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Photo from “Chef Pierre Does Not Do Simple” in Virginia

Sandy Sampson and John Maresca.

The Smith Mountain Lake Arts Council produced my 10-minute play CHEF PIERRE DOES NOT DO SIMPLE on April 2, 2017 at the Bernad’s Landing resort in Scruggs, Virginia.

This marked the fourth production of the script:

CHEF PIERRE DOES NOT DO SIMPLE
A television producer explains to a TV chef that he need to simplify some of his language because many younger viewers do not understand them. He reacts badly and winds up creating a mess with broken eggs and flour. Cast: Four — One male, three non-gender. Running time: Ten minutes.
* Produced by Newburgh Free Academy, Newburgh, N.Y., May 2009.
* Produced by Jeonju Players, Jeonju, South Korea, December 2014
* Produced by Dover Little Theatre, Dover, New Jersey, April 2016.
* Produced by Smith Mountain Lake Arts Council, Scruggs, Virginia, April 2017.

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Four short scripts to be produced in South Korea in December

I’ve just scored my first production in South Korea.

The Jeonju Players, an English-language company in Joenju, are producing two nights worth of short comic pieces on December 6 and 7.

Among the 14 pieces are four of mine, all of which have been previously produced:

CAN I?
A lesson in both grammar and assertiveness. A restaurant customer asks: “can I have the daily special?” A bossy waiter or waitress says “no.” Cast: Two, non-gender. Running time: Five minutes.
* Produced by Flush Ink Productions in Asphalt Jungle Shorts Festival in Kitchener, Ontario, September 2014. (Photos from that production here.)

GOD AND THE DEVIL MEET FOR A BUSINESS LUNCH
God and the devil meet in an out-of-the-way lunch spot to discuss a
business proposition: The devil thinks the Almighty should reimburse him for
punishing the wicked. Comes in two versions, one 5 minutes, one 10
minutes. Cast: Three — 2 males, 1 female. Running time: Five
minutes or ten minutes.
* Five-minute version performed at No Shame Theatre, Roanoke, Va., August 2004 and October 2004 as part of The Best of No Shame.
* Produced by Homespun Productions, broadcast on Channel 18, Sacramento, California, October 2005. Here’s video of.
* Classroom presentation, Averett College, Danville, Va., Dec. 3, 2007.
* Radio play by Falcon Radio Theatre, Seattle, 2013. Here’s audio.
* Staged reading by Lake Players, Smith Mountain Lake, Va., April 2014. (Photos from that reading here.)

THE BEAUTIFUL OGRE AND OTHER FAIRY TALES
A father reads his daughter a fairy tale as a bedtime story — which the characters begin to act out. The girl doesn’t like how the story is going — no strong female role models, for instance — so she changes it all around. This is the result. Cast: Five — three males, two females. Running time: Eight minutes.
• Produced by the Paw Paw Village Players, Paw Paw, Michigan, Feb. 15-16, 22-23, 2008.
• Produced by Youth Education on Stage Summer Shorts, Williston, North Dakota, June 24-26, 2008.
• Produced by Subversive Theatre, Buffalo, N.Y., various nights between May 2-17, 2009.
• Produced by Play’n’Well Players, Plainview, Michigan, last weekend of May 2009.

CHEF PIERRE DOES NOT DO SIMPLE
A television producer explains to a TV chef that he need to simplify some of his language because many younger viewers do not understand them. He reacts badly and winds up creating a mess with broken eggs and flour. Cast: Four — One male, three non-gender. Running time: Ten minutes.
• Produced by Newburgh Free Academy, Newburgh, N.Y., May 2009. (Photos here.)

So, here’s the latest list of my upcoming productions:

* November 7, 8, 14, 15, 22, and 23: DEMOTING PLUTO, one-act, Short Science Play Showcase at the Explora Science Center and Children’s Museum, Albuquerque, New Mexico.
* December 6-7: THE BEAUTIFUL OGRE AND OTHER FAIRY TALES, CAN I?, CHEF PIERRE DOES NOT DO SIMPLE, and GOD AND THE DEVIL MEET FOR A BUSINESS LUNCH, by the Jeonju Players, Joenju, South Korea.
* December 19-20: LET THERE BE LIGHTS! by Mockingbird Players, Columbia City, Indiana.

And here’s a partial list of productions this year:

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“The Sky is Falling” to be produced in California in September

Here's the show poster.

Here’s the show poster.

My ten-minute script THE SKY IS FALLING will be produced September 6 in Lagunitas, California (Marin County, just north of San Francisco) by a troupe with the wonderful name Piano Fight Productions.

It’s part of an outdoors show called “Roughin’ It,” although it can’t be too rough because it’s at the Paradise Healing Center, which is said to be “overlooking golden hills and nestled in the forest of West Marin.” Sounds pretty tranquil to me!

Here’s the synopsis. Note that it includes a rap song!

THE SKY IS FALLING
Two squirrels conduct an experiment, dropping things off a powerline. The result: Chicken Little gets hit on the head and thinks the sky is falling. Comedy — and a rap song — ensue. Cast: Five – 1 male, 1 female, 3 non-gender. Running time: Ten minutes.

It joins this list of upcoming productions:
* August 1-3: THE OTHER SIDE OF OZ, full-length script, Backyard Theatre, Billings, Montana.
* August 16: THE FACE ON MARS, ten-minute play, Suffield Players, Suffield, Connecticut
* September 6: THE SKY IS FALLING, ten-minute play, Piano Fight Productions, Lagunitas (Marin County), California.
* September 22-24, SOMETIMES ELEPHANTS DIE STANDING UP, ten-minute play, Ghost Dog Productions, The Horse and Stables, London, UK.
* November 7, 8, 14, 15, 22, and 23: A MARTIAN WESTERN and DEMOTING PLUTO, one-acts, Short Science Play Showcase at the Explora Science Center and Children’s Museum, Albuquerque, New Mexico.

And here’s a partial list of productions this year:

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“God and the Devil Meet for a Business Lunch” by the Lake Players

God (at right) and the Devil (at left). Photo by Heather Yvonne Brush. Note the Sopranos hat.

Blake Lipscomb as the devil and Mary Anne Leslie as God. Photo by Heather Yvonne Brush. Note the Sopranos hat.

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I have a series of short pieces involving God and the Devil, which always end the same way, with the angelic Almighty getting the better of the harried Prince of Darkness. The Lake Players, at Smith Mountain Lake, Virginia, included the 10-minute “God and the Devil Meet for a Business Lunch” as part of their reading series on March 28.

Here are some photos from the evening, or you find the entire set here.

A full house! The show was in the social hall of Resurrection Catholic Church in Moneta, Virginia.

A full house! The show was in the social hall of Resurrection Catholic Church in Moneta, Virginia.

The devil (Blake Lipscomb) shows up at an out-of-the-way diner, hoping to make a business proposition to the Almighty.

The devil (Blake Lipscomb) shows up at an out-of-the-way diner, hoping to make a business proposition to the Almighty. Marlene Truesdell is the sassy waitress.

Guess what's on the menu. Loaves and fishes.

Guess what’s on the menu. Loaves and fishes.

Want to see more?

* Here’s video of a group in Sacramento, California doing the same piece in 2005.
* Here’s audio from when Falcon Radio Theatre in Seattle did the script in 2013.
* Video: “God and the Devil Settle a Contract Dispute”
* Video: “God and the Devil Debate The Issues”

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Seattle radio station produces four more of my scripts as radio plays

Falcon Radio Theatre airs Thursday nights at 7 p.m. Pacific Standard Time on kspu.org

Falcon Radio Theatre airs Thursday nights at 7 p.m. Pacific Standard Time on kspu.org

A Seattle Internet radio station — KSPU, affiliated with Seattle Pacific University — has produced four more of my scripts as radio plays.

This is the second week in a row that Falcon Radio Theatre has done some of my work, and this time I got the whole hour.

I’m big in Seattle!

The scripts that were done  Feb. 7 were:
* “Lucy,” a one-act about the devil, that’s been previously produced in Virginia and Maine.
* “Somewhere Tonight, the Last Washington Senators’ Game Plays On,” a ten-minute play about baseball that was produced for the first time.
* “The Liberal Arts Pirates,” a five-minute piece about career counseling that was a favorite when it was first done at No Shame Theatre in Roanoke, Virginia.
* “The Secret Lives of Goldfish: Pirates!,” a five-minute piece in my series of goldfish shorts.

Here’s what Falcon Radio Theatre did last week.

You can tune in (can you still say tune in if it’s Internet radio?) on Thursday at 7 p.m. Pacific time — 10 p.m. for us East Coasters — at kspu.org.

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