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58 productions in 2017

Updated Jan. 25, 2018 to reflect a publisher who just reported in, adding a new production I didn’t know about.

Counting up the year: I had at least 58 productions and 17 readings in 2017. I say “at least” because some publishers won’t report final tallies for months yet. I had shows in Australia, Canada, Great Britain, India and, of course, the United States. Most of these were short scripts, which inflate the numbers but they were done nonetheless. Best places for productions were Maryland 8, Florida 6, Texas 6, Minnesota 5, Washington 5, UK 4, Illinois 4, India 3, Michigan 3 New Jersey 2, Ohio 2, Ontario 2, Virginia 2, West Virginia 2, Australia 1, Nebraska 1, North Dakota 1, Utah 1. For readings it was Virginia 8, California 5, Florida, Illinois, North Carolina and Oklahoma 1 apiece.

The list could have been 60 productions — because one theatre in Ontario started rehearsing one script then had scheduling difficulties and never did the show, and a high school in West Virginia planned a production but couldn’t perform it for some reason.

You can find the full list here.

Here’s the running list for 2018. It’s still short yet but already includes productions in three countries — Australia, Canada and the United States, as well has two full-length scripts (with hope for a third that’s tentatively scheduled but not yet listed.



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Video of “Veronica’s Dolls” in Oklahoma

Echo Theatre in Tulsa, Oklahoma held a staged reading of my one-act VERONICA’S DOLLS on April 23, 2017. I’ve finally got a video of the reading.

A teenage girl’s old dolls come to life to try to save her life when she attempts to commit suicide by swallowing an overdose of sleeping pills. Cast: Four, plus an off-stage voice to make five. Three female, two non-gender. Running time: Fifteen or so minutes.

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Photos from “Miss Mitchell’s Comet” in Orlando

My full-length script MISS MITCHELL’S COMET — based on the true story of Maria Mitchell, America’s first female astronomer — had a staged reading in Orlando Dec. 13, 2017 by the Playwright’s Roundtable at the Orlando Shakespeare Center.

From left: playwright Dwayne Yancey, actors Susan Potrock and David Strauss, and director Celestino Maria DeCicco.

The reading itself. Photo by Chuck Dent.

I was honored to have two classmates from Montevideo High School join me — Mitch Percival and Linda Kelly Elkins. Both now live in Florida. Photo by Keith Yancey.

Based on the life of Maria Mitchell, America’s first female astronomer. She grew up on Nantucket Island during the whaling era, where she learned the stars at a young age from her father, who worked on navigational instruments for the sailors. In 1847, she became the first American to discover a comet, and went on to win fame as the first woman in a variety of scientific accomplishments, ending her career as a professor at Vassar College. Along the way, she faced opposition from men and women alike who frowned on a woman being a scientist. At Vassar, she was a hard taskmistress, insisting her students learn complicated mathematical formula to understand the orbits of the planets. Deeply religious, Maria Mitchell insisted that these formula were nothing less than a hymn to God’s grand design. Yet she also clashed with authorities, who were often exasperated by her disregard for school rules. She roused students in the middle of the night to look at the sky, once ordered a tree chopped down because it blocked her view of a comet, and even asked a minister to cut short his prayer at evening chapel so she could go observe Saturn. Cast: Two — one woman in her 50s and a man to play various other parts. This is basically a one-woman show with some incidental parts played by a man. Running time: 90 minutes, no intermission.

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Photos from “The Christmas Spiders” in Texas

Liberty High School in Liberty, Texas produced my Christmas one-act THE CHRISTMAS SPIDERS in December 2017.

A poor family in Ukraine has a tree but can’t afford decorations. Meanwhile, three spiders living in the house decide the only place safe from the cleaning is the tree. Santa turns their webs into tinsel, delighting everyone. Cast: Six or seven. If six – four female, one male, one non-gender. If seven – four female, two male, one non-gender. Running time: 20-25 minutes.


Spiders hiding behind the tree.

The family.

Spider boyfriend.

The cast.

Director Joseph Roberts share more photos here.

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Photos from staged reading of “Exchange of Gifts”

Josh DiPalma with (from left) Kerry Plank, Abby Hippert and Lexi Huffman. Rehearsal began in the lobby because another show was rehearsing in the theatre.

My full-length Christmas play EXCHANGE OF GIFTS had a staged reading at Attic Productions in Fincastle, Virginia on November 18, 2017.

A sweet Christmas story with a message. Three foreign students studying at colleges in the United States find themselves snowbound at an airport for Christmas. One is from Australia, one is from Canada, one is from Russia. Adventure ensues — involving broken chairs, computer hacking, and a health scare. By the time it’s over, each one has learned something about themselves that changes the direction of their lives. Cast: Three women of college age.

More photos here.

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Cast list for “This Rose Has Thorns” in Australia

The premiere of THIS ROSE HAS THORNS, playing in Melbourne in April 2018, now has a cast!

Poster by Julia Allen.


* The amazing audition posters

* My first international production of a full-length script announced

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Poster for “Death By Poinsettia” in Virginia

Poster courtesy of Todd Ristau

My Christmas one-act DEATH BY POINSETTIA is on a roll. It’s now been produced three times, with both a production in Hollywood, California and a staged reading in Roanoke, Virginia in December — to bring the total to five.

Here’s the poster for the Roanoke reading, which will be directed by Lauren Ellis and will star Michael Mansfield and Amanda Mansfield.

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