show, “Santa Claustrophobia,” through Big Dog Plays. It’s been produced 17 times. However, Playscripts notifies me immediately when a production is scheduled; Big Dog only lets me know when it’s time to send a royalty check. Last year, “Santa Claustrophobia” was produced three times, so it’s possible there are more productions out there this fall, which could cause Santa to bump Hamlet back to fourth.

In fifth place is “Code 40 Verona,” a murder mystery based on the police investigation into the deaths of Romeo and Juliet. It’s published through Eldridge, and was last produced in October 2011 at a school in McDonough, Georgia.

I have other published scripts that have been produced less frequently and, of course, I have many unpublished ones, which are available, royalty-free, through me. Inquire within!

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