A Grand Night for Singing:
(October, 2004) Pictures from when the Road Company did a musical revue about their history in Williamstown. John and I were asked to be part of it, like all other people who had done these shows. I got to be better friends with the girls who first starred in "Annie", and had a great time hanging out with them, being the "bigger kid".
You're a good man, Charlie Brown:
(February, 2005) The most produced musical in history! More than Fiddler on the Roof, more than any Rodgers and Hammerstein, Guys and Dolls or any other show, people have put on "Charlie Brown"! I grew up with "Peanuts" and I know all the ground breaking it did in its own industry, as well as what Schultz did for writers and more. And I am very proud to say I was part of this show. It was one of those that you knew was going to affect people, and it did. They stop me in the gym, at other shows, wherever, to say how much they loved this production. See some of it.
Laughter on the 23rd Floor
(February, 2006) Neil Simon's to his first professional writing job: Sid Caeser's "Your Show of Shows" where he worked with Mel Tolkin, Larry Gelbart, Mel Brooks, Woody Allen, Selma Diamond and more. A "newer" comedy, it became one of my favorites. I laughed so much doing this script and absolutely loved the whole experience. I only have a few photos -- a couple cast shots and us breaking down the set -- but you're welcome to take a look!
(April, 2006) John directed this show for the Road Company and I worked lights. For those who don't know the show, it's based on the best-selling book of interviews with American workers by Studs Terkel, Working explores the American workday from the Monday morning blues to the second shift blahs using the original words of some uncommon common men and women. Twenty-six workers, including a parking lot attendant, corporate executive, newsboy, schoolteacher, gas man, housewife, fireman, waitress, millworker, sailor, etc., sing and talk about their jobs, defining not only their daily round, but their hopes and aspirations as well.
The Heroic Era
(November, 2006) I wrote a novel, but it's only in a first draft stage. Someday, if my muse is ever talking to me again, I want to go over it again and work it up for submittal.
(October, 2007) I wrote this short story and submitted it to Calyx magazine and a couple other places. So far, no luck.
The Race of Cain
(January, 2008) I finished my fan novel for "Star Trek: The Original Series". It still needs work, especially the later chapters, but 2008 became a LOUSY year and my muse fled. I did do a re-write in 2009 and published it as a fan publication. If you'd like, you can do a Look Inside, previewing the book the way you do on amazon.com.
Summary: One month after Undiscovered Country, Hellguard's survivors are falling ill and Saavik is the latest victim. No can find a cure because no one can find a cause for the disease. Kirk, Spock, McCoy fight along side Sarek and Amanda to stop what's happening, but the disease is in the hands of a killer who will bring everything home to the crew of the Enterprise before this is over.
The Princess and The Pirate King
(April 17th - 19th, 2009) The Sketch Club Players is performing one of my children's shows, The Princess and The Pirate King. My friend Karl created the logo and is directing it. I wrote this years ago and haven't seen it or even read it a long time. The director keeps mentioning things to me and I look at him puzzled like, I wrote that? =) Here's the show's summary -- I wrote this too, not that I remember it. ;)
In a far away land, the evil Pirate King Corrupt has overthrown the good King Wellborne and Queen Elegant forcing them to flee for their lives. Fearing for their infant daughter's safety, they smuggle her to their loyal subjects Fabler the Storyteller and his wife, Mocking the Joketeller. Now Princess Noble celebrates her eighteenth birthday and her Fairy Godmother returns. This day is extra special as a prophecy foretells of a champion who will aid Princess Noble in defeating King Corrupt and his henchmen, Shady and Shifty. It will take a great hero to defeat the evil King's army, his sinister but crazy henchmen, and worse of all, the King's Hound.
Okay, the names are cool... ;)
When we first performed this, the title was "The Princess and the Prophesy", but kids don't really know what a prophesy is. It needed a better hook, so I brought up that pirates are in it (although the pirates are actually *gasp* bad guys). Casey was in the show then; I still remember John bringing her out for her bow. LOL! That and how once the kids saw her, they couldn't care about the rest of us. ;)
Another group performed it a year or so later. I remember sitting in the audience and seeing the kids as they watched the show. Their faces were lit with magic. To know I gave them that... wow.
I hope I'll be so very lucky to see that magic again in this audience.
(May 1st and 2nd, 2009) My friend Suzanne asked me to work on a show for Holiday City Village's theater group. So I took my love for the Golden Age of radio and wrote "WHCR" about a radio station in 1944 facing one mishap after another. During this particular broadcasting day, they perform their hit shows such as "The Irene and Eddie Show" (a Burns and Allen type comedy), "All Through Our Days" (a soap opera), "The Golden Theater Variety Show" (a musical program), "I Got The Answer" (a quiz show), and "The Adventures of Jake Bullet" (a film noir detective show). I did a lot of research to get the details for life in '44 right, and then found out that cars didn't have blinkers. ;)
It's an unique, fun experience working with Holiday City. The only hard thing was that the audience said, the only good thing about the show was the lip synched singing, not my play.
You Can't Take It With You
(Summer, 2009) I played Penny in this show at The Eagle Theatre in Hammonton, NJ. They had just re-done the old building into a theater and did a fantastic job! It was a great experience; I loved the part. I worked on playing older, not to mention Penny's eccentricity coupled with the charm and responsibility she held as a remnant of her old life.
It also was one of the few times John and I got to play a couple on stage; that also made it a great experience, us getting to work together like that. We had some wonderful scenes together, and then the same for playing the parents of these 2 young women.