9th Annual One Act Festival Plays Announced and Auditions!

I am pleased to announce I will be directing my second play! Check it out!

Stage Door Stories

1 Act Festival logoThe plays for the 9th Annual One Act Festival have been announced! Congratulations to all the playwrights who had their work selected! There were many amazing submissions to choose from this year!

Auditions will be Thursday, February 18 at 7pm and Saturday, February 20 at 2pm at the Kitt Creative Studios located at 810 Caroline Street, Fredericksburg, Virginia, 22401.

The selections are as follows:

Counting on Love

Written by Rod McFadden

Directed by Sheila Clark

Synopsis:

At the end of what seems to be a perfect blind date, VINCENT’s date, SOPHIA, reveals that she has a very specific formula for finding Mr. Right. For Vincent to win his dream girl, his romantic sensibilities must triumph over Sophia’s mathematics and logic. Where does true love start? In the head, or in the heart?

Characters:

VINCENT: 29 years old, magazine writer
SOPHIA: 27 years old, NYU post-graduate, mathematics


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If All the World’s a Stage…

Stage-Fright

If all the world’s a stage,

Set up for the world to play,

The actors will dance,

Actresses will romance,

Thespians doing what they can,

Just to survive each day,

Chameleons searching for a thrill,

Caught up in the chaos,

How am I supposed to determine who is real?

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First Director Gig

If you have been following my blog for a little bit, then you are aware of my adventures in the community theatre. It has been a lot of fun and I’ve met a lot of great people.

Recently, I was asked by a local theatre group I have worked with before, Stage Door Productions, to direct a short play in their One Act Festival. The One Act Festival is a reoccurring event at Stage Door where short plays are submitted to the group by playwrights from all over the United States. The personnel at Stage Door choose from the submissions and bring those plays to life! I will have more on the play I am directing later but I think it is going to be a lot of fun. I think the perspective I will gain from directing along with the acting experience I have will help me in my larger goal of writing.

I ghost write a blog for Stage Door Productions called Stage Door Stories. It is a little different from my personal blog with a different writing style but it is really great. I would encourage you to check it out if you enjoy my blog or are into community theatre.

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Stepping Outside the Box…and Onto the Stage!

As I have made public knowledge about my participation in Stage Door Productions’ presentation of Inherit the Wind and invited individuals to attend, a common question I have been asked centers around that individual’s surprise at my participation and how/why I became interested in doing such a thing. As most are aware, I am very private about my life (yes, I know, what irony I now start a blog) and there was really no particular reason I didn’t readily share this insight with others. Regardless, here’s the skinny!

I’ve been going to the theatre since I was a child and was immediately fascinated by the storytelling and imaginative spectacle the theatre presented. Even as a lively 10 year old boy, I found it easy to sit quietly and escape into the story being told by the actors. I think this also was influenced by my father’s story telling ability. My father has lived, in my opinion, a truly amazing life and I always beg him to tell me stories (much to his chagrin) of his childhood, military experience and being in Savannah when he was my age. I found it easy to get lost in the stories and the manner how he told them and I found that translated to the theatre. I also find the character development to be fascinating as this is, obviously, a key component of any theatre production as we don’t expect to be overly bombarded with CGI images, intense action sequences with explosions and the like, or anything else that holds our attention for the required millisecond that we allow for today. I love the buildup of the story, the interaction and chemistry of the actors, as well as attempting to look behind the immediate face of the production to determine what the writers were trying to convey. Perhaps my love of puzzles (in any form) is intertwined with that latter point.

I had considered doing some acting and wanting to get involved in the productions but like most things in my life, never had (okay, let’s be honest here – made) time for it. And, now I am. I had been following the Stage Door group for about a year and looking for auditions to be held. This summer I saw they were auditioning for Inherit the Wind and with it being a law/science based production, I knew this was the right time to audition. Fortunately, I landed a part and was honored to accept it.

The experience so far has been truly amazing. The whole idea of the theatre has continued to capture my imagination and it has been a wonderful, yet challenging, experience to evolve into my character. There are so many wonderful people involved in this production from the Director, Kimberly Kemp, the stage manager, Olivia Finnegan, and all the talented actors and actresses whom you will all see in the production. These individuals are so talented I can’t believe many of them aren’t full time actors. The people have been so much fun and are so nice. Everyone looks out for one another and I have enjoyed watching others in action and taking mental notes from them as a means to develop my character and my own style. I always look forward to practice and hate when it is over.

I would encourage everyone to always MAKE time for the ones they love and the things they love. Time is short. Life is short. The older we get, the quicker life passes us by. Don’t live your life by saying “you wish you had”. Let the world know you did it.

I hope all of you will come and support not only me, but all the individuals involved in the production and support your local theater.

More on my character tomorrow…Image

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