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Photo from “The Angel Tree” in Hollywood

Stacy Ann Raposa of Actors Workout Studio in North Hollywood, California shares this photo from my one-act THE ANGEL TREE, one of three of my scripts that were produced there in December 2017.

Photo courtesy of Stacy Ann Raposa

MORE PHOTOS:

* Photos of the theatre

* Poster and set photo

And here’s a photo from when the show was done at Showtimers in Roanoke, Virginia in 2014.

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Review: “I laughed so much I was sore the next day!!!”

Someone going by the name NJJUDI — presumably New Jersey Judi — has posted this review on Trip Advisor about my play ON THE THIRTEENTH DAY OF CHRISTMAS, now playing at First Avenue Playhouse in Atlantic Highlands.

It appears under the headline: “I laughed so much I was sore the next day!!!” (And yes, she really did include three exclamation marks!!!)


I have been visiting the First Avenue Playhouse in the Atlantic Highlands for 5 years now. Last Saturday, I saw one of the funniest ever. Called “The 13th Day of Christmas” it is a hysterical show about gift giving gone “ballistic”, as the director Dave McGrath says in the program. Come when the door open, a little before 8 pm, have dessert and coffee, make friends with other folks at your table, and be prepared to laugh and laugh. The hysterics begin as the show open, and continues until the very ( and surprising” end. The cast is made up of such talented local actors who are giving their all to entertain you. Make sure you see it. We have already suggested it as a fun night out to friends. We don’t have children but boy would they love it.

Here’s some background on the show below:

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Photos from “On The Thirteenth Day of Christmas” in New Jersey

My full-length script ON THE THIRTEENTH DAY OF CHRISTMAS opened December 4 at First Avenue Playhouse in Atlantic Highlands, New Jersey. Director Dave McGrath shares these wonderful photos.

Someone sends a young woman every gift in the Twelve Days of Christmas. Now it's the thirteenth day and what happens? She gets evicted from her apartment, of course.

Someone sends a young woman every gift in the Twelve Days of Christmas. Now it’s the thirteenth day and what happens? She gets evicted from her apartment, of course.

Look at all that stuff out there. Oh, that's one of the maids a-milking who has come inside.

Look at all that stuff out there. Oh, that’s one of the maids a-milking who has come inside.

A close-up of the maid a-milking.

A close-up of the maid a-milking.

Great. Just great. An unhappy neighbor who can't sleep because of all the racket. Could it get any worse?

Great. Just great. An unhappy neighbor who can’t sleep because of all the racket. Could it get any worse?

Why yes, yes, it could. Television reporters show up.

Why yes, yes, it could. Television reporters show up.

Cee Cee and Dee Dee show up for a front-row seat for all the action.

Cee Cee and Dee Dee show up for a front-row seat for all the action.

You can find even more photos here — and more info below:

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“On the Thirteenth Day of Christmas” to be produced in New Jersey

I have three full-length Christmas plays (and a fourth in progress). One of those — ON THE THIRTEENTH DAY OF CHRISTMAS — will get produced in December at First Avenue Playhouse in Atlantic Highlands, New Jersey.

Still waiting on the specific dates.

This will be the second production of that script; the first was at Santiam High School in Mill City, Oregon in December 2013. You can find a photo from that show here. That director called the show “a true gem.”

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.

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“Klaus” called “a dark and dizzying journey”

“A dark and dizzying journey.”

That’s how producer Rose Bonczek — who teaches at Brooklyn College — describes KLAUS, my full-length Christmas play that had a staged reading in New York on December 2, under the direction of Christopher Thomasson.

She further tells me via e-mail: “I wanted to let you know that last night’s reading was terrific – Christopher put together a brilliant cast, mostly Gi60 company members, but several colleagues who he knows from Santaland (perfect!). Jay Nickerson as Klaus, and Jonathan Hadley as the headmaster were particularly brilliant – though Helen Huff as Mary was a delight, and the three young men were balanced wonderfully, with sharp and distinct characters. The fellow who played Grinchley should simply be guaranteed that role for life.”

Here’s a link to the poster.

And here’s the synopsis:

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 was the second staged reading for the script; the first was in Roanoke in December 2012. Here’s a set of links to photos and such from that reading.

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Poster for staged reading of “Klaus” in New York

Poster for KLAUS.

Poster for KLAUS.

Here’s the poster for my full-length Christmas play, KLAUS, which will have a staged reading in New York on December 2.

More details and background here.

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