Recent reading: SAY GOODBYE TO HOLLYWOOD at CVRep

On June 30, my 10-minute comedy Say Goodbye to Hollywood received a staged reading at Coachella Valley Repertory Theatre (CVRep) in Rancho Mirage, California. It was part of the “Twilight Cafe,” an annual evening of short works written by members of the CVRep Conservatory Writers Group.

The play, an affectionate satire on the movie business (and Palm Springs) was directed by Andy Harmon and starred Barry Cutler, Dan Graff, and Alexana Thomas. Everybody did a wonderful job. One of the actors wrote me afterward: “As I’m sure you know — and as the audience so well confirmed — Say Goodbye to Hollywood is ridiculously hilarious. A real crowd pleaser.”

Another of the actors told me that thanks to her performance she was offered another acting job at an upcoming production at another theatre. I love it when success builds on success.

And it’s great to comedies that make people laugh — especially when they laugh in the right places!

CRUSADE now on NPX

I have posted my new full-length play Crusade to the New Play Exchange. https://newplayexhange.org

Crusade recreates the traditional war drama in a new way with an urgently relevant message for today.

It is the near future. Civil war rages between Christian fundamentalists who control the federal government and rebellious U.S. military units still loyal to the Constitution. The play follows the fate of an Army patrol caught up in this conflict. Stylistically, Crusade seeks to heighten a typically realistic form through the use of sound, lighting, language, and physical action in a “total theatre” effort to confront the audience with the reality of violence and the danger of extremism.

Prize Winner

I am very pleased to announce my play Quarantine was awarded Third Place in the 2017 One-Act Playwriting Competition at the Little Theatre of Alexandria in Northern Virginia.

In notifying me, the head of the competition said: “Out of 90+ plays, yours was the 3rd rated highest in our competition. People loved your show. They thought it was very realistic, and they loved the strong male characters…People devoured your show, and many offered to try out for it, they loved it so much….It was very compelling, and kept everyone engaged. You should be proud of your accomplishments and know that you were the “cream of the crop.”

My deep thanks to LTA for this recognition.

If interested in Quarantine, see my post below; it’s also available through New Play Exchange.

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