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Video: Staged reading of “Miss Cow Pie Bingo”

Back in January, I held a staged reading of my full-length comedy MISS COW PIE BINGO at Showtimers in Roanoke, Virginia.

Here, at last, is video from that reading. (Shout-out to videographer Blake Lipscomb, who stepped in on short notice.)

Melora Kordos directed. Cast consisted of: Kelly Anglim, Tim Kennard, Patrick Kennerly, Nancy Lawrence, Jason Patrick Palmer, Emma Sala, Heather Sexton, Gwyneth Strope, with Luke Clark reading stage directions.

MISS COW PIE BINGO
A Texas mother desperately wants one of her daughters to win a beauty pageant. Problem is, neither daughter is interested. The older one just wants to shoot her gun and the younger one is busy playing video games and hacking computer sites. To make up for this, the mom hires a pageant consultant, who turns out to be fake. There’s also a robot. Comedy ensues. Cast: Five females, three males.

Here are still photos from the reading.

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Staged reading of “Miss Cow Pie Bingo” on January 3

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My newest full-length script is MISS COW PIE BINGO, a “Southern comedy.” I’ll be having a staged reading of it at Showtimers theatre in Roanoke, Virginia on January 3, directed by Melora Kordos of Lynchburg. She directed last year’s reading of the drama SOFTBALL IS LIFE. (Photos from that are here.)

Synopsis: Rhonda Hardbuckle wants nothing more than for one of her daughters to win a beauty pageant. Problem is, neither of them is interested in competing. That doesn’t stop Rhonda from hiring a pageant consultant anyway, who turns out to be a fraud. Comedy ensues. There’s also a robot.

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Photos from “The Angel Tree” at Showtimers

My Christmas one-act THE ANGEL TREE was produced at Showtimers in Roanoke, Virginia December 5-7 as part of their holiday show. Here are some photos.

Lindsey Talbott as a somewhat sassy angel.

Lindsey Talbott as a somewhat sassy angel.

The angel, played by Lindsey Talbott, appears -- transformed from the angel on top the tree to an live angel. The tree suffers in the process.

The angel, played by Lindsey Talbott, appears — transformed from the angel on top the tree to an live angel. The tree suffers in the process.

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“The Angel Tree” to be produced in Roanoke in December

My one-act Christmas play, THE ANGEL TREE, is getting a lot of attention this fall.

A community theatre in Collbran, Colorado will produce it in December. So, too, will Showtimers community theatre in Roanoke. The Showtimers shows will be December 5-7, as part of a night of four one-acts about Christmas, the other three by other writers.


THE ANGEL TREE

An angel appears to a single mother at Christmas and helps her find a common bond with her surly teenage daughter. Cast: Three females. Running time: 20 minutes.

Here are the shows I have upcoming:

* 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.
* November 12: JENNA AND HER PRIZE-WINNING PIG CHANGE THE COURSE OF HISTORY, Lewis and Clark School District, Minot, North Dakota.
* December 2: KLAUS, staged reading in New York, as part of the Gi60 Extended Editions.
* 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 16: OLGA, staged reading at IRT Theatre, New York, N.Y.
* December 19-20: LET THERE BE LIGHTS! by Mockingbird Players, Columbia City, Indiana.
* December 19-20: THE ANGEL TREE and A ZOMBIE CHRISTMAS, by CW Actors Group, Collbran, Colorado.

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

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“Softball Is Life” to have staged reading January 4

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I’m thrilled to announce that my latest full-length script, “Softball Is Life,” will have a staged reading on Saturday, January 4, 2014 at Showtimers in Roanoke, Virginia.

Melora Kordos of Lynchburg will direct. The cast consists of Kelly Anglim, James Honaker, Stevie Holcomb, Patrick Kennerly, Jeff Price, Gary Reid, Emma Sala and Heather Sexton — an all-star cast of performers from the Roanoke Valley (with the exception of Jeff, who is an all-star performer from Lynchburg.)

This is a script I’m very excited about and was eager to see and hear how it works. I’m indebted to Showtimers for helping make this happen, and the talent cast and director for volunteering their time.

My goal was to write a sports play for women, although the result is somewhat different. Despite the title, this play isn’t really about sports; it’s about something else entirely. Relationships, I suppose you could say.

The quick synopsis goes like this: A former high school softball star sits in prison, estranged from her 14-year-old daughter, who shares her gift for pitching but doesn’t realize it. Instead, she is more concerned about protecting herself from the predatory boyfriend of the cousin she’s forced to live with.

Note: Some adult language and situations.

There is no sports action in the show (sports action always being hard to depict on stage, anyway.) The opening scene has the sounds of a softball game happening off-stage; after that, the play takes place entirely outside softball season. Some of it takes place in a women’s prison; some of it takes place around a Dumpster.

Cast of eight — three women, one teen-age girl, three men, and one non-gender role (the school custodian, which will be played here by Jeff Price.)

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Rehearsals begin for “57 Hours in the House of Culture”

The cast gathers around as director Brian O'Sullivan shows a photo from the actual Moscow theatre seige of 2002, on which my show is based.

Rehearsals for the world premiere of “57 Hours in the House of Culture,” my full-length script about the Moscow theatre siege, began Sunday evening, April 22.

The show runs May 16-27 at Studio Roanoke.

The cast gathered with director Brian O’Sullivan and stage manager Brandon DuMonde for the first read-through. For some of the cast members, this was doing double duty — most of them had already been in a show earlier that day. Owen Merritt, Kelly Anglim and Gary Reid had just finished “Monkey Wrench” at Studio Roanoke. Tim Kennard and Joel Gruver had likewise had their final performance of “Lion in Winter” at Showtimers.

We’ve had one last-minute cast change. Peter Colbert had to drop out due to some unforeseen scheduling conflicts, but Joel Gruver has signed on to play Ivan the usher. I’ve been a fan of Joel’s work for some time and am delighted to be able to say he’s in my show. In fact, I saw him just Friday night in action as the French king at Showtimers.

We’ve also added on Blake Lipscomb for a small role as a Russian soldier; we’re still scouting for another Russian soldier.

So, the line-up stands:
* Andrei, a retired civil engineer who is in the audience that fateful night: Gary Reid
* Svetlana, his wife and a retired teacher: Diane Heard
* Irina, a young mother in the audience that night: Heather Sexton
* Ivan the usher, who serves as a kind of narrator: Joel Gruver
* Dmitri the pit musician: Owen Merritt
* Mosvar Barayev, the terrorist leader: Tim Kennard
* Fatima the Black Widow, one of the female terrorists: Kelly Anglim
* Olga Romanova, a brave but naive perfume sales clerk who came in off the street to try to solve the situation: Cadie Burks
* Russian soldier: Blake Lipscomb.

Gary and Diane, it should be noted, are the main characters — two audience members caught up in a horrific event beyond their control. They also showed up with almost all their lines already memorized — this even though Gary was just in a show!

The cast gathered on the set of "Monkey Wrench" for the first read-through.

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