JAC Playwright TOM MISURACA will be directing a staged reading of his brand new full-length play, "Figments" at First Stage. A talk back with the author will follow the reading. Saturday April 15, 2017 at 8pm at Theater Unlimited Studios (T.U. Studios), 10943 Camarillo St., North Hollywood, CA. Suggested Donation $10.

JAC Playwright LUCY WANG's "IT AIN'T EASY BEING CHINESEY" is part of Pan Asian Rep's NuWork Festival 2017. Program A, Three performances. April 26, 27th 7:30 PM and April 30 2:30 PM. The exact ticket link is https://www.telecharge.com/Off-Broad…/NuWORKS-2017/Overview….

JAC Playwright ROBERT HENSLEY's short film "THE TASTE OF SALT" is an Official Selection of the 2017 Silicon Beach Film Festival, which runs April 22-28 at the Howard Hughes Cinemark 18 & XD. The film will have its premiere screening on April 23 at 11am.

A staged reading of JAC Playwright DIANE GRANT's romantic comedy "Sunday Dinner," about love, marriage and Mother, will be presented at Theatre Palisades on Tuesday, April 18th at 7:30pm (reception at 7) as part of the Palisades Playwrights Annual Festival. Theatre Palisades, 941 Temescal Canyon Road, Pacific Palisades, CA 90272, 310-454-1970. Tickets are $5.

JAC Playwright TOM MISURACA's ten-minute play "Don't You Forget About Me," will be part of Theatre East's 5x5 Drama Series. This unique event brings theater into non-traditional spaces like breweries, rooftops and apartments. Each of the 5 performances will consist of 5 short plays, performed by 5 casts, throughout all 5 boroughs. And best of all, tickets are available for a suggested donation. Show opens on March 31 at The Flagship Brewery in Staten Island. For information on the other performances, please visit: http://theatreeast.org/producti…/2016-2017-5x5-drama-series/

JAC Playwright TOM MISURACA's award-winning ten-minute play, Manservant 3000, will be produced as part of Force of Nature's "Tales of Tomorrow." One of five short plays "from a world eerily similar, yet far stranger and more twisted than our own." Runs Sundays April 2, 9, 23, 30 (no show on Easter) at 7pm. At The Eclectic Company Theatre, 5312 Laurel Canyon Blvd, Valley Village, CA 91607. Tickets $18. Available at www.fonprods.tix.com

interJACtions, VIII contributor ARTHUR JOLLY's "Long Joan Silver" will play 2/17-26 @ Loft Ensemble, 13442 Ventura Blvd., Sherman Oaks (CA) - https://loftensemble.secure.force.com/ticket

JAC Playwright 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 Beach, FL.

JAC Playwright LUCY WANG's "My Aim is True," directed by Shellen Lubin, will be part of HERSTORY 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", Routledge


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 for 2017! http://playfestsantabarbara.org

Tracy Krauss' ALI AND THE MAGIC LAMP will be presented 1/23 & 24, 2017
@ Tumbler Ridge Secondary School, 180 Southgate, Tumbler Ridge, BC

David-Matthew Barnes' FALSE HOPES will be performed 11/4 @ Lehman College - Student Experimental Theatre Blackbox B20

Janice Liddell's WHO 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 WHO 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 at http://www.eventbrite.com/e/who-will-sing-for-lena-by-janic… (Groups of 6 or more use code GRATE)

David-Matthew Barnes' 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 www.tinyurl.com/RRCCTickets (link is external). Credit and debit cards are also accepted at the door

Felix Racelis' 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:1dramawest@gmail.com, or Drama West Productions on Facebook. 


Join 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
katherineburkman@gmail.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 through brownpapertickets.com

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 http://archwayla.tix.com

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. www.plays411.net

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: www.oshadows.org/…/O'Shadowfest_Ticket_-_Saturday%2C…

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. www.firststagela.org

Margie Langston's
LUAU AT ACORN ACRES will be presented 2/16-19 @ Bifocals Theatre, CAT Theatre, 319 N. Wilkinson Rd., Henrico, VA 23227 - http://www.cattheatre.com/

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. Contact millirisharts@gmail.com for more info!

On Sunday June 21st,
Tom 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 Scribblerusa@yahoo.com.  reservations are suggested.

Felix Racelis' "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 info: http://tctonstage.com/playwrightsfestival.html.

A 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: www.brooklyn.cuny.edu/web/news/bcnews/bcnews_060515.php

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.

Tom 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: http://tickets.brooklyncenter.org/GI602015

Misuraca's 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! www.santapaulatheatercenter.org/reserve-your-tickets.html

...and for the Trifecta,
Misuraca's one-minute play, Last Date First, will be produced as part
Playsmiths' 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: www.brownpapertickets.com/event/1620962

Tom 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.

Tracy Krauss' LITTLE RED IN THE HOOD
will be performied June 9 & 10, 2015 at Tumbler Ridge Secondary School in Tumbler Ridge, BC.

Tom 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: 214-544-4630. https://tickets.mckinneyperformingartscenter.org/TheatreManager/1/tmEvent/tmEvent858.html

Robert 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 Brandon Crose's short play "The Successful Author's Morning Ritual" 5/5/15 at 2:30pm EST (or at your leisure for 24 hours after that). https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UAa0ivH_L5s

The Crefeld School Spring Arts Celebration presents BYSTANDER 9/11 by Meron Langsner, directed by Hannah Tsapatoris Macleod - Thursday May 21st at 7pm @ The Crefeld School, 8836 Crefeld St., Philadelphia, PA

Arthur M. 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.

Tom 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. www.eventbrite.com/e/brief-encounters-2015-tickets-16598662…. 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

Brian Petti's Next year in Jerusalem is playing one night only, 4/19 @ Hatmaker's Attic Productions, The Lobby at the Ritz, 107 Broadway, Newburgh, NY - www.HatmakersAttic.org

On 2/14 at 2pm, JAC's Tom 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

JAC Playwright 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

The 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. - www.risingsunnyc.com/erik.html


Congratulations to JAC Playwright
Martha Patterson 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. www.siblingrevelry.org

Congratulations to JAC Playwrights Lucy Wang and Martha Patterson, both of whom have had works selected for production this spring by Lady Bits: Unsolicited Comments on Womanhood, sponsored by Rutgers U in New Brunswick (NJ)!

Congratulations to JAC's Martha Patterson! Martha's CHRISTMAS EVE, MANY YEARS FROM NOW has been selected for production at Bread & Roses' The Platform, South London in January'15! http://marthapatterson.blogspot.com/

Tim Ryan's MARY O'LEARY & THE LEPRECHAUNS OF BALLYBUN VILLAGE
will be performed 11/20 & 21 at Durham Community School, 65 Hallowell Rd., Durham, ME - (207) 415-6251

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 Trace Crawford & 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 mts@gwi.net or call (207) 324-8227 (message machine: leave name & phone #)

Mission Theatre Company is presenting JAC Playwright Sam Graber's DETAINEE will play 11/7-15 in the new Phoenix Theater at 26th & Hennepin in Minneapolis (MN) - http://missiontheatrecompany.com/tickets/

BIRDS, written & directed by JAC's Marcina Zaccaria, 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
www.bricktheater.com.

Join the West Hollywood Library as they celebrate Halloween early. Playwrights Terry McFadden and JAC's Thomas 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 PHIL OLSON 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. https://web.ovationtix.com/trs/cal/254.  "Don’t Hug Me, We’re Married" is the fifth in Olson's popular 'Don’t Hug Me' series of musical comedies.

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.

Summer Dawn Hortillosa
(interJACtions, 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
http://jctcenter.org/JCTC/Jersey_City_Theater_Center.html

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 www.48hourfilm.com/en/la/

Brandon Crose
will be appearing as part of Suffield Players' "New Faces 2014," 8/16, 7:30pm @ Mapleton Hall, 1305 Mapleton Ave - thesuffieldplayers@gmail.com
for info.


Judith Pratt's THE WRIGHT PLACE will have a reading on August 15 & 16 at Vokes Players, Route 20 in Wayland, MA. www.vokesplayers.org

Janice Lidell's WHO WILL SING FOR LENA
will be performed 7/17-8/3, 2014 at To To Too Theatre Company in Denver, CO. Visit www.andtototoo.org  for tickets & information.

Tom Misuraca
's 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: http://planetconnections.org/deliveryboi;  Tickets: https://web.ovationtix.com/trs/pe.c/9904581DAMARI

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. Congratulations to Brandon M. Crose (The Formative Years), Rhea MacCallum (Kill Me, Please!), David MacGregor (Just Desserts, New Year's Even) and J.J. Steinfeld (More Than Money) - www.artists-exchange.org

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: www.laplaywrights.org


NEW BUSINESS by
Felix 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: (323) 806-8770.

Rose of Athens Theatre presents the world premiere of DONKEY by JAC's John Patrick 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 - www.risingsunnyc.com

JAC Playwright Kelly Younger's 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. www.firehousetheatre.org

JAC Playwright Martha 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: (323) 850-6271

Bunny Ranch, a short comedy by JAC Playwright Felix 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.

JAC Playwright Michael 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 through www.TCTonstage.com/tickets  for $10 or call 661.823.8145

"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. www.facebook.com/NSCroanokegaytheatreco

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 rbrtptrck@aol.com.

12/31/13 - Felix Racelis' BUNNY RANCH (aka Building a Better Bordello), Roy Battochio's AVERY, Steven Korbar's BLIND MAN'S BLUFF, and Dan 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.

12/31/13  - Martha Patterson's play THAT'S LIFE will be published online in Work Literary Magazine.

12/24/13 - JAC's Coni Ciongoli Koepfinger has been appointment to the Board of Trustees of the International Centre for Women Playwrights!

12/19/13 - JAC Playwrights Rich Espey and Trace Crawford! Their shorts "Alban's Garden" and "An Unfamiliar Waltz" were chosen for Vermont's Parish Players' 10 Minute Festival (2/14-23/14)! www.parishplayers.org

12/6/13 - It's a banner month for JAC Playwright Daniel Guyton! Guyton has six (6) plays running simultaneously this weekend throughout the
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 - www.facebook.com/EnsembleTheatreOfChattanooga;
3) 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 - ww.facebook.com/GotNoBoxTheatre
4) Mildred's Umbrella Theater Company's "Museum of Dysfunction" in Houston (TX) features Guyton's "Milo & Barbara." Opens tonight and runs through next Saturday - www.facebook.com/pages/Mildreds-Umbrella-Theater-Company/72208521171;
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 - www.facebook.com/MirrorTheater;
6) Malverne Theatre's "Lighting of the Malverne" ceremony on Long Island (NY) features Guyton's "Last of the Tannenbaums." Plays December 7 only - www.facebook.com/MalverneTheatre;
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 - www.facebook.com/#!/pages/Nequa-Valley-High-School/158980040789224;
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 - www.facebook.com/#!/SuffolkCCCBkstrAmmerman?rf=104052426298948;
9) Lionheart Theatre's "Holiday Punch" in Atlanta (GA) features Guyton's "Rosie, the Retired Rockette." Opens Dec. 20 for one weekend only - www.facebook.com/#!/LionheartTheatre;
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 - www.facebook.com/#!/kyrs.fm

12/5/13 - JAC Playwright Felix 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 Phil Olson's 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 https://web.ovationtix.com/trs/pr/929314.  Use Code “Muffin” for 1/2 OFF!


11/8/13 - "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 - www.averyschreiberplayhouse.com

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: (323) 449-5045

9/22/13 - Sylvia Veith's INSIDE THE DRESSING ROOM will be performed October 4 & 5 @ OnStage at Atlanta, 2969 E. Ponce de Leon Ave., Decatur, GA 30030; Barry West, Artistic Director - http://onstageatlanta.com/

9/2/13 - 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? julieann@jacneed.comwww.jacpub.com

8/10/13 - Vertical Tasting Productions presents the New York premiere of THE UNFORTUNATES, written by JAC Playwright Aoise 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 Showcase.

7/31/13 - Kelly Younger's LADY GREGORY'S INGREDIENTS will be featured as part of the Kansas City Irish Festival (Small Room Theatre Co.) on August 31 & September 1.

7/27/13 -
Now Available for Amazon's Kindle! Mark Lambeck's touching play collection BUS STORIES

7/27/13
- Great "Interviews & Reviews" piece featuring JAC's Tracy Krauss! www.interviewsandreviews.com/writing-tips

7/26/13 - 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: http://pettiplays.wikispaces.com/The+Love+Song+of+Sidney+J.+Stein.

6/1/13 - 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: kazmatamura@gmail.com.

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 - www.concordplayers.org

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) 850-6271 or www.firststagela.org

5/16/13 - The Association for Jewish Theatre's 2013 conference has chosen CHESTNUT TREES by JAC's Michael 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.

5/9/13 - Jim 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 www.windhamtheatreguild.org 

5/2/13 - 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. http://actorstheatrecharlotte.org/nuvoices/

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 www.village-players.com.

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.

3/27/13 - 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.

3/7/13 - A staged reading of
Phil Olson's "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 reservations required.

1/28/13 - A reading of Dawson Moore's
The War of Virginia & Alabama will be presented 1/29/13 at Blue Roses in NYC - www.blueroses.org.

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 JAC Playwright
Phil Olson's 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 LSNActs@nyc.rr.com www.philolson.com

1/20/13 - Congratulations to Martha Patterson
(Talking to Strangers, Four Sisters of Bakersfield, Maid's Day Off, What Remains, In a Garden, What Women 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 TBA.

1/16/13 -
Bob 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.)

1/9/13 -
The World premiere of JAC Playwright Robin Rice Lichtig's ALICE IN BLACK AND WHITE will take place at Lilith Theatre Company, MeX 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 www.lookingforlilith.org.

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. www.rivermontcollegiate.org

1/5/13 -
Talent on Tap presents JAC Playwright Robin 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! www.dreamcatcherentertainment.biz

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 JAC Playwright Michael Legge!

12/27/12 -
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 Cambridge (MA). www.facebook.com/pages/Gallery-263/40956511927

11/7/12 -
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.

10/25/12 -
Daniel Guyton's short film "I'm Not Gay!" has been accepted into the SOAPIFF Film Festival in Knoxville, TN. Runs from November 12th to November 18th, 2012.

10/23/12 -
Robin 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 www.dramamama.net.

10/23/12 -
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). www.DreamCatcherEntertainment.biz

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. Tickets.

10/15/12 -
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.

10/10/12 -
Daniel Guyton's "Grave Assurances" (co-written with Laura Carson) will be produced by the Third 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!

9/27/12 -
Vagabond Theatre Company presents Meron Langsner's
Burning Up the Dictionary November 28-December 1 @ Rehearsal Hall A at the Calderwood Pavilion at the Boston Center for the Arts.

9/25/12 -
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., Avondale Estates. www.academytheatre.org

9/20/12 - The Bonus Army, an original play by JAC Playwright
Isaac 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 Click Here
 
9/20/12 - JAC Playwright
Steven 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. http://www.fudgetheatre.com/

9/16/12 - JAC Playwright
John 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
Jim 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 visit 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;
www.theprt.com

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 JAC Playwrights
John Patrick Bray (Resonator Blues) and Daniel Guyton (interJACtions, Volume II). For more information and/or reservations, call 423.987.5141 or visit www.ensembletheatreofchattanooga.com

7/26/12 -
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) 850-6271

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

7/23/12 -
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.

7/9/12 -
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: haditabbal@gmail.com

7/8/12 - Jim Hetrick's
Blessed Event will enjoy an extended run, January 25-February 10, 2013 at Seattle's Jewel Box Theater -
www.jewelboxtheater.com


7/8/12 - An update from JAC's 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) - www.edfringe.com
6/8/12 - T.F. Cahill's The Seduction of Thomas Sorrell will be presented Oct 5,6,11,12,13,18,19,20,26 and 27 @ Geery Theatre, 2130 L Street in Sacramento, CA
6/6/12 - JAC Playwrights Felix Racelis (Date'N'Switch), Susan C. Hunter (Significant Others) and Lucy Wang (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 7:30pm.
6/2/12 - Jack Neary's 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 - www.hoveyplayers.com

6/2/12 -
Steven Bergman's 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 - www.hoveyplayers.com
5/24/12 - 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.
5/18/12 - FirstStage presents an evening of staged readings featuring Re-Play by Felix Racelis - Monday, May 21, 2012 @ Missing Piece Theatre, 2811 West Magnolia, Burbank, CA. Tickets: $5; free for FirstStage members. Info: (323) 850-6271
5/1/12 - Woodward International Playwriting Prize Now Open to All Playwrights (Durham, NH)
4/5/12 - Felix 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, CA.
3/15/12 - In the News: JAC's Lucy Wang is featured in The University of Chicago Magazine: Career Change!
3/14/12 - Planet Connections Theatre Festivity in New York is presenting both O RUMBLES OF JOY! (director: Marcina Zaccaria) and SEARCHING FOR A NEW SUN (director: Katrin Hilbe) from 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 Street Theatres. www.planetconnections.org
3/13/12 - Robin 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. www.lookingforlilith.org.
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 - www.fullcircletheatercompany.com
2/16/12 - 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 www.randalltheatre.com

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 Felix 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.

2/7/12 - 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 Meron Langsner and Silvia Graziano, directed by Christie Gibson. Admission: FREE! For directions to 10 Channel Center Street (Boston) - please visit www.fortpointtheatrechannel.org/directions

2/7/12 - Playwrights Steven Bergman and David Kruh have new published stories in the now released anthology, Final Fenway Fiction: More Short Stories from Red Sox Nation. Check them out at Amazon and Barnes & Noble

2/2/12 - Write Act Repertory Theatre in Hollywood is producing the west coast premiere of interJACtions contributor Rhea MacCallum's 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. Reservations: 323-469-3113.

2/2/12 -
A reading of Gene Lesser's 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 Felix 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: dramawest@cox.net

1/18/12 - 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: www.ppvp.org

1/18/12 - 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 online at www.secretrose.com.  The Secret Rose Theatre, 11246 Magnolia Blvd, North Hollywood, CA 91601.

1/18/12 - 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; www.acmetheater.com

1/18/12 - The Actors Workout Studio presents a reading of short plays by FirstStage members including Re-Play and Date 'N Switch by
Felix 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; info@actorsworkout.com

1/18/12 - A closed showing of Robin 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 ( dramamama@nyc.rr.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: www.edfringe.com.

1/17/12 - Felix 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 Library.
1/16/12 - Oral Histories From The 1970s gathered By Garret Mathews - "Folks Are Talking" is a double CD that includes 28 oral histories of folks Garret Mathews interviewed as a young feature writer on the Bluefield, W. Va., Daily Telegraph between 1974 and 1979. To purchase the C.D. "Folks Are Talking"-The double CD costs $17 plus $3 shipping and handling. Checks should be sent to “Folks Are Talking,” c/o Garret Mathews, 7954 Elna Kay Drive, Evansville, Indiana 47715, or click here to order online!
1/10/11 - In an event called “New Year, New Beginnings,” JAC playwright Lucy Wang will lead an afternoon of storytelling and sharing that will help kick off her 10 weeks as the 2012 writer in residence at the arts facility that once served as the guest house of actress Marion Davies.
http://huntingtonblogs.org/2012/01/lucy-wang-event/
1/8/12 - interJACtions contributor 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 (7673)


1/8/12 - interJACtions contributor 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 online.


1/8/12 - 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. www.odysseystage.org; 919.929.4493

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.

1/6/12 -
Medway Players will be performing Monica Bauer's The Diet Monologues on April 27, 28, May 4 & 5 at Medway Library, 26 High Street

1/5/12 - Congratulations to upcoming JAC Playwright (Worth a Thousand Words) Stefanie DeLeo's book Cry My Safari is available on NOOK as today at Barnes & Noble!

12/7/11 - Congratulations to JAC Playwright David-Matthew Barnes. Barnes' young adult novel MESMERIZED received a second place award in the Rainbow Reader Awards!

12/6/11 - Jim Hetrick's A Blessed Event will be presented at the Jewel Box Theatre, 27334 Balmoral Place NE in Kingston, WA 1/14-15/2012

12/1/11 - 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 90731. www.littlefishtheatre.org/wp/

11/2/11 - 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 http://tctonstage.com

10/19/11 - A world premiere musical comedy by
Phil Olson, 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


9/1/11 -
Chronogram Magazine Short Takes: September 2011
reviews Terry Sandler's Mommy & Me Fishing Trip & Other Stories

8/24/11 - November 18-20 – Jack Neary's 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 tickets@actorsincorporated.com 

8/22/11 -
Meron Langsner's Bystander 9/11
will be performed on 9/12 in Providence College, 1 Cunningham Square, Smith Center.

8/8/11 -
Brian C. Petti
's 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 WWW.FRINGENYC.ORG

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 Robin Rice-Lichtig's The Fortification of Miss Grace Wren, Steven Bergman's Grieving Process and Meron Langsner's Bystander 9/11.  This event is free and open to the public.  Call 978-302-9121 for information.

7/20/11 -
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 Michael 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.

7/11/11 -
Felix Racelis
' 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 Hollywood, CA

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 - www.hoveyplayers.com

6/9/11 -
Phil 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.  www.DontHugMe.com

6/9/11 -
Theatre Communications Group (TCG), the national theatre organization will read a selection from Michael Halperin's Freedom, 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 Man by 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 reservations needed!

5/18/11 -
JAC Playwright J.C. Svec will be presenting three one-act comedies, John and the Three Bridesmaids, ...and Guest, and Here's Looking at You at the 2011 PlanetConnections, The Gene Frankel Theatre, 24 Bond Street, NYC, June 13-25.

3/22/11 -
Shannon Murdoch's New Light Shine Wins 2011 Yale Drama Series Award
, By Adam Hetrick, Playbill.com

3/21/11 - Kelly Younger's TENDER (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 www.manhattantheatreclub.com/about_7@7.as

3/12, 13, 16 & 17 -
Felix 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.

3/9/11 -
Playright Michael Vukadinovich will attend (via Skype) a free dramatic reading of his play "Trog and Clay" at 11:11 Theatre, Factory Theatre, 791 Tremont St. on March 16 at 7:30pm. 1111theatre.com for more information. Check out Michael's hilarious "Even Hitler Wrote a Book"!

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. www.59e59.org for info.

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 at www.windhamtheatreguild.org or at the door. Blessed Event is soon-to-be-released by JAC.

2/22/11 - Kelly Younger's play TENDER has been nominated for the Best New Play by the 2011 Independent Reviewers of New England.

1/19/11 -
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 street parking.

1/10/11 -
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:
www.therianttheatre.com/index.php?n=strawberry_one-act_festival 


12/16/10 -
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 - 978-823-0003; www.acmetheater.com

12/16/10 -
Steven Korbar's
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 more. Ph: 1-877-620-ROSE - 11246 Magnolia Blvd., North Hollywood (CA) - www.secretrose.com


12/13/10 - On 12/18, there will be a  reading of Jack Neary's 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.

11/3/10 -
Phil Olson's A Don't Hug Me Christmas Carol
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.  Thur & Fri @ 8pm, Sat @ 5pm & 8:30pm, Sun @ 3pm @ Where: Hennepin Stages, downtown Minneapolis (MN).  Tickets: $23 to $26. Call 800-745-3000 for tickets or online at www.ADontHugMeChristmasCarol.com

10/29/10 - Congratulations to JAC Playwright
Felix 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! Jack Neary's Night 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 Kelly Younger,
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, including intermission. www.irishrep.org/banishedchildrenofeve.html

9/28/10 -
Felix Racelis' 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) - www.tctonstage.com

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 Gerbes - www.terrysandler.com

8/13/10 -
Jeffrey Davis' SHOW ME THE FUNNY! At the Writers’ Table with Hollywood’s Top Comedy Writers, a book of comedy writer interviews I did with co-author Peter Desberg will be published November 2, 2010 by Sterling Publishing, a subsidiary of Barnes & 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 Phil Rosenthal (Everybody Loves Raymond), Sherwood Schwartz (Gilligan's Island) Ed Dector (There's Something About Mary) and Heide Perleman (The Simpsons,, Frasier).

8/12/10 - Felix Racelis
' "Uncommon Threads" from his collection A 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 www.bhhwdveterans.com/theatrefestival.html

8/9/10 -
Three Crows Theatre presents 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.  www.Fringenyc.org;  866-468-7619.
* appearing courtesy of Actors Equity Association

8/6/10 - 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 Thistle Dew Playwrights Theater in Sacramento (CA) October 1, 2, 3, 8, 9, 10, 15, 16 & 17, 2010.

7/22/10 -
Tough Economic Times Call for "Tender" Play - Kelly Younger's Tender at Gloucester (MA) Stage Company

7/14/10 -
David-Matthew Barnes has been announced as one of the featured authors at the Decatur Book Festival (9/3-5, 2010)!

7/8/10 -
Leslie Bramm's Venus and Mona will be presented by Three Crows Theatre at the NYFringe Festival (Kraine Theatre), August 15, 18, 22, 25 and 27 - www.fringenyc.org

7/8/10 -
Tender by Kelly Younger 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.  www.gloucesterstage.com


7/7/10 -
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 very soon!  Plot & Character Information.  For more Information Please Contact Director - Tim Ryan @ (207) 415-6251 or email TimRyan65@RoadRunner.com

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: www.shoestring.org/listen.html#radio.  It's 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 Steve Rubenstein

5/24/10 -
Congratulations to Arthur 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!

5/18/10
- Congratulations to David-Matthew Barnes
, who has accepted a full-time teaching position at Southern Crescent Technical College in Griffin (GA). Barnes will be teaching Theatre and Creative Writing.

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!

5/18/10 -
J.C. Svec's The Ancient Mariner will play at The Curtain Players, Halem Road Playhouse in Galena (OH) on July 24 & 25.

5/13/10
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J.C. Svec's 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!

5/10/10 - 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; www.nbtf.org

5/8/10 - Andy Pederson's Yellow Light
part of which is included in JAC's upcoming monologue compilation, is playing at Chicago's Gorilla Tango Theatre. www.gorillatango.com 

4/15/10 - Felix 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 info: www.brownpapertickets.com/event/103421

4/10/10 - Russell Sage College's Creative Performances Department will present Cristina Pippa's Cell Cycle, April 22-25 @ 45 Ferry St., Troy, NY - (518) 244-2248

4/7/10 - 4/8-25 -
Michael 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 6pm -www.brownpapertickets.com/event/98468

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.

3/31/10
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Orlando Shakespeare Theatre's PlayFest! The Harriett Lake Festival of New Plays (featuring special guest Philip Seymour Hoffman) will present ONCE A MARINE by Kelly Younger. 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: http://www.orlandoshakes.org/PlayFest.html

3/25/10 -
Scenes from JAC monologue contributor
Martha Patterson's 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.

3/25/10 - 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 audiences only. www.pacificresidenttheatre.com

3/20/10 - David-Matthew Barnes 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 www.sasfest.org.

3/15/10 - Leslie Bramm's 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.

3/10/10 - Felix Racelis' New Business, 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, visit www.brownpapertickets.com/event/103421 or email felixracelis@yahoo.com

3/2/10 - Robin Rice Lichtig's Suki Livingston Opens Like a Parachute is playing 3/15 @ Theater for the New City, 155 1st Ave. (between 9th & 10th St.) Contribution: $5 - www.theaterforthenewcity.net.

2/28/10 - Phil Olson's Don't Hug Me will play at the historic Paramount Theatre, August 19-21 in St. Cloud (MN) - (302) 259-5463

2/25/10 - Michael 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. www.powerhousetheatre.com.  His Terrarium is running at Red Tie Productions, 3302 Beverely Blvd., Los Angeles (CA) 4/8-25, 2010. www.sonofsemele.org. His Trog and Clay (an Imagined History of the Electric Chair) is running at LA Theatre Ensemble's Powerhouse Theatre, 3116 2nd St., Santa Monica (CA) 4/22-5/15, 2010. www.powerhousetheatre.com

2/24/10 -
STOP THE VIOLENCE: Remembering the Execution of Lena Mae Baker - Saturday, March 6, 2010 ● 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 For Lena.  ALL PROGRAMS ARE FREE AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC. For additional information call AARL at (404) 730-4001, ext. 100

2/24/10 - 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 Arthur Jolly's Bailing Out on February 28 (2pm) @ West Los Angeles Regional Branch, 11360 Santa Monica Blvd. - (310) 575-8323; www.lapl.org

2/24/10 - 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 Gene Lesser's The Pitch on March 3 (6:30pm) @ Westwood Branch Library, 1246 Glendon Ave. - (310) 474-1739; www.lapl.org

2/24/10 - 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 Scraps, 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) 575-8273; www.lapl.org

2/10/10 - David-Matthew Barnes'
Pensacola is running at the Lambda Players from February 19 thru April 3 @ 21st & L Street Theatre, 1127 21st Street, Sacramento - (916) 444-8229; www.lambdaplayers.com

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 compilation.

2/4/10 - Playwrights 6 is presenting
Rick Mitchell's award-winning play, 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 monologue compilation.

1/22/10 - Tim Ryan's Who Pushed Humpty Dumpty 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.

12/16/09 - Phil 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 online at www.PolyesterTheMusical.com.  For more information on Phil, visit him online at www.philolson.net.

11/20/09 - Outsider's Inn Collective will be presenting Leslie Bramm's BIG BALL at PrimaVera Arts Center, 112 5th Ave.N, Seattle (WA) December 4-13, 2009.  See the show poster!

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!

11/12/09 - Nicholas Conti's 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

10/30/09 -
Favorites is the new book by author/playwright Garret Mathews. It is a collection of newspaper columns about Americana, 'the likes of which are fading from print.'

10/15/09 - Leslie Bramm's
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 www.hitw.org

9/30/09 - L.A. Premiere - Freedom, Texas by
Michael Halperin – (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: NYTimes: 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 www.hitw.org for 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 - www.playwrightsplatform.org

5/20/09 - Nicholas Conti's Pageant Play, commissioned by the City of Poughkeepsie (NY), takes place on 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.

3/17/09 - Judith Pratt New improved website and blog! www.judithpratt.com and http://blot.judithpratt.info for info on working with freelance writers!


1/14/09 - East Lake High School Drama Team in Sammamish (WA) will present David Tucker's Check, Please on January 29 & 30, 2009.

1/8/09 - Rick Mitchell's
play 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 www.metropolitanplayhouse.org/melvillapalooza.htm

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 I, Dragon

10/27/08 - Robert Ahola happily announces the New Second Edition of The Return of the Hummingbird Wizard, recently released by Great Concept Books and available at www.BarnesandNoble.com, www.Amazon.com or wherever fine books are sold.  You may also order it directly from the publisher.

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

9/24/08 -
Felix Racelis' Uncommon Threads, 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 x707, www.ItsMySeat.com

9/15/08 -
Felix Racelis' New Business, 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) 850-6271.

8/23/08 - SummerStage (Delafield, WI) presents Three Irish One-Act Play Readings including Kelly Younger's Forgive Me, Father

8/22/08 - Tim Ryan's Who Pushed Humpty Dumpty will be performed 9/24 & 25, 2008 in New Plymouth, Taranaki, New Zealand.

7/25/08 - 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 directions at www.bu.edu/bpt/directions/index.html]; 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 onto www.ovationtix.com/trs/cal/2692 or call 866-811-4111 (toll free). For general information, log onto www.boysofwinterplay.com.

7/24/08 -
The Ridgefield Theater Barn Presents a Staged Reading of Jim Gordon's AND THE MEEKS SHALL INHERIT. Directed by 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) 431-9850; www.Theaterbarn.org


6/5/08 - 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,
www.RohanVargas.com,  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 Drawer Boy."  The production runs May 1 thru 17
, 2008 at Beatrice Herford's Vokes Theater, on Route 20 in Wayland, MA.  Visit www.vokeplayers.org for information.

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) 850-6271.

3/21/08 -
Malvin Wald (1917-2008): A Writer First, and Above All Else By Erik Bauer
 
"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 Wald)

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 degree.

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 much.

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 related.

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.

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 our government.

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, Climax, 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 Steinbeck."

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. He is currently developing feature screenplays for production and can be reached at erik@erikbauer.com.

1/8/08 - 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 @ Hollywood United Methodist Church, 6817 Franklin Ave (at Highland).  Directed 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 FirstStageLA@aol.com -- or -- @ DramaWest, Saturday, January 12, 2008, Edendale Library, 2011 W. Sunset (at Alvarado), Los Angeles, CA 90026. Directed by and starring Helen Duffy, with Marcie Lynn Ross. Free. Info:  dramawest@cox.net

10/17/07 - DramaWest 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: dramawest@cox.net or felixnash@sbcglobal.net.  Six of Felix's short plays are available at JAC Publishing & Promotions.

9/19/07 - JAC Playwright Garret Mathews Releases New Book - Defending My Bunk Against All Comers, Sir

8/31/07 - 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.

8/2/07 - 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 entertainment.

 


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