Tuesday, March 7, 2017

‘What’s the Meta?’ at SUNY Jefferson

‘What’s the Meta?’ is to be produced at SUNY Jefferson in Watertown, NY, as part of an evening of 8 ten-minute plays taking place on April 7, 2017.

Interestingly, while ‘What’s the Meta?’ may not be my most produced play – ‘The Craft’ recently earned that distinction after finally beating out ‘Indigenous Peoples’ – it is almost certainly my most read play.
First published in the Smith & Kraus anthology ‘The Best Ten-Minute Plays for 2 or More Actors, 2009,’ it was subsequently picked up for a second publishing deal by the noted literary scholar Michael Meyers for the Bedford/St. Martin’s tome ‘The Bedford Introduction to Literature: Reading, Thinking, Writing (10th Edition).’

That weighty, best-selling textbook is still studied at colleges and universities all across the country, arguably giving that little play the largest audience of any of my works to date.

And there’s nothing the matter with that!

Saturday, January 21, 2017

'The Craft' in Vermont

‘The Craft’ has been selected for production by the Parish Players of Thetford Hill, Vermont, for their 11th Annual Ten-Minute Play Festival this February. Based at the Eclipse Grange Theatre, the Parish Players have been bringing the classics, musical comedy, contemporary drama, and original works to their community for over 50 years.

Produced by Leah Romano & Duncan Nichols, this year’s festival will take place at the following dates and times:

Thursday, February 9, 16 at 7:30pm | Friday - Saturday, February 10-11, 17-18 at 7:30pm | Sunday Matinées February 12, 19 at 3:00pm

The Parish Players is an incorporated not-for-profit organization staffed and run entirely by group of admirable volunteers.

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Monologues from ‘The Craft’ to be Published in New Anthology

Monologues from ‘The Craft’ to be Published in New Anthology

Two monologues from ‘The Craft’ are to be included in a new anthology from theatrical trade publisher Smith & Kraus, Inc., entitled ‘222 More Comedy Monologues, 2 Minutes And Under,’ edited by John Capecci and Irene Ziegler. Publication expected early 2017.

It’s been an astonishing 12 years since I had monologues from ‘Cuthbert's Last Stand’ and ‘Kitchen Sink Drama’ published in this forthcoming book’s predecessor, ‘222 Comedy Monologues 2 Minutes and Under, Volume 4,’ so I find it somewhat remarkable that after all these years we’re both still going strong.

One of the things I like most about these collections is that they’re specifically focused on comedy monologues. Comedic writing is all too often made to take a backseat to its dramatic counterpart, and that’s both unfair and unfounded. It’s as if, in the process of making someone laugh, a work of comedy becomes viewed as something frivolous and trifling, and consequently the skill involved in its creation is frequently perceived as being equally lightweight. As a writer of both comedy and drama, I find each comes with its own specific challenges and certainly neither presents itself as an easier option. And as an audience member, I’d rather sit through a bad drama than a bad comedy any day of the week. The former is likely to be merely tedious, but the latter can make you die a little inside as each painful attempt at humor falls flat. In short, comedy is no laughing matter…just like that pun.

So hats off to Irene Ziegler and John Capecci for bringing out this new collection of comedic monologues for discerning actors everywhere, none of whom, I’m sure, need reminding that the fastest way to a casting director’s heart is through his funny bone.

Monday, January 16, 2017

“The Craft” in Philadelphia

‘The Craft’ will be making its Philadelphia premiere next month when the University of Pennsylvania’s Theatre Arts Council will be producing the play as part of its annual One Acts Festival.
A total of four plays will be staged during the event, which takes place on February 3rd and 4th, 2017. More details will be available on the Theatre Arts Council’s website in the coming days.

While ‘The Craft’ has been produced in several different countries and many states across the U.S., this latest production will mark the play’s official hometown debut.

Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Monologue to be Published in New Smith & Kraus Anthology

Theatrical trade publisher Smith & Kraus has selected a monologue from “Carbon-Based Life Form Seeks Similar” for inclusion in its forthcoming anthology THE BEST MEN’S STAGE MONOLOGUES OF 2017, edited by Lawrence Harbison. Tentative publication date: 12/2017.

In the play “Carbon-Based Life Form Seeks Similar,” Leslie’s decided to give love another try. But in a world of shameless self-promotion, prepackaged personalities, and artificial body parts, can someone still be loved simply for who they are, or do happy endings only exist in massage parlors?

Smith and Kraus Publishers, founded in 1990, is the premier US publisher of contemporary trade theater books and associated digital resources. The publisher’s books enrich the theater experience for theatre students, theater professionals, and theater audiences alike.

Wednesday, September 14, 2016

“The Craft” Wins 'Best of the Fest' at Minnesota Shorts Festival

I’m happy to report that ‘The Craft’ swept the awards at this year’s Minnesota Shorts Festival, in Mankato MN this weekend.

As well as the play taking the award for ‘Best of the Fest,’ actors Travis Carpenter and Noelle Lawton were voted Best Actor and Best Actress. And in helming ‘The Craft’ to the top spot, this also marks director Maggie Maes' fourth year in a row of directing the winning play.

Congratulations and thanks to all three of them for their talent and hard work in putting together a show that the audience very clearly took to their hearts (and funny bones).

Wednesday, August 17, 2016

“Suburban Redux” Monologue Published in New Anthology

I’m happy to report that a monologue from my play “Suburban Redux” has just been published in the new anthology “Audition Monologues for Young Men: Selections from Contemporary Works.” The monologue is taken from the character of Tristram, a rather shy, awkward young fellow who’s struggling with feelings of self-worth.

Published by Pioneer Drama Service, one of the largest play publishers in the United States, the collection is edited by Gerald Lee Ratliff and Patrick Rainville Dorn. This marks the fourth collection of Mr. Ratliff’s that I’ve had the honor of having my work included in, and my first with Pioneer Drama Service.

The collection is an ideal tool for auditions, workshops, and acting classes, and includes a detailed guide on how to choose a monologue, develop the character, and audition with confidence

It’s available now at Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Waterstones, Pioneer Drama Service and other fine retailers.