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My first self-produced show is now history. The Christmas show EXCHANGE OF GIFTS played nine shows in different different locations up and down western Virginia in December 2019. Here are photos from week 3 — which saw the show in Bedford at the Bower Center for the Arts, in Axton at Mountain Valley Brewing and the finale in Lynchburg at Riverviews Artspace. Next up: EXCHANGE OF GIFTS will be published in 2020 by Norman Maine / Big Dog Plays.
MORE ON EXCHANGE OF GIFTS:
* Photos from week 2 in Critz, Monterey and Clifton Forge
* Photos from week 1 in Roanoke, Galax and Blacksburg
* Interview with Alleghany Mountain Radio
* Full tour schedule and ticket info.
* Behind the scenes of the publicity photos.
* Rehearsals begin
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. SOLD OUT
Saturday, Dec. 7: Galax, Rex Theatre, 7 p.m. (Tix available here.)
Sunday, Dec. 8: Blacksburg, Beliveau Estate Winery, 3 p.m. (Tix available here).
Friday, Dec. 13: Critz, Reynolds Homestead, 7:30 p.m. (Call 276-694-7181 x 27 for reservations; no online sales).
Saturday, Dec. 14: Monterey, Highland Center, 7 p.m. (Tix available at the door only)
Sunday, Dec. 15: Clifton Forge, The Masonic Theatre, 2 p.m. (Tix available here)
Friday, Dec. 20: Bedford, Bower Center for the Arts, 6:30 p.m. (Tix available here.)
Saturday, Dec. 21: Axton, Mountain Valley Brewing, 2 p.m. (Call 276-833-2171.)
Sunday, Dec. 22: Lynchburg, Riverviews Artspace, 3 p.m. (Tix available here.)
For tickets, see each venue.
Here’s what the show is about:
EXCHANGE OF GIFTS
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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Here are some photos from Seton Hall University’s script-in-hand production of my Christmas one-act LET THERE BE LIGHTS!
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First Avenue Playhouse in Atlantic Highlands, New Jersey is producing my full-length Christmas comedy ON THE THIREENTH DAY OF CHRISTMAS. The show runs Dec. 4-19; specific dates and times here. At last, I have a photo of the whole cast — well, almost.
Front row, but possibly not in order:
ON THE THIRTEENTH DAY OF CHRISTMAS
A wild, action-packed Christmas farce. A young woman suddenly finds herself receiving the gifts from the song “The Twelve Days of Christmas,” apparently from an unknown suitor. The play begins on the thirteenth day as she copes with the chaos outside her apartment, as neighbors demand she do something about the noisy birds and pipers and drummers. The woman hatches a plan to shoot the birds and organize the people into an impromptu Christmas parade. Chaos ensues. Cast: 13 — 7f, 3m, 3 non-gender.
This will be the script’s second production; the first was in Oregon in 2013.
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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.
My full-length script that imagines an origin story for Santa Claus — KLAUS — will have a staged reading in New York on December 2, exact venue and such still TBA.
This is through the auspices of Gi60 — the annual “Gone in 60 Seconds” Festival of one-minute plays that takes place each summer in New York, with a counterpart in Great Britain. I’ve been fortunate to have had my short work done there for several years. Now, the Gi60 folks are using their “off-season” to feature longer scripts by some of the Gi60 writers.
KLAUS: How it all began
Where did Santa Claus come from? There is no particular origin myth, until now. This story begins in the 1740s with an eccentric German professor of what we now call physics. He invents time travel, and when he becomes the target of the wrath of a mob who wants to burn him as a witch, he uses it to escape. Involves science fiction, treason against the king, a love story, and some cooking. Cast: Seven – six male, one female.
This will be the second staged reading for KLAUS. The first was in 2012 in Roanoke, Virginia, through Hollins University.
Here’s video from that reading and also some other links:
Here’s a photo from “On the Thirteenth Day of Christmas,” which was produced this month at Santiam High School in Mill City, Oregon.
This was the first production of this script, and the sixth full-length script I’ve had produced.
Most staged readings only get a few hours rehearsal. For Sunday night’s reading of “Klaus,” my darkly comic show about the origin of Santa Claus, the Hollins Playwright’s Lab has arranged for four days worth of rehearsal — and brought in Chicago director Cheryl Snodgrass to helm the proceedings.
Here are some photos from Friday night’s second rehearsal, on the June M. McBroom Theatre stage at Community High School in Roanoke, Va.: