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Photos: “The Fruitcake” in Orrsville, Ohio

A scene from THE FRUITCAKE.

A scene from THE FRUITCAKE.

My most frequently-produced script is THE FRUITCAKE, a Christmas one-one published through Brooklyn Publishers. It’s been produced 42 times so far and yet . . . I’ve never seen it. Nor have I been able to find photos from a production — until now.

The folks at Orrsville Community Theatre in Orrsville, Ohio — who were the 42nd production, in December 2014 — kindly provided these photos.

You can find the whole set here.

An extended and quite dysfunctional family gathers for a Christmas season tradition — Aunt Hazel’s historically inedible fruitcake. But before she can bring it out, some of the relatives steal the thing and make a bet on whether they can destroy it. Chaos ensues. Characters include a goth-punk teen, a science nerd, a tough-talking ex-Peace Corps worker, a nearsighted aunt, and so forth. Cast: Nine — 2 male, 4 female, 3 non-gender.

If you’re curious, here’s the entire production history — so far! Read the rest of this entry »


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At least eight productions this fall, including one in India

The flag of India. I'm about to have my first production there.

The flag of India. I’m about to have my first production there.

I have at least eight productions this fall, including my first in India!

I say “at least eight” because some of my publishers don’t report productions until after they’ve happened, so it’s likely that number is higher.

But here are the ones I do know about, which are happening in six different states and the forementioned Republic of India!

* The one-act “The Fruitcake,” a Christmas show, remains my most frequently-produced script. It’s published by Brooklyn Publishers these four productions will take me up to the 40th production mark:

— Patrick Henry Academy, Estill, South Carolina, Oct. 29
— McCool Schools, McCool Junction, Nebraska, Nov. 1
— New Underwood School District, New Underwood, South Dakota, Nov. 23
— Mitchell High School, Mitchell, Nebraska, Nov. 26.

* The one-act “Hit the Books” continues to climb up the charts. It’s published by Eldridge Plays and Musicals and these two productions will be the 13th and 14th of this script:

— Milestone Public School, Milestone, Montana, Nov. 23
— Catholic Central High School, Burlington, Wisconsin, Dec. 14

* The hour-long one-act “Macbeth Goes Hollywood” is my second most-production script. It’s also published by Eldridge Plays and Musicals and this production will be the 26th production — and my first in India.

— Pathways School Gurgaon, Gurgaon, India, Nov. 16. (This is on the outskirts of New Delhi.)

That won’t be my first production in Asia, though. Earlier this year, a group in Singapore produced another of my one-acts, “Mac and Beth.” It also was a Shakespeare spoof, perhaps underscoring how much Shakespeare is a universal language.

On another note, I’m struck again by how many productions I get in the Upper Midwest.

Finally, as previously noted, one of my full-length scripts is scheduled for production in December in Oregon — “On the 13th Day of Christmas” at Santiam High School in Mill City, Oregon. That will be the first production of that script, but will be the sixth full-length script I’ve had produced.

Note that all these one-acts have been published, so royalties are involved. But impoverished directors take note, I have many more scripts that are unpublished and I allow those to be produced royalty-free. Here’s why.

F0r more on these and all my other scripts, see the scripts category.

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“The Fruitcake” hits its 35th production, with more on the way

The Christmas one-act “The Fruitcake” — published by Brooklyn Publishers — is pulling away as my most frequently produced work.

Two places have produced it this winter season, and one more is scheduled to.

The ones so far are:

* Cedar Rapids Public School, Cedar Rapids, Nebraska, Nov. 19, 2012.
* Rock’n’Bach (which appears to be a private arts school of some sort), Frisco, Texas, Nov. 30, 2012.

That Rock’n’Bach performance marked the 35th production.

And then the Fort Worth school district in Fort Worth, Texas is scheduled to produce it on Dec. 20 (not sure which school.)

Alas, for all those productions, I have yet to see a one, nor receive any photos from any of them.

My second most frequently-produced script is the one-act “Macbeth Goes Hollywood” — produced by Eldridge Plays and Musicals. That show has been produced 24 times, most recently in October at a school in Steger, Illinois.

In third place is “Hamlet on Spring Break” — published by Playscripts. That show has been produced 23 times, most recently in July 2012 by a school in Port Republic, New Jersey. (Here’s video from a May 2007 production in Winston-Salem, North Carolina and still photos from a 2004 production in St. Paul, Minnesota.

However, that ranking might change. In fourth place is another Christmas show, “Santa Claustrophobia,” through Big Dog Plays. It’s been produced 17 times. However, Playscripts notifies me immediately when a production is scheduled; Big Dog only lets me know when it’s time to send a royalty check. Last year, “Santa Claustrophobia” was produced three times, so it’s possible there are more productions out there this fall, which could cause Santa to bump Hamlet back to fourth.

In fifth place is “Code 40 Verona,” a murder mystery based on the police investigation into the deaths of Romeo and Juliet. It’s published through Eldridge, and was last produced in October 2011 at a school in McDonough, Georgia.

I have other published scripts that have been produced less frequently and, of course, I have many unpublished ones, which are available, royalty-free, through me. Inquire within!

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“The Fruitcake” to be produced in Nebraska in November

My most-produced work in a Christmas one-act, “The Fruitcake.”

I recently got word from the publisher (Brooklyn Publishers) that it will be produced at Cedar Rapids Public School in Cedar Rapids, Nebraska on November 19, 2012.

That will be the 34th production of the script — and I have yet to see a single one!

This is the second full production I have scheduled this fall (that I know about). The other is “Macbeth Goes Hollywood,” at a school in Steger, Illinois. (I say “that I know about” because sometimes I don’t hear from publishers until after a show has gone up.)

Here’s a synopsis of “The Fruitcake” and a complete list of the productions:

An extended and quite dysfunction family gathers for a Christmas season tradition — Aunt Hazel’s historically inedible fruitcake. But before she can bring it out, some of the relatives steal the thing and make a bet on whether they can destroy it. Chaos ensues. Characters include a goth-punk teen, a science nerd, a tough-talking ex-Peace Corps worker, a nearsighted aunt, and so forth. Cast: Nine — 2 male, 4 female, 3 non-gender.

√ Hoover Middle School, Indiatlantic, Fla. 2006.
√ Deer Mount Judea, Deer, Arizona, 2006-2007.
√ Parker School, Parker, South Dakota, 2006-2007.
√ Hysham Public Schools, Hysham, Montana, 2006-2007.
√ Reno High School, Reno, Nevada, Feb. 27, 2007.
√ Leonardtown High School, Leonardtown, Maryland, March 1-3, 2007.
√ Sahuaro High School, Tucson, Arizona, April 17, 2007.
√ Admiral Thomas H. Moorer Middle School, Efaula, Alabama, 2007-2008.
√ Pickett County High School, Byrdstown, Tenn., 2007-2008.
√ Clearwater Public School, Clearwater, Nebraska, 2007-2008.
√ Garrison High School, Garrison, North Dakota, 2007-2008.
√ Westside Middle School, Omaha, Nebraska, Dec. 13, 2007.
√ St. Joseph High School, Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, April 29, 2008.
√ Cedar Park Christian School, Everett, Washington, June 12, 2008.
√ Salem Academy, Winston-Salem, N.C., Dec. 3, 2008.
√ “Mountain View High School, Mountain View, Wyoming, Dec. 4, 2008.
√ New Berlin High School, New Berlin, Illinois, Oct. 9, 2009.
√ Captain Shreve High School, Shreveport, Louisiana, Nov. 19, 2009.
√ St. Clair County High School, Odenville, Alabama, Dec. 3, 2009.
√ Ogemaw Heights High School, West Branch, Michigan, Dec. 21, 2009.
√ Lincoln-Way North High School, Frankfort, Ill., March 20, 2010
√ Metter High School, Metter, Georgia, Dec. 2, 2010.
√ Immaculate Heart High School, Tucson, Arizona, Dec. 15, 2010.
√Wahkiakum High School, Cathlamet, Washington, Dec. 29, 2010.
√ Whitehouse High School, Whitehouse, Texas, Dec. 30, 2010.
√ Scotlandville Magnet High School, Baton Rouge, Louisiana, Dec. 21, 2010.
√ Chambers Public School, Chambers, Nebraska, Dec. 18, 2010.
√ Dogwood Senior Drama, Coquitlam, British Columbia, Nov. 27, 2011.
√ Churchland High School, Portsmouth, Va., Dec. 1, 2011.
√ MN Players, MN Players, Havertown, Pa., Dec. 2, 2011.
√ McEwen High School, McEwen, Tenn., Dec. 19, 2011.
√ ABO School, Onida, South Dakota, January 2012.
* Scheduled to be produced by Cedar Rapids Public School, Cedar Rapids, Nebraska, Nov. 19, 2012.

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“The Kissing Consultant” produced in South Africa

I often don’t find out about productions of my published plays until long after the fact (when royalty statements come). So what I’m about to report is up to a year old, but still true and fun:

* My one-act “The Kissing Consultant” got produced at a school in Johannesburg, South Africa! Specifically, Athlone Girls High School (not to be confused with Athlone Boys High School, I’ve learned.) So I can add a new country to my list. I’ve now had productions in the United States, Canada, Mexico, Great Britain, The Philippines, Australia, Turkey and now South Africa.

In addition:
* My one-act “The Weird Sisters on Holiday” had its premiere at a high school in Kansas — Anderson County High School, on January, 14,  2011.

* And add on 3 more productions of “Santa Claustrophobia” and 5 more of “The Fruitcake,” both Christmas one-acts. Some of those in Canada!

“The Kissing Consultant,” “The Weird Sisters on Holiday” and “The Fruitcake” are all published by Brooklyn Publishers. “Santa Claustrophobia” is published by Big Dog Plays.

Alas, I’ve never had a chance to see any of these produced.

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