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Photos from “Let There Be Lights!” at Seton Hall

Here are some photos from Seton Hall University’s script-in-hand production of my Christmas one-act LET THERE BE LIGHTS!

Some of the cast.

Some of the cast.

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Meet the cast of “On The Thirteenth Day of Christmas”

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.

Back row: Joey Mendoza (Cameraman Mike), Kevin Gabel (Newscaster Ashley; Dec. 10,11 & 12), David Conover (Mr. Rudolph), Vince Fay (Marvin the Maintenance Worker), John Stillings (Police Officer) Rahsaan Fenn (Newscaster Ashley) Jack Russell (Cameraman Andy) Ankit Sharma (Newscaster Nicky) Patty Champon (Maid-A-Milking), Grace Emley (Dee Dee), Ronnie Marvald (Cee Cee), Bethany Miranda (Veronica), Ruth Rocky (Bridgette) and Leslie Hochman (Mrs. Henderson). Missing: Chris Berry, who plays Newscaster Nicky on Dec. 18 and 19.

Back row, from left: Joey Mendoza (Cameraman Mike), Kevin Gabel (Newscaster Ashley; Dec. 10,11 & 12), David Conover (Mr. Rudolph), Vince Fay (Marvin the Maintenance Worker), John Stillings (Police Officer) Rahsaan Fenn (Newscaster Ashley) Jack Russell (Cameraman Andy) Ankit Sharma (Newscaster Nicky). Front row:  Patty Champon (Maid-A-Milking), Grace Emley (Dee Dee), Ronnie Marvald (Cee Cee), Bethany Miranda (Veronica), Ruth Rocky (Bridgette) and Leslie Hochman (Mrs. Henderson). Missing: Chris Berry, who plays Newscaster Nicky on Dec. 18 and 19.

Front row, but possibly not in order:

 

More rehearsal photos here and here.

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.

So far in 2015: Read the rest of this entry »

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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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“Klaus” to have staged reading in New York City in December

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:

* Background on the show
* Photos from first day of rehearsal
* Photos from second day of rehearsal
* Photos from third day of rehearsal
* Photos from the staged reading of “Klaus”

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Cast photo from “On the Thirteeth Day of Christmas”

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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.

MORE ON THE SHOW
* Director calls “On the Thirteenth Day of Christmas” a “true gem.”
* About “On the Thirteenth Day of Christmas.”

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Photos from second rehearsal for staged reading of “Klaus”

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.:

The show has a strong science fiction element to it. Here, Mary the landlady (Martha Boswell) stares up to discover all her cutlery is stuck to the ceiling. Professor Klaus (Brian O'Sullivan) is overjoyed at the success of his experiment with magnetism.

The show has a strong science fiction element to it. Here, Mary the landlady (Martha Boswell) stares up to discover all her cutlery is stuck to the ceiling. Professor Klaus (Brian O’Sullivan) is overjoyed at the success of his experiment with magnetism.

"Klaus" is heavy on special effects, which are hard to do in a staged reading. So stage manager Melissa Kennedy will be onstage handling many of the sound effects, much like the narrator in a radio play.

“Klaus” is heavy on special effects, which are hard to do in a staged reading. So stage manager Melissa Kennedy will be onstage handling many of the sound effects, much like the narrator in a radio play.

Professor Klaus (Brian O'Sullivan) ventures out into the audience to deliver toys to children. Well, you'll have to imagine the toys. But he's made them himself in his workshop.

Professor Klaus (Brian O’Sullivan) ventures out into the audience to deliver toys to children. Well, you’ll have to imagine the toys. But he’s made them himself in his workshop.

Here's another special effect you'll have to imagine. Will Coleman, playing a college student in the 1700s, carries a torch in the climactic scene. That's one of his fellow classmates, played by Kevin McAlexander, at left.

Here’s another special effect you’ll have to imagine. Will Coleman, playing a college student in the 1700s, carries a torch in the climactic scene. That’s one of his fellow classmates, played by Kevin McAlexander, at left, and stage manager Melissa Kennedy in the background.

Director Cheryl Snodgrass.

Director Cheryl Snodgrass.

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