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The Ambassadors, a theatre company in London, included my 10-minute play THE CHRISTMAS GOAT as a staged reading in its December event at the New Wimbledon Theatre in London. Producer Graham Hill sends these kind words:
“So many people came up to me afterwards and commented on how much they’d enjoyed the piece and how funny and engaging your writing was. The thing I personally love about your writing is that you don’t approach ideas and themes from the obvious angle and I think this is what hooks the audience so quickly.”
Equity Library Theater of New York hosted a reading of my full-length play EXTRACTED in New York on Nov. 16. The reading was directed by Alexandra Scordato. Actor Paul Weissman paid me what I thought was the ultimate compliment: When he met me, he said he was surprised. He said he assumed that, based on the hip dialogue, the writer was in his early 30s. I’ll take that anyday! Next up: Revisions!
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Cecil College in Elkton, Maryland produced my short play SOMETIMES ELEPHANTS DIE STANDING UP in early November 2019. More photos by Sarah Rose Capparuccini here.
My 10-minute play THE SANDSTORM has garnered two nice reviews on the New Play Exchange, one from Ohio playwright John Busser and the other from New York playwright Scott Sickles:
“Short, sad and oh so relevant. I was moved by the simplicity of the narrative and the characters, in just a few pages, had me concerned about their fate. Not a showy play at all, it is quiet but powerful.”
— John Busser
“O, how I love a good apocalypse! This one’s just getting started, but the play also has other things I love: smart people, bureaucracy, science and culture! And best of all, the characters have dimension! An investigation is in progress but it leads to unexpected admissions and even impactful lessons learned. As they face the certainty of a rather grave future, Yancey again instills his play with a bright hope in the deep darkness. Even in that darkness, this effervescent piece did my heart an otherworld of good!”
— Scott Sickles
My 10-minute play THE MATH LESSON got a nice review from New York playwright Scott Sickles on the New Play Exchange:
“An elegant and concise sci-fi drama illustrating what’s at the root of everything wrong in the world, namely institutionalized ignorance. Yancey shows us a savvily-defiant teacher called to task over a subversive math problem. The power struggle is palpable and infuriating. Meanwhile, two normal girls simply observe the changes in the world around them, unaware that their planet is in a show but certain freefall. The play infuses doom with hope, and pays tribute to the beauty of their world and ours. Much like the math teacher, THE MATH LESSON is a sublime protest. A genuinely important short play!”
— Scott Sickles
Here are photos from a 2017 production in Chicago.
In late September and early October, I had my first production in Italy — which became the 15th country on my list. The U.S. Army — which has an entertainment division for its troops — produced my 10-minute piece CHEF PIERRE DOES NOT DO SIMPLE at the Soldiers Theatre in Vincenza, Italy.
More photos here.
Here’s a list of my scheduled productions for 2019:
1. Jan. 24-25: HAMLET ON SPRING BREAK (one-act), South County High School, Lorton, Virginia.
2. Jan. 25., Feb. 2, Feb. 12, Feb. 20: THE FOUR HORSEMEN OF THE INTERNET (ten-minute), The Secret Theatre, New York.
3-5: Feb. 6-8: THERE’S A REASON WHY THEY CALL IT FALLING (one-act), TROUBLESHOOTING (ten-minute), THE FOUR HORSEMEN OF THE INTERNET (ten-minute), South Walton One-Act Festival, South Walton High School, South Walton Florida.
6: Feb. 6-8: JENNA AND HER PRIZE-WINNING PIG CHANGE THE COURSE OF HISTORY (one-act), Milwaukie High School, Milwaukie, Oregon.
7. March 11-15: THE CURIOUS CASE OF JOCKSTRAP MALONE (one-act), New Ideas Festival, Alumnae Theatre, Toronto, Canada.
8. March 28-29: THE SECRET LIFE OF PHONES (ten-minute), Ghostlight Theatre Ensemble, Brentwood, California.
9: April 2-4, 10-11: THE ARMADILLO QUEEN (full-length), Fountain Community Theater, Fountain, Colorado.
10: April 23-34: THE SANDSTORM (ten-minute), Paris Junior College, Paris, Texas. (Postponed, possibly until August)
11-13. April 25: THE BEAUTIFUL OGRE (ten-minut e), CHEF PIERRE DOES NOT DO SIMPLE (ten-minute), THE UNOPENED VALENTINE (ten-minute), Danniella DiClaudio and Friends, Charleroi, Pennsylvania.
14-17: May 15-17: THE BEAUTIFUL OGRE AND OTHER FAIRY TALES, CHEF PIERRE DOES NOT SO SIMPLE, WAITING ON THE 10:15, THE SECRET LIFE OF PHONES (all ten-minute), Acting Out Theatre Club and Efflugent Productions, Bedford, Virginia.
18-19: May 28-June 13: SAGUARO and THE VIKING FUNERAL OF HAROLD OLAFSON (five minutes), Cone Man Running festival, Houston, Texas. (Postponed; new date TBA)
20: TBA: THE BEAUTIFUL OGRE AND OTHER FAIRY TALES (ten-minute), Summit Academy, Xenia, Ohio.
Date TBA: RHONDA’S HIGH-CLASS ROADKILL CHILI (full-length), J. Tucker, Hayfork, California