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Photos from “Death by Poinsettia” in Maryland

Silver Spring Stage in Silver Spring, Maryland (Washington suburbs) produced my one-act DEATH BY POINSETTIA August 18-20. Here are some photos.

A lonely woman tries to commit suicide at Christmas by eating a poinsettia, and broadcasting it via webcam.

She invited all her co-workers to a party, knowing they wouldn’t show up. But the nerdiest one did. He also knows something she doesn’t: Poinsettias aren’t really poisonous.

He also brought mistletoe. Love happens, reluctantly.

Theatre is that-a-way.

This was the third production of the script.

DEATH BY POINSETTIA
A lonely woman tries to kill herself at Christmas by eating a poinsettia, convinced the plant is poisonous. It’s not, though. A male co-worker shows up and a touching scene ensues. Cast: Two – one male, one female.
* Produced at Studio C, Hollywood, California, December 2015.
* Produced by Artists Exchange, Cranston, Rhode Island, August 2016.
* Produced by Silver Spring Stage, Silver Spring, Maryland, August 2017.

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Photos from “Joy To Other Worlds” in Utah

EskDale High School in Millard County, Utah produced by one-act JOY TO OTHER WORLDS in early December 2016. Director Lois Farber shares these amazing photos. You can find them all here.

Man tries to create the biggest display of Christmas lights in the neighborhood. It's, um, very bright.

Man tries to create the biggest display of Christmas lights in the neighborhood. It’s, um, very bright.

How bright? Well, the aliens out in deep space take notice of the unusual light coming from an otherwise obscure planet.

How bright? Well, the aliens out in deep space take notice of the unusual light coming from an otherwise obscure planet. Naturally, they decide to investigate.

Naturally, the aliens go to investigate. Is that not the most awesome alien landing ship ever?

By investigate, we mean land on planet Earth. Is that not the most awesome alien landing ship ever?

Naturally, the aliens go investigate.

By investigate, we mean the aliens come armed.

Naturally, things go very wrong. She mistakes this alien for a contest judge and offers some fruitcake. You know all about fruitcake.

Naturally, things go very wrong. She mistakes this alien for a contest judge and offers some fruitcake. You know all about fruitcake.

The aliens decide to investigate the source of the unusual light.

The aliens try to figure out what fruitcake is and how dangerous it might be.

Curtain call.

Curtain call.

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Photo from “Svetlana’s First Christmas Away From Home”

The cast of SVETLANA'S FIRST CHRISTMAS AWAY FROM HOME.

The cast of SVETLANA’S FIRST CHRISTMAS AWAY FROM HOME.

Back in the summer, I was corresponding with a direction at Victorian Players in Youngstown, Ohio. He was looking for a Christmas script, with some very specific needs. He needed a cast of about 20, with mostly kids. I didn’t have anything like that, so I told him if he gave me a few weeks, I’d write one. So I did. The result was SVETLANA’S FIRST CHRISTMAS AWAY FROM HOME. Here’s a photo from its premiere.

It looks like it’s going to be popular because it’s already been booked at a theatre in Texas for next Christmas.

SVETLANA’S FIRST CHRISTMAS AWAY FROM HOME
A last-minute substitute attempts to preside over a Christmas pageant, which has devolved into chaos – unruly kids, a pushy parent, a church busybody, a kitchen on fire. And then there’s the foreign exchange student, who’s supposed to be the angel, who is in the restroom in tears because it’s her first Christmas away from home. Then something unexpected happens. Cast: 21 – 6 adults (four female, one male, one non-gender), 7 teenagers (five female, two male), 8 early teens or pre-teens (one female, seven non-gender.)
* Produced by Victorian Players, Youngstown, Ohio, December 2016.
* Scheduled to be produced by Red River Revue, Clarksville, Texas, December 2017.

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Audience comments on “Jose and Maria” in Ohio

I had an unexpected treat recently: An audience member who had seen my Christmas play JOSE AND MARIA in Youngstown, Ohio and shared some of her happy feedback.

“It was heartbreaking,” she told me. She later said she meant that in a good way. “Well, the whole immigrant scenario was heartbreaking. Their fear, their youth. Their poverty and especially their vulnerability . . . I was crying through most of the show.”

And also:

“It absolutely is a compliment that I found it heartbreaking. I have 25+ years in social services as a clinical counselor incl time at a children’s psych hospital and supervising programs for foster children. So, I am somewhat jaded. However, this gripped me . . . The ending, telling us to concentrate on our community and doing what is right and good in an individual way was sooo good. I have heard it before, but really needed to hear it at the end of the play. . . People must be carefully guided to open their hearts to new ideas. And I think your scripts do that.”

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Three Christmas scripts will be produced in Ohio

Victorian Players in Youngstown, Ohio will produced three of my Christmas scripts starting December 2. They will produced the one-acts A ZOMBIE CHRISTMAS, SVETLANA’S FIRST CHRISTMAS AWAY FROM HOME and an abbreviated version of my full-length JOSE AND MARIA: AN OLD STORY FOR NEW TIMES.

Interesting back story: I had sent Sam Luptak a bunch of scripts, which he liked but what he really needed was a large-cast show with parts for a lot of kids. I didn’t really have one, so I wrote him one . . . that’s SVETLANA’S FIRST CHRISTMAS AWAY FROM HOME, which made the cut.

SVETLANA’S FIRST CHRISTMAS AWAY FROM HOME

A last-minute substitute attempts to preside over a Christmas pageant, which has devolved into chaos – unruly kids, a pushy parent, a church busybody, a kitchen on fire. And then there’s the foreign exchange student, who’s supposed to be the angel, who is in the restroom in tears because it’s her first Christmas away from home. Then something unexpected happens. Cast: 21 – 6 adults (four female, one male, one non-gender), 7 teenagers (five female, two male), 8 early teens or pre-teens (one female, seven non-gender.)

A ZOMBIE CHRISTMAS
A grandfather and grandmother dress up as a zombie and a vampire to try to connect their their teen-age granddaughter. Miscommunication ensues. Cast: Four – one senior male, one senior female, one adult female, one teen female. Running time: Fifteen minutes.
* Staged reading, Princeton Theatre Group, Princeton, Illinois, July 2016.

JOSE AND MARIA: An old story for new times
The birth of Jesus, in a modern setting. On the one hand, this is based on the New Testament accounts. On the other, it’s thoroughly updated: Joseph and Mary are Jose and Maria, two Mexican immigrants on the road to the courthouse to get their paperwork straightened out. The three wise men are three astronomy professors arguing over the nature of the star. The angel of the Lord is a pizza delivery girl named, well, Angel. And there’s a radio talk show host who talks a succession of calls from callers named Matthew, Mark, Luke and John. Humorous, but with a point. Cast: 20 — 18 adults and 2 children. Gender breakdown: For the 18 adults, 7 male, 8 female, 3 non-gender; the two children may be of either gender.
• One of 18 semi-finalists in the 2003 Barter Appalachian Festival of Plays and Playwrights, Barter Theatre, Abingdon, Va.
• Produced by Attic Productions, Fincastle, Va., November 2004.

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“Death by Poinsettia” to be produced in Rhode Island in August

My quirky little Christmas one-act DEATH BY POINSETTIA will be produced in August by Artists’ Exchange in Cranston, Rhode Island.

Show dates are August 5-13; full details here.

This will be the second production of this script; the first was in December at Studio C in Hollywood, California.

It’s my first production in the great state of Rhode Island.

So far in 2016:

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“A Zombie Christmas” to have staged reading in Illinois

My Christmas one-act A ZOMBIE CHRISTMAS has been selected for a staged reading at the Princeton Theatre Group New Works Festival to be held at the Grace Performing Arts Center in Princeton, Illinois during the weekend of July 23-24, 2016.

This will be the first reading of the script.

A ZOMBIE CHRISTMAS
A grandfather and grandmother dress up as a zombie and a vampire to try to connect their their teen-age granddaughter. Miscommunication ensues. Cast: Four – one senior male, one senior female, one adult female, one teen female. Running time: Fifteen minutes.

So far in 2016:

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