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Posted December 2023
My sword-slinging, feminist farce The Lady Demands Satisfaction has multiple upcoming productions, from Wellington, New Zealand at the Stagecraft Theatre - to Missouri at the Maplewood Barn Theatre to Edmonds, Washington at the Phoenix Theatre!
Gwendoline Guerineau as Duchess Theodosia Pepperston, Sarah Penny as Trothe and Robert Millar as Osric in the Stagecraft Production at the Gryphon Theatre. Photo by Squidography (Lydia Harris).
A rave review in the Regional News by Zac Fitzgibbon!
On a sad note, I am deeply sorry to hear of the sudden passing of Linsey Falls - a brilliant actor, much loved in the Chicago Theatre scene. He originated the role of Lord Abernathy in the premiere production of The Lady Demands Satisfaction, and will be greatly missed. My sincere condolences to his friends and his family. The audiences of Chicago will will miss him.
There Is No Play, a dramatic one act about High School students getting together to perform a play after it has been banned by their school, has now been PUBLISHED by YouthPLAYS, and has two upcoming productions!
The play premiered at the Kansas Thespian Festival earlier this year, thanks to wonderful drama teacher Angela Bin and the Fort Scott Thespians Troupe (#7365). It was, ironically, banned by the principal of a different school in a different state first - gotta love the irony.
I contributed a chapter about Friday the 13th part IV to Caillou Pettis' Inspiring World of Horror! Check it out!
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
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.