Posts Tagged five-minute plays

“The Recruiter” to be produced in Houston

Just got word that my five-minute play THE RECRUITER will be produced in Houston in the 2016 Five Minute Mile Play Festival at the Obsidian Theatre. The show dates are November 9-19.

THE RECRUITER
A scene about gender discrimination in college sports. A college recruiter shows up at a rural school asking about a particular football player; oblivious to the softball player banging home runs in batting practice. Cast: Two adult males, one teenage girl.

This is also one of the short scenes in PLAY BALL!, a full-length collection of short baseball scenes.

More below!

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“Piece of Cake” to have staged reading in Chicago

My short piece PIECE OF CAKE will have a staged reading in Chicago on March 19, as part of a whole show of short, wedding-related scripts.

The show “Cold Feet” is produced by Talif Productions and will be held at the Theatre Momentum Pendulum Space, 1803 West Byron, Suite 216, Chicago.

That’s a busy day for me: I’m have a staged reading in Virginia of my full-length script, 57 HOURS IN THE HOUSE OF CULTURE. I need a time-turner to make it to both places.


PIECE OF CAKE

A wedding cake gets mixed up with a cake where a scantily-clad woman pops out of the cake. Comedy ensues. Cast: Six, best as four female, two male, but could be three and three. Running time: Five minutes.

So far in 2016:
* January 2: Staged reading of RHONDA’S HIGH-CLASS ROADKILL CHILI (full-length) at Showtimers, Roanoke, Virginia.
* January 28: MAC AND BETH (one-act), Cascade Christian Schools, Puyallup, Washington.
* January 30: HIT THE BOOKS (one-act), Greater Sioux Falls Home Schools, Sioux Falls, South Dakota.
* Feb 5: Staged reading of THE BEAUTIFUL OGRE AND OTHER FAIRY TALES (ten-minute plays) as radio play before live audience, Hoosier Hometown Live, Mitchell, Indiana.
* Feb. 12: JIMMY’S PLAN FOR WORLD DOMINATION (one-minute play), Curiosi-Tea House, Mankato, Minnesota.

Upcoming:

* March 12: Staged reading of EXILED TO TEXAS, Roanoke Children’s Theatre, Roanoke, Virginia.
* March 19: Staged reading of 57 HOURS IN THE HOUSE OF CULTURE, Sweet Briar College, Sweet Briar, Virginia.
* March 19: Staged reading of PIECE OF CAKE (five-minute piece), Talif Productions, Theatre Momentum Pendulum Space, Chicago.
* May 7-8: LETTERS FROM THE MONA LISA (ten-minute play), Jewel Box Theatre, Poulsbo, Washington.

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“The Longest Home Run Ever” at the Liminal

A rare shot of the playwright performing his own work. Photo by Heather Yvonne Brush

A rare shot of the playwright performing his own work. Photo by Heather Yvonne Brush

I don’t usually perform my own work. For one thing, I don’t claim to be an actor. But mostly, I want to see how my work, well, works — and it’s hard to do that when you’re doing it.

However, this month’s theme at the monthly readings at the Liminal gallery in Roanoke was “Anything Goes,” so why not.

Heather Yvonne Brush took this photo of me performing THE LONGEST HOME RUN EVER, one of my many short pieces about baseball.

THE LONGEST HOME RUN EVER
Based on actual science, the explanation of the longest home run possible. Cast: One, non-gender. Running time: Five minutes.

More photos here.

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Video: “A Nice, Relaxing Cup of Tea” in Ontario walking tour festival

There’s a fascinating theatre festival each year in Kitchener, Ontario that I’d love to see — it’s a walking tour festival where audience members are led around downtown to various venues, and theatre occasionally breaks out.

While I haven’t been there, some of my work has been. In 2013, the Asphalt Jungle Shorts program included my piece “Requiem for a Buzzard” — you can find photos here from the June production and here from the September reprise.

Now the Asphalt Jungle Shorts folks have unearthed this video from the 2009 production of my short piece, “A Nice, Relaxing Cup of Tea.” Here, Nicholas Cumming and Emma Dines perform the piece at The Kava Bean, directed by Robin Bennett.

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Audio of “The Last Day of School”

The radio station at Seattle Pacific University produced my short piece “The Last Day of School” as a radio play on April 23, 2013.

The audio is just now becoming available.

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Audio of “The Viking Funeral of Harold Olafson”

The radio station at Seattle Pacific University produced my short piece “The Viking Funeral of Harold Olafson” as a radio play on April 16, 2013.

The audio is just now becoming available.

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Audio of “If Cats Had Lawyers” on Falcon Radio Theatre

The radio station at Seattle Pacific University produced my short piece “If Cats Had Lawyers” as a radio play on April 9, 2013.

The audio is just now becoming available.

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