The Wind & The Cold to air Shoestring Radio in San Francisco

For those of you who are fans of audio drama, my radio play, The Wind & The Cold will be airing online all this week from the folks at ShoeString Radio.  They put together an excellent production a number of years ago, and this is your chance to catch it again. I’m fond of this script, and especially because I think it’s a piece that can only be done on radio.  (You’ll see why.)

It will also stream from KUSF In Exile on Friday, June 19, at 9:30pm, PST.

Here’s a summary of the play.  I hope you’ll check out the broadcast.

Pierre and Katrina drive up to his cabin in the Rocky Mountains for a peaceful weekend retreat. They arrive in a blizzard and discover that backpackers have stolen all the firewood. Pierre’s self-assured attempts to prove his mountaineering skills only manage to leave them stranded after he topples a tree on their Jeep. Katrina is hysterical with fear of the wind and the storm, and she rushes into the woods. As the two lovers attempt to find their way back to each other, they become caught in a romantic battle between the mystical forces of the Wind and the Cold.



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Goodreads Giveaway for Steering to Freedom

Today, I’m trying out my first Goodreads Giveaway for Steering to Freedom. It’s easy to enter, and your odds are pretty good because it was supposed to run for 4 days, but Goodreads delayed getting it approved, so it’s only running for two days.  Check it out.


Goodreads Book Giveaway

Steering to Freedom by Patrick Gabridge

Steering to Freedom

by Patrick Gabridge

Giveaway ends June 17, 2015.

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at Goodreads.

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Holding Halloween in New York, June 11-13 in Gi60

If you’re in NYC this weekend, June 11-13, and like One-Minute Plays, don’t miss this festival. My play, Holding Halloween will be in it. (For exactly one minute.) This play first premiered in the Boston One-Minute Play Festival. This is one that manages to squeeze both some laughs and sadness all into the space of 60 second. (I’m kind of proud of this one.)  I can’t be there to this festival, so if you attend, please let me know how it turns out.

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Some advance praise for Steering to Freedom

Yesterday, I posted about Steering to Freedom being published. In case you need a little perf6.000x9.000.inddextra encouragement to get the book, here is some advance praise from some fabulous writers:

“Steering to Freedom sweeps back the curtain on an extraordinary story of heroism and sacrifice. Escape is only the beginning. Robert Smalls doesn’t just save himself: he brings out his family, his friends and his mates — and then he goes back, fighting not just the navies of the South but the deep-rooted prejudices and ignorance of the North. With a sure touch for historical detail and a mastery of the human condition, Patrick Gabridge brilliantly evokes the spirit of a time, a country in struggle, and the heart of a man at its center”.— Mike Cooper, author of Clawback and Full Ratchet.

“In Patrick Gabridge’s meticulously crafted new novel Steering to Freedom, we’re treated to the gripping true tale of Captain Robert Smalls, a South Carolina slave who, after seizing his freedom, risked his life in a series of nautical adventures to win freedom for all of his enchained brothers and sisters. This powerful and inspirational story is skillfully and dramatically rendered by a writer who not only knows how to steer a good story, but who does so without losing sight of the heart-breaking humanity of his players.” — Mark Dunn, author of Ella Minnow Pea and Under the Harrow.

 “Engaging characters and captivating storytelling make this inspiring historical adventure a must-read. For readers who enjoy seeing history through the lens of imagination. ” — Sophie Littlefield, author A Bad Day for Sorry and A Garden for Stones.

“Steering to Freedom brings to life the extraordinary true story of Captain Robert Smalls, an important figure in American Civil War history who should not be overlooked. This is an inspiring story of a hero: a slave who steals a steamship and navigates treacherous waters to lead his crew and their families to freedom. Yet in the hands of novelist Patrick Gabridge, Robert Smalls is entirely human, real, and relatable. Gabridge shows us a man whose highest ambitions are fueled by the important personal relationships in his life, especially his wife and children. With its cinematic scope, action-packed adventure, historical detail and emotional heft, Steering to Freedom will appeal to many audiences. ” — Diana Renn author of Blue Voyage, and Latitude Zero.

Patrick Gabridge’s Steering to Freedom is a swashbuckling, page-turning epic set against the immaculately detailed backdrop of Charleston Harbor during the Civil War. Robert Smalls, a brilliant, resourceful slave, makes a daring and audacious bid for freedom. The story, based on actual events, reads with the freshness of fiction and the authenticity of truth. The characters from every walk of life earn your respect and then your admiration and finally your love. Patrick Gabridge has given us a whole new lens on the Civil War by bringing a previously unknown chapter to vivid, deeply moving, unforgettable life.Laura Harrington, award winning author of Alice Bliss and selected for Barnes & Noble’s “Discover Great New Writers” program, and as an Entertainment Weekly “Best Reads of the Summer,” and a Publishers Weekly First Fiction title.

In Steering to Freedom, Patrick Gabridge has intertwined history with a meticulous and moving narrative of Robert Smalls—Confederate steamboat pilot, family man, and slave—whose daring vision to claim freedom against all odds will grab the reader from the first page. —Jessica Maria Tuccelli, author of Glow.

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Steering to Freedom is now published!

My newest novel, Steering to Freedom, has just been published by Penmore Press!

In May 1862, Robert Smalls, a slave and ship’s pilot in Charleston, South Carolina, crafts a daring plan to steal the steamship Planter and deliver it along with the crew and their families to the Union blockade. After risking his life to escape slavery, Robert faces an even more difficult challenge: convincing Abraham Lincoln to enlist black troops. Based on a true story, Steering to Freedom tells the powerful and inspirational tale of a young man who becomes the first black captain of a US military ship, while struggling to navigate a path to freedom for himself, his family, and his people.

I’ve been working on this project for  years, so it’s a thrill to finally have this story published both in paperback and as an ebook.

You can order a copy through your local bookstore, or buy it on Amazon or Barnes & Noble.

Penmore Press is a small publisher, so this book will need a lot of extra help in order to reach a broad readership. I know you’re all busy, but I hope you will help spread the word. A mention on Facebook, Twitter, or a rating on Goodreads makes a big difference. If you enjoy it, please tell other people or write a review on Amazon or elsewhere. Most public libraries allow you to request that they add a particular book to their collection. I’m also happy to speak with book clubs, either in person or via Skype.

But most of all, I hope that you will read Steering to Freedom. Robert Smalls and his family and friends were amazing people, and their story is a thrilling and important part of American history.

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Constant State of Panic wrapping up at Clockwise this weekend

CSoP_PosterThis will be the final weekend for Constant State of Panic at Clockwise Theatre in Waukegan, Illinois.  I was fortunate to be able to fly out for the opening weekend a couple weeks ago, and they’re doing a great job with it.  The cast is absolutely lovely and the set is awesome. I was especially glad to finally get to meet director Richard Shavzin in person–we’d talked many, many times on the phone, as we worked on making the script tighter and tighter. I always feel lucky to work with a small company like this that is able to make such a strong commitment to doing new plays. Waukegan is lucky to have a gem like Clockwise.

Here’s a photo with (back to front, left to right) Richard Shavzin, me, Christopher Davis (Jim), stage manager Carol Alleman, Michael Wollner (Dave), Nicholia Q. Aquirre (Sonia), and Megan Skord (Jenny) on opening night.


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Quack is in the Boston Theater Marathon this Sunday

btm 2015 quack cool egg imageMy short play, Quack, will be part of the Boston Theater Marathon on Sunday, May 10th. Sleeping Weazel is producing, and Kelly Smith is directing a lovely cast of Elle Borders and William J. Moore.

The Marathon is my favorite theatrical event of the year, featuring 50 different ten-minute plays, by 50 different New England playwrights, produced by 50 New England theatre companies.  All to benefit the Theatre Community Benevolent Fund.  It runs from noon until 10pm, with five new plays every hour.  (Mine will be in the 4pm slot.)  It’s an amazingly fun day, and there’s no better way to see an entire cross-section of the theatre scene in our region.  My daughter and I usually try to stay for the entire ten hours–I don’t like to miss a single minute.

This will be my 11th time being included in the Marathon, and I’m especially excited to share this play with the Marathon audience. (It’s one I like a lot.)

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Quack at Theatre Three on Long Island

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My short play Quack is continuing is initial foray into the world, after having gotten its tart in Boston in December. It’s now running through April 4th at Theatre Three in Port Jefferson, NY (on Long Island), in their Festival of One-Act Plays.  I’ve been submitting to this festival since 2008, so it was very gratifying to finally have one of my plays selected. If you’re in the area, I hope you’ll check it out.

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Constant State of Panic reading at Charlestown Working Theatre, March 19

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On Thursday, March 19, at 7pm, Theatre on Fire will present a reading of my play Constant State of Panic at the Charlestown Working Theatre, 442 Bunker Hill Street, Charlestown. (Here are directions to the space.)   This darkly comic love story follows two people trying to stay together, despite the insanity of the world around them–the story of a man afraid of everything, and a woman afraid of nothing other than losing her husband. Lines between reality and fantasy become blurred as we journey through the looking glass of our modern NSA-era Wonderland.

Anna Trachtman is directing a terrifically talented cast of Bob Mussett, Kris Sidberry, Paul Melendy, and Amanda Ruggiero.  Bob played Tyndale in the production of my play, Fire on Earth from Fresh Ink a few years ago.  Kris and Amanda both just finished giving lovely performances in Intimate Apparel at the Lyric Stage Company.  Paul Melendy is currently appearing in That Hopey, Changey Thing at Stoneham Theatre.

It’ll be a fun night for the audience, but also especially useful to me as a writer–this play is in rehearsal for a production that opens in Waukegan, IL at the Clockwise Theatre , in April, and this is a chance for me to hear the latest changes I’ve been making, in front of an audience. (The audience is SO important in developing a play.)

I hope you’ll come check it the reading this Thursday.  (It’s free!)

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How Does It Feel to be a Problem? to be read in Colorado, April 12

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My short play, How Does It Feel to be a Problem?, will be read by One Night Stand Theater in Aurora, Colorado, on Sunday, April 12, 7pm, at the Vintage Theatre (1468 Dayton Street).  One Night Stand does a monthly reading of short plays, around a theme.  This month, the series is entitled, Voices for Change–Tales of Social Strife and Injustice.

My piece is about a conversation between a white adoptive father and his teenage black son about the rules they need to have now that the son has more independence to wander around town. And the rules don’t seem fair at all.  This play is drawn directly from my own life and from conversations I’ve had with both my kids.

One Night Stand does an excellent job with these readings–they’ve done a bunch of my plays, including Quack, Santa Doesn’t Live Here Anymore, The Sky is Falling, and The Invisible Husband.  I’m glad to be included again.

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