Announcements

Same Look, New Content

So the past couple of days, I’ve been doing some minor tweeking here and there to Emergency Room Productions website. If you haven’t poked around lately, I encourage you to do so. The look remains the same, but new content has been added.

It’s been an exciting couple of months for me, as yo can tell by some of the new content. The first thing I want to point out is that I’ve modified the right side of the page so you can see my tweets easier and join me on Goodreads. If you’re not my fan there or you don’t follow me on Twitter or like me on Facebook, why not?

Then I want to direct your attention to is a new video on my video page. It’s the second reading of my short play Sunday Dinner, this time presented by Spokane Stage Left in Spokane, WA. I’m toying with putting this up as a script sample as well, if that is something that might be of interest, let me know in the comments!

Next, I want to direct you to my News page, where you can listen to my entire interveiw with Sherri Ribbonwitz on the BlogTalkRadio show “Chatting With Sherri”. This was a fun 30 minute interview I did on December 24, 2013.

Finally, if you make your way to my Rights page, you will see that I’ve added a new script that can be purchased. Black Box Theater Publishing has published a collection of four of my short scripts, titled “Based On The…”. This script is available for purchase from Amazon.com, so help me out and put a little money in my pocket by picking up a copy today.

Thanks for sticking with me over here on my tiny atom (or would that be pixel?) of the web as we continue to grow Emergency Room Productions.

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And Now A Word From Our Sponsor

Well, I don’t really have a sponsor per se, but  I am proud to announce OFFICALLY (although if you listened to my interview on Chatting With Sherri, I mentioned it) that a collection of my short plays (10 minutes or less) will be published by Black Box Theater Publishing Company.

These plays (THE REUNION, BLINK, THE MYSTERIOUS CASE OF LOT 249, & MIRIAM AND ISA) are all monodrams (for one actor) or duets (for two actors) and are adaptations. These plays were designed for and are perfect for young actors, particularly those in competitive speech and drama.

Now, for the cover reveal!

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West Coast Invasion

While I was doing my “other life”, my life outside of my writing and my acting and my theater stuff, last night (in other words my other job), I got an email from Sarah at the Stage Left Theater in Spokane, WA. It was simply titled “Congratulations”. It was a good thing I looked at the sender because I have a habit of deleting any emails that looks suspicious and usually those suspicious ones are titled “congratulations” or “The stamps you ordered” or something similar.  But Dionysus has been good to me these final weeks of 2013, so I decided to look a little closer. (Side note, I don’t worship Dionysus, but as the Greek god of the theater, I thought I’d give him a shout-out here. However, I’ve been truly blessed by the Lord above.)

So glad I didn’t delete that email. My “microplay”, Sunday Dinner, was selected by the Spokane based theater for their upcoming, two-night festival “Fast & Furious”. The Fast & Furious festival is a showcase of 1-minute plays from over 50 different writers from across the United States.

Sunday Dinner, was originally written for and performed by Mind The Gap Theater in New York City for World Theater Day 2015 and they did an awesome job with it, but I’m excited to see it performed from a different cast of actors AND I’m excited as it marks my first piece performed on the West Coast. So no, I’m not personally heading west (unless some generous patron wants to fly me there), but my work is and that, to me anyways, is more important then me personally being there.

In other Everett news, I will have some new works published by Black Box Theater Publishing, coming in the new year. Four of my short plays (each around the ten minute mark) will be published individually as well as part of a collection titled “Based On The…” . I haven’t talked a lot about this because I was still in the editing process, but I’m happy to share that with you as we prepare to step into 2014. These works will be available on a number of platforms (ebook, print copy) and for purchase on Amazon. More information when it becomes available.

Finally, late in the evening of December 24/early Christmas morning, I got an email from Rebecca at Heartland Play Publishers. Someone requested the royalties to my play THE ABSOLUTELY TRUE STORY OF TOM SAWYER AS TOLD BY BECKY THATCHER. No details on that yet, but I’m excited for whoever is putting it on, as that show has a lot of personal feelings for me and means a lot to me.

I’m going to try and squeeze in another blog post before the new year is on us, but if I don’t, Happy New Year and thank you for being a part of my journey

What Makes A “Villain”

I saw this great video the other day called “The Spell Block Tango” which reimagines many Disney Villains doing their version of the “Cell Block Tango” from the musical Chicago. Well done, funny, and it offers us the point of view of the bad guys. This is nothing new, the book and musical Wicked, did the same thing with the Wizard of Oz‘s Wicked Witch of the West, giving us insight into what made the green skinned witch the person she is. Shakespeare’s MacBeth is a play about someone who isn’t a hero but gives us insight into what drove this man to the lengths he did. In Edgar Allen Poe’s The Cask of Amontillado, the narrator commits a horrible crime for no real reason except for a series of perceived insults but no examples of what those insults were. Montresor is unreliable and really gives us no reason to sympathize with him. That brings me to the point of this blog today.

A little over a month ago, I finished a new 10-minute play titled One More Glass Of Wine, that uses Poe’s Cask as inspiration but delves deeper into why Bruce (my version of Montresor) kills Jacob (Fortunato). Or rather, in my script, gives Jacob the opportunity to kill himself. Does a man who is responsible for a teenage girl’s death deserve to die? If he does deserve to die, whose responsibility is it to bring about that death? The law and the court or the father and the family? That is the question that I present in One More Glass Of Wine, but I don’t offer an answer because to me it’s a question that doesn’t have a clear cut answer and that makes for a fantastic villain in my opinion. That is why MacBeth is a great villain and protagonist and why so many authors (like Gregory MacGuire) try to explore the reasons behind what makes a villain a villain.

And if you want to see the “Spell Block Tango” video, check out my Facebook page.

A couple of non-related notes, on this Halloween, I want to encourage you to participate in “All Hallows Read“, a great chance to get books into the hands of your trick ‘r’ treaters. It’s a fantastic program that encourages reading.

I’m also giving away a copy of my play The Mysterious Case of Lot 249 over at Smashwords on Halloween. This 10-Minute play is a retelling of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s Lot 249. This will be the LAST CHANCE to get this play directly from me as it soon will be published as part of a collection. More details on that as it becomes available. You can pick up The Mysterious Case of Lot 249 at Smashwords.

Breaking News!

Important news in the world of Arts Advocacy. Tonight I received an email update on a vote that took place tonight (June 24, 2013).

This evening, the U.S. Senate approved an amendment, by a vote of 67-27, to the comprehensive immigration bill currently being considered on the Senate floor. Tonight’s vote was on a bipartisan amendment that included a broad set of provisions. One of the provisions included in this amendment was sponsored by Senators Pat Leahy (D-VT) and Orrin Hatch (R-UT) and is known as the Arts Require Timely Service (“ARTS”) Act!

The ARTS Act seeks to improve visa processing for foreign guest artists preparing to perform in the United States. Americans for the Arts and many others, especially those in the performing arts, have been working on this key legislation for years as a part of Arts Advocacy Day, and you can read more background about it in American for the Arts Issue Brief here.

The inclusion of the ARTS Act provision is an important step forward to ensuring efficient and reliable processing of nonprofit arts-related visa petitions. With the adoption of this bipartisan amendment, final Senate passage of the immigration bill is more assured and scheduled for this Thursday. Soon, the U.S. House of Representatives will begin drafting their version of an immigration bill, and Americans for the Arts and others will continue to work to get the ARTS Act included in the House legislation as well. You can take two minutes to write your members of Congress in support of this legislation now.

Please help us continue this important work by becoming an official member of the Arts Action Fund. If you are not already a member, you can play your part by joining the Arts Action Fund today — it’s free and easy to join.

I urge my readers to take action, write, tweet, post on Facebook. But support this. Visiting artists can introduce us to and teach us new things just as we can introduce them to and teach them new things as well. Our arts community needs to be a global one and this is a step in the right direction.