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Video from my two pieces in this year’s Gi60 Festival in New York

In June, I had two short pieces in the annual Gone in 60 Seconds Festival of one-minute plays in New York. It’s actually an international festival; I also had two pieces in the British leg of the festival in May. I’m still waiting on the video from that show, but the video from the New York festival has now been posted.

Here is: THERE ARE NO CELLPHONES IN SHAKESPEARE and AN UNEXPECTED CHEESE PARTY:

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Photos (and video!) from Synergy Ensemble Theater on Long Island

Synergy Ensemble Theater on Long Island performed two of my one-minute scripts on July 18 as part of an event to show off the group’s talent to the community. Synergy performed two of my baseball pieces — DEEP INTO OCTOBER and FIREBALLER.

A man working in his backyard envisions himself playing . . . DEEP INTO OCTOBER.

A man working in his backyard envisions himself playing . . . DEEP INTO OCTOBER.

FIREBALLER deals with the curious relationship between God, dinosaurs . . . and a fast ball.

FIREBALLER deals with the curious relationship between God, dinosaurs . . . and a fast ball.

You can find more about Synergy, as well as links to previous productions of DEEP INTO OCTOBER, here.

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Fan mail from an actress in New York

For the first time, I’ve gotten fan mail! From an actress! In New York! I had several short pieces done in a festival there last month and today I got this note from one of them: “After seeing THE COW’S FAULT in the 2014 [festival], I HOPED to get cast in one of your plays and was THRILLED to be play Practical Mouse in AN UNEXPECTED CHEESE PARTY.”

She was referring to one of my entries in this year’s Gone in 60 Seconds Festival of one-minute plays; you can find a photo here.

My fan mail!

My fan mail!

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Photo from “An Unexpected Cheese Party” in New York

From left: Catleen Kelly, Katherine Harte DeCoux, Julie Orkis, not sure, and, as the dead mouse, Anastasia Bell.

From left: Catleen Kelly, Katherine Harte DeCoux, Julie Orkis, not sure, and, as the dead mouse, Anastasia Bell.

Here’s a photo from AN UNEXPECTED CHEESE PARTY, which was produced June 11-13 in New York as part of the Gone in 60 Seconds Festival of one-minute plays.

This involves, as you can see, a dead mouse.

I had two scripts in the New York festival, plus three in the related youth festival, and two more in the British version of the festival. You can read about all those here.

Photo courtesy of Rose Bonczek.

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Three more one-minute shows in a New York festival

I’ve got three one-minute pieces being produced in #NextGen, the youth version of the annual Gone in 60 Seconds festival of one-minute plays in New York.

Those pieces are: AN UNEXPECTED CHEESE PARTY (which is also being done in the adult version), THE FOUNTAIN OF TOO MUCH YOUTH, and THE LITTLE RED HEN THINKS BIG.

They’re being done June 12 at Brooklyn College.

AN UNEXPECTED CHEESE PARTY
Some mice found one of their fellows dead in a mousetrap. What to do, oh what to do? What else? Eat the cheese! Cast: Four, non-gender. Running time: One minute.

THE FOUNTAIN OF TOO MUCH YOUTH
An older couple drinks from the fountain of youth — but they drink too much, and of differing amounts, and so now she’s 16 and he’s 10. Cast: One teen-age girl, one pre-teen boy.

THE LITTLE RED HEN THINKS BIG
The Little Red Hen as a commodities broker. Cast: Three (one female, one male, one non-gender) or four (one female, two male, one non-gender.)

I have two pieces in the adult version — AN UNEXPECTED CHEESE PARTY and THERE ARE NO CELLPHONES IN SHAKESPEARE. So that makes five pieces in all in the New York leg of the festival. Plus I had two more done on the British side of the same festival: SLAM POETRY and THE ONLINE AFFAIR. So that makes seven!

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Two more one-minute plays to be produced in New York

Two more of my one-minute plays will be produced in New York.

Synergy Ensemble Theater will be producing two baseball-themed shorts — DEEP INTO OCTOBER and FIREBALLER — on July 18 at Geiger Park in Deer Park on Long Island.

As I understand it, the theater has found a new home and, to show its gratitude to its new host, is staging an evening of short works to show of its performers. It’s always good to be produced, but especially so when this helps give a theatre new life.

DEEP INTO OCTOBER has been produced twice before, both times in New York — there’s video of this production in the Gone in 60 Seconds Festival in 2011 and photos from this benefit for hurricane victims  in 2012.

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Two one-minute plays to be produced in New York festival

Two of my one-minute plays will be produced in June at the U.S. version of the annual Gone in 60 Seconds Festival of one-minute plays. They will be June 11-13 at Brooklyn College in New York.

I also had two different pieces produced in the British edition of the same festival in early May. (See photos and video here.)

The two pieces in New York will be THERE ARE NO CELLPHONES IN SHAKESPEARE and THE UNEXPECTED CHEESE PARTY.

THERE ARE NO CELLPHONES IN SHAKESPEARE
A director does to an audience member with a cellphone what a lot of directors would surely like to do. Cast: Four, non-gender.


AN UNEXPECTED CHEESE PARTY

Some mice found one of their fellows dead in a mousetrap. What to do, oh what to do? What else? Eat the cheese! Cast: Four, non-gender. Running time: One minute.

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Video: Two of my one-minute plays in festival in Britain

A scene from THE ONLINE AFFAIR at its dress rehearsal.

A scene from THE ONLINE AFFAIR at its dress rehearsal.

Two of my short plays were performed at the British version of the Gone in 60 Seconds Festival of one-minute plays on May 5 in Leeds.

They were SLAM POETRY and THE ONLINE AFFAIR.

SLAM POETRY
Two guys misunderstood, and think a poetry slam is where you slam poets into the ground as in a wrestling match. Physical comedy ensues. Cast: Three — two males, one non-gender. Running time: One minute.

THE ONLINE AFFAIR
A man and a woman – either husband and wife, or boyfriend and girlfriend – are sitting near each other, each texting on their phones. Except each thinks they’re texting to a secret online lover, when, in fact, they’re unknowingly texting each other. Cast: Two – one male, one female – or four – two male, two female.

Here’s the whole show. SLAM POETRY comes on at 7:26 and THE ONLINE AFFAIR is at 49:54.

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Seven scripts produced in New York festival!

gi60cover_small2I had thought I was having five scripts produced in the U.S. edition of Gone in 60 Seconds, a festival of one-minute plays — one in the regular portion, four in the teen portion.

Instead, it was seven! I discovered this when the program arrived in the mail this week. The other two were part of the festival’s retrospective of earlier work.

So I had four pieces done in the #NextGen part of the festival — BOLIVIA!, THE CALL OF THE OPEN ROAD, JIMMY’S PLAN FOR WORLD DOMINATION, and THREE TREES TALKING.

In the “adult” portion, there was IT’S THE COW’S FAULT, plus two that were reprised — DEEP INTO OCTOBER and THE GHOST LAMP. Details on the festival here. I also have video from the original productions of DEEP INTO OCTOBER and THE GHOST LAMP (plus video of the same script in the UK.)

Plus there were two scripts in the U.K. edition — THE CHICKEN CROSSES MADISON AVENUE and COUNTING WOLVES.

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Four scripts in New York festival; two in British festival

gi60I got word today that not one, not two, not three but FOUR of my scripts have been accepted into the Gone in 60 Seconds #NextGen festival in New York in June. This is a festival of one-minute plays that will be performed by teens. It’s an outgrowth of the regular Gone in 60 Seconds Festival, where I’ve been a regular.

The “regular” festival is June 13-15 in New York and includes my play IT’S THE COW’S FAULT, discussed here.

The #NextGen portion is June 14-15.

Of the 26 scripts accepted into #NextGen festival, four are mine:

BOLIVIA!
A geopolitical lesson, delivered as a rant by a woman against a man who has committed some grievous sin. Cast: One female.

THE CALL OF THE OPEN ROAD
Two chickens discuss why they should cross the road. Both a long version and a one-minute version. Cast: Two, non-gender.

JIMMY’S PLAN FOR WORLD DOMINATION
Versions 1 and 2: A boy and his sister plot how to take over the world. Cast: Two — one male, one female. Running time: One minute.
Version 3: A classroom scene in which a teacher finds a student plotting how to take over the world. Cast: Two have speaking roles — one juvenile male, one female adult, then however many kids you need to fill out the scene. Running time: One minute.

THREE TREES TALKING
Three trees contemplate the question: If they were human, what kind of human would be they? Cast: Three, non-gender. Running time: One minute.
* This was previously produced in the 2013 British edition of the Gone in 60 Seconds Festival, along with two other scripts.

Speaking of the British edition, I also learned today I have two scripts there this year, as well.

They are:

THE CHICKEN CROSSES MADISON AVENUE
Guess which road the chicken crossed to get to the other side. Cast: One, non-gender. Running time: One minute.

COUNTING WOLVES
A person trying to get to sleep is counting sheep, when a wolf appears, dressed in sheep’s clothing. Cast: At least four – all non-gender.

That production will be June 5 in Halifax, U.K.

That brings the grand total of upcoming productions to:

Just concluded:

* May 17: THE RING, a one-act, at Haylofters, in Burlington, Wisconsin. (Voted second place in audience vote.)
* May 23: SOMETIMES ELEPHANTS DIE STANDING UP, a ten-minute play, Unproduced Moon Company, Scotland.

Coming up:

* May 30: THE RING, a five-minute script, at Newburgh Free Academy, Newburgh, N.Y. Details here.
* June 5: THE CHICKEN CROSSES MADISON AVENUE and COUNTING WOLVES, Gone in 60 Seconds Festival, Halifax, U.K.
* June 13-14: BOLIVIA!, THE CALL OF THE OPEN ROAD, JIMMY’S PLAN FOR WORLD DOMINATION, and THREE TREES TALKING, at Gone in 60 Seconds #NextGen Festival, New York, N.Y.
* June 13-15: IT’S THE COW’S FAULT, at Gone in 60 Seconds Festival, New York, N.Y.

So that’s eight in all going on right now — five in New York City, one outside New York City and two in Great Britain.

The Gone in 60 Seconds Festival folks have the entire line-up and more details here. And, as always, all of these scripts are available royalty-free. Here’s why.

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