It’s official: Blood on the Snow will return!

The announcement was made official today:  Blood on the Snow will return to the Old State House in Boston, for the WHOLE SUMMER.  Yep, that’s right, a 12-week run, opening June 1st. We sold out the entire run last year and the audience response was tremendous to this immersive show set on the day after the Boston Massacre. In the room where it happened. (an important meeting that might have determined the fate of America, not the massacre) Most of the original cast (who are amazing) are returning for the run. The folks at the Old State House/Bostonian society are amazing to work with. Should be a great summer.  Here’s a very cool trailer they came up with for the show.  Tickets aren’t on sale yet, but if you’re interested, get on the mailing list to find out when (I think it’s going to sell very quickly again).

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Santa Doesn’t Live Here Anymore opens in CA tonight!

Santa Doesn’t Live Here Anymore opens tonight at the Little Fish Theatre in San Pedro, California, as part of their Pick of the Vine Festival. It runs all the way through February 11th. I’m excited to be back in this festival–my play, Recognition was in it back in 2010. I just wish I could be there to see it!

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Blood on the Snow one of WBUR’s favorite productions of 2016

Daniel Berger Jones and Dale Place in Blood on the Snow, photo by Nile Hawver/Nile Scott Shots

Last week, WBUR, our local NPR station (and one that has a large presence nationally), included the May/June production of Blood on the Snow as one of their favorite productions of the year. I’m delighted for it to be included in a list of very distinguished theatrical productions.

http://www.wbur.org/artery/2016/12/27/best-theater

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Santa in Korea again!

Santa Doesn’t Live Here Anymore will have a reading in Seoul on December 23, 7pm, and December 24, 3pm, at Cafe Spielen. Check it out if you just happen to be there. (and speak Korean) https://www.facebook.com/Spielen1/

(For my American friends who read Korean, you can let me know if I got the right link.)

Glad to keep the Korean connection going! This is being put on my folks who were involved with the August festival of my work in Incheon.  (Photos to come soon, I promise.)

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Lots of good news for Santa!

Lots of good news for my short play, Santa Doesn’t Live Here Anymore. It will have productions and readings from:

  • December 2016. Seoul, South Korea
  • January 13-Feb 18. Little Fish Theatre, San Pedro, CA
  • January 20 – Feb 5.  Playwrights Round Table, Orlando, FL
  • March-April.  Longwood University 0-60 Festival, Virginia
  • April.  Community College of Rhode Island, Providence, RI
  • May 31- June 10. InspiraTO Festival , Toronto. (It won first prize!)

The Christmas comedy had six productions and readings in 2016 and is fast on its way to becoming one of my most popular short plays. I’m hoping to be able to travel to Toronto for the InspiraTO festival. My play Quack was in the festival last year, but I missed it.

 

 

Santa Doesn’t Live Here Anymore
10 minutes. Holiday comedy.  2m, 1w  (gender casting in this play is flexible)
Mom and Dad have never gotten around to telling Jeffrey that there’s no Santa. He’s 30, and he still believes. This Christmas the truth comes out about Santa, as well as a few other family secrets.

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I’m Going to Catch Up

Lack of posts, in this case, is not because of lack of stuff happening. But rather, there has been lots of it. The past six months have seen the end of the run of Blood on the Snow, Flat Earth’s terrific production of Blinders, a reading of my new play Chore Monkeys from the North Shore Readers Collaborative, a workshop of my super new play, Drift, by the Huntington Theatre Company, a festival of my short plays in Incheon, South Korea (which I got to attend), plus two new commissioned projects. Plus a few other things. All while doing major renovation work on our house.  Photos of all of this, to come, soon. I will have time to breathe and catch up. Very soon.

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Ms. Claus in Suburban Holidays V (in Reading, MA)

I’m delighted that my play, Ms. Claus, will be part of Suburban Holidays V, staged by Quannapowitt Players, in Reading, MA, November 25-December 3. Last year they produced my short play, Santa Doesn’t Live Here Anymore. QP has been putting on theater in their community for 79 years! I’m excited to see the show–it’s always nice when the plays get produced close to home.

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Steering to Freedom on It Matters Radio

Just had a great interview with Kenneth Weene on It Matters Radio, an internet radio (with video) show about Robert Smalls. We had a lively conversation about the book and Robert Smalls.  He and his cohost feel strongly that Steering to Freedom should be required reading in schools everywhere.  (Hard to disagree.)

 

Spreecast is the social video platform that connects people.

Check out Music – Fun – Conversation on Spreecast.

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A bunch of stuff coming up (and an IndieoGogo campaign that ends soon!)

I hope you’re all enjoying the start of spring. I’ve got a bunch of projects coming up (when I’m not busy fixing up our project house).

First, in my role as coordinator for the New England New Play Alliance, I’ve been working hard with a whole team of people (co-led by Laura Neill) to put together a New England New Play Anthology. StageSource will publish a kick-ass collection of new plays written by New England writers and produced by New England Companies. We’ve put together an IndieGogo campaign for the anthology, and we need people to buy books and make donations to make this project happen. If you enjoy reading and supporting new work, no matter where you live, I hope you’ll consider supporting the campaign. There are only 3 days left! 

And as for my own work:

My play, Santa Doesn’t Live Here Anymore, will be part of the Boston Theater Marathon on Sunday, May 8th. This is my favorite theatrical event of the year.

That same week, my fun little play, Beatrix Potter Must Die! will be in Montana, May 5-7, at the Flathead Valley Community College.

On May 13th, Blood on the Snow opens at the Old State House in Boston for a four-week run.

Boston, March 6, 1770. 

Four unarmed civilians have been killed and eight more wounded by the King’s soldiers. 
Acting Governor Thomas Hutchinson is presented with a stark choice –
Remove the troops and give in to the mob’s demands or face another night of bloodshed.

Many know the story of the Boston Massacre, but few know of the events that took place the day after, on March 6, 1770. Blood on the Snow is set and staged in the Council Chamber of the Old State House. Almost 250 years ago, in that very room, the leaders of Boston struggled to heal their town and unwittingly placed Massachusetts on the road to revolution.

You can buy tickets at www.bostonmassacreplay.com. Courtney O’Connor directs a fabulous cast for this show. It’s already mostly sold out, but there are a few seats left.

In June, Flat Earth Theatre, in Watertown, MA, will produce my political satire, Blinders. This play has been around for a while, but the current Presidential race makes it more timely than ever. (And funnier.)

The world is in awe of a scientific miracle: two genetically identical humans, unrelated but more twin than twins, exactly the same in every way! No one can tell them apart – except journalist Karen Sayer, whose declaration to the brainwashed public that they don’t look anything alike destroys her career and throws her sanity into question. As the duplicates parlay their commercial success into burgeoning political power, Karen’s quest for truth takes her on an unexpected mission with some unlikely allies and even stranger enemies.

Darkly absurd and laugh-out-loud funny, Blinders is a cautionary tale about the dangers of the American political circus, just in time for the election.

Blinders runs from June 10-25 at the Arsenal Center for the Arts. Korinne Ritchey will direct. It will be a ton of fun!

And if you’re in Toronto, my play Quack, will be in the InspiraTo Festival, June 2-11. This play has been taking a gradual world tour, with stops last summer in Scotland and Finland, and it will be in Incheon, South Korea, in August. (And so will I!)

I hope you can make it to one of the shows.  (Or check out one of my novels.)

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Blinders coming back to Boston

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I’m super excited to announce that my political satire, Blinders, will return to Boston in June.  The Flat Earth Theatre will mount the production at the Arsenal Center for the Arts in Watertown, June 10-25. This will be my first revival–the play was done in Boston more than ten years ago, back in 2005, by Out of the Blue (my first full-length play produced in Boston).  The timing couldn’t be more perfect–the current bizarre presidential race is the perfect backdrop for a production of Blinders. I admire the work that Flat Earth has been producing and I’m thrilled for a chance to work with them.

Here’s the blurb:

The world is in awe of a scientific miracle: two genetically identical humans, unrelated but more twin than twins, exactly the same in every way! No one can tell them apart – except journalist Karen Sayer, whose declaration to the brainwashed public that they don’t look anything alike destroys her career and throws her sanity into question. As the duplicates parlay their commercial success into burgeoning political power, Karen’s quest for truth takes her on an unexpected mission with some unlikely allies and even stranger enemies.

Darkly absurd and laugh-out-loud funny, Blinders is a cautionary tale about the dangers of the American political circus, just in time for election year.

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