Samuel Clemens

New Year, New Goals, New Shows

2016 has come to a close and 2017 has begun. In the past I’ve talked about how I’ve wanted to spend the new year blogging more, writing more, producing more content. I think I write a variation of this blog every year. this year, the goals are the same; blog more, write more, create more content.

Lets look at what I’ve written in the past year though. I adapted my play  #JohnDoe from podcast format to stage format and had it performed by my local theater, Hays Community Theater, in late April/early May. You can watch these (not very well recorded but still) performances on my YouTube page.

In late May/early June I worked on three new short plays; The Suicide Club (based on a story by Robert Louis Stevenson), A Knack For Living (a play set in the old west), and Moonlight (based on The Moonlight Road by Ambrose Bierce). At least two of these will be performed in the upcoming season of Sherri’s Playhouse, heard on the podcast Chatting With Sherri (the same podcast where Murder At Home and #JohnDoe premiered). In addition, I wrote some new 10-minute plays including Thoughts And Prayers in response to the Orlando shooting in June, which was performed in Kalamazoo, MI.

In December, I started work directing a new play for Sherri’s Playhouse as well, Sherlock Holmes and the Terror By Night Train. I came up with the story, my writing partner wrote the script, and I added in additional material. I’m really proud of this cast and can’t wait to share this story with you. It’s coming January 29th.

What does 2017 hold for me? I’m hoping to get Warning Shots, my monologue for young female actor, into the hands of some students for forensic competitions this year. I’d also like to get Superstar, a 10-minute two-hander, into some students hands as well. Both of these are available here on my website, along with some other free scripts. I’m working on an adaptation of the medieval poem The Owl And The Nightingale,  that I think would make for an interesting contemporary political themed piece.

Other goals include getting #JohnDoe into other theaters, seeing more productions of Tom Sawyer and Allie in Wonderland, getting a production of my adaptation of A Christmas Carol and continue writing about the arts and arts advocacy as needed.

So here is to more blogging, more writing, more content creation in 2017 (it probably won’t happen by the way 😉 )

Truth Is Stranger Then Fiction or Happy Birthday Mr Twain, Thanks for Everything

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“Truth is stranger than fiction, but it is because fiction is obliged to stick to possibilities: truth isn’t.”
Mark Twain

Today is the 177th Birthday of Samuel Clemens, or as he is better known as, Mark Twain. Today is also the day I signed a publishing contract with Heartland Play Publishers (who previously published my Alice In Wonderland based play Allie In Wonderland) to publish my original play based off of Tom Sawyer entitled The Absolutely True Story of Tom Sawyer As Told By Becky Thatcher.

20121130-105403.jpgThat’s right, the little play I wrote a year and a half ago and was orginally performed on July 4th Weekend, 2011 at the Frontier Stage in Hill City, KS, is being published…with the contract signed on Mark Twain’s birthday.

This wouldn’t have been possible without major props and help from those that put it together, espicially the cast and crew ofThe Absolutely True Story Of Tom Sawyer As Told By Becky Thatcher and all those in the Hill City who came out and saw it. It’s also important that I thank my Junior High and High School music and drama teacher, Bill Blue, who took a group of 8th graders and did a musical version of Tom Sawyer. I loved theater and acting prior to that, but I felt as if that show was where I found my calling and why Tom Sawyer was the first adaptation I ever attempted.

That’s right, while Allie In Wonderland was the first play to be produced and published, I first attempted to adapt ALL of Tom Sawyer into a one-act play. It sat on the shelf, but not out of my heart, while I worked on Allie. The next year, I rolled out the idea again and worked on crafting it with a strong female presence and discussed what the story of Tom Sawyer would look like from Becky’s point of view. After a long night of fun, laughter, and jotting down ideas with a friend of mine, I began writing The Absolutely True Story Of Tom Sawyer As Told By Becky Thatcher.

I’ll keep everyone updated on the publishing process and let you all know when it will be available. Thanks again for all your support of Emergency Room Productions and myself.