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Video: “Thirty Years of Bitterness on the Tongue” at Liminal

Mike Allen and Heather Brush

Mike Allen and Heather Brush

The Liminal alternative artspace in Roanoke holds a regular reading series. The theme for this month was the Equinox, for which anything autumnal would do, we were told. Almost everybody else brought pieces about the fall and the changes of seasons.

I brought a piece about football. A very loud piece, in which Mike Allen played a high school football coach and Heather Brush was the school principal.

Here’s a photo from “Thirty Years of Bitterness On The Tongue.”

A coach attempts to motivate his high school players by making them drink vinegar — to know what the taste of defeat is like. Cast: One male, one non-gender. Running time: Five minutes.
* Staged reading at No Shame Theatre, Roanoke, Va., Sept. 4, 2010.
* Staged reading at Liminal alternative artspace, Roanoke, Va. Sept. 23, 2013.

UPDATED: And now here’s the video from the event:


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In praise of Lynchburg’s theatre scene


Lynchburg, Virginia is only about an hour from my home in the Roanoke, Valley. But sometimes it seems to be an entirely different world. It’s been 21 years since I’ve had reason to go to downtown Lynchburg. Last Friday, though, my wife and I went there to see some friends in “The Full Monty” at Renaissance Theatre.

I was completely blown away by what I saw there, which prompted this guest post on The Roanoke Times’ arts blog about what seemed a very lively theatre scene in Lynchburg.

As I point out in the post, not only was it a full house — but it was a young full house!

Read on for more . . .

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“The Tragic and Gruesome Death of Captain Alexander Fairweather, African Explorer”

Mike Allen as Captain Alexander Fairweather

A dark five-minute piece about why lies are dangerous. The men in a 19th century British expedition into the African jungle stage a mutiny against their captain, and hit upon an ingenious way to keep their stories straight. They have him squeezed to death by a boa constrictor. That way they can say none of them lifted a hand against him.

“The Tragic and Gruesome Death of Captain Alexander Fairweather, African Explorer” was performed at No Shame Theatre in Roanoke, Va. on September 18, 2009.

The idea behind this led to my full-length script, “Fairweather Friends,” which has since been published by Eldridge Plays and Musicals.

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Acting in Mike Allen’s “Template for a Fairy Tale”

Science fiction writer Mike Allen asked me to play a small part in his piece “Template for a Fairy Tale” at No Shame Theatre on June 8, 2007.


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