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“The Cellphones of the Dead” in Minneapolis

The police officer at the scene of a mass shooting. Photo courtesy of Casey Holmes.

My short play based on the mass shooting at Virginia Tech in 2007 has gotten produced a lot this year as part of various theatrical productions that have risen up in the wake of the mass shooting in Parkland, Florida this spring. In September, THE CELLPHONES OF THE DEAD was included in the Safety Off show at The Phoenix Theatre in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

Producer Casey Holmes shares this photo gallery.

THE CELLPHONES OF THE DEAD

A police officer’s somber monologue: He was at the scene of a mass shooting, and could literally hear the awful news start to spread — as the cellphones of the victims started to ring with desperate messages from their frantic friends.

Also:
* Photos from Roanoke, Virginia, April 2018
* THE CELLPHONES OF THE DEAD included in collection of short plays

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Photos from staged reading for “Revenge of the Fairy Queen”

Katerina Yancey (left) as Oberon, transformed into a multi-creature beast. Photo by Bobbie Daniels.

In June 2018, I held a private staged reading for my script REVENGE OF THE FAIRY QUEEN. Dylan Kennedy Grey directed at the Bower Center for the Arts in Bedford, Virginia.

I have two wonderful photo galleries from this — one from Bobbie Daniels and one from, well, um, me. Hers are better.

REVENGE OF THE FAIRY QUEEN
The unauthorized sequel to Shakespeare’s “Midsummer Night’s Dream.” Titania realizes that Oberon has duped her into falling in love with a mortal transformed into an ass. Furious, she plots revenge, to be carried out on Midwinter’s Day. Her plot, though, goes awry and many complications ensue. Cast: 12 – 4 female, 5 male, 3 non-gender.

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Short play “Saguaro” included in Protest Plays collection of immigration plays

My five-minute play SAGUARO has been included in a collection of plays about immigration being promoted by Protest Plays.

Earlier this year, Protest Plays included my five-minute play THE CELLPHONES OF THE DEAD in a similar collection of short plays related to mass shootings.

More on Protest Plays here.

Here’s a synopsis:

SAGUARO
Two border patrol agents in Arizona are on the look-out for illegal immigrants. The veteran explains the desert to the rookie, with a twist at the end. Cast: Two males. Running time: Five minutes.
* Staged reading at No Shame Theatre, Roanoke, Va., July 22, 2011.

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“Just Another Day At The Office” wins a prize

An unexpected award.

An unexpected surprise arrived in the mail recently: My one-act play JUST ANOTHER DAY AT THE OFFICE won top honors at an April festival of staged readings in Middleburg, Virginia sponsored by Shakespeare In The Burg.

Here’s video of the actual reading.

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Praise for “The Face on Mars” in London

In May, Horatio Theatre in London, UK produced my short play THE FACE ON MARS as part of a three-day festival of short science fiction plays. Here’s a note from the producer:

“Courtney Larkin tackled the bottomless depths of Dwayne Yancey’s imaginative and sharp script, and made it into a clean, dry, and twisted piece of wonderful stagecraft. It was uncomfortably funny, and it perfectly mirrored many of the things we hate about the world around us. The twist, unexpected as it was, was sold to perfection by Lindsey Huebner and Martin Lomas. After watching them, I really want to know more about that martian civilisation, that society that disappeared millions of years before we even existed.”

The script was previously produced in Connecticut. No photos from London but do have some from Connecticut.

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Nine short plays produced in Maryland

“A Vampire Soap Opera”

“A Vampire Soap Opera”

“Damsel Not in Distress”

“Damsel Not in Distress”

Radcliffe Creek School in Chestertown, Maryland produced nine of my short plays in May — two ten-minute scripts and seven that run about five minutes. Of note: One of those 10-minute plays is “A Vampire Soap Opera,” which I wrote in 2010 as part of the annual 24-hour play festival Overnight Sensations in Roanoke, Virginia produced by Hollins University and Mill Mountain Theatre. I’ve participated in maybe a half dozen of those festivals; each time I try to write a script that I think will have a life beyond that particular festival. This, though, is the first time I’ve actually had one of those scripts go on to a second life.

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“Sometimes Elephants Die Standing Up” in Peeskill, New York

Peeskill High School in Peeskill, New York produced my 10-minute play SOMETIMES ELEPHANTS DIE STANDING UP on June 4, 2018. Terry Sandler shares these photos.

Two circus workers try to monetize a dead elephant.

Hilarity ensues.

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