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

Monday, March 31, 2014

“A Rebel Among the Wretched” in L.A.

I’m pleased to report that my short one-act play A Rebel Among the Wretched has been selected by The Actors Workout Studio in Los Angeles to be included in their upcoming Spring Festival.

The play will be part of a series of staged readings of short plays over the weekend of the festival. The show takes place at the The Actors Workout Studio’s theatre space, which is located at 4735 Lankershim Boulevard, North Hollywood, in the NoHo Arts District.
Here’s a brief synopsis of the play itself (another from my Meta Plays collection), which was a finalist for the Heideman Award at the Actors Theatre of Louisville back in 2011:

A celebrated, multi-award winning dysfunctional family drama continues to enthrall audiences night after night. But what happens when one of the characters finally decides they’ve had enough doom and despair and resolves to leave the play to join…a musical? 

Thursday, March 27, 2014

“A Small Act of Vandalism” in London

Which almost sounds like a headline from the Evening Standard, doesn’t it. Except for the fact that a small act of vandalism would hardly be considered headline-worthy in a city the size of London.

No, it’s actually in reference to my short one-person play A Small Act of Vandalism, which I’m happy to report has been selected by the Brockley Jack Studio Theatre in London to be included in its annual new writing event, the Write Now Festival.
The show takes place on Saturday 17th May at 5pm and 7:45pm at the Brockley Jack Studio Theatre, in South East London.

I’m very excited to be included in the festival, and especially glad to have this particular piece finally receiving a public performance. It touches on a subject that isn’t discussed nearly enough, so hopefully this engender some thought and discussion afterwards. The theme given for this year’s Write Now Festival was/is ‘Speak Up, Speak Out’.

And if you’re in the area and considering going along to see the festival, I should also mention that the Jack Studio Theatre was the winner of ‘Most Welcoming Theatre’ (South East) in The Off West End Theatre Awards in 2013…so you’d receive a warm welcome!

Friday, March 21, 2014

Suburban Redux Now Available on Amazon

It’s taken a while, but the original play script of Suburban Redux is finally available in the Kindle Store. This is the expanded, full-length continuation of my popular one-act play Cuthbert’s Last Stand, which is also available on Amazon.

Suburban Redux received its debut production through Unwashed Grape Productions (under the title “Cuthbert's Last Stand - Uncut!”) at Théâtre Ste-Catherine, in Montréal, Canada back in 2006, before going on to a highly successful run at the Lowry Lab Theater in Minneapolis, MN in 2011, produced by Gadfly Theatre Productions. Back then, GTP was a start-up company and Suburban Redux was chosen as its premier production. I'm happy to see that they've gone from strength to strength since that time.

The play also has a number of its monologues published in various audition monologue anthologies scattered around the country, so anyone coming across one of them and wanting to read the entire script can now do so.

Also, for those who don’t enjoy reading scripts, a novella adaptation of the play is primed and ready to go, so look out for that to be published in the coming days.

It’s a veritable Suburban Redux redux!