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Summer Lovin’ (The Theater)

Last summer (2014) I thought was going to be my busy summer theater summer, but it looks like this year is just going to be as busy. Last year, it was acting in Into The Woods for Hays Community Theater, acting in The Adventures of Tom Sawyer for Phillipsburg Community Theater, and acting and directing a show for Sherri’s Playhouse, heard on BlogTalkRadio. I then finished the summer with a stage version of Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol. this year, I’m co-directing Legally Blonde for Hays Community Theater (my home stage), Allie In Wonderland will be performed in Stockton, KS as the inaugural play for Rooks County Community Theater, and I’ll once again be writing, directing, and acting in Sherri’s Playhouse. Plus, I need to do edits on one play and work on some others. I also have a potential commission coming up, so fingers crossed for that. I’m also wanting to make a trip this summer to Hutchinson, KS for Smallville ComicCon and to see the Hutchinson Community Theater production of It’s A Bird, It’s A Plane, It’s Superman! (aka The Superman musical) and to Denver for Book of Mormon!

Yes I’m crazy like that, but I’m also the same guy that flew to Atlanta on a Thursday and back to Kansas on a Friday to see PageOne Studios there do Allie In Wonderland. You may have noticed there’s some pictures from that show on my website. I’ve also updated my webpage to include FREE SCRIPTS! PDF copies of some of my monologues, one-minute plays, and duets are available for download, perusal, and performance. I just ask that I’m informed of the performances. Right now you’ll find 13 original works up there. Why 13? Well 13 is my lucky number, that’s why.

I’ll try to blog as often as I can, but with a summer this busy…

A GoFundMe Campaign

Dear Friends,

Yes, I consider you a friend if you read and follow this blog. If you follow me on my Facebook page, you know that I’ve launched a GoFundMe Campaign. Why? Well, my “brilliant” (not my words, the words of the producing company 😉 ) play ALLIE IN WONDERLAND is being produced by the good folks at Page One Studios in Roswell, GA (that’s just outside of Atlanta) in March. That also marks the 5th year anniversary of Allie In Wonderland’s premiere performance in HIill City, KS. I would love to “travel down the rabbit hole” to ATL and see Allie performed by these wonderful students. Thus, the GoFundMe campaign. So far, I”m just inches away (well technically $10 away) from the halfway goal of $800.

If you have a few dollars, coins, sheckels, drachmas, whatever to spare, would you please consider throwing them my way? I know money is tight, tight, tight for all of us, but know that I appreciate all the support, even just the reading of this and sharing it on Facebook or something. I’ve got a list of rewards including but not limited to copies of my plays (both digital and physical), cookies, treats, and much more.

You can find out more at my GoFundMe Page at http://www.gofundme.com/AllieInATL or by clicking the links above.

Thanks again you guys ROCK and keep Wonderland alive!

Everett!

IN THE SHADOW OF THE CROSS–A New Play coming soon

So I’ve been keeping this kind of quiet until the past couple of days but I have a new play coming out from The Script Co. titled IN THE SHADOW OF THE CROSS.

A little history about this play, while it wasn’t the first play I wrote, it’s for sure an “early work” and one I had kind of trunked for a good long while. I was ready to self publish this but then I got that sweet, sweet email that said “you’ve been accepted.”

So I’m happy to announce that I’ll SOON have another publishing credit on the resume.

I’ve seen the art work for it and it looks AMAZING and I want you to see it to. But to do that, I’m sending you on a virtual treasure hunt of sorts.

I have a plethora of social media accounts and I’ve loaded the cover art on ONE of them, so I’m sending you off to find it. Once one person finds it, likes it and/or shares it, I’ll share it with the rest of  you. Until then…happy hunting…

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#TAPT or Trade A Play Tuesday

Today is Tuesday and for most people that would mean another day at the office or in class but for a growing number of playwrights its a day to pull out a play they’ve trunked or a that needs dusted off or one they are working on and need a new set of eyes to look over because Tuesdays in the playwright community has become “Trade A Play Tuesdays” or #TAPT

So what exactly is #TAPT? Well it’s just as the name suggests, its a day where playwrights take the time to trade a short play (no more then 10 pages) with another playwright and you offer feedback on each others works. I’ve done this twice (for plays that I’m the process of developing) and both times the feedback has been great. But don’t take my word for it…

I’ve now had readings of my play by 6 members of this group. All of them contributed something useful, and several went out of their way to give me the encouragement a newbie like me needs.

David C Tucker

I have traded with Donna and I personally believe she should be paid for her feedback, it’s that valuable. I immediately adopted some changes based on her observations and look forward to continuing. I will definitely be trading again

Stephan DeGhelder

Those aren’t the only ones that have participated, according to Donna Hoke, who started #TAPT,

There has never been a week where somebody hasn’t shown up with a play to trade, that there are continual newcomers, and that more than 500 trades have been made, which is more than 1000 plays.

Over a 1000 plays in the year that it has been going on! No wonder the competition is so stiff in every contest we all enter

So how did this all get started? Well according to Donna and the blog she herself wrote on it,

One Tuesday, I had just finished a ten-minute play that I wasn’t sure about. I usually don’t ask for feedback on ten-minutes, but this one was a little unusual, and I felt like I wanted some. So I posted on the Playwright Binge asking if anybody wanted to trade a ten-minute play for feedback. The response was incredible! I ended up reading 20 ten-minute plays that day, and got a ton of feedback on mine that helped shape it and make it funnier.

So today, I woke up, it’s Tuesday, I have a couple new ten-minutes, and I thought why not make this a regular thing? There are no development opportunities for ten-minute plays but, as with any play, a ten-minute can be improved with thoughtful feedback and attention.  (You may also send ten-page scenes that you’d like some feedaback on.) So let’s provide for each other what doesn’t exist.

I know how invaluable getting feedback on a play can be. The ones that have gotten productions are the ones that get other eyes looking at them. Weather that’s from a trusted writing partner (as until recently, has always been the way I do it) or from a stranger, new eyes give us the chance to step back and hear others thoughts. I know when I’m writing a play, I’m pouring tons of creative energy into it and that often leaves me too close to the material to judge it objectively. That is where new eyes come in handy.

So who is this person who started #TAPT? Donna is a playwright, journalist, children’s author and crossword constructor from Buffalo, NY who also serves as the Western New York representative for the Dramatist’s Guild of America, which allows her to foster the playwright community in her area (which makes me want to move to the western NY area LOL) She makes her artistic home as an ensemble playwright at Road Less Traveled Productions, where the premiere of her first full-length production, The Couple Next Door, was the theater’s top-grossing world premiere and the sixth highest grossing play in the theater’s history.

So, playwrights if you have a 10 minute play or a 10 page scene you’d like some feedback on, I suggest participating in Trade A Play Tuesday!


Some helpful links:

Donna Hoke

Trade-A-Play Tuesday

The Official Playwrights of Facebook Group

The Playwright Binge

The Playwright Purge