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#1 Hot New Release!

I was delighted to see today that "Monologues They'll Remember You By" got off to a roaring start on Amazon, hitting the #1 spot on Hot New Releases for Acting and Auditioning!
It's a very gratifying result, especially after all of the effort that went into putting together a book that I could truly feel confident in and stand behind 100%.
But of course, writing a book and marketing a book go hand in hand, and no matter how good the product you're offering is, if your target audience don't know about it, it isn't going to sell many copies. 
So even though the hard work put into creating the book is over, the hard - and in some ways harder - work that goes into promoting it has only just begun. But with an auspicious start like this, I'm more than motivated to roll up my sleeves and start spreading the word!

It's Out! 'Monologues They'll Remember You By' is Officially Released!

Yes, the day has finally arrived: ‘Monologues They’ll Remember You By’ is officially released!

It’s been a long journey, I have to say: The search to compile the best monologues within my body of work; the task of selecting what to include and what to omit; creating introductions to each piece, defining the setting, tone and character; and writing the introduction to the book itself, along with other supporting materials. But it was all worth it in the end, and I’m proud and confident to put this book before the buying public, safe in the knowledge that what I’m offering is a truly valuable and unique resource for any actor.

One of the things that really sets this book apart is that not only does it contain a large array of monologues you won’t find anywhere else, it also provides a guide on how to approach your monologue search from an entirely new perspective.

Though the monologues included are separated into male and female monologues (40 male, 40 female) of varying age ranges, the…

'Monologues They'll Remember You By' debuts at #1 on Amazon

I’m happy to report that 'Monologues They'll Remember You By' debuted at the number one spot on Amazon in new releases in Acting & Auditioning when it first went “live”, providing an auspicious start to the book’s release into the market.

Though the official release date is still a few weeks away (September 14th), it’s available for pre-order in both paperback and e-book editions on Amazon, so if you’d like to be one of the first to receive a copy when it hits the presses, so to speak, get your order in now by clicking here.

Monologues They’ll Remember You By

At long last I have a new book coming out. This particular book, however, is quite different to anything I’ve released in the past as it’s a text book. I’ve been working for some time now on assembling a book of monologues for actors of all levels taken exclusively from my back catalogue of plays, and I’m pleased to report that the official launch date is now within sight.
Since I already had numerous monologues of mine published in various trade publications (with another one on the way), the idea to create a book of my own seemed like a logical move. The only hesitation I had about embarking on such a project was the sheer size of the task ahead of me.
But, never having been one to shy away from a challenge, earlier in the year I began the lengthy process of reading through all of my plays and selecting what I considered to be the best contenders for inclusion in the book. When I’d whittled the list down I found I was left with a substantial total of 80 comedic, dramatic and serioc…

'The Craft' at Theatre503

'The Craft' will receive another London staging when Bigger Fish Theatre's SHORTSTUFF2 production is reprised at the acclaimed Theatre503 on July 5th, 2017.

The theatre is renowned for presenting groundbreaking new plays, winning an Olivier Award in 2010 for its production of Katori Hall's 'The Mountaintop.'

And don't forget that the initial production of SHORTSTUFF2 will be taking place at the White Bear Theatre in Kennington, London, on June 26th, 2017. Tickets for that event are available here.

Tickets for the Theatre503 production are available at the theatre's website here.

I wish the casts and crews of all the plays involved in SHORTSTUFF2 all the very best, and of course to my fellow playwrights in the show, Fran Bushe, Janice Hallett, Barbara Lindsay, Alasdair Melrose, Micah Smith, and Ruby Thomas.

‘The Craft’ in a New London Production

I’m very happy to report that London’s Bigger Fish Theatre will be producing ‘The Craft’ as part of its SHORTSTUFF2 production at the White BearTheatre on 26 June, 2017.
This will mark the 15th production of the play to date and this production in particular promises to be an excellent one. That said, I should point out that neither Jude Law nor Charles Boyer will be in the cast lineup, or any inhabitants of London Zoo for that matter. 
Bigger Fish Theatre was formed in 2017 by Charlie Burt, Michal Horowicz and Alasdair Melrose with the aim to produce original drama and music theatre. All three met at the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama and are clearly blessed with frighteningly high levels of taste and discernment having chosen to produce The Craft⸮
I only wish I could be there in person to see it, but instead I’ll just wish the cast and crew and everyone involved in the production to break a leg!
Details on purchasing tickets will be available on the company’s Facebook an…

‘Carbon-Based Life Form Seeks Similar’ to be Produced in Bangalore, India

My short play ‘Carbon-Based Life Form Seeks Similar’ will be produced this coming weekend as part of the Tortilla Entertainment Company’s new short play festival Tortilla Twister 2017. The event runs May 19, 20, and 21, and takes place at the Alliance Francaise, Bangalore. Full details are available here.

The five-minute version of the play is now available in the anthologies 105 Five-Minute Plays for Study and Performance from Smith & Kraus Publishers and 5-Minute Plays (Applause Acting) from Applause Theatre & Cinema Books.
This marks the first time I’ll have had a play produced on the continent of Asia and I’m very grateful to Anita Mithra at Tortilla Entertainment Company for making this possible.

‘Cocktail Conversation’ in Ireland

If the title of this post brings to mind images of intimate, candlelit gatherings of Dublin’s polite society making small talk while sipping on Negronis and Pink Ladies, allow me to clarify.
‘Cocktail Conversation’ is a one-act play I wrote some years ago now – in 2002 to be precise – but which is sadly just as relevant today as it was back then. It was written in response to a dispiriting news article I’d read which attributed a new rise in HIV infections among young people to advances in antiretroviral drug therapy (commonly referred to as “drug cocktails”). The perception had begun to form among the younger demographic of the gay community that HIV infection wasn’t really such a big deal anymore since these drug cocktails essentially allowed you to live forever – or at least to a close approximation of a normal lifespan.
The play is written as a comedy, but is subtly underpinned by a sobering reality in the lives of its two protagonists. It’s centered around two young gay men sitt…

‘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!

'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.

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 con…

“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.