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I have at least eight productions this fall, including my first in India!
I say “at least eight” because some of my publishers don’t report productions until after they’ve happened, so it’s likely that number is higher.
But here are the ones I do know about, which are happening in six different states and the forementioned Republic of India!
* The one-act “The Fruitcake,” a Christmas show, remains my most frequently-produced script. It’s published by Brooklyn Publishers these four productions will take me up to the 40th production mark:
— Patrick Henry Academy, Estill, South Carolina, Oct. 29
— McCool Schools, McCool Junction, Nebraska, Nov. 1
— New Underwood School District, New Underwood, South Dakota, Nov. 23
— Mitchell High School, Mitchell, Nebraska, Nov. 26.
* The one-act “Hit the Books” continues to climb up the charts. It’s published by Eldridge Plays and Musicals and these two productions will be the 13th and 14th of this script:
— Milestone Public School, Milestone, Montana, Nov. 23
— Catholic Central High School, Burlington, Wisconsin, Dec. 14
* The hour-long one-act “Macbeth Goes Hollywood” is my second most-production script. It’s also published by Eldridge Plays and Musicals and this production will be the 26th production — and my first in India.
— Pathways School Gurgaon, Gurgaon, India, Nov. 16. (This is on the outskirts of New Delhi.)
That won’t be my first production in Asia, though. Earlier this year, a group in Singapore produced another of my one-acts, “Mac and Beth.” It also was a Shakespeare spoof, perhaps underscoring how much Shakespeare is a universal language.
On another note, I’m struck again by how many productions I get in the Upper Midwest.
Finally, as previously noted, one of my full-length scripts is scheduled for production in December in Oregon — “On the 13th Day of Christmas” at Santiam High School in Mill City, Oregon. That will be the first production of that script, but will be the sixth full-length script I’ve had produced.
Note that all these one-acts have been published, so royalties are involved. But impoverished directors take note, I have many more scripts that are unpublished and I allow those to be produced royalty-free. Here’s why.
F0r more on these and all my other scripts, see the scripts category.
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.
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.
A school in Steger, Illinois (southern Chicago suburbs) will produce my one-hour one-act “Macbeth Goes Hollywood” on Halloween (October 31, 2012). It will be the 24th production of that script, which is published by Eldridge Plays & Musicals.
I’m not quite sure which school; the info from the publisher simply says “School District 194” so I’ll have to investigate.