interJACtions, VIII contributor ARTHUR JOLLY's
"Long Joan Silver" will play 2/17-26 @ Loft Ensemble, 13442 Ventura
Blvd., Sherman Oaks (CA) -
DAVID-MATTHEW BARNES will be one of four featured
authors at the Amelia Island Book Festival. Enticing young people to
better express their creativity and talents, the Festival and the
Boys & Girls Clubs of Nassau County have teamed up to put on the
Tween/Teens Scene, an event featuring four renowned authors, all in
one location, covering four areas of the creative arts—poetry,
graphics and illustration, fiction novels and playwriting. The Event
will be held Thursday, Feb. 16, 2017, from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. at the
BGC Miller Freedom Center, 942259 Old Nassauville Road, Fernandina
"My Aim is True," directed by Shellen Lubin, will be part of
at Silk Road Art gallery in New Haven (CT) on March 10 & 11 (7pm).
There is a $10 suggested donation for entry. Tickets are available
at the door, first come first serve.
Congratulations to JAC Playwright Olivia
Arieti whose one-minute plays, "Discounts" and "The Bench"
have been included in S. Ansell and R. Bonczek's "One Minute Plays -
A Practical Guide to Tiny Theatre",
interJACtions contributor Diane Grant's
"The Last Of The Daytons," a dramedy about a family and a teenager
looking for his father, recently won the PlayFest Santa Barbara, CA
THE MAGIC LAMP will be presented 1/23 & 24, 2017 @ Tumbler
Ridge Secondary School, 180 Southgate, Tumbler Ridge, BC
FALSE HOPES will be performed 11/4 @ Lehman College -
Student Experimental Theatre Blackbox B20
WILL SING FOR LENA will play at United Solo Theatre
Festival (NYC) - Thursday, November 3, 9:00: Featuring Vanessa
Adams-Harris. TICKETS: (www.unitedsolo.org/us/whowillsingforlena-2016/)
The 5th annual Atlanta Black Theatre Festival in Decatur, GA, will
present, among a host of dramatic works from across the country, two
versions of Janice Liddell’s
WILL SING FOR LENA? The original version will feature the
award-winning Tulsa based actor, Vanessa Adams-Harris (10/13, 8pm.). A
special Jamaican adaptation featuring the Jamaican star of stage, Makeda
Solomon and adapted by Fae Ellington, Jamaican media and theatre
personality, will be showcased on (10/15, 4pm) Purchase tickets on line
of 6 or more use code GRATE)
Pensacola will be performed June 16, 17, and 18 at 7:30
p.m. at the Red Rocks Community College Theater on the Lakewood campus
of Red Rocks Community College (west end, lower level). Admission is
$10. Tickets may be purchased in advance online at
(link is external). Credit and debit cards are also accepted at the door
short comedy, Academia Nuts, is on the bill at the next Drama
West Fest, Saturday, May 21, 2pm at the Edendale Branch of the Los
Angeles Public Library, 2011 W. Sunset Boulevard, Los Angeles. In the
play, a mid-level employee explores the tantalizing, too-good-to-be-true
promises of an online business degree from Futura U. The event is
free. For more info:firstname.lastname@example.org, or Drama West Productions on Facebook.
JAC Playwrights Katherine Burkman and Chiquita
Mullins Lee for WILD WOMEN WRITING, their 8th staged reading at
the Columbus Museum of Art on May 22nd at 2pm, Subject: DIGGING UP THE
PAST. They have been digging away for some time and are eager to share
with you. Email
email@example.com for details.
Motherload - six short plays by JAC's Felix Racelis
about that indispensable woman in our lives - Mom! Directed by Kaz
Matamura. Motherload plays at the Missing Piece Theatre, 2811 W.
Magnolia Blvd., Burbank, Saturdays at 8pm May 7, 14 and 21, and Sundays
at 2 pm, May 8 (Mother's Day), 15 and 22. Tickets: $20 or 4 guests for
$50 with a complimentary glass of wine or beer. Tickets available
Two of JAC Playwright Tom Misuraca's 10-minute plays,
It's All Relativity and Strip Poker With Satan, will be produced as part
of Force of Nature's first one act festivals, 1st Rush. Two nights only,
FRI 5/6 & SAT 5/7 @ 8pm (Doors open at 7:30pm) @ the Arachway
Studio/Theatre,10509 Burbank Blvd, North Hollywood, CA. Tickets are $15.
Limited seating so get your tix at
JAC Playwright Tom Misuraca's new full-length play THE
ANGEL IN THE MOUNTAIN is the story of the small New Hampshire town of
Larconia, that was known for its natural wonder: The Angel in the
Mountain. But erosion caused the angel to collapse, along with
Larconia's economy. When a travel writer comes to town, a hand-full of
remaining residence see him as their only chance to put Larconia back on
the map. This will be a blocked, script-in-hand reading. A talkback
session with Tom will follow, moderated by Dan Roth. Directed by Aubrey
Manning. Presented by First Stage LA. April 27th (7:30pm) @ The Eclectic
Company Theatre, 5312 Laurel Canyon Blvd, North Hollywood, CA. Free
Admission (Donations welcome)
Two of JAC Playwright Mary Burkin's short one-act
comedies, MR. FRANKLIN and ANTHONY AND CLEOPATRA IN TOGAS, are among the
multiple short plays being presented by the 2cent Theatre Company's
INKFEST, during it's 3 day weekend festival, beginning April 15, 2016 at
the Hudson Theatre, 6539 Santa Monica Blvd. All performances run in
blocks of approximately 45 minutes. For reservations, call 323-960-5563.
Tickets range from $10-12 for single blocks, to $165 for a VIP and
priority seating to all shows.
JAC Playwright Tom Misuraca will be directing his
ten-minute play, FALLING BODIES, for the first O'Shadowfest produced by
Offending Shadows Theatre Company. The O'Shadowfest is a competition of
sci-fi, fantasy or horror one-act plays. The audience votes for the top
two plays of the night. Winners will return the following weekend to
compete for the grand prize. April 9, 2016, 8pm @ The Eclectic Company
Theatre. 5312 Laurel Canyon Blvd, N. Hollywood, CA. Tickets are $15 and
available in advance:
interJACtions Vol. 3 contributor Tom Cavanaugh's one
act play, "The Circus Still Comes to Town" has been chosen for a
workshop production in the Inge Festival Play Lab. NEW PLAY LAB: 35
Plays for 35 Years – 35 writers’ new plays read by 24 actors over three
afternoons. Each weekday, new plays will be read and responded to by the
audience and an expert panel of previous Honorees. Director’s Package
and Daytime Pass includes readings. (Individual tickets available on
site for $5 each afternoon; ticket holders can visit all three venues
for duration of the readings that day.) Wednesday, Thursday, Friday,
1:30-5:30 p.m., the Presbyterian Church, the Wesley Center of the
Methodist Church, and the Booth Hotel.
Sacred Fools Theatre presents the Los Angeles Premiere of Arthur
M. Jolly's "A Gulag Mouse" - When privileged and pretty
Anastasia is sent to a Siberian gulag for the murder of her abusive
husband, her arrival destroys the intricate web of hierarchy, alliance
and treachery among the other four inmates of her bunkhouse. To save
herself, Anastasia must save all of them: Lubov the prostitute, Masha
the killer, Svetlana the lifer... and Prushka - the mouse. APRIL 14 -
MAY 21, 2016. Opening Thursday, April 14 @ 8pm, then runs Fridays &
Saturdays @ 8pm, plus Thursday, April 28 @ 8pm, and Sundays, May 8 & 15
@ 7pm. Previews: Fri-Sat April 8-9 @ 8pm. Tickets: $25 (Previews: $15).
Friday, April 22: Donate What You Can. (310) 281-8337. Sacred Fools @
The Lilllian, 1076 Lillian Way
First Stage presents a reading of JAC Playwright
Felix Racelis’ "As Straw Before the Wind," the
compelling story of a Filipina nurse and convalescent home owner who
confronts her World War II trauma. Directed by Lesley Asistio. This play
won 5th Place in the Writer’s Digest Competition. The Eclectic Theatre,
5312 Laurel Canyon Blvd., Valley Village CA - Wednesday, March 23,
7:30pm. Cost: Free, donations welcome.
LUAU AT ACORN ACRES
will be presented 2/16-19 @ Bifocals Theatre, CAT Theatre, 319 N.
Wilkinson Rd., Henrico, VA 23227 -
Kelly Younger's Forgive
Me Father will be presented August 14, 15 & 16 by the
Milwaukee Irish Arts in the Theater Tent at the Milwaukee Irish Fest.
for more info!
On Sunday June 21st,
Misuraca's "Acting Of The Clones" will
be part of ShowBiz shorts, a collection of short plays about Hollywood,
part of The Hollywood Fringe Festival. Trying to make it in Hollywood is
tough enough right now, but what will happen in the future when they're
able to clone the greatest actors, writers and directors who ever lived?
Asylum Theatre, 6320 Santa Monica Blvd, Hollywood, CA. Street parking on
side streets . Please allow enough time to park. The show must start at
4pm sharp. $15 each. Call 323.806.8770 or email at
reservations are suggested.
"Silver Linings" is a finalist in this year's 2015 Tehachapi Community
Theatre's Playwright's Festival, playing June 19, 20, 27& June 28 at the
Beekay Theatre, 110 So. Green Street, Tehachapi, CA. All seats, $10. For
staged reading of
Andrew Martineau's full-length comedy, Trash Day,
will be presented by DreamCatcher Entertainment in NYC at Ryan
Daughter's Pub, 350 E. 85th St., on Monday, July 13, at 8 p.m. Tickets
are $10 and include a drink.
Rhea MacCallum's "9/11 Anniversary" will be presented by
The Department of Theater at Brooklyn College and Screaming Media
Productions UK at the 11th annual Gi60 Live US Edition - performances on
Thursday June 11, Friday June 12 and Saturday June 13 at 8:00 pm in the
New Workshop Theatre at Brooklyn College! 50 plays in 50 minutes,
featuring playwrights from 4 continents and from 17 states in the US -
the event will be LIVE STREAMED. For tickets, please call 718-951-4500 -
for additional information and to purchase tickets via the box office
website, please visit:
Screaming Media Productions, the Department of Theater and Acting Out!
will also present MacCallum's "Sadie's Stalker" @ Gi60
#NextGen, featuring actors aged 11-15 performing in 25 different one
minute plays - Friday June 12th at 8 pm in the Tantrum Theatre at Acting
Out! (7426 15th Avenue, Brooklyn, NY) and Saturday June 13 at 2:00 pm in
the New Workshop Theater. Tickets available at 718-951-4500.
Misuraca's one-minute YA plays, Bus Stop and
Choosy Beggars, will be produced as part of Gi60 #NextGen. Performances
will be held June 12th and June 13th. June 12th will be at 8pm in the
Tantrum Theatre at Acting Out! (7426 15th Avenue, Brooklyn, NY). June
13th will be at 2pm in the New Workshop Theatre at Brooklyn College.
Ticket prices are $15, $12 for seniors, $10 with student ID (please!).
For tickets please visit:
award winning ten-minute play, No Problem, will be produced at Santa
Paula Theater Center's PLAYZAPALOOZA! The show runs from June 12th to
June 28th at 7pm. The theater is located at 125 South Seventh St., Santa
Paula, CA 93060.
$12 general admission $10 Students, Seniors and Military. Thursday June
18 Is Pay What you Can Night! No show Saturday June 20th!
...and for the Trifecta,
one-minute play, Last Date First, will be produced as part
Flash Fest. They will be reading some of his flash fiction as well.
Flash Fest 2015 is Sunday June 14th at 7pm at the Manhattan Theatre Club
311 West 43rd Street 8th floor, New York, NY 10036. Tickets at $15:
Misuraca's comedic horror one-act play,
Manifestation, was selected as a fimailst for Left Coast Theater
Company's Screaming Queens, an evening of LGBT-themed one-act plays in
the horror genre. It will be stage read at their Staged Reading Series
on May 17 at 2pm. The location is: Intersection of the Arts, 925 Mission
St., Suit 109, San Francisco. The reading is free.
IN THE HOOD will be performied June 9 & 10, 2015 at Tumbler
Ridge Secondary School in Tumbler Ridge, BC.
Misuraca's multi-award winning full-length play, Golden
Age, will be produced by McKinney Repertory Theatre from May 8 - May 17.
This comedy is about aging superheroes combating their archrival at
Silver Linings Nursing Home. The show runs May 8-9, 15-16 from 8-10pm
and May 17 from 2:30-4:30pm at the McKinney Performing Arts Center,
Courthouse Theater, 111 N. Tennessee St., McKinney, TX 75069. Tickets:
Adults $17, Students/Seniors $14, and Children $12. Contact:
Patrick Playwright & Jason Jenn present: BOB CAPPELLA!
Songs of Love & Laughter - written & performed by Robert Patrick;
Produced & directed by Jason Jenn. A passionate and playful hour of a
cappela music composed and delivered with the distinctive charm of
Robert Patrick Playwright. Act One spins a story of love, loss, and
yearning, while Act Two presents a free-for all of comic numbers,
ranging from suave and sophisticated to raucous and rowdy. The author of
“What Doesn’t Kill Me…Makes A Great Story Later,” “T-Shirts,” and
“Kennedy’s Children” presents both his romantic heart and rambunctious
wit using original songs from scores for his shows “Oscar Was Wilde,”
“Making Love,” “Blue is for Boys,” “New Songs for Old Movies,” and “The
Bugger’s Opera,” plus some written especially for this production. Two
shows, One day only! SUNDAY, MAY 17th, 2015, 1pm & 8pm. $10. Tickets
available at the door or in advance at:
http://bobcappella.brownpapertickets.com. SPIRIT STUDIO SILVERLAKE,
3711 EVANS STREET, SILVERLAKE, CA 90027
Catch the world premiere of
short play "The Successful Author's Morning Ritual" 5/5/15 at 2:30pm EST
(or at your leisure for 24 hours after that).
The Crefeld School Spring Arts Celebration presents
by Meron Langsner, directed by Hannah Tsapatoris
Macleod - Thursday May 21st at 7pm @ The Crefeld School, 8836 Crefeld
St., Philadelphia, PA
Jolly's full length comedy A VERY MODERN MARRIAGE, about
the havoc sparked when a gay man moves in with a straight couple whose
marriage is falling apart, will have its world premiere at the Hollywood
Fringe Festival by Will Play for Food Theatre Company. The Lounge
Theatre, 6201 Santa Monica Blvd., Hollywood, CA June 7th - 27th, 2015.
Next year in Jerusalem is playing one night only, 4/19 @ Hatmaker's
Attic Productions, The Lobby at the Ritz, 107 Broadway, Newburgh, NY -
Misuraca's surreal ten-minute play FAMILY ABANDONED
will be produced along with 6 other plays at Magnetic Theatre's
Brief Encounters, April 30-May 16 at 7:30pm @ Magnetic 375, 375
Depot St., Asheville, NC 28801.
Musuraca's 10-minute superhero play THE MAGNIFICENT MALWARE will
also be one of 6 sci-fi themed plays read at the Slingshot New Work
Series on 5/4 at 7:30pm. The reading is free @ Spitfire Bar and
Grill, 2219 4th Ave., Seattle, WA
On 2/14 at 2pm, JAC's
Misuraca and Terry McFadden’s Rock-n-Geek Productions
continue their “Eclectic” staged readings series of short plays with a
special Weho Valentine’s Day performance in The Community Room at the
West Hollywood Library. 625 N San Vicente Blvd, West Hollywood, CA.
Plays include: 30 Love; Elvis Doesn’t Live Here Anymore, written &
Directed by McFadden; Offender; Shuffle, written & Directed by Tom
Misuraca; & Happily Ever After, written by Misuraca. The event is free
and parking validation is available. Sponsored by the Friends of the
West Hollywood Library
Rhea MacCallum's INDEPENDENCE DAY is running
February 13, 14, 15 (mat.) 19, 20 & 21 @ Parish Players' Eclipse Grange.
Tickets: General $15, Seniors $12, Students $10. Reservations or
information: (802) 785–4344
World Premiere of John
Patrick Bray's ERIK, a darkly poetic satire of Phantom of
the Opera, will play 2/19-3/8
Rising Sun Performance Company, The Kraine Theatre, 85 E. 4th St. -
to JAC Playwright
whose long monologue AMARILIS will be produced at the Actors Theatre of
Newburyport (Massachusetts) as part of the Women's History Month
Production, "Claiming The Space," in March 2015.
Lon Rogers' LOSING DANIEL
runs at Sibling Revelry Productions, Bath House Cultural Center, 521 E.
Lawther Dr., Dallas (TX) January 8-17.
Congratulations to JAC Playwrights
Lucy Wang and
both of whom have had works selected for production this spring by Lady
Bits: Unsolicited Comments on Womanhood, sponsored by Rutgers U in New
Congratulations to JAC's
Martha's CHRISTMAS EVE, MANY YEARS FROM NOW has been selected for
production at Bread & Roses' The Platform, South London in January'15!
MARY O'LEARY & THE LEPRECHAUNS OF
BALLYBUN VILLAGE will be performed 11/20 & 21
at Durham Community School, 65 Hallowell Rd., Durham, ME - (207)
Felix Racelis' short play
SHHH! (from his JAC collection "A
Quintessential Evening: Five Short Plays") will be a part
of "Meh? A Collection of Short Plays" at The Jet Theatre, 5126
Lankershim Blvd. in NoHo.
Congratulations to JAC Playwrights
& Donna Hoke
- both finalists of Longwood University's 0-60 Ten Minute Play Festival!
Sanford Maine Stage Theatre will perform JAC Playwright
Robert Mattson's THE MAN
WHO THOUGHT HE WAS SHERLOCK HOLMES @ the Nasson Little Theatre, 457 Main
St. 11/15. Wine & appetizers will begin @ 6:15PM. Show begins @ 7PM.
This is a 4 act play with several different kinds of desserts served at
the end of each act. BY RESERVATION ONLY. Tickets: $21. Email
firstname.lastname@example.org or call (207) 324-8227 (message machine: leave name & phone
Mission Theatre Company is presenting JAC
Sam Graber's DETAINEE will play 11/7-15 in the new Phoenix Theater at
26th & Hennepin in Minneapolis (MN) -
BIRDS, written & directed by JAC's
is a provocative new play about power, conflict and revenge. It will
premiere 10/17 at 10PM as one of the three plays in the surprising
THIS/THAT performance series at The Brick Theater, 579 Metropolitan
Avenue in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. Tickets are $10 and available at
the West Hollywood Library as they celebrate Halloween early.
Playwrights Terry McFadden and JAC's
Misuraca present SOMETHING WICKED FUNNY THIS WAY COMES,
their latest offering of short plays that are so funny, it’s scary.
Based on the success of their previous two shows, the WeHo Library
brought them back again to either rattle or tickle your funny bones.
Saturday, October 18, 2pm at the West Hollywood Library Community
Meeting Room, 625 N. San Vicente Boulevard. Admission is free.
Refreshments will be provided. FMI: Call (310) 652-5340.
The World Premiere of the musical comedy "Don’t Hug
Me, We’re Married" by JAC Playwright
will be held at the Lonny Chapman Group Rep Theatre,
10900 Burbank Blvd., North Hollywood, CA 10/3-11/15,
2014. RESERVATIONS: 818-763-5990.
"Don’t Hug Me, We’re Married" is the fifth in
Olson's popular 'Don’t Hug Me' series of musical
Martha Patterson's short horror play A
DOLL'S LIFE will be presented by Thespian
Production/Piney Fork Press at Joria Mainstage
Theater, 260 W. 36th St., NYC. This is part of a
Halloween festival to be performed October 16 & 18
at 8pm, or on 10/17 at 8pm & 10/18 at 3pm.
Vol. 3)'s new one-woman show SO WHAT IF I LOVED
YOU @ Jersey City Theater Center, August 21-23 at
8pm; August 24 at 7pm. For tix & infomation, visit
Mona Deutsch Miller
wrote and produced a film in 48 hours! Her 7-minute
film will be shown in Group A at the 48 Hour Film
Project Festival, Regal Cinemas, LA Live, 1000 W.
Olympic Blvd., downtown Los Angeles, August 18th,
19th, 20th, 21st. Tickets are $13. Info available at
will be appearing as part of Suffield
Players' "New Faces 2014," 8/16, 7:30pm @ Mapleton
Hall, 1305 Mapleton Ave -
PLACE will have a reading on August 15
& 16 at Vokes Players, Route 20 in Wayland, MA.
WHO WILL SING
FOR LENA will be performed 7/17-8/3,
2014 at To To Too Theatre Company in Denver, CO.
www.andtototoo.org for tickets &
ten-minute play, Staged Reading, will be produced at
the Newburgh Free Academy Drama Company's 5th Annual
International New Play Festival. This is a student
run festival presented by the Newburgh Free Academy
on Fullerton Avenue, Newburgh, NY 12550. Friday, May
30th 2014. 6pm-8pm. Free Admission.
Think "Breaking Bad" meets "Californication" with
songs from the musical theatre canon - DELIVERY BOI
is a light-hearted cabaret about a 12-year struggle
with drug addiction while working as a professional
choreographer in Los Angeles. Part of the Planet
Connections Festival. Written by and Starring
Brian Paul Mendoza;
Directed by Misti B. Wills; Musical Direction by
Andrew James Hall. More info:
A wealth of JAC Playwrights will be part of this year's
9th Annual One-Act Play Festival at Artists'
Exchange, 50 Rolfe Sq., Cranston, RI - 7/25-8/16/14.
Brandon M. Crose
(The Formative Years),
(Kill Me, Please!),
(Just Desserts, New Year's Even) and
Steinfeld (More Than Money) -
Tom Misuraca (Upcoming in interJACtions, Vol. III)'s
HAPPILY EVER AFTER and
Felix Racelis' TRIPLE CHERRIES
will play during ALAP's West Hollywood Gay Play
Reading Festival, 6/11, 7PM @ The Community Center
at Plummer Park, 7377 Santa Monica Blvd. & 6/21
(noon) @ Community Room at West Hollywood Library,
625 N. San Vicente Blvd. For info:
NEW BUSINESS by
Racelis is one of ten short
comedy plays by eight playwrights to be read by Emmy
winner Ed Asner in "It's Theatre, Darling,"
Saturday, May 3, 2014, 7 pm at the Barnsdall Gallery
Theatre, 4800 Hollywood Blvd., Los Angeles. $12
advance; $15 at the door, cash only. Reservations:
Rose of Athens Theatre presents the world premiere
of DONKEY by JAC's
Bray, Directed by Susan Paige Lane. The
play will run April 23-25 at 7:30PM at Seney-Stovall
Chapel, 201 North Milledge Ave., Athens, GA. DONKEY
will also receive its NYC premiere next month as
part of Planet Connections Theatre Festivity. The
play is being produced by the Rising Sun Performance
Company (under an AEA Basic Showcase Code contract),
and is being directed by Tim Errickson. May 18-June
6 @ The Paradise Factory
Upstairs Theatre, 64 East 4th St., NYC -
play THIS WORLD WE KNOW will enjoy its world
premiere 2/5–3/7/15 @ The Firehouse Theatre Project,
1609 W. Broad St., Richmond (VA). Winner of the 2013
Festival of New American Plays, This World We Know
tells the story of the lives of an estranged brother
and sister with their younger selves. As the play
unfolds, the characters struggle to choose between
unearthing the roots of their hostility or burying
their last chance at reconciliation at the earth of
their family tree.
Patterson's PANDORA'S BOX will be read
as part of ANYTHING APRIL WORDS AND WINE Reading
Series - Saturday, April 12, 7:30-9:30pm. The theme
"Anything April" will include plays with the
funniest approach to April Fools Day, the TAX-Man &
the IRS, the Easter Bunny or April Showers. BRUCE
MITCHELL ROOM of ART/NY, 520 8th Ave., 3rd floor,
New York, NY.
There will be a staged reading of JAC Playwright
Felix Racelis' The Grand Can, a
monologue performed by Anita Borcia. The reading is
part of FirstStage's Writer's Night, featuring new
work by ALAP members. A widow travels to the Grand
Canyon to fulfill her late husband's last wish, sort
of. Monday, March 24, 2014, 8pm, Avery Schreiber
Playhouse, 4934 Lankershim Blvd., NoHo 91601. Info:
Bunny Ranch, a short
comedy by JAC Playwright
Racelis about an entrepreneurial
bordello owner, will be reprised as part of
"Animals! Where the Wild People Are, an Evening of
Original Short Plays," Sunday, February 9, 7pm, at
JET Studios, 5126 Lankershim Blvd., NoHo. Tickets
are $15 (group rate 10+ is $12 per person). The show
is a benefit for Fukushima animals.
Halperin's CHESTNUT TREES, in which a
feisty, sharp-witted 100-year old reminisces about
his childhood in a Russian village and the
remarkable adventure that brought him to America,
premieres at the Tehachapi Community
Theatre 2014 Playwright’s Festival. Preview
performance March 6, continuing performances March
7, 14, 15, and 16 in the historic BeeKay Theatre,
110 S. Green St., Tehachapi, CA. Tickets available
www.TCTonstage.com/tickets for $10 or call
"Heterosexuals or The War Over
Jane Fonda" by JAC Playwright
Robert Patrick runs at 8pm
on Jan. 10, 11, 17 & 18 at The Naked Stage, 30
Campbell Ave., Roanoke (VA). Free admission,
donation suggested. A war protestor from New York is
forced by poverty to live with his conservative
relatives in a tiny California town during the
"Desert Storm" war.
And while we're talking about
Robert Patrick, a
celebration of him called "Cheap Theatricks"
features outstanding L.A. performance artists John
Cantwell, Hank Henderson, Jason Jenn, David
LeBarron, LaMuff, Ian MacKinnon, Martin Martinez,
Steven Reigns, Brenden Shucart, and Gordon
Vandenberg. They will be performing excerpts from
Patrick's "The Haunted Host," "Kennedy’s Children,"
"Michelangelo’s Models" and "Hello Bob," plus two
complete short plays - "After Brunch" and "2020
Vision." Audiences will also be treated to an
original song performed by Patrick himself! Cheap
Theatricks happens on Sunday, January 19 at 8:00 pm
at Akbar, 4356 Sunset Blvd, 90029 (corner of
Fountain Ave). Suggested donation $5. Arrive early
as seating will be limited. Inquries to
Racelis' BUNNY RANCH (aka
Building a Better Bordello),
Steven Korbar's BLIND
MAN'S BLUFF, and
Borengasser's THE GOSPEL
ACCORDING TO BOWSER will be part of ANIMALS! Where
the Wild People Are, an Evening of Eight Original
Short Plays, and a benefit for Fukushima Animals -
January 3 & 4, 8PM; January 5 at 7PM. Tickets are
$18, or $15 with a Blanket (to be donated to Van
Nuys Animals Shelter). JET Studios, 5126 Lankershim
Blvd., North Hollywood, CA.
Martha Patterson's play
THAT'S LIFE will be published online in
Work Literary Magazine.
Coni Ciongoli Koepfinger has been appointment
to the Board of Trustees of the International Centre
for Women Playwrights!
Rich Espey and
Their shorts "Alban's Garden" and "An Unfamiliar
Waltz" were chosen for Vermont's Parish Players' 10
Minute Festival (2/14-23/14)!
It's a banner month for JAC
Daniel Guyton! Guyton has
six (6) plays running simultaneously this weekend
country, plus EIGHT (8) additional plays later this
month! Stop by and catch some great theater if
Daniel's playing in your locale!
1) OnStage Atlanta (GA)'s "Merry Little Holiday
Shorts" features Guyton's monologue "Welcome to
Christmas Village". The event opened last night and
runs through next Sunday. -www.facebook.com/OnstageAtlant;
2) Ensemble Theatre of Chattanooga (TN)'s
"Dysfunctional Family Christmas" features Guyton's
"Rosie, the Retired Rockette." Opened last night
and runs through next Sunday -
Out of Box Theatre's "Santa After Hours" in Atlanta
(GA) features Guyton's "Mrs. Claus Gets Menopause."
Opens tonight and runs until Dec. 21 -
4) Mildred's Umbrella Theater Company's "Museum of
Dysfunction" in Houston (TX) features Guyton's "Milo
& Barbara." Opens tonight and runs through next
5) Mirror Theater's "A Snowman's Chance in Hell, and
Other Holiday Humbugs" in North Hollywood (CA)
features Guyton's "Rosie, the Retired Rockette."
Opens tonight and runs through Dec 29 -
6) Malverne Theatre's "Lighting of the Malverne"
ceremony on Long Island (NY) features Guyton's "Last
of the Tannenbaums." Plays December 7 only -
7) Nequa Valley High School Theatre Department's
"Freshman One-Acts" in Naperville (IL) features
Guyton's "Death of a Snowman." Runs the weekend of
December 12 -
8) Suffolk County Community College Drama
Department's "Tournament of Plays" on Long Island
(NY) features FIVE of Guyton's Christmas plays:
"Death of a Snowman," "Rosie, the Retired Rockette,"
"Mrs. Claus Gets Menopause," "Last of the
Tannenbaums" & "Domnic the Donkey Gets Laryngitis."
Opens Dec. 12th for one weekend only -
9) Lionheart Theatre's "Holiday Punch" in Atlanta
(GA) features Guyton's "Rosie, the Retired
Rockette." Opens Dec. 20 for one weekend only -
10) Spokane (WA) Radio Theatre (KYRS.fm) will
produce Guyton's "Mrs. Claus Gets Menopause" as a
Radio Play. Opens Dec. 22nd for one night only -
Racelis has a short play
featured in the Drama West Holiday Spectacular,
December 14, 2013 (5pm) @ the Edendale Branch
Library in Echo Park, Los Angeles.
12/5/13 - The World Premiere
of JAC Playwright
MOM'S GIFT will take place at The Lonny Chapman
Group Rep Theatre, 10900 Burbank Blvd in North
Hollywood, CA from Dec 6-Jan 19, 2014, Fri & Sat @
8pm; Sun @ 2pm. General Admission: $22; Seniors @
Students: $17; Groups 10+ $15. Reservations: 818
763-5990. Credit cards accepted. For more info visit
www.TheGroupRep.com. To buy tickets
online, go to
Use Code “Muffin” for 1/2 OFF!
- "Rosie, the Retired Rockette"
by JAC Playwright Daniel Guyton will be produced by
the Mirror Theater company at the Avery Shreiber
Playhouse in North Hollywood, CA as part of "A
Snowman's Chance In Hell and Other Heartwarming
Holiday Humbugs". Runs December 6th-29th -
10/31/13 - JAC Playwright
Felix Racelis' RE-PLAY, a
short comedy about a man who develops his own brand
of role-play therapy, is one of the plays in "Seven
Deadly Scenes," a benefit production for the JET
studio, 5126 Lankershim Blvd., NoHo, Fri., Sat. &
Mon., 11/1, 11/2 & 11/4/2013, all at 8pm. $15. Info:
- Sylvia Veith's
DRESSING ROOM will be
performed October 4 & 5 @ OnStage at Atlanta, 2969
E. Ponce de Leon Ave., Decatur, GA 30030; Barry
West, Artistic Director -
- JAC Publishing & Promotions
(MA) seeks Monologue submissions for publication
consideration in Volume III: interJACtions -
Monologues from the Heart of Human Nature.
All ages; all subjects; all ethnicities welcome.
Monologues may be part of a full-length script, but
if that script is prevously published other than
with JAC, Playwrights MUST note so on submissions
with complete Publisher contact information. Seeking
family-friend and/or NOT family-friendly works. No
restrictions - just great characters. No fee to
submit. No fee if accepted. Deadline for
submissions: December 31, 2013. Questions?
Vertical Tasting Productions
presents the New York premiere of THE UNFORTUNATES,
written by JAC Playwright
Stratford, at Teatro
LATEA, 107 Suffolk st, 2nd floor, NYC - 8/13 @ 3:30;
8/18 @ 8:00; 8/20 @ 5:15; 8/22 @ 9:00 & 8/24 @ 9:00.
Tickets are $15 in advance, $18 at the door. For
tickets, visit http://bit.ly/Unfortunates. For more
info about the show, visit
http://vertical-tasting.com/. *AEA Approved
LADY GREGORY'S INGREDIENTS
will be featured as part of the Kansas City Irish
Festival (Small Room Theatre Co.) on August 31 &
Now Available for
Mark Lambeck's touching play collection
- Great "Interviews &
Reviews" piece featuring JAC's Tracy Krauss!
Brian Petti's The Love Song of Sidney J.
Stein will play Friday, August 23rd at the
Ritz Theater, 107 Broadway, in Newburgh (NY), as a
joint production between Ritz and Hatmakers Attic
Productions. Tickets are $15; $10 for students.
Additional information can be found at:
Felix Racelis' short comedy Falling for
Love will be presented as part of "Let's Get It
On...for Ten Minutes - a Collection of Short Plays"
Friday, June 7, Saturday, June 8 and Monday, June
10, all at 8pm at J.E.T. Studios, 5126 Lankershim
Blvd., NoHo, CA 91601. The show is produced and
directed by Kaz Matamura and is a fundraiser for JET
Studios. Tickets: $15. Reservations - email:
6/1/13 - JAC's
JulieAnn Charest Govang is directing
"Fee Fi Fo Fum" for Concord Youth Theatre, June
7,8,9 @ CYT Theatre, 358 Baker Ave., W. Concord, MA
5/16/13 - Two short plays by JAC's
Felix Racelis will be presented at
Playwrights Express Sunday, May 19, 7:30 pm - 8:30
pm. In Triple Cherries a determined actor tracks
down the love of his life only to learn there's more
to discover; in the monologue Connecting Flight, a
widow nervously anticipates meeting her online date.
Missing Piece Theatre, 2811 W. Magnolia, Burbank, CA
91505. Playwrights Express runs two days, Sat., May
18 and Sun., May 19 from 1pm to 10pm. Info: (323)
5/16/13 - The Association for Jewish
Theatre's 2013 conference has chosen CHESTNUT TREES
Halperin's for inclusion in its
Playwrights' Forum in collaboration with the Jewish
Plays Project of New York City. A feisty,
sharp-witted 100-year old reminisces about his
childhood in a Russian village and the remarkable
adventure that brought him to America. A jury of
producers, artists, and producing companies will
judge the plays in the Forum for inclusion in the
Jewish Plays Project, 2014.
Hetrick is directing "Lend Me a Tenor"
@ Windham Theatre Guild in Willimantic, CT - May 31,
June 1, 2, 6, 7, 8 and 9. Call for tickets at (860)
423-2245 or order them online at
Arthur M. Jolly's
"A Very Modern Marriage" has been selected as a top
ten finalist for the Actor's Theatre of Charlotte's
nuVoices for a nuGeneration New Plays Festival. The
four finalists chosen will be in residence at ATC
August 4th–11th, receive a $500 honorarium, and each
have 2 staged readings of their play.
4/2/13 - Isaac
Rathbone's Undeclared History, by Isaac
Rathbone will be something different for The Village
Players. Our production will be the New England
premiere of this intense play. With adult content,
strong emotions and very strong language, this play
explores the experiences of a Vietnam vet who
returns to college on the GI Bill. Performances will
be at the theater on Glendon Street on April 12, 13,
19 and 20 at 8pm with a matinee on Sunday, April 21
at 2pm. Tickets will be available at Black's Paper
and Gifts on Main St. and on-line at
4/1/13 - JAC's
JulieAnn Charest Govang is
hosting a FUNdraiser for
Ayer-Shirley Youth Theatre
- Jimmy Tingle's "American Dream," April 26th at 7pm
in the Ayer Shirley Regional High School Auditorium.
Admission is FREE to Ayer/Shirley District students.
Adults are $20 in advance; $25 at the door. Students
outside the District: $15. Group rates available.
Call 978-772-2545 for info.
- Tim Ryan
is directing Freeport Family Performing Arts'
production of Cinderella: The Story You Never Knew -
April 11-21 @ Freeport Performing Arts Ctr., 30
Holbrook St. - (207) 415-6251 or
FreeportFamilyPA@RoadRunner.com for info.
- A staged reading of
"Mom's Gift" will be held at The Lonny Chapman Group
Rep Theatre, 10900 Burbank Blvd., North Hollywood,
CA on March 12 & 13 @ 8pm. Free admission; no
1/28/13 - A reading of
The War of
Virginia & Alabama will be presented
1/29/13 at Blue Roses in NYC -
1/24/13 - Great news again for
Martha Patterson! Her short play
CHRISTMAS EVE, MANY YEARS FROM NOW will be part of
Barrington Stage Co.'s 10x10 Festival in
Pittsfield (MA) Feb. 15th-Mar. 3rd.
1/20/13 - There will be a free reading of
new play, Mom's Gift (a comedy with heart) on
Wednesday January 23rd at 7pm @ The Dramatists
Guild, 1501 Broadway Suite 701, NYC. RSVP at
1/20/13 - Congratulations to
Martha Patterson (Talking
Sisters of Bakersfield,
Maid's Day Off,
In a Garden,
Want) whose "A Station in Life" will be
performed at the 10th Anniversary Memorial of The
Station Fire in Warwick, RI (2/20/02). Flames
engulfed the nightclub in 5.5 minutes. 100 people
lost their lives. Memorial date: Feb 20, 2013. Venue
Eiland is directing & performing in a
live radio-play reading of "The 39 Steps" by Joe
Landry, March 3 @ Harvard Friends of the Arts,
Volunteers Hall, Harvard Public Library, 4 Pond Rd.,
Harvard, MA. Doors open at 7pm. Admission is free.
(The production also features
JulieAnn Charest Govang.)
The World premiere of JAC Playwright
Robin Rice Lichtig's ALICE IN BLACK AND
WHITE will take place at Lilith Theatre Company,
Theatre, Kentucky Center for the Arts, Louisville.
Dates are February 28, March 1, 2, 7, 8, 9 at
7:30p.m.; March 9 at
2:30p.m. This prize-winning play looks at the life
of American photographer Alice Austen. Her struggles
with Victorian society to develop her craft and keep
to her own path echo and illuminate a contemporary
story. For information, visit
1/9/13 - Rivermont Collegiate in Bettendorf
(IA) is performing JAC Playwright
David-Matthew Barnes' "Temporary
Heroes," Saturday and Sunday, 1/19-20. This love
story set in a coffee shop in the Little Italy
section of New York explores the blossoming
relationships between a waitress named Shelby, a
cook named Salvatore, and the colorful characters
that enter their lives. Location:
Auditorium in Becherer Hall.
1/5/13 - Talent
on Tap presents JAC Playwright
Rice Lichtig's FRONTIER, a highly
theatrical fable where a messianic Wolf has a plan
for saving mankind from extinction. January 21 at
8:00pm @ Ryans Daughter, 350 E85th St., NYC.
Tickets: $10 [includes
complimentary drink downstairs!], and as always with
Talent on Tap, there will be a Q&A afterwards to
discuss the piece with the playwright. Patrons are
encouraged to participate!
1/2/13 - Calliope Productions
presents Tuesdays with Morrie - January 10, 11, 12,
13, 18, 19, 20; Thu-Sat at 7:30pm; Sundays at 2pm.
$18 Regular; $15 Students/Seniors. Calliope Theatre,
150 Main St. - 508 869 6887;
www.calliopeproductions.org. The production features
Con Chapman's He's Sarcastic
will be featured in Gallery 263's first-ever play
festival, featuring short plays that all take place
in an art gallery. Saturday, January 12 at 7pm and
Sunday, January 13 at 2pm come see four plays for
just $10 @ Gallery 263, 263 Pearl Street in
Lucy Wang's DOWN THERE will be
presented on November 16th, 7:30PM, at Avery
Schreiber Theater, North Hollywood. Living People,
by The Red Brick Road. TIckets $5 suggested donation
at the door.
Daniel Guyton's short film "I'm Not
Gay!" has been accepted into the
Festival in Knoxville, TN. Runs from November
12th to November 18th, 2012.
Rice Lichtig's Alice in Black and
White premieres in Louisville (KY), with the
Looking for Lilith Theatre Company February 28-March
9, 2013. This prize-winning play looks at the life
story of American photographer Alice Austen who had
to struggle with Victorian society to develop her
craft and keep to her own path. Details at
Robin Rice Lichtig's NIGHT OF THE
REALLY TRULY LIVING DEAD will be read on
October 29 (8 p.m.) as part of "Terror Tales."
Second floor lounge of Ryan's Daughter, 350 E. 85th
St. (bet. 1st + 2nd Ave.), New York City. $10
admission gets you the show and a cocktail. Costumes
optional (tho DreamCatcher is giving prizes).
10/20/12 - There will be a World
Premiere Short Plays by JAC Playwright
Arthur M. Jolly and others @ The Gene
Frankel Theatre, 24 Bond Street, NYC on MONDAY &
TUESDAY:October 29th and 30th @ 7pm &9pm.
The Picket Line, by JAC Playwright
Con Chapman is playing 10/17 & 18 at 9pm,
and Sunday, 10/21 at 6pm, Thespis Theatre Festival,
Cabrini Repertory Theater, 771 Fort Washington
Avenue, Washington Heights, NY.
Daniel Guyton's "Grave Assurances"
(co-written with Laura Carson) will be produced by
Eye Theatre in Portland, OR this January!
10/10/12 - Congratulations to
Daniel Guyton, whose play
"Rosie, the Retired Rockette" will be produced as
part of Onstage Atlanta's 'Merry
Little Holiday Shorts' this December!
Vagabond Theatre Company presents
Burning Up the Dictionary
November 28-December 1
@ Rehearsal Hall A at the Calderwood Pavilion at the
Boston Center for the Arts.
Daniel Guyton's play
The Mother of God Visits Hell, written almost
entirely in rhyming iambic pentameter, will receive
a staged reading as part of Working Title
Playwrights' On Demand Reading Series. Check it out
October 9 (7pm) @ Academy Theatre, 119 Center St.,
9/20/12 - The Bonus Army,
an original play by JAC Playwright
Rathbone, directed by Cindy Rosenthal,
plays October 14 & 15 @ Black Box Theater, New
Academic Bldg., South Campus, Hofstra University.
During the Great Depression, thousands of unemployed
veterans marched to the capital to demand the bonus
the federal government had promised them. A talkback
will follow each performance. For more information,
please contact Cynthia Bogard at 516-463-5640 or
9/20/12 - JAC Playwright
Bergman is donning his "Music Director"
hat for F.U.D.G.E. Theatre's production of Jason
Robert Brown's Parade, October 12-20 @ Arsenal
Center for the Arts, Watertown, MA.
9/16/12 - JAC Playwright
Patrick Bray is going to be at the
reading of his play DONKEY as part of
The Ladder Series this Sunday, September 23, 1PM
at The Creek and The Cave in Long Island City. As
it's a fundraiser for a company doing good deeds.
Tickets are $7 at the door!
9/8/12 - Catch JAC's own
JulieAnn (Charest) & Michael Govang in
a performance of A.R. Gurney's "Love Letters," being
presented by Newton Country Players at Trinity
Parish Church, 11 Homer St., Newton Centre (MA) on
October 20 & 21. Visit
www.newtoncountryplayers.org for information.
9/8/12 - Catch JAC Playwright
Hetrick on the OTHER side of the page
when The Windham Theatre presents Bedtime
Stories, September 14-23 at the Burton Leavitt
Theatre in Willimantic (CT). Call 860-423-2245, or
www.windhamtheatreguild.org for info.
8/20/12 - Arthur Jolly's "Almost
Christmas" will be featured as part of Florida's 3rd
Annual John Goring Memorial One Act Festival,
November 9-18, 2012 @ Lowndes Shakespeare Center,
Studio B - (407) 761-2683;
8/15/12 - ETC in Chatanooga (TN) is
presenting its fourth installment of SHORT ATTENTION
SPAN THEATRE - BIZZARE, 8/17-9/2, featuring works by
Bray (Resonator Blues) and
Daniel Guyton (interJACtions, Volume II).
For more information and/or reservations, call
423.987.5141 or visit
Felix Racelis' short comedy, Actortrap,
receives a staged reading during Playwrights
Express, FirstStage's annual short play marathon on
Sunday, July 29 at 6:00pm in the Missing Piece
Theatre, 2811 West Magnolia Blvd., Burbank CA. Could
Deathtrap possibly hold any more surprises? Two
actors preparing for the play find out. Info: (323)
7/26/12 - Break a leg to JAC's
Con Chapman on his
production of The Picket Line, is playing Sept.
11-13, Cabrini Repertory Theater, 771 Fort
Washington Avenue, Washington Heights, NY
- John Patrick
Bray's ten-minute play
GREEN SOUND has been picked up for production by the
Ensemble Theatre of Chattanooga as part of their
Fourth Annual Short Attention Span Festival, August
17-September 2. GREEN SOUND was also given a reading
by Adaptive Arts Theater Company as part of the
Autism Initiative Series in NYC back in January.
Robin Rice Lichtig's
BURYING ELEPHANTS will be part of BURYING ELEPHANTS
AND OTHER PLAYS, four one-acts that examine the
dynamic of conflict between women surrounding sex,
love, class and self-fulfillment. Directed by
Hadi Tabbal, starring Dana Leigh Snyder and Anna
Ryan Konkle. August 14-19 @ The Bridge Theater, 244
West 54th Street (12th floor). For information:
7/8/12 - Jim Hetrick's
will enjoy an extended run, January 25-February 10,
2013 at Seattle's Jewel Box Theater -
7/8/12 - An update
Robin Rice Lichtig: LISTEN! THE RIVER -
a tough-talking cat, one-eyed dog, Bible-toting Mom,
lovesick doorman and his bodacious fiancee tangle in
this tale of love, loss and new beginnings. (www.listentheriver.com)
Director: Tracy Bersley; Starring: Wendy Peace*.
Previews in New York @ 59E59 Theatre, 59 East 59th
St., July 12 and 13 at 7pm; July 15 at 4pm. $15.
www.ticketcentral.com. This will be
followed by its world premiere in Edinburgh Fringe
Festival, Scotland: the Space @ Surgeons Hall,
August 13-18, 20-25 at 1:55pm. £8 (£6 concessions) -
6/8/12 - T.F. Cahill's
of Thomas Sorrell
presented Oct 5,6,11,12,13,18,19,20,26 and 27 @ Geery
Theatre, 2130 L Street in Sacramento, CA
Hunter (Significant Others)
(The Tao of Fruit)
will be featured as part of the 4th ALAP/City of West
Hollywood Gay Play Reading Festival on June 18 at
The Porch will play at Hovey Players - Sept 7, 8, 14,
15, 20-21, 8pm and Sunday, Sept 16, 2pm - The Porch @
Hovey Players, Abbott Memorial Theater, 9 Spring St. &
Joe's Way, Waltham, MA -
Rosie the Teddy Bear will be presented as part of Hovey
Players' Summer Shorts, July 13, 14, 20, and 21, 2012 at
8pm at the Abbott Memorial Theater, Joel's Way, 9 Spring
Street, Waltham, MA -
Mona Deutsch Miller's The End
of the Line will be featured as part of FIERCE
INTERVENTIONS, a program of 3 short plays, at
headquarters for the Hollywood Fringe Festival. Open
Fist Theatre, 6209 Santa Monica Boulevard (near El
Centro), Los Angeles, CA. June 12 (6:30 PM); June 14
(2:30 PM); June 15 (11:30 AM); June 18 (3:30 PM); June
20 (11 PM) and June 22 (3:00 PM). Enter "Fierce
Interventions" for tickets at
www.Hollywoodfringe.org. Tickets are $10.
FirstStage presents an
evening of staged readings featuring Re-Play by
Racelis - Monday, May 21, 2012 @ Missing
Piece Theatre, 2811 West Magnolia, Burbank, CA. Tickets:
$5; free for FirstStage members. Info: (323) 850-6271
Racelis' short play, Date
'N Switch, is in the next line-up at Three Roses
Players' The Writer Speaks series, Evening #20, April
12, 13 and 15 at Crown City Theatre in North Hollywood,
3/15/12 - In the News:
Lucy Wang is featured in The
University of Chicago Magazine:
Theatre Festivity in New York is presenting both
Zaccaria) and SEARCHING FOR A NEW SUN (director: Katrin
Robin Rice Lichtig. Mark your
calendars for these one-time only, free events at 1 p.m.
on June 18 and 21 at the newly refurbished Bleecker
Rice Lichtig's FRONTIER
tackles big issues in a highly charged, highly
theatrical drama which took home two awards at the
Planet Connections Theatre Festivity in New York last
summer. March 18, Oberon Theatre Ensemble presents a
reading at The Lambs Club (3 West 51st St., Manhattan)
directed by Dianna Martin. 7:30.
www.oberontheatre.org. Also from Robin,
ALICE IN BLACK AND WHITE, a new play about the
(true) struggles of Victorian photographer Alice Austen,
has been invited to the Great Plains Theatre Conference
in Omaha, NE, in May and will receive a world premiere
in March, 2013, by the Looking for Lilith Theatre
Company in Louisville, KY.
2/17/12 - Full Circle Theater
Company Presents "Unlikely Allies," a Festival Of New
One-Act Plays featuring
John Patrick Bray's
Surround Sound, March 11, 18, 25, and April 1,
4 PM @ Basement Theater at The Triple Crown, 330 7th
Avenue (Between 28th & 29th Sts, NYC). $10 Cash At The
Door. No Drink Minimum. $4 Domestic Drafts Before,
During, and After The Show -
An evening of
interJACtions contributor Arthur M.
Jolly's short plays - all of them humorous
takes on love and relationships - will be presented at
The Randall Theatre, 10 E 3rd st, Medford, Oregon. April
12 - 15th, peformances at 7pm nightly, with a Saturday
and Sunday 1 pm matinee. Tickets are pay what you will.
More details at
2/8/12 - Are you ready for a different
kind of story for Valentine's Day? Please join us a for
a reading of Death 'N Texas, a new play by
Racelis, directed by Peggy
Howard Chane. Death 'N Texas has been selected for the
February play reading sponsored by the NY Chapter of the
National Academy of TV Arts & Sciences. Monday, February
13, 5:30pm reception; 6pm reading in Midtown Manhattan.
Please RSVP to Ellen Muir (212/459-3630 x204) for exact
location. RSVP is required for admittance.
2/14 (7-10pm) - Fort
Point Theatre Channel presents the 2nd staged reading of
the Marquis de Sade's Justine - a libretto for
a new opera written by JAC Playwright
Langsner and Silvia Graziano,
directed by Christie Gibson. Admission: FREE! For
directions to 10 Channel Center Street (Boston) - please
Steven Bergman and
have new published stories in the now released
anthology, Final Fenway Fiction: More Short Stories
from Red Sox Nation. Check them out at
Barnes & Noble
Write Act Repertory
Theatre in Hollywood is producing the west coast
Baby Blues as part of their Women Inventing
Theatre 3: Connections. Performances are February 1, 6,
7, 13, 14, 20 and 21 at 8 p.m. at 6128 Yucca St. Tickets
are $12 for students/seniors; $15 general admission.
2/2/12 - A reading of
It's Only Money will be
held on Sunday, February 12th at 7:00 PM at Theatre 40
located at 241 Moreno Dr., Beverly Hills, CA - on the
BHHS campus. The event is free.
1/26/12 - Drama West
presents a reading of
Racelis' short comedy
Date 'N Switch at its next showcase on
Saturday, January 28, 2:00 pm @ Edendale Library, 2011
W. Sunset Blvd., LA (near Alvarado). The event is free.
A retired mother enlists her gay son's help in lining up
a date, but plans take an unexpected turn. Info:
Rhea MacCallum's Ladies Choice
will receive its world premiere at the Paw Paw Village
Players One-Acts XV in Paw Paw, MI. Performances are
February 17th - 25th, Friday and Saturdays at 8 p.m. and
Sunday at 2 p.m. at 404 East Michigan Ave., Paw Paw, MI
49079. Box office # is: 269-657-PLAY. For more
information, please visit:
Rhea MacCallum's Day 41 will
receive its world premiere at "She Wrights – One Acts by
Women Playwrights," January 13 - 29, Fridays and
Saturdays at 8:00 PM, Sunday matinees at 2:00 PM.
Tickets are $15.00 General Admission and can be purchase
www.secretrose.com. The Secret Rose Theatre,
11246 Magnolia Blvd, North Hollywood, CA 91601.
Rhea MacCallum's Kill Me,
Please! will be produced at the ACME Theatre New
Works Winter Festival 2012 on Saturday, January 14th and
Friday, January 20th at 61 Summer Street, Maynard, MA
01754. The Acme Box Office number is (978) 823-0003;
1/18/12 - The Actors Workout Studio
presents a reading of short plays by FirstStage members
including Re-Play and Date 'N Switch by
Racelis - Sunday, January 22, 2012, 7:00 PM
@ The Actors Workout Studio, 4735 Lankershim Blvd.,
North Hollywood, CA 91602. Tickets are free, but you
have to call to reserve: (818) 506-3903;
1/18/12 - A closed showing of
Rice Lichtig's LISTEN! will be
held in Manhattan on February 20 (7 p.m.). Tracy Bersely
directs; Nicole Greevy* stars as Turbo, a Maine Coon cat
with attitude whose life is disrupted geographically and
emotionally, echoing the lives of people around him.
LISTEN! is no cute kitty play. It packed a wallop as a
short one act in South Africa and in workshops at
Emerging Artists and ManhattanTheatreSource. If you are
a producer or literary manager and would like to be
invited to this one-night-only informal, private
showing, please email me (
email@example.com ). LISTEN! heads for the
Edinburgh Fringe Festival, produced by Liminal Space and
Rising Solo. Director: Prav Menon-Johansson. Actor:
Wendy Peace*. August 13-27; 1:45 p.m. Surgeon's Hall,
The Spaces Theatre Three. Tickets will be available soon
on the Fringe website:
Racelis will receive readings
of two short plays in late January: Actors Workout
Studio in North Hollywood presents readings of Date 'N
Switch and Re-Play January 22, 2012, and DramaWest will
reprise Date 'N Switch the following Saturday, January
28, 2012, at their series at the Los Angeles Edendale
Carol Anne Seflinger's 10-minute one-act,
The Session, is one of five one-acts in a women
playwrights one-act festival entitled She Wrights, at
the Secret Rose Theatre in the NOHO district. The
festival will run January 13 through 29 - Fridays &
Saturdays at 8PM; Sundays 2PM. $15 General Admission.
SECRET ROSE THEATRE, 11246 Magnolia Blvd.,
NoHo Arts District, North Hollywood, CA - 1-877-620-ROSE
Arthur M. Jolly's one act drama Almost
Christmas, set in a bar on Christmas Eve, will
premiere at the 17th Annual One Act Festival at the
Venture Theatre in Billings, MT. In the play, a bitter
waitress, tries to get money from a crusty regular and
the bar's naive new owner so she can fund a trip to kill
her father. Merry Christmas! 8pm Fri & Sat, 2pm Sunday
Feb 10th-19th @ Venture Theatre, 2317 Montana Ave,
Billings, MT. $10 tickets available
From February 18-26, OdysseyStage Theatre, 1937 W.
Cornwallis Rd., Durham, NC will present a series of
performance readings of JAC Playwright
Michael Halperin's Desert Stories, two one-act comedies.
$10 in advance. $12 at the door.
1/6/12 - Vanessa Adams-Harris will be bringing
Janice Lidell's powerful
Who Will Sing for Lena? to Brandeis
University on March 8, 2012.
Players will be performing Monica Bauer's
The Diet Monologues
April 27, 28, May 4 & 5
Medway Library, 26 High Street
1/5/12 - Congratulations to
upcoming JAC Playwright (Worth
a Thousand Words) Stefanie DeLeo's
Cry My Safari is available on NOOK as today at
Barnes & Noble!
12/7/11 - Congratulations
to JAC Playwright
Barnes. Barnes' young adult
novel MESMERIZED received a
second place award in the
Rainbow Reader Awards!
12/6/11 - Jim Hetrick's
Event will be presented
at the Jewel Box Theatre, 27334 Balmoral Place NE in
Kingston, WA 1/14-15/2012
Arthur Jolly's Bath Time is
Fun Time will be at the Pick of the Vine Season Ten
Festival January 13th through February 18th, 2012 at the
Little Fish Theatre, 777 Centre Street, San Pedro, CA
Rhea MacCallum's Independence Day
will be produced in Tehachapi Community Theatre's 3rd
Annual Playwright's Festival at Beekay Theatre, 110
South Green Street, Tehachapi, CA, Friday and Saturday,
November 4th and 5th at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday, November
6th at 2 p.m. Tickets are $10. For reservations and
additional information visit TCT online at
A world premiere musical comedy by
the author of Don't Hug Me, A Don't Hug Me
Christmas Carol and A Don't Hug Me County Fair.
The Don't Hug Me musicals are published by
Samuel French and have played in over 100 cities around
the U.S. and Canada. Don't Hug Me, I'm
Pregnant is playing thru Nov 20, 2011, Fri & Sat @
8pm Sun @ 2pm. Tickets: $20. Call 323- 822-7898,
Use code "Pregnant" for $10 tickets. Secret Rose
Theatre, 11246 Magnolia Blvd, North Hollywood, CA 91601
Chronogram Magazine Short Takes: September 2011
reviews Terry Sandler's
Mommy & Me Fishing Trip & Other Stories
8/24/11 - November 18-20 –
Sandbag, Stage Left (or, One Dead Dolly!), directed
by Tom Hickey. A community theatre diva has been killed
by a falling sandbag during the "So Long, Dearie" number
in the production of HELLO DOLLY. Her husband has been
accused of the crime, and brought to trial. The
attorneys cross examine various community theatre types
who take the stand to testify, and it is the nuttiest
parade of witnesses this side of Perry Mason. The show
will be performed at 175 Chandler Street, Tewksbury, MA.
$45 per person. The price includes an “all you can eat”
buffet dinner and the show. Reservation are required.
Call ACTORS inc at (978) 984-3151 or send an email to
Banshee will be opening
August 21st-August 27th at Flamboy'an Theatre in NYC.
Director: Mary Ellen Nelligar; Assistant Director: Jim
Pillmeier. Featuring: Lauren Murphy, Ron Morehead,
Elisabeth Henry-Macari and Matt Meinsen. Tickets $15 in
advance, $18 at door call 866-468-7619 or visit
8/8/11 - Three of JAC's
Playwrights will be featured in a commemorative 9/11
presentation called "We Remember..." at Ayer-Shirley
Regional High School, 141 Washington Street, Ayer on
9/9/11. The evening consists of
Rice-Lichtig's The Fortification of Miss Grace Wren,
Grieving Process and
Langsner's Bystander 9/11.
This event is free and open to the public. Call
978-302-9121 for information.
Josh McIlvain's "The Wendy
Fund" will be featured Friday, July 29th & Saturday,
July 30th (8pm) @ SLC Centers 352 7th Ave. (30th St.)
16th Floor. Reservations: Call 212-244-8888
7/20/11 - Katselas Theatre
Company will hold a reading of
Halperin's The Spark of Reason
at the Skylight Theatre, 1816 N. Vermont Ave., Los
Angeles, 11AM, Sunday, July 31, 2011 directed by Rob
Brownstein. Minimum donation of $10. Tickets:
702.582.8587. Online: ktctickets.com.
short play "House of Sticks" is part of the lineup at
THE WRITER SPEAKS '11, Evening 15, July 17, 19, 24 & 31
at Three Roses Players, Crown City Theatre in North
6/15/11 - JAC Contributor
Andrew Biss' "Skewed Picture"
will be featured as part of Hovey Players' Summer
Shorts, July 7 at 9 Spring Street, Waltham -
Olson's Don't Hug Me, I'm
Pregnant is the fourth in the Don't Hug Me franchise of
musical comedies. The story takes place in Bunyan Bay,
Minnesota, in a little bar owned by Clara and Gunner
Johnson. Clara is 8 1/2 months pregnant, and suddenly a
freak snow storm , a "tsnownami," hits Bunyan Bay,
they’re snowed in, Clara goes into labor and Gunner will
have to deliver the baby in the bar. The Lonny
Chapman Group Rep Theatre, 10900 Burbank Blvd., No.
Hollywood, CA 91601 - June 14 & 15 at 7:30pm.
Reservations: Just show up. It's FREE.
6/9/11 - Theatre Communications Group (TCG),
the national theatre organization will read a selection
from Michael Halperin's
Texas in its National
Playwrights' Slam Friday, June 17, 9-11:30PM in the
Tiffany Room of the Biltmore Hotel, 506 S. Grand Ave.,
Los Angeles. The event is sold out.
6/9/11 - This weekend is the 3rd
ALAP/ City of West Hollywood Gay Play Reading Festival!
Thanks to grants from the City of West Hollywood, ALAP
will present two programs of play readings by ALAP
members as part of the City’s 2011 Gay Pride
Celebration. Both programs take place at the Celebration
Theatre, 7051 Santa Monica Boulevard (just east of
LaBrea). There is plenty of street parking. Plays
by JAC Playwrights featured on June 11th will be Best
Steven Korbar. Each program
will conclude with a reception. Please consider
joining this special event. The size of the audience
helps determine whether they will get another grant next
year, so the more the better. Admission is FREE, no
5/18/11 - JAC Playwright
will be presenting three one-act
comedies, John and the Three Bridesmaids,
...and Guest, and Here's Looking at You at
2011 PlanetConnections, The Gene Frankel Theatre, 24
Bond Street, NYC, June 13-25.
Shannon Murdoch's New Light
Wins 2011 Yale Drama Series Award,
(reading) @ Manhattan Theatre Club. On the verge of
foreclosure, a working mom and her stay-at-home husband
reappraise their assets, including her aging father and
his new motor home; but when they take away his keys,
they learn love is not a loan that can be repaid. Tender
is a timely drama about the debt we owe our parents, the
interest we charge our children, and the price of
forgiveness. Directed by Lynne Meadow, Artistic Director
of MTC and starring Kate Jennings Grant (Broadway:
Proof, Guys and Dolls), David Harbour (Broadway: The
Coast of Utopia, Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf), and
Peter Michael Goetz (Broadway: The Last Night of
Ballyhoo, Brighton Beach Memoirs). Kelly Younger has had
plays commissioned, produced, and developed by the Irish
Repertory Theatre, New Repertory Theatre, Orlando
Shakespeare Theatre, EST/LA, and The Blank Theater.
Younger was a finalist for the Joanne Woodward/Paul
Newman Drama Award and winner of the John Gassner New
Play Award. New York City Center Stage, 131 W 55th
Street. 7pm. Call 212.399.3000 for info, or visit
3/12, 13, 16 & 17 -
Racelis' Re-Play will
be presented at Three Roses Players'
The Writer Speaks'11 (Evening 12) @ St. Matthews
Church, 11031 Camarillo St., NoHo, CA. TICKETS $16 at
the door, $14 advance.
2/25/11 - Robin Rice-Lichtig's
PLAY NICE! will be presented by Ego Actus Design,
LLC at 59E59 Theaters March 8-27 in NYC.
2/23/11 - The Windham Theatre
Guild is proud to present the world premiere performance
of Blessed Event, a new work by
local playwright Jim Hetrick. After
doing a staged reading of Blessed Event in 2009, the
Guild is proud to mount this show for its premiere.
Somebody once said, “Grandchildren are God’s reward to
you for not killing your own kids.” Charley Dube, the
main character of Blessed Event, would agree
wholeheartedly with that statement. Charlie is the
eighty-year-old patriarch of a lovable, dysfunctional,
French-Canadian family residing in West Hartford, CT.
Come and visit with this off-beat family as they spend
Charlie’s last day on this earth grappling with life’s
issues and reminiscing about the sometimes comical,
sometimes touching events that make up a life
well-spent. You will walk out of the theater with your
heart filled with love, laughter and tears, and you will
recognize yourself, your friends and your own family
members in the wonderfully human characters. They will
live on in your hearts and minds long after the final
curtain falls. Blessed Event will be presented Friday
and Saturday, March 4th and 5th at 8pm and Sunday, March
6th at 2pm at the Burton Leavitt Theatre, 779 Main
Street, Willimantic. Tickets are $15 for adults, $12 for
seniors/students and $8 for children under 12 and are
available by calling the theatre at 860-423-2245, online
www.windhamtheatreguild.org or at the door.
Blessed Event is soon-to-be-released by JAC.
Kelly Younger's play TENDER has been nominated
for the Best New Play by the 2011 Independent Reviewers
of New England.
Robert Joseph Ahola's
Finding the Greater Fool will be presented as part
of THREE ROSES PLAYERS' THE WRITER SPEAKS ’11 - JANUARY
23 7PM JANUARY 25 & 27 8PM January 30 7PM.
TICKETS $16 at the door, $14 ADVANCE PURCHASE:
www.3rosesp.com/THE-WRITER-SPEAKS.html. Three Roses
Players at THE CROWN CITY THEATRE, At ST.MATTHEWS CHURCH
11031 Camarillo Street, NoHo, CA 91602 (Where Lankershim
meets Vineland turn west at Blockbuster Video) FREE
Thursday, February 3 ·
9:00pm - Terry Sandler's When the
Bedbugs Bite will play at
HUDSON GUILD THEATRE, 441 West 26th St. (between 9th &
10th ave), New York, NY. WHEN THE BEDBUGS BITE is a
dramatic look back at the relationship between a loving
father and his young daughter during their bedtime
rituals. While tucking Dolly into bed, a mysterious
clock echoes the sentiments of mortality and loss as he
fights to keep her awake. “The seasons changed slowly.
Holidays were never the same.” Starring Nina Day,
Brittany Pierri, and Terry Sandler; Lighting by David
Markoff; Sound Design by Fay Gerbes. BEDBUGS is playing
in part of NYC's prestigious Riant Theatre's "Strawberry
One-Act Play Festival". Series B. More info:
Philana Gnatowski's short
plays Cold Feet and Patrick & Gwen
will be featured as part of Acme Theater Productions'
2011 New Works Winter Festival 2011, January 7-15 @
ArtSpace Maynard, 61 Summer St., Maynard, MA -
I Thought I Heard a
Voice I Knew is about an embittered divorced couple
that argue as their younger selves say the things they
wish they could. It will be part of the 8th Annual
10-Minute Play Festival, 12/16-18 at the Secret Rose
Theatre. And while you're there,
Felix Racelis' Re-Play is a
finalist in the Festival and will be performed during
"The Best of..." on
Sunday, December 19, 2010.
The evening will feature five other ten-minute plays.
There will be special guest judges, sake tasting and
- 11246 Magnolia Blvd., North Hollywood (CA)
On 12/18, there will be
a reading of
new play, AULD LANG SYNE, at 3 pm in the Hallie
Flanagan Studio Theatre, Mendenhall Center for the Arts,
at Smith College, Northampton (MA) under the auspices of
New Century Theatre. Admission is free.
A Don't Hug Me
will play for a 4th year in a row in
Minneapolis after selling out every show the last
3 Decembers. Nov 26th thru Jan 2.
Sat @ 5pm
Sun @ 3pm @ Where: Hennepin Stages, downtown
Minneapolis (MN). Tickets: $23 to $26. Call
800-745-3000 for tickets or online at
Congratulations to JAC
Racelis! His full-length As
Straw Before the Wind won Fifth Place in the 79th
Annual Writer’s Digest Writing Competition, Stage Play
Category. The play is the compelling story of an
ambitious Filipina nurse who survived the horrors of
WWII, developed at both East West Player's Writer's
Institute and FirstStage, Los Angeles, CA.
10/4/10 - Mark your calendars!
of the Bully will be
performed at Dracut (MA) High School, 1540 Lakeview
Avenue - December 1-4.
9/28/10 - World Premiere of
Banished Children of Eve by
adapted from the novel by Peter Quinn. October 13 -
December 5, 2010. The Irish Repertory Theatre
(off-Broadway) commissioned playwright Kelly Younger to
write this bristling drama, adapted from Peter Quinn’s
epic novel, set during the Civil War in New York City.
Against the backdrop of the dangerous, sweltering Civil
War summer of 1863, the Bowery explodes with racial
tension and the City of New York rushes headlong toward
the fatal July draft riots. Moving to the music and
rhythms of these dangerous times, a diverse band of
characters is drawn together in a net of intrigue and
violence. Jack Mulcahy leading an Irish Minstrel
Troupe, stars opposite his true love, a beautiful
Mulatto girl who whites her face and crosses the ice as
Eliza in Uncle Tom’s Cabin. On the blistering streets
outside, corrupt Tammany Hall bosses plot to take
advantage of the chaos to enrich themselves whilst
destroying any hopes of escape to a place of freedom and
peace for Jack and his little family. The famous
songwriter, Stephen Foster, himself one of the Banished
Children of Eve, wends his way through this entrancing
drama as he produces the beautiful melodies which have
given the country its lasting evocation of the times.
Banished Children of Eve received developmental support
from the National Endowment for the Arts. Performance
Schedule: Wednesday – Saturday at 8pm; Wednesday,
Saturday, Sunday at 3pm. There will be no
performance on Thanksgiving Day, Thursday, November
25th. A 3pm performance on Friday, November 26th has
been added. Approx. Running Time: 120 min,
short comedy, The
People's Prada, is one of the finalists in the 2nd
Annual Tehachapi Community Theatre Playwrights Festival.
It wil compete with 7 other short plays Oct. 1 through
Oct. 3, at the Beekay Theatre in Tehachapim (CA) -
9/1/10 - J.C. Svec's
Small Bites received the award for Best Evening of
One-Acts at The PlanetConnections Festivity, held
recently in NYC. Svec's The Home Front
is up and coming thru JAC.
8/20/10 - THE MOMMY & ME FISHING
TRIP, a Comic-Drama soon to be published by JAC
Publishing will play The Cunneen-Hackett Arts Center, 12
Vassar Rd, Poughkeepsie, NY on Saturday, August 21 @
7pm. Admission: $10 (tickets sold at door).
Starring: Laura Love, Justin Van Voorhis & Nina Day;
Directed by: Terry M. Sandler; Lighting/Sound: Fay
ME THE FUNNY! At the Writers’ Table with Hollywood’s Top
a book of comedy writer interviews I did with co-author
Peter Desberg will be published
2, 2010 by
Publishing, a subsidiary of
Noble. The book is a little different from other
interview books: Davis asked twenty-five celebrated
writers to take a bare bones premise we gave them and
develop it anyway they wanted. No limits, no rules and
no boundaries. The result is twenty different stories
created in real-time from writers like
Island) Ed Dector (There's
Something About Mary) and Heide Perleman (The
8/12/10 - Felix Racelis' "Uncommon
Threads" from his collection
Quintessential Evening: Five Short Plays,
will be performed at the 2010 NAACP 10-Minute Theater
Festival on August 29. Produced by the Beverly
Hills-Hollywood NAACP. For information, visit
8/9/10 - Three Crows Theatre
Leslie Bramm's VENUS AND MONA
- "Junky/drunk's dying, there's a demon in the heap, and
the Tredwater twins are trapped on the roof of their
mother's doublewide. They slug it out in this black
comedy, about the battles fought to grow up and learn
love." Directed by: Melissa Attebery; Fight
Director: Carrie Brewer; With: *Nam Holtz, Bridget
McMillan, Maayan Schneider, *Dan Via @ The Kraine
Theatre, 85 East 4th Street (6 to Astor Place, D to Bway/
Lafayette, or F to 2nd Ave), New York City. Dates:
Sun 8/15 @ 8:15 , Wed 8/18 @ 6:30, Sun 8/22 @ 2:45, Wed
8/25 @ 10:45, Fri 8/27 @ 1:45 - Tickets: $15 -$18.
* appearing courtesy of Actors
Thomas M. Kelly Buzz:
Sac Live: Thistle Dew Theatre presents comedic helping
of "Thirds" by Marcus Crowder,
The Sacramento (CA) Bee
7/29/10 - The Photograph by
Mona Deutsch Miller, as well
as other short plays will be included in an evening that
mixes comedy and drama as it explores the ultimate human
emotion. Performances are Friday and Saturday (8/6 and
8/7) at 8 PM, and Sunday (8/8) at 3 PM. Tickets are $10.
StillSpeaking Theatre is located in Crist Hall on
the campus of the San Marino Congregational United
Church of Christ, 2560 Huntington Drive, San Marino, CA
91108. Free parking in the lot on the premises.
7/27/10 - T.F. Cahill's
Going to Tibet
will run at the
Playwrights Theater in Sacramento (CA) October 1, 2,
3, 8, 9, 10, 15, 16 & 17, 2010.
Tough Economic Times Call for "Tender" Play -
Tender at Gloucester (MA) Stage Company
announced as one of the featured authors at the
Decatur Book Festival (9/3-5, 2010)!
Venus and Mona will be presented by Three Crows
Theatre at the NYFringe Festival (Kraine Theatre),
August 15, 18, 22, 25 and 27 -
7/8/10 - Tender by
is playing at Gloucester (MA) Stage Company July 8-25.
The family home, wallpapered with a lifetime of I.O.U.s,
is about to go into foreclosure and Christopher, the
Patron Saint of Travelers, is on standby. All that is
tender is not green in this humorous and heartbreaking
family drama. Directed by Eric C. Engel, Cast includes
Denise Cormier, Richard McElvain and Brendan Powers.
Tender was developed with support of New Repertory
Theatre, Watertown (MA). Artists’ post-show “Talk
Back” - Sunday, July 11.
Freeport Family Performing Arts Proudly Announces
Auditions for it's Innaugural Production of
Mary O'Leary & the Leprechauns of Ballybun Village,
Written & Directed by
Tim Ryan. Saturday July
31st, 1pm - 4pm & Sunday, August 1st, 4pm - 7pm.
Freeport High School Cafeteria, 30 Holbrook Street.
Auditions are open to everyone from everwhere, ages 7yrs
old to Adults. Entire families are encouraged to
audition and participate. People of Short Stature are
also Very Highly Encouraged to audition! ;) Those
auditioning please be prepared to tell a joke as well as
read from the script. Please also bring an Irish accent
with you. (or at least attempt one.) EVERYONE
AUDITIONING WILL BE OFFERED A SPEAKING ROLE!! SHOW
DATES will be in late Sept and early October at the
Freeport Performing Arts Center. Details to be announced
Plot & Character Information. For more
Information Please Contact Director - Tim Ryan @ (207)
415-6251 or email
6/1/10 - JUST RELEASED! JAC's monologue compilation "interJACtions:
Volume 1 - Monologues at the Heart of Human Nature"!
5/27/10 - Martha Patterson's half-hour radio
comedy/ murder mystery "VERONIQUE" is available
to listen on your very own computer! Through June 2nd,
from Shoestring Radio Theatre in San Francisco, you can
listen starting 5/27, live, click on the link below and
then click on "Listen" and then on "Streaming." It airs
at 9:30pm West Coast time, or 12:30pm East Coast time
for night owls, with comparable difference for other
time zones. If you want to listen to the taped version
during the week (starting Friday) you will need to
either already have or download MP3 or RealAudio (which
are FREE) to listen to the show. Just click on the link:
old-time-style radio theatre, with sound effects &
everything!! The setting is New York City and the state
of Maine. "Veronique" Who murdered film producer Anton?
His lover Veronique and her friend Chloe try to find out
before they are implicated in this stylish
comedy-mystery. Written by Martha Patterson; Directed by
5/24/10 - Congratulations to
Jolly, whose The
Bricklayer is a monologue in
JAC's upcoming compilation. Jolly's A Gulag Mouse
is a finalist for the Woodward/Newman Drama Award!
- Congratulations to
Barnes, who has accepted a full-time
teaching position at Southern Crescent Technical College
in Griffin (GA). Barnes will be teaching Theatre and
5/18/10 - Small Bites: A Smorgasbord of One Act Plays
in Deetjen Theatre, Montclair, NJ, September 24 & 25. Svec's
The Home Front
will soon be available thru JAC Publishing!
The Ancient Mariner will play at The Curtain
Players, Halem Road Playhouse in Galena (OH) on July 24
work will be featured in Planet Connections Theatre/Tribe Productions'
Small Bites: A Smorgasbord of
One-Act Comedies @ The Gene Frankel Theatre, 24
Bond Street, NYC June 16-16. For information, visit
www.planetconnectionsfestivity.com or call (866)
811-4111. Svec's The Home Front
will soon be available thru JAC Publishing!
- Janice Lidell's
Who Will Sing for Lena? will play at the North Carolina Black Repertory Theatre
on May 14, 15 & 16. www.ncblackrep.org;
- Andy Pederson's Yellow Light
which is included in JAC's upcoming monologue
compilation, is playing at Chicago's Gorilla Tango
Racelis' short play New
Business was among the plays selected to receive two
more weekends of production as part of ShortLived 3.0,
an audience-judged playwriting competition. It will run
again Friday and Saturday nights at 8:00 pm April 16,
17, 23 & 24 at The Asylum Lab in Hollywood. For tix and
Russell Sage College's Creative Performances Department
Pippa's Cell Cycle, April 22-25
@ 45 Ferry St., Troy, NY - (518)
4/7/10 - 4/8-25 -
Vukadinovich's Terrarium - Son of
Semele and Red Tie Productions present the world premier
directed by Efrain Schunior @ 3302 Beverely Blvd, Los
Angeles, CA 90004; Thursday – Saturday 8pm, Sundays at
4/7/10 - A
weekend of one-act plays by monologue contributor
Janice Kennedy will be presented
at the Lex Theatre in Hollywood, April 23-25.
Directed by Jennifer Bushnell, the
presentation includes The Dark, The Final Page, and
Blink. Peter Pano and Janet Keijser are featured actors.
Orlando Shakespeare Theatre's PlayFest! The Harriett Lake Festival of
New Plays (featuring special guest Philip Seymour
Hoffman) will present ONCE A MARINE by
Directed by Richard Perez. A shell-shocked marine
returns home with no recollection of the life, or the
wife, he left behind. The only woman he does remember –
the one he came back for – is his first love of fifteen
years ago. His bittersweet homecoming rekindles that
love, and dredges up his most painful of memories. He
must choose a future of blissful ignorance or a past of
buried grief. But he is not the one who will decide. For
more information and tickets:
JAC monologue contributor
The Big Hat will be read at SWAN Day (Support
Women Artists Now), directed by Roxanna Myrhum, Boston
Playwrights Theatre, March 27. Her short comedy Cookin' with Gas has been selected for the next
One Act eco-friendly showcase 'We Mean to be Green'
being held in April 23-24, 2010 by Thespian Productions
in Ft. Myers (FL).
Shoestring Radio Theatre online, will be featuring
her half-hour comedy/murder mystery Veronique
in May, 2010, and An Artful Marriage will be
produced by The Pink Banana Theatre, directed by Ashlea
Woodley, at the Off Broadway Theatre, 342 North Water
Street, Milwaukee (WI). Show dates May 21-June 5.
JAC monologue contributor
Arthur M. Jolly's
Past Curfew will run at the Pacific Resident
Theatre April 1-18, Thurs-Sat 8pm, Sundays 7pm. 707
Venice Blvd (4 blocks West of Lincoln), 90291 - (323)
460-2508. Suggested donation $15. Recommended for mature
will be a featured author (along with Clifford Henderson
& Lisa Girolami) at Pride in Monterey (CA). He will
be reading from his novel Mesmerized at the Marina
Library on April 24th. His
stage play Temporary Heroes opens in Odessa (TX) on
April 14. Barnes
will be a panel moderator and a featured reader at the
Saints & Sinners Literary Festival in New Orleans from
May 13 - May 16. For more info, visit
MARVELOUS will be read March 28th
at 3pm at ART/NY, 520 Eighth Avenue 3rd floor, Studio B.
Reservations are not required. There is a suggested
donation of $5.
a short play, will be performed at ShortLived 3.0, an
audience-judged playwriting competition taking place at
8:00 pm on April 2, 3, 9 and 10 at The
Asylum Lab, 6320 Santa Monica Blvd. For tix and info,
www.brownpapertickets.com/event/103421 or email
Suki Livingston Opens Like a Parachute is
playing 3/15 @ Theater for the New
City, 155 1st Ave. (between 9th & 10th St.)
Contribution: $5 -
Don't Hug Me will play at the historic
Paramount Theatre, August 19-21 in St. Cloud
(MN) - (302)
Vukadinovich's A Giant Arc in the Skyspace of Directions (or The
Story of Miracles)
is running at LA Theatre Ensemble's Powerhouse Theatre,
3116 2nd St., Santa Monica (CA) 3/4-27, 2010.
is running at Red Tie Productions, 3302 Beverely Blvd.,
Los Angeles (CA) 4/8-25, 2010.
His Trog and Clay (an Imagined History of the Electric
is running at LA Theatre Ensemble's Powerhouse Theatre,
3116 2nd St., Santa Monica (CA) 4/22-5/15, 2010.
STOP THE VIOLENCE: Remembering the Execution of Lena Mae
Saturday, March 6,
● 5:00 p.m. Heritage Education Center Auditorium ● 4th
Floor, 101 Auburn Avenue, NE ● Atlanta, GA 30303-2503.
Panelists include: Dr. Josephine Bradley, Chair,
Department of African-American/Africana Women’s Studies
at Clark Atlanta University; Dr. Eugene Walker, DeKalb
County Board of Education Representative; Dr. Janice
Liddell, Professor, Department of English at Clark
Atlanta University; Kathryn Anderson Weaver, Media
Specialist with the Atlanta Public Schools; Ms. Latonya
S. Peterson: Consultant, writer and member of the
National Black Herstory Task Force, Inc; Kathryn
Anderson Weaver will perform an excerpt from
Who Will Sing
ALL PROGRAMS ARE FREE AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC. For
additional information call AARL at (404) 730-4001, ext.
LIVE @ THE
LIBE SHORT PLAY FESTIVAL - three one-hour programs of
short works. All programs are free and open to the
public. Included are: JAC monologue compilation
Arthur Jolly's Bailing Out
(2pm) @ West Los Angeles Regional Branch, 11360 Santa
Monica Blvd. - (310) 575-8323;
LIVE @ THE LIBE SHORT PLAY
FESTIVAL - three one-hour programs of short works. All
programs are free and open to the public. Included are:
JAC monologue compilation playwright
The Pitch on
(6:30pm) @ Westwood
Branch Library, 1246 Glendon Ave. - (310) 474-1739;
LIVE @ THE LIBE SHORT PLAY
FESTIVAL - three one-hour programs of short works. All
programs are free and open to the public. Included are:
JAC monologue compilation playwright Chris Hare's
and JAC monologue compilation playwright
Janice Kennedy's Shadows Round the Moon
on March 6 @ Donald Kaufman
Brentwood Branch Library, 11820 San Vicente Blvd., (310)
2/10/10 - David-Matthew
Pensacola is running at the Lambda
Players from February 19 thru April 3 @
21st & L Street Theatre, 1127 21st Street, Sacramento -
2/10/10 - Mona Deutsch
Miller's comedy Strangers on a Train
will be part of a series
of short plays read at the Westwood Public Library,
located at 1246 Glendon Avenue, Los Angeles, on March 3,
2010 at 6:30 PM. Deutsch Miller is
one of the
playwrights to be included in JAC's upcoming monologue
Playwrights 6 is presenting
BRECHT IN L.A.,
directed by Jonathan Levit, as a staged reading on
Tuesday, February 9th,
at 8:00 p.m., at the Underground Theatre, 1314 N.
Wilton Place, Hollywood 90028. Admission is free, and a
reception will follow the performance. For further
information, please call Playwrights 6 at (323)
860-6625. Mitchell's Acadiana Sludge
is forthcoming from JAC, as well as his monologue "The
Party" in JAC's upcoming
1/22/10 - Tim Ryan's
will be performed at Windham (ME) High School, April 9,
10 & 11, 2010.
12/22/09 - 3/10 - Janice L. Lidell's
Who Will Sing for
Lena will be performed at Russ College in Holly Springs,
Mississippi. Additional May dates TBA.
Olson's Polyester The Musical
is running thru 12/20 @ Actors Forum Theatre, 10655
Magnolia Blvd., North Hollywood, CA 91601 (between
Vineland & Cahuenga). POLYESTER The Musical is the
story of The Synchronistics, an over-the-hill, ABBA
wannabe group, that re-unites after 20 years to perform
at a public access TV Telethon. It’s "Mamma Mia" meets “Spinal Tap.”
Book by Phil Olson (Don't Hug Me, A Don't Hug Me
Christmas Carol, A Don't Hug Me County Fair); Music by
Wayland Pickard (e-Love, Is This Any Way to Start a
Marriage, Liberace); Lyrics by Phil Olson & Wayland
Pickard. Directed by Wayland Pickard & Doug Engalla; Choreography by Michele Bernath; Featuring:
Pamela Donnelly, Gwendolyn Druyor, Christopher
Fairbanks, Robert Moon and Jim Staahl.
General Admission: $20; Seniors/Students: $17; Groups:
$15. Reservations: (323) 822-7898 or reserve
www.PolyesterTheMusical.com. For more
information on Phil, visit him online at
Collective will be presenting
at PrimaVera Arts Center, 112 5th Ave.N, Seattle (WA)
December 4-13, 2009.
See the show
11/20/09 - Check out another side of
Fred Rohan Vargas
- his songwriter side! Give him a
listen to his "Movin' On"
and you're sure to become a fan!
The Merry Women of Windham,
which won an award at Gettysburg College in 11/05 and is
now published through Lazy Bee Scripts-UK, was done by
the Trinity Drama Group in Dublin, Ireland in October,
2009. It was entered in the 'The
Dundrum One Act Play Festival' and came out 2nd in
the Confined Division
Favorites is the new book by author/playwright
It is a collection of newspaper columns about Americana,
'the likes of which are fading from print.'
Islands of Repair
will be presented at Hole in the Wall Theater in New
Britain (CT) January 22 thru February 20,
2010. Performances run Fridays and Saturdays with two
matinees. For more information, visit
9/30/09 - L.A. Premiere - Freedom, Texas by
– (Q&A with playwright) starring Michael Rachlis,
Rachelle Carson, Donald Sage McKay, Jeff LeBeau, Rico E.
Anderson. A comedy about a Jewish kid from Los
Angeles in 1953 who ventures to small town Texas with
dreams of being a radio star! Oct. 17 - JCC at
Milken Play Series, 22622 Vanowen St., West Hills 91307
- Ticket Info: 818.464.3300; Oct. 18 - Westside JCC Play
Series, 5870 Olympic Blvd., Los Angeles 90036 - Ticket
Info: 323.938.2531 Ext. 225
6/28/09 - Of Interest? -
Submitted by Thomas M. Kelly:
Rethinking Gender Bias in Theatre
by Patricia Cohen & Princeton Study:
Opening the Curtain on Playwright
Gender: An Integrated Economic Analysis of
Discrimination in American Theater
by Emily Glassberg Sands (PDF)
6/19/09 - William Arnold's Night of the Musical Dead
runs July 24 through August 22.
The performances are Friday and
Saturday nights at 8:00PM. There are also two Sunday
matinees at 2:00PM (August 2 and 16th). The Hole in the
Wall Theater is located at 116 Main Street in New
Britain, CT. Visit
directions and more info.
6/3/09 - Catch
George Matry Masselam's Angela and Her Dad
as part of Playwrights' Platform's 2009 Festival of New
Plays, June 11-20
at the Boston Playwrights' Theatre. 949 Commonwealth
Ave., Boston -
5/20/09 - Nicholas Conti's
commissioned by the City of Poughkeepsie (NY), takes
May 26th at 3 PM in celebration of the
Quadricentennial of the Discovery & Exploration of The
River named Henry Hudson! There'll be Revolutionary Army
Re-Enactors, Coast Guard Ships, 1 or 2 tall ships...a
West Point Band, George Washington, wearing his wooden
teeth and riding his white Stallion, singers Musicians
even politicians. Come down to the River in Poughkeepsie
it's free and Bring the Family! They are also dedicating
this plot of land with a Plaque an American
Revolutionary War Shipyard and on Livingston's Land.
New improved website and blog!
for info on working with freelance writers!
East Lake High School Drama Team in Sammamish (WA) will
David Tucker's Check, Please
on January 29 & 30,
1/8/09 - Rick Mitchell's
The Composition of Herman Melville (abridged),
with music by Max Kinberg, will be part of the
Metropolitan Playhouse's Melvillapalooza, running January 12 thru 25
at 220 E.
4th Street in NYC. For mroe information, visit
12/12/08 - Robert Ahola
happily announces the second
edition of his fantasy novel,
I Dragon has been fully
released by Great Concept Books. You can order it at
Amazon.com, BarnesandNoble.com, and wherever fine books
are sold. You can also order it directly from the
publisher by clicking on
happily announces the New Second
The Return of the Hummingbird
recently released by Great Concept Books and available
or wherever fine books are sold. You may also order it
directly from the
10/27/08 - DramaWest presents a free staged
reading of a new short play,
NEW BUSINESS by Felix Racelis, Saturday,
November 1, 2008, 2pm @
Edendale Library, 2011 W. Sunset Blvd., Los Angeles
90026. Two members of a group in decline discuss
momentous new business. Brandon Harrison directs Randy
Roberts and Jace Kent. Also on the bill are short plays
by Diane Grant, Barbara Krupa, Kuang Lee, Julio Martinez
and John Lane.
10/14/08 - Bishop Amat Theatre Arts presents
I Think You Think I Love You and Other Plays, including
Kelly Younger's Forgive Me, Father, 10/25-11/2
@ the Performing Arts
Building, 14301 Fairgrove Ave., La Puente, CA
Felix Racelis' Uncommon
which won Fire Rose Productions' First Annual Ten-Minute
Play Contest, will be performed Saturday, September 27,
7:30 door/8:00 performance @ Barnsdall Gallery Theatre,
4800 Hollywood Blvd., Hollywood. Bill White directs a
cast that features Shirley Jackson and Alma Collins.
Wary of a snobbish museum staffer's motives, an African
American retiree withdraws her quilt submission until
she discovers they have more in common than just their
ethnicity. The evening also features Papa's Boy
by Kaz Matamura and short plays by other writers.
Tickets: $22. Evening features a silent auction, sake
tasting & more. Proceeds benefit Fire Rose Productions'
Youth Ensemble Outreach Programs. Info: 1.877.620.ROSE
is part of A STAGE ODYSSEY at FirstStage, on a bill with
short plays by Jennifer K. Hugus, Dan Davis, Tom
Misuraca, Roger Brookfield and Michael Sadler. In NEW
BUSINESS, two long-standing members of an organization
in decline discuss some serious "new business."
Performances are Thursday, Sept. 18; Thursday, Sept. 25;
Monday, Sept. 29 and Tuesday, Sept. 30, all at 8pm.
Location: 6817 Franklin Ave. (at Highland), Hollywood
(CA). Tickets: $10. Info and reservations: (323)
SummerStage (Delafield, WI)
presents Three Irish One-Act Play Readings including
Forgive Me, Father
Tim Ryan's Who Pushed Humpty Dumpty
will be performed 9/24 & 25, 2008 in New Plymouth,
Taranaki, New Zealand.
The Boys of Winter,
antiwar play written by Barry Brodsky,
Dean B. Kaner, & Eric Small;
Directed by Bridget
Kathleen O’Leary. September 5-21;
performances run Fri.*-Sat. at 8 pm, Sun. at 2 pm and 8
pm. [*September 5th benefit performance for Veterans For
Peace and Iraq Veterans Against The War.] At the Boston
Playwrights’ Theatre, 949 Commonwealth Ave., Boston.
Convenient to the Green Line (B train) [detailed
wheelchair accessible. Tickets: $20, $10 for
students/seniors/veterans/first responders; group rates
available. Box Office opens one hour before each show
(cash or credit cards only). For advance tickets, log
or call 866-811-4111 (toll free). For general
information, log onto
Theater Barn Presents a Staged Reading of Jim Gordon's AND THE MEEKS SHALL INHERIT.
Lester Colodny with Kim Lowden, Tracy James, Mike
Boland, Linda Denholtz, Kevin Smith & Maureen Cummings -
Tuesday, July 29th at 7:30 P.M. Admission: Donations
Appreciated; Light refreshments served. Ridgefield
Theater Barn, 37 Halpin Lane, Ridgefield, CT. (203)
The Play's The Thing: It's words,
words, words for busy local playwright
by Ronald B. Hellman
Astoria Times: Thursday, June 5,
2008 2:22 PM EDT
In the beginning was the
word, and Fred Rohan Vargas has lots of them. Chatting
at my office, overlooking the LIRR Douglaston station,
it was hard to tell who was doing the interviewing. But
since it's my column, we decided it should be me,
especially since Fred, now age 59, has done so many
things that most people never get to do. "I'm just
starting the second act of my life," he proclaims. If
you go to Fred's Web site,
it says that he's a playwright, artist and composer, but
that's just scratching the surface.
Read full article
4/30/08 - JAC Publishing's
own JulieAnn Charest is directing
Michael Healey's "The
The production runs
May 1 thru 17,
2008 at Beatrice Herford's Vokes Theater, on Route 20 in
Wayland, MA. Visit
4/29/08 - "House of Sticks,"
a short play by JAC Playwright Felix Racelis
(and a finalist in Fire Rose Productions' Ten-Minute
Play Contest) is part of OFF THE WALL, an evening of
short plays presented by FirstStage and the Hollywood
Chamber of Commerce. In the play, a young homeless
shelter director escorts a major donor on a tour to seal
the deal on a major gift, until a homeless client throws
a wrench into her plans. Felix Racelis directs a cast
that includes Camille Ameen, Arnie Weiss and Jennifer
Hugus. Wed. & Fri., April 30, May 2, May 7 and May 9, 2008
all at 8pm. Tickets: $10. Info & Reservations: (323)
Malvin Wald (1917-2008): A Writer
First, and Above All Else
"The roads to becoming a creative
artist. Music. Poetry. Painting. Photography.
Drama. Film. An artist's life never ends with
his death. He lives on through his work. Think
about that, my young friend. Seriously."
- Photographer Alfred
Stieglitz, 1934 (as told to a 17-year-old Malvin
On Thursday, March 6, Malvin Wald died in his
sleep and Creative Screenwriting lost one
of its first and most important collaborators.
I first spoke to Malvin in 1994, right after the
first issue of Creative Screenwriting had
been published. I had reached out to film
faculty across the country and Malvin called me,
enthusiastic about my new journal. He wanted to
help any way he could. I added him to
Creative Screenwriting's original editorial
board, and we created a new section in the
journal, The Screenwriting Life, to
accommodate the many amazing stories he had
about his career in screenwriting. It is that
life which I celebrate here.
Malvin Wald grew up in the working class
Bedford-Stuyvesant section of Brooklyn and
entered Brooklyn College at the age of 15. He
wrote a weekly humor column and graduated cum
laude in psychology and education. Later, he
would add graduate studies in drama and a law
In 1938, he followed brother, Jerry Wald, to
Hollywood. Jerry was a prolific producer (An
Affair to Remember) and the primary
inspiration for Budd Schulberg's book, What
Makes Sammy Run? Malvin wrote an original
script called Benefit of Mankind, based
on his experience as a "sometime student of
undergraduate law courses" and his two years
working in the Brooklyn Post Office. He got the
script into the hands of agent Arthur Landau,
once famous as the agent for Jean Harlow and
Marie Dressler. "But when those two great stars
died, Landau fell on bad times and was willing
to accept anybody as a client, even unknowns
like me," Malvin wrote.
Landau sold the screenplay to Warner Bros. for
actor John Garfield. Signed to a Warner Bros.
writing contract for $250/week as part of that
deal, Malvin wrote a treatment for The Shadow,
but Jack Warner told his producer, Brian Foy,
"Never will Warner Bros. do a comic book. We do
the great pictures. We will go out of business."
I guess times have changed a little.
Being on the Warner lot had other advantages for
Malvin. He met Jack and Harry Warner, and was
invited by John Huston to dine at the legendary
Warner Bros. writer's table. There he was
introduced to Humphrey Bogart, Julius and Philip
Epstein, Errol Flynn, and veteran writer, George
Bricker, who told him, "If you don't make it big
by time you are 40, you will be considered a
washed-up hack." Maybe times haven't changed so
After his seven-month contract ran out, Malvin
was unemployed. He sold a story to Fox studio
head Darryl Zanuck, Ten Gentlemen from West
Point, which he had researched in the
history room of a local public library. The
screenplay for the film was written by Richard
Maibaum (From Russia With Love,
Goldfinger) and George Seaton, with an
uncredited $1,000/day polish by legendary
screenwriter Ben Hecht (Wuthering Heights).
In April 1942, while working on an assignment at
Columbia Pictures, Malvin was drafted. He
entered the Army Air Corps, serving in the First
Motion Picture Unit. He wrote more than 30
instructional films there, working with Ronald
Reagan, William Holden, and other notable
actors. Former Editor-In-Chief Den Shewman and I
took Malvin to lunch about six months ago, and
Malvin told us about his experiences working in
the unit. One of the films he wrote, Ditch
and Live, was very well regarded by the Air
Force, and his vivid recollection of the story
inspired me to begin a horror treatment on a
related concept (a B-29 bomber crashing in the
Artic). Such was the power of his enthusiasm.
After the war, Malvin was unemployed and he took
up play and short story writing. His one act
play, Talk in Darkness, was popular, with
a young Sidney Poitier and Harry Belafonte
appearing in it in Harlem. He credited that
success with earning him the opportunity to
write The Naked City.
In 1946 Malvin met Universal-International
Producer Mark Hellinger and sold him on the idea
of researching the NYPD homicide case files for
a new kind of police story. Malvin wrote, "My
concept was that the police department, with its
fingerprint experts, crime scene photographers,
autopsy physicians, solved murders, not Sam
Spade type private eyes working alone.
"When I returned to Hollywood a month later with
a notebook full of story ideas, Hellinger asked
me eagerly, 'Do you have a good story?' 'I don't
know,' I answered. 'There are eight million
stories in the Naked City.' Hellinger replied,
'Forget about the eight million, just give me
one good one.'"
Malvin worked for six months on the screenplay,
and when it was finished, "Hellinger called me
in and said he couldn't do it. It was too
original. I had written a script where actual
locations in New York were to be used instead of
Hollywood studio sets. Hellinger said that would
be too difficult to produce and was shelving the
project. I begged him to get a second opinion,
and he reluctantly gave the script to director
Jules Dassin, who had just finished making a
picture called Brute Force for him.
Hellinger called me a few days later to say that
Dassin loved the idea and told Hellinger that
they would make film history with it," Malvin
The gritty, black-and-white
film noir did make history, inaugurating the police
procedural genre and popularizing the method of
shooting scenes on-location. Because of some
intrigues by the producer Hellinger, Malvin would
share credit on The Naked City with Albert
Maltz, and their screenplay would receive
nominations for the Writers Guild screenplay award
and the Academy Award for best story in 1949. .
He is currently developing feature screenplays for
production and can be reached at
In 1948 Malvin teamed up with Washington columnist
Drew Pearson to write an inside story about
presidential politics called The Washington Story.
This was one of two screenplays he would write for
legendary Columbia studio head Harry Cohn. In the
course of his research, Malvin sneaked into a Harry
Truman press conference at the White House and was
present at a confrontational congressional
investigation between Alger Hiss and Richard Nixon.
The final screenplay was a hard-hitting exposé of
corruption on the highest level in Washington. Cohn
said he thought it was a great script, as good as
Mr. Smith Goes to Washington, but he couldn't
produce it. Why? Malvin remembers Cohn saying,
"After the war, Jack Warner and I visited Germany as
guests of the U.S. Army, and I discovered that
Hitler had used Mr. Smith Goes to Washington
as anti-American propaganda, claiming that the
character of the crooked senator played by Claude
Rains was typical of all U.S. politicians." Cohn
screamed that he was ashamed of having made the film
and would never again produce anything critical of
In 1952 Malvin was hired to write and help produce a
TV series called The Tales of Hans Christian
Andersen. During the course of this production,
he gave John Neville his first movie job and
encountered Peter Ustinov and Orson Welles. Welles
told Malvin that he was interested in narrating the
tales, but first he would need $75,000 for expenses
-- actually money he needed to finish his film
version of Othello. After Malvin's attorney
confronted him on this, Welles responded, "Look at
me, Mr. Wald, I'm 37 years old, fast approaching
middle age. No longer the boy wonder. I have lost
years and years of my life fighting for the sacred
right to do things my own way and mostly fighting in
vain. The tycoons think I'm crazy for trying to
subsidize my own films. But I will never surrender.
Better to live one day as a lion than your whole
life as a sheep."
In 1959 Malvin was hired to write a screenplay based
on the life of Fidel Castro. The deal to make the
movie was struck between Castro and oil magnate
Frank B. Waters at the Shamrock Motel in Houston,
TX. Castro had approval over the writer for the
film, and laid down the following conditions: "1) No
goddamn gringo. He must speak Spanish perfectly. I
don't want to be insulted by having a person who
can't speak my language. 2) No Hollywood creep. The
writer had to have an academic background. And 3)
The writer had to have a recent success." Malvin had
five years of Spanish and had just become adjunct
faculty at the University of Southern California.
Throw in Malvin's recent success with Al Capone,
and he was hired.
Interviewing Castro in June 1959 in Havana, Malvin
asked if the Russian Revolution had been an
inspiration for him. Castro answered, "No, it was
the American Revolution. Why has Hollywood never
made an important film about the American
Revolution? Are they ashamed of it?" When he
returned to the United States, Malvin was
interviewed by the CIA and threatened by a
pro-Castro group not to publish the information he
had received in Cuba. The film was never produced.
Continuing his film writing, Malvin adapted James
Warwick's play, Blind Alley, into the film
noir The Dark Past, and co-wrote, with
Collier Young and Ida Lupino, the story for Lupino's
Outrage, before moving mostly into
television. During the '50s he wrote for anthology
series including Lux Video Theatre,
Fireside Theatre, Goodyear Television
Playhouse, The Alcoa Hour, Playhouse
90, and The George Sanders Mystery Theater.
He also wrote episodes for Cavalcade of America,
Brave Eagle, The Silent Service,
Have Gun -- Will Travel, Shirley Temple's
Storybook, Peter Gunn, Combat!,
The Great Adventure, and Perry Mason.
Later, Malvin wrote for The Many Loves of Dobie
Gillis, Daktari, and The Life and
Times of Grizzly Adams.
Continuing his interest in documentary writing,
Malvin worked with Mike Wallace of 60 Minutes
fame on a Marilyn Monroe documentary shortly after
her death in 1962, and was assigned to work with an
aging Walter Winchel on a series about his life.
He was a writer with an insatiable desire for
research, ferreting out new stories, exploring new
ideas and innovative ways to tell a story. A long
list of credits for largely forgotten TV shows and
movies isn't nearly as impressive as the long
bookshelf in his Sherman Oaks, CA home, filled with
his produced screenplays bound in leather.
From his screenplay Homicide (later retitled
The Naked City) to his work as a story editor
on Daktari, Malvin was proud of each of his
screenplays. He was a man who worked.
Reflecting on his life, Malvin wrote, "One of the
wonderful by-products of being a Hollywood writer is
that occasionally you get to meet real writers --
world-famous authors and playwrights. In my long
career I had brief encounters with Dorothy Parker,
Jack Kerouac, Upton Sinclair, James Hilton, John
Hersey, James Cain, Henry Miller, and Clifford
Odets, but the most memorable experiences were with
two Nobel Prize Winners -- William Faulkner and John
Malvin Wald was a real writer -- one of the finest
and most prolific screenwriters in Hollywood
history. But he was also my friend, mentor, and the
nicest, most giving person I have had the privilege
of meeting in Hollywood. He is gone now, but the
stories he created and the lives he shaped live on.
Erik Bauer was the founding publisher and editor
of Creative Screenwriting
There are several chances to
catch Felix Racelis' Tel Aviv
Take-Off, a hilarious apocryphal romp. A Southern
matron visits her son who’s studying in Tel Aviv, and makes his
school an offer that’s hard to refuse.
But did we say she’s got an agenda?
FirstStage’s 2008 Stage Odyssey - Friday
and Saturday, January 11, 12, 18 and 19, 2008.
all at 8pm @
6817 Franklin Ave
by Peggy Chane, with Elizabeth Farley and Bryna Weiss.
Also on the bill: plays by Michael Sadler, Herman Poppe,
Keith Neilson, Thomas J. Misuraca and Jennifer Kristin Hugus.
$10, or donate what you can.
Reservations and info:
(323) 850-6271 or
-- or --
DramaWest, Saturday, January 12,
2008, Edendale Library,
2011 W. Sunset (at Alvarado),
Directed by and starring Helen
Duffy, with Marcie Lynn Ross. Free.
Productions presents a free staged reading of Felix
Racelis' "Bride of
Godzilla" on Saturday,
October 20, 2007 2pm @ Edendale Library, 2011
W. Sunset Blvd. (at Alvarado),
Los Angeles. A young couple who are part of
a studio diversity writing program have one last chance to pitch
a project to an impatient producer. It's a matter of life
or debt. Directed by Jacque Lynn Colton, with Hettie Lynn Hurtes,
Brian Westerey, Cathy Chang and Tony Rayner. The afternoon
features other original works by L.A. writers. Info:
Six of Felix's short plays are available at
JAC Publishing & Promotions.
JAC Playwright Garret Mathews Releases
New Book -
Defending My Bunk Against All Comers, Sir
JAC Playwright Mark Lambeck's "Lucky Day,"
which won the Audience Choice Award in a one-act festival at the
Eastbound Theatre in Milford in July will be going up at The
Producer's Club (44th St. at 8th Avenue) in an equity festival
in NYC being produced by
Emerging Artists Theatre Company
from October 18 through November 4th, 2007.
JAC Playwright Robert Eiland Featured
in the Harvard Post
7/12/07 - LATV Fellowship Diversity
Program Accepts 4 CAPE Members:
JAC Playwright Lucy Wang Included:
CAPE proudly congratulates writers Leo Chu, Eric Garcia,
Young Il Kim and Lucy Wang
who have been accepted into the prestigious LATV Fellowship
Diversity Program. "Thanks to CAPE, I've been accepted
into the LATV Fellowship Diversity Program where Carole
Kirschner will be my mentor and I will be able to network with
some of today's finest TV professionals," said Lucy Wang.
Chu sits on CAPE's Board of Directors, and executive produces
and writes Spike TV's "Afro Samurai" starring Samuel L. Jackson.
With his writing partner Eric Garcia, who has penned Disney's
"Recess" and "Lloyd in Space," he is currently writing a feature
for Sony Pictures Animation. Young Il Kim was the 2006 CAPE
Foundation New Writers Award Screenwriting winner for his
feature script, "Hyung's Overture." Wang was the 2006 CAPE
Foundation New Writers Award Television winner. CAPE is
thrilled to continue to foster the development of these talented
writers, and others like them, to advance diversity in