I'm pleased to announce that my short play "What's the
Meta?" will be included in the upcoming tenth edition of the Bedford/St.Martin’s textbook The Bedford Introduction to Literature. I'm very honored to
have a work of mine included in such a respected (and best selling) publication,
which is written and edited by the noted scholar and author Michael Meyer.
After all of my recent immersion in the frontier world of
ebooks, it makes for a lovely counterpoint to have a work of mine included in a
great big, hardcover, 2000+ word tome!
"What's the Meta?" is one of eight short plays in
my recent collection "The Meta Plays" and was originally published by
Smith & Kraus in the anthology "2009: The Best 10-Minute Plays for 2or More Actors (Contemporary Playwrights Series)". The Bedford Introduction to Literature: Reading,
Thinking, Writing, 10/e, by Michael Meyer is tentatively scheduled for release January
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…
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…