Tuesday, August 19, 2014

“The Craft” in London

I’m very pleased to report that “The Craft” will be performed in London next month as part of an evening of short plays produced by the artists collective Fractured Lines. Fractured Lines brings artists together, creating opportunities for experimentation and development, fusing live performance and film to heal the divide between creators and consumers of art. The group produces a bi-monthly evening of complementarily themed plays under the title “Blaggards”.   

“The Craft” will be presented as part of Blaggards on the September 8th at COG ARTSpace, a new studio theatre space on the border of Hackney and Islington showing the best in new theatre, stand-up, spoken word and more. If you can make it along, they’re located at 113 Southgate Rd, above the De Beauvoir Arms, London N1 3JS.

I hope all involved have a great time rehearsing and performing in what is rapidly becoming my most produced short play to date!

Thursday, July 31, 2014

“Cuthbert’s Last Stand” at the Warner International Playwrights Festival

I’m very pleased to have had “Cuthbert’s Last Stand” selected as one of the winning plays for the 2014 Warner International Playwrights Festival. The festival will take place in mid-October at the beautiful Warner Theatre in Torrington, CT. Built by Warner Brothers Studios and opened in 1931 as a movie palace, the Warner Theatre was described then as “Connecticut’s Most Beautiful Theatre”. It consists of a stunning 1700+ seat main theatre, and the 300 seat, state-of-the-art Nancy Marine Studio Theatre, where the festival will take place.  

The enduring popularity of “Cuthbert’s Last Stand” is something I’m quite proud of, and I hope to make it along to Torrington in October to meet the folks at the Warner Theatre, experience their beautiful theatre firsthand, and of course see their production of the play. I’m sure they’ll do a terrific job!

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

“The Craft” to be Published

I’m happy to report that “The Craft” has been selected for inclusion in the upcoming anthology The Best Ten-Minute Plays of 2015, published by Smith & Kraus, Inc., edited by Lawrence Harbison. The tentative date for publication: December, 2015. This will mark the sixth edition of this annual anthology that I’ve had a play of mine included in, and it really is an honor to have my work included alongside so many other great writers.

In the meantime, the play is getting set to open at Studio Players in Lexington, Kentucky from August 8-10, so I hope all involved break a leg and have a lot of fun with it!

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

“Filler” Now Published; London Production Announced

I’m pleased to report that my play “Filler” is now published in the new anthology “The Best Ten Minute Plays 2014”, published by Smith & Kraus, Inc., edited by Lawrence Harbison. This is the fifth play I’ve had included in these annual anthologies, and I’m delighted to be in the company of so many other talented playwrights. The book is literally hot off the press, so unfortunately I can’t yet provide any links to it, though it will doubtless be popping up at all fine retailers of note in the very near future.

Also, I recently received word that “Filler” has been selected by London’s Ghost Dog Productions for inclusion in its latest Playground New Writing Showcase. The show will comprise of eight plays, all revolving around the theme of deception. The production takes place from 21st-23rd of July, 2014, at The Horse & Stables, in Waterloo, London. More details will become available on the company’s Facebook page closer to opening. I’m so happy to have this play produced in my old stomping ground - not just in terms of London itself, but of Waterloo in particular…whose station I visited many, many times during my London years.

Monday, June 16, 2014

“The Craft” in Lexington, KY

I’m very pleased to announce that “The Craft” has been selected by Lexington, Kentucky’s Studio Players for inclusion in its 2014 10-Minute Play Festival. Established in 1953, Studio Players are Kentucky’s oldest community-involved theatre, and I’m proud to have my play be a small part of their long history. The festival takes place from the 7th to the 10th of August, so if you’re in the area at that time do try to go along and see it.

More details should be available on the company’s website closer to the opening.

Tuesday, June 10, 2014

“The Craft” a Hit at Pink Banana!

The Milwaukee Wisconsin Journal Sentinel has given a Pink Banana Theatre Co.’s 2014 One-Act Festival “The Honeymoon is Over” a wonderfully glowing review, including some lovely kudos for “The Craft”:

“Change can't come soon enough for the two characters mired in Andrew Biss' "The Craft" — the night's last and funniest piece — which features two actors (played by Jonathon Weisse and Amanda Eaton) enacting a love scene on stage, even though they actually hate each other.

The disconnect between the roles they must play and their toxic interior monologues is the perfect nightcap for a collection in which we're continually reminded that in both theater and life, we play best when we passionately believe in the scripts we perform.”

There’s still time to catch the show as it continues its run every day at 7:30pm until the final performance this Saturday, June 14th at the Next Act Theatre (Box office: 414-278-0765).

In the meantime, I’ll just wish Jonathon and Amanda to break a leg and have a great time!

Review excerpt courtesy of Mike Fischer for the JSOnline

Wednesday, May 7, 2014

"The Craft" Set to Open at MadLab Theatre

Tomorrow night (5/8/14), “The Craft” will make its Ohio area debut at Madlab’s Theatre Roulette, the longest-running annual short play festival in Columbus, now in its 15th year. If you’re in the area or know someone who is, I think this festival will be well worth a visit.

You can also check out a sneak peek of the festival over at Broadway World.com. A full schedule of all show times and dates can be found on the company’s website here.

In the meantime, I’d just like to say break a leg to Erin Prosser and Travis Horseman, who are taking on the rather challenging roles of the actors in “The Craft”. I’m sure they’ll do a fantastic job!
Travis Horseman and Erin Prosser in "The Craft" at MadLab's Theatre Roulette 2014