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Posted September 2022
Many of my friends from the Gulfshore Playhouse in Naples, Fl and the surrounding areas are recovering from the devastating effects of Hurricane Ian.
I wish I could do more to help. One small thing I am able to do from LA is to donate to relief efforts. Any money I receive from sales and productions of Rising, my short play written during and about Hurricane Harvey, will go to the recovery efforts from Ian.
Mrs Dilber's Fabulous Bedcurtains will premiere in Los Angeles, at Loft Ensemble Theatre in North Hollywood, directed by Tor Brown and Marc Leclerc, and produced by Bree Pavey and Sarah Nilsen.
Loft Ensemble previously produced Long Joan Silver - with Bree Pavey in the title role, and The Lady Demands Satisfaction. This is my third production with them and I am SO EXCITED!
Come see this one!
I contributed a chapter about Friday the 13th part IV to Caillou Pettis' Inspiring World of Horror! Check it out!
My short film that won the Hammond House International literary Prize for a Screenplay, Eight Ball is set to be released to film festivals! And here's a trailer for it!
YouthPLAYS has just published my - can you believe it? - TWELFTH play with them! The Night Before Christmas is an inclusive, fun and funny re-imagining of the famous poem that begins "Twas the night before Christmas, and all through the house..."
So this site is almost at 1.5 million visitors (see the counter above), and I added a button for the "Buy me a coffee" website, thinking it might offset the cost of hosting the free monologues to download. Well.. it didn't. There was an initial burst of tips from some lovely friends, for which I am very grateful... and since then... Nada. Ah well, one day I might be surprised!
I ended up talking to James Elden for an hour and a half - but there's some good bits throughout about techniques of playwriting!
And, for those of you who only listen to a friends podcast to see if you're mentioned in it (yeah, I know actors!)... here's a few highlights and mentions:
09:38 Babes With Blades
10:44 Babes With Blades ... oh, and several more times!
15:45 Writing Out of Sequence
17:20 The Free Republic of Bobistan & the Nicholl Fellowship
20:30 The 5 Elements of Drama
28:50 Character relationships
29:40 Kelly Younger
31:35 The Last Frontier Theatre Conference
40:00 The New Play Exchange
47:45 City Theatre
59:28 Writing Action Sequences
1:01:18 Editing a scene
1:07:50 Getting Published
1:11:00 Next Stage Press and YouthPLAYS
1:19:40 Bree Pavey and Loft Ensemble
1:25:45 Loft Ensemble
1:24:00 Mrs. Dilber's Fabulous Bedcurtains
Next Stage Press has published The Lady Demands Satisfaction, out NOW!
I'm still working on a play about The Mysterious Disappearance of Agatha Christie - developed with Houston's Alley Theatre. Here's some inside info, courtesy of Brendan Bourque-Sheil and the Landing Theatre New Works Podcast!
A drama teaching friend of mine asked me to muse on what makes a strong standalone monologue for her class... so here's my take on it!
My headshot is by Jessica Sherman Photography.