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Rehearsal photos from ‘Veronica’s Dolls’ in Texas

Paris Junior College in Paris, Texas is producing my short one-act VERONICA’S DOLLS, along with five other scripts of mine (!). VERONICA’S DOLLS involves some dolls coming to life to rescue their now-teenage owner, who has overdosed in a suicide attempt. One of the dolls uses the girl’s cellphone to call 911. If you’re using humans to play dolls, then you need a phone scaled accordingly. And director Lisa Martin has created one!

The phone!

The toy box!


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Poster for ‘Curiosity Killed the Cat’ in Ohio

My one-act CURIOSITY KILLED THE CAT is being produced in May at Xenia Academy in Summit, Ohio, a suburb of Cincinnati. Here’s the poster.

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Video: ‘This Rose Has Thorns’ in Australia

It’s been one year since THIS ROSE HAS THORNS played in Melbourne, Australia to sold-out crowds and I finally have a video of the production by BustCo — the Burwood Student Theatre Company at Deakin University. Here ’tis!

More on THIS ROSE HAS THORNS: Read the rest of this entry »

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Review: ‘Veronica’s Dolls’ called ‘most innovative and creative’

The staged reading for Veronica’s Dolls. Photo courtesy of Anthony J. Piccione

My short one-act VERONICA’S DOLLS was performed as a staged reading on March 10 in New York at the Dramatist’s Guild Theatre as part of a festival of short plays about mental health that was produced by Piccione Arts. The event got a nice review in Five-Star Arts Journal.

Here’s what it said about VERONICA’S DOLLS:

“Veronica’s Dolls” A teenagers dolls come to life in a desperate effort to save her life after she attempts suicide. Starring, LOUISE HELLER, EMMA ROMEO, NICK CAPRIOTTI, GEMIA FOO, TRAVIS MARTIN. “Veronica’s Dolls” was most innovative and creative what with its conveyance of human feelings vis-a-vis inanimate objects. This piece happily was reminiscent of the popular Twilight Zone episode: “Five Characters in Search of an Exit”. EMMA ROMEO gave a nice characterization while NICK CAPRIOTTI was well in command of his lines and performance.

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Half the shows in this festival are mine

Festival logo

Usually I don’t brag about individual acceptances unless they’re REALLY big. This one is really big. In April, Paris Junior College in Paris, Texas will hold a festival of 12 short plays. Exactly half of those are mine.

The scripts getting produced are DEANNA DUPES THE DEVIL, THE FERRYMAN AND THE THIEF, LETTERS FROM THE MONA LISA, MY SUMMER AS A MERMAID, THE SEVEN DEADLY SINS and VERONICA’S DOLLS. You can find a complete list of my 2019 productions here.


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Review for ‘Dewey Defeats Truman’

My 10-minute play DEWEY DEFEATS TRUMAN has just gotten this nice review on the New Play Exchange:

“ Clever and timely! This would make the perfect addition to any short play festival centered on “current events.”
— Rey Dabalsa

A parable about fake news. In this play, after the infamous “Dewey Defeats Truman” headline, the newspaper kept insisting Dewey really did win, publishing story after story about the Dewey administration. Now it’s eight years later . . . Cast: Four: Three male, one female.
* Produced Oct-Nov. 2018, Broom Street Theater, Madison, Wisconsin.

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Rehearsal photos from ‘The One-Word Odyssey’

Director Tyler Olsen-Highness shares these rehearsal photos from THE ONE-WORD ODYSSEY at Great River School in St. Paul, Minnesota. The show was supposed to be Feb. 1-2 but the polar vortex has pushed it to Feb. 8-9.

Odysseus himself?

Holding up the storm.

Something’s happening here but I don’t know what it is.

And then there’s this.

The story of the Odyssey, more or less, in which each line consists of just a single word. Ideal for a class project. Includes monsters and a talking hamburger. Cast: As few as 18 — 9 males, 3 females, 6 non-gender — or as many as 33 — 17 males, 7 females, 9 non-gender. Running time: One hour.

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