One Act Festival on Tap

I have been having a lot of fun the last couple of months as I am participating in Stage Door Productions‘ 9th Annual One Act Festival. The Festival is a collection of short plays that are submitted from playwrights all over the world! A group of readers then select the final plays to be considered. Directors then choose the plays they would like to direct! This year there were about 400 plays submitted!

I participated last year as both a director and actor, directing a One Act and acting in another. The production is geared so that new actors and directors can become involved to learn the craft. This year I am again directing a One Act and acting in another.

The play I am acting in is called “Face to Facebook” and was written by Mark Harvey Levine. It is about a couple that goes on a date. Social media unfortunately keeps the couple from socializing as Marvin (my character) continually pays more attention to his phone than his date Amanda. Another woman plays the physical manifestation of the telephone, who becomes the object of my affection.

The play I am directing is called “The Things She Kept.” It was written by Aoise Stratford. It is a very poignant story of two sisters who are sorting through their recently deceased mother’s items in the attic. They reminisce about their mother and growing up in a single parent household as their father was killed in an accident. As they discuss and reflect, they begin to find items that are unfamiliar to them and seems to hide a secret that perhaps holds the answers to why their mother was the way she was.

Though I love acting, I have really enjoyed the directing aspect as well. It is a challenge to bring a writer’s words to life and a different task to see the stage from the other side of the actors.

In this case, I have worked with three very talented young ladies that have worked tirelessly to bring this show to life. Stage Door Productions asked us to take some candid photos of us rehearsing and the ladies and I did so last Tuesday. I’d like to share them with you!

 

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Bringing “The Things She Kept” to life during rehearsal!

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(L-R) Kaitlin Gates, Meghan Gates, and Margo Weber – the stars of “The Things She Kept”

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Me in an “Awkward Prom” photo with one of our stuffed animal props! (The photo “idea” came from the ladies!)

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The actresses hamming it up for the camera!

If you are local and want to check out the show in Fredericksburg, Virginia, click here for ticket information. The show will run April 7-9 and and April 14-16 at 7:30 PM.

 

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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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Surf’s Up, Dude!

I hope that everyone is enjoying the holiday season and to my fellow Americans, I hope your Thanksgiving went well. It couldn’t have gone any worse than it did for the Philadelphia Eagles and Dallas Cowboys. But I digress…

I went to visit my father for Thanksgiving and was greeted by this little gem on the bathroom counter.

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As you can see, the bottle is made out of cork. My father explained that the brother-in-law of a friend of his recently passed away. His friend was helping remove the personal belongings of the deceased and came upon this bottle of cologne called Hawaiian Surf. My father commented that he hadn’t seen that cologne in over 40 years. His friend invited him to take it being that the friend apparently did not like the smell.

Take a guess to what I did next? Yup. I cracked open the bottle and smelled it. And….I liked the smell, a lot! Now, when my father had mentioned he hadn’t seen that cologne “in over 40 years,” I thought he meant he just had literally not seen it in stores or purchased it.

Upon closer inspection of the bottle I saw this.

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Do you see it? Look closely at the bottom left of the label.

1970.

This bottle of cologne was made in 1970. I couldn’t believe it! No wonder my father hadn’t seen it in over 40 years! I tried to check on-line to see when the cologne was last manufactured but I could not locate anything. Even a Wikipedia page doesn’t exist. But, the cologne is, and has been, discontinued for a long time.

But hey, what’s wrong with a 45 year old bottle of cologne? It still smells great! So, splash some on and get out there and show the ladies you know how to party – like it is 1970!

Image courtesy of pinterest

Image courtesy of pinterest

King of the Mountain

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Image courtesy of http://www.nydailynews.com

Inspired by reading Paul Stanley’s book, “Face the Music,” an incredible read that describes an amazing journey through introspection and lessons learned. The name of my piece is taken from the first song of the album  “Asylum” released in 1985 by KISS.

Paul Stanley of KISS

Paul Stanley of KISS

Uptown,

Downtown,

Moving all around,

Moving so fast,

Feet barely touched the ground,

Fast cars,

Faster women,

Big dreams,

King of the local bars,

Gonna make it large,

Gonna be a star,

Gonna make it in this scene,

Coming to your town,

Whether near or far,

You’re going to remember my name,

When you dance to the rhythm,

Your life painted with my songs,

Raising our hands high,

Many standing in unity,

Connection over confection,

We made the world ours!

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