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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

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World Theater Day

Tomorrow, March 27, is World Theater Day. I am of the opinion that everyone should SOMEHOW participate. That might mean watching a live show in NYC, there are even some free options if you’re available like this event that Mind The Gap is putting on. Watch a live on stage show on DVD (Wal-Mart has several good ones including Phantom of the Opera, the Les Miz concert, Cats, Pirates of Penzance and Jesus Christ Superstar for a good price. Netflix has some in the watch instantly feature). Watch a movie musical. Read a play. Tweet about it. Tumble about theater. Take an actor out for coffee. Do something to celebrate World Theater Day!

140 Words

I tweet. Not a lot, but some. The reason I don’t tweet more is because I hate the 140 character limitation. Every word, every period, every space is precious in our attempts to get points across. I guess that’s why I like Facebook, I can ramble and type and blog to my heart’s content. But I can’t do that with twitter, on twitter I’m anchored to those elusive 140 characters.

Why do I bring this up? I found out that Mind The Gap Theatre in NYC is holding an open submission call for plays of…140 words. No more, no less (not counting character names). This is part of their celebration of World Theater Day (March 27th, mark the calendars). 140 words., that’s not a 10 minute play, that’s a flash in the pan play.

When I write a play, I try to make every word precious. I strive to make sure that every word that comes out has a purpose and a meaning, that there is no fluff to be had. Can I do this in 140 words? Can I tell a complete story  while making sure each word has an impact? I guess we’ll find out, won’t we.