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Update on The Walkers

My darkly comic full length play The Walkers has been cast and is in rehearsal right here in Seattle. The opening at Theatre 9/12 is set for April 5. I have attended some of the rehearsals and know that the play is in good hands. I have also had the opportunity to polish and tighten the script, thanks to the questions and suggestions from director Charles Waxberg and from the actors. That is one of the blessings of having a play produced in the city where I live. I will also be able to invite my local friends, many of whom have never seen my work, to attend performances.

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A first hit for Snow White!

I’m thrilled that a fairly new, goofy short play titled Snow White Who? has been chosen for its first ever production by Lab Theater Project in Florida. This play is (obviously) based on the Snow White fairly tale, but focuses on the Prince, as he tells his father the King about this poor and simple girl he has fallen in love with. I doubt I’ll be able to get to Florida to see the show (although I’m considering it), but this acceptance has inspired me to submit Snow White Who? to more theaters.

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Holy Hell in Columbus, OH

MadLab Theater in Columbus, OH will be producing my powerful short play Holy Hell in May/June this year as part of a “Best of” festival comprised of plays they have successfully mounted in the past. This play had been produced at MadLab in 2013 as part of a collection of my short plays titled That Bumpy Road to Love. I was fortunate to be able to attend that production, which was beautifully done.

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Ask. Tell. is getting a lot of attention

My newest short play, Ask. Tell., has already been chosen for performance by 3 different theaters. Drunken Owl Theater right here in Seattle is going to do a lightly staged reading of the play on April 21 at a tavern near downtown. This will be my first opportunity to hear the play spoken aloud. I’m very excited that it’s going to be done somewhere I can actually see it.

Ask. Tell. has also been accepted into Spokane Civic Theater’s Playwright Festival coming up in June. Also into the Cascades 10 Festival in Bend, OR. Both festivals want a play that is new, although the Cascades Festival allows for one previous performance. I’m hoping it will work out that the play can be in both festivals, because both are within driving range and I’m eager to see several interpretations of this fresh play.

I’m thinking this might end up being one of my very popular plays. It has a great role for an older women, which roles are always in demand. And it has a role for a young transgendered man, which can be played a man or a woman. There is a big audience for plays dealing with members of the transgendered community, so here’s hoping Ask. Tell. speaks to that audience.

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Want in Bellingham

My newest full length play Want is going to be given a public reading by Bellingham TheatreWorks. This is my grittiest play, an American tragedy about the erosive effect of poverty and jealousy on love. Since Bellingham is only a 2 hour drive away, I’ll be able to attend the reading and subsequent talkback. Want has only had one production so far so I’m eager for feedback from a new audience.

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The Walkers in Seattle

My full length dark comedy The Walkers is going to be produced in Seattle by Theatre 9/12. This is especially good news because I live in Seattle and so will be able to attend rehearsals, continue to polish the play, see the production myself, and invite my friends. It opens April 5. I’m so excited!

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Welcome to 2024

The year is starting off well with several upcoming productions. Short play Holy Hell, one of the brightest gems in my body of work, is going to be published by Rain City Projects, a group in Seattle dedicated to supporting and connecting Pacific Northwest playwrights. The release date is set for Feb. 24.

Senior Smilez of Hopkington, MA has chosen Santa’s Little Mrs. and Somebody You’re Not as two of the plays they will be bringing to senior centers throughout this coming year.

Fighting Mr. Right, a consistent favorite, is going to be produced by Ixion Ensemble in Michigan this coming May.

Open Eye Theater of Margaretville, NY is going to include Canyon’s Edge in a Feb. 13 radio performance of play readings. It will stream on http://wioxradio.org.

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3 plays coming up in Korea

In 2015, a theater company in Korea performed a collection of 7 of my short play, in Korean. They even flew me to Incheon to see the performances, which was a thrill. I was contacted recently by one of the producers of that collection who let me know that they would like to mount 3 of those plays again this month (August, 2023). I’m so happy that my plays have spoken to these theater artists and their audiences. I noticed when I was there that the laughter of a Korean audience sounds exactly like the laughter from an American audience, which reminded me that, no matter how different we are in how we look or talk or eat, we are all brothers and sisters sharing a beautiful planet.

The plays to be performed are Cupid’s Beau, Here to Serve You, and Canyon’s Edge.

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Fighting Mr. Right in Australia

My very popular romcom Fighting Mr. Right has been chosen by the Pymble Players of Sydney, Australia for their upcoming Short Form Theater Project, to be performed in December. For some reason my plays do very well in Australia. One of these days I would love to take myself there to see one of these performances.

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The Way to a Man’s Heart – again!

In May 2023, The Way to a Man’s Heart was performed by Congregation Bet Ha’am in Portland, ME. I guess they didn’t mind that I’m not Jewish myself.