Thursday, December 31, 2009

Last Writes

I have completed a new murder mystery script called "Irritation To A Murder". A few blogs down you can read about the basic idea for the play and at the time of that posting, I was halfway finished. I am fortunate as playwright to have a theatre group willing to produce my plays as soon as they are complete. Actually, the group more or less "commissions" a new play from me and assigns a deadline, which I always try to meet. "Try" being the key word.

Yes, I admit, I work best under pressure. Ever since I can remember, it has been my "modus operandi". I can recall countless late nights as a kid in grade school, sitting at the kitchen table across from my grandmother, trying to squeak out a book report or an essay that was due the next day. My grandmother would constantly question my "last minute" writing habits and I never could supply a good answer other than, "I forgot about it."
If fact, I can even recall a few oral book reports, where I would have to stand in front of the class and tell everyone about a book I had read. I would always fail to mention that in actuality, I had only read some of the book. I developed a certain knack for 'filling' or 'stretching' certain aspects of the book and even "making up" subplots that didn't exist. I would talk until the teacher felt I was running too long and informed me my time was up. I believe this helped me later in my stage career to become adept at improvisation.

Sword of Damocles
My creative powers seem to shine under the pressure of an impending deadline. I can only write with a 'Sword of Damocles' hanging over my head. I remember a composition class in college that further fueled my last minute tendencies, by providing actual proof that I produced better under pressure than with preparation. (sorry about the alliteration there.)
Anyway, for one essay I chose a topic and set about writing a paper in the 'proper fashion'.
I went to the library and did research. I compiled notes on 3x5 cards, formed an outline, spent several weeks writing, revising rough drafts into a first drafts into a second draft, until I created a worthwhile essay complete with footnotes, references and a bibliography all contained in a slick plastic binder. I got a "C" on it.
For our next assignment, we watched a short film in class and then were required to write a paper within the short time remaining. No preparation, no 3x5 index cards or drafts; just straight forward, stream of consciousness composition. Just like my hero at the time, Jack Kerouac. I got an "A" on it. Of course, I had to show my Grandmother that one.

So, as I was saying, I finished the new script. Most of the play was on paper, I would say 3/4th by the time my theatre group held auditions. I frequently hold off finishing a script for a few reasons, one is to prevent the auditioning actors from reading "how it ends" and the other reason to see what actors the director will select for the various roles. Sometimes, a selected actor will influence the script. On several occasions, I have refined a character in a play based on how a particular actor read for the role. I may have envisioned the character one way, but an actor takes it in a different, new and better direction.

So it seems, having said that, I have finally constructed a reason not to finish something on time. Although, I no longer sit at the kitchen table across from my grandmother frantically trying to finish, at least now I begin writing plays in advance and revised as I go. However, I leave just enough to bring Damocles' Sword into view above my head and get the creative juices to flow.
I sometimes pictures my grandmother up in Heaving sitting at a kitchen table across from Jack Kerouac asking him, "Why?".

Monday, December 07, 2009

"Anybody For Murder"

My friends at Exit Theatre in the the UK are premiering "Anybody For Murder" at The Charles Cryer Studio Theatre, Carshalton February 17th-20th 2010. Check out their website Exit Theatre.co.uk for more info. Here is the trailer:

Thursday, December 03, 2009

Murder Mystery Double Feature - Twice

Recently I have had the honor of being a double feature, twice. What I mean, is that one theatre group has staged two of my plays at the same time. Last month, Lawrence High School in Lawrence Kansas ran Some Show (about a Murder) and Dead Air. One play takes place during a low budget cable TV show and the other takes place during a Radio broadcast. Charles Goolsby, theatre director at Lawrence High talked to me about the concept of doing both plays on the same set. I thought it was a great idea. Each show ran alternating nights. In essence, a double feature.

This month (December) it is happening again. West Valley High School in Hemet,California is featuring Death Of A Doornail and To Wake The Dead using the same basic set.

Here is a news article about the event:

Special to The Press-Enterprise

Murder and mayhem are not typical dinner table topics, unless you are a guest at the West Valley High School Murder Mystery Dinner Theatre.

As part of the event, guests will dine on roast turkey, mashed potatoes and vegetables from Greg's Catering in the banquet hall, which is the temporarily transformed band room.

Then, they will be escorted to the theater to watch the first half of an interactive murder mystery. During intermission, guests return to the banquet hall for dessert and coffee and a chance to discuss all the clues they have witnessed. After returning to the theater, they will be able to question the suspects and try to name the killer. Prizes will be given for correct guesses based on a random drawing from a basket of all correct answers.

"This production was the idea of band and technical director TJ Hepburn," said Stacey Bailey, who is directing the program.

"He will be turning his band room into a mysterious banqueting hall reminiscent of the Haunted Mansion."

"Wake the Dead" is set at an Irish wake and "Death of a Doornail" takes place in a British drawing room setting.

Each play has about 12 characters and will be presented on alternating nights.

Christopher Malandrinos is dual cast and said his characters are pretty different.

"You have to really know your role and stay in character with accents and everything," said Christopher, 15. His role of Edward requires a British accent and Chief Wambaugh is Irish.

Students had to learn improvisation skills along with their lines so they can stay in character while answering audience questions and casting suspicion on their fellow actors.

"I've never done dinner theater before but I like it because it's straight up drama -- singing is not my strong suit," said Sarah Pettis, 15, who plays Inspector Bukowski in "Death of a Doornail."

Sara Barnes plays the exotic dancer and suspected killer Peaches Crabtree in "Wake."

"I'm a big fan of mysteries," said Sara, 15. "I like musicals a lot but with my passion for acting I just couldn't pass this up. It's a lot of work but it's worth it."

"I did a lot of research to find two plays that allowed me to use the same basic set," said Bailey. She said Hepburn, with help from Joe Hameister and Patty Chavez, designed a set for the banquet hall that is "over the top" and can seat 180 people.

Bailey hopes local businesses and organizations will use the whodunit as a holiday celebration -- a way to reward their staff and have fun together. A 10 percent discount is given for 10 or more tickets.

Cost is $25 per person or $45 for two people. All guests receive a complimentary copy of the production's memory book, which is a $15 value.

Performances are at 6 p.m. today, Friday, Saturday and Sunday at the school's theater at 3401 Mustang Way in Hemet.

Information and reservations: 951-765-6420.

Friday, November 27, 2009

New Mystery in the Works

My local theatre group Affton CenterStage contacted me earlier in the year about writing a new murder mystery for them. I had been kicking around a few ideas so I decided it was time to nail one of the ideas down on paper.
Before I start writing, I begin with a long mental process. As an example, I was inspired by watching a few old movies on TV. One was His Girl Friday made back in 1940 with Cary Grant and Rosalind Russell. It's more or less a wacky screwball comedy with snappy dialogue and rapid fire one liners. I've always had a soft spot in my funny bone for witty word play. I blame the Marx Brothers and Monty Python for that. Not too long after watching that film, I saw The Thin Man on TV. Another old favorite of mine from 1934, which was based on Dashiell Hammett's story. Another fast paced witty story with Nick and Nora Charles as the detective team - sipping martini's and figuring out who the killer was - I thought to myself, I would love to write something along those lines. Where the detective is not so serious and the solving of the crime seems to be an afterthought. "Oh and by the way, the butler did it."
So the mental process began. I refer to it as simmering or fermenting. I take a few vague ideas and let them ferment into something solid. The initial idea was to set a murder mystery in the 40's and have it take place in a Manhattan Penthouse similar to "The Thin Man". Blended with the idea to utilize the witty dialogue as in "His Girl Friday". The more I thought about it, (or let it simmer) the more I felt I needed to make it my own and not just re-do something already done. In one sense I wanted to pay a homage to that 1930/1940's style of witty word play but again, I felt it should be different. In essence, I needed create something new and not to re-do.
I kept the idea of an urban detective story filled with wacky characters, similar to the old movies and carried them forward into the present day. I thought, "What if the characters of Nick and Nora Charles were around today, what would they be like? Would Nick Charles use modern technology and the internet to help solve the crime? Would he Twitter about the case?"
Running with that idea and blending a few modern day events: a villain who is a greedy, corporate tycoon along the lines of Bernie Madoff named "Gatewood" (which was the name of the greedy banker in the 1939 film Stagecoach) and few other assorted screwball characters a solid idea finally presented itself. The mental task of idea fermenting finally was ready to emerge on paper. The process of writing "Irritation To A Murder" has started. In a few weeks... I will know if it's ready.

Friday, November 13, 2009

"Death of A Doornail " and "To Wake The Dead" in San Jacinto

Republished From San Jacinto California Vally Chronicle:

Whodunit? Audience will have to guess

VALERIE DEW / The Valley Chronicle
West Valley High School’s drama department will present ‘To Wake the Dead,’ which takes places at an Irish wake.

By VALERIE DEW/The Valley Chronicle

A man falls out of a window and dies. Or did he jump? Or, better yet, was he pushed?

A scorned wife’s husband is missing. Did she finish him off for cheating on her with Bambi Candy? Or was the girlfriend after his loot? Could it have been the maid?

It’s up to the audience to decide — and if they decide right, there could be a prize in it for them.

West Valley High School’s drama department is bringing its first-ever murder-mystery dinner to the San Jacinto Valley.

For years, Stacy Bailey, the school’s theater teacher, has been putting on murder-mystery dinners for her thespians.

“It’s their favorite party all year,” Bailey said.

This year, the group decided to go public with the mystery.

One of two shows will be presented each night Dec. 2, 3, 4, and 5.

Bailey said they are not telling which show is on which night because they don’t want people who have already seen it to ruin it for others. With a prize given to an audience member who guesses the killer, the actors are being tight-lipped on the whodunit.

One show, “Death of a Doornail,” is a spoof on the old drawing-room murder mysteries.

Bailey said the show is cast with “stock characters,” such as the girlfriend of the dead man, Candy Bambi; the gangster and best friend of the victim, Sal Carbone; and the inspector on the case, Inspector Bukowski.

Shannon Walsh, who plays Candy Bambi, said the show is hilarious, especially her character.

“My character is super smartastical!” Shannon said. “I’m playing the dumbest character I’ve ever played. I’m insane, and it’s hilarious to watch me be crazy on purpose.”

Mrs. Abigail Doornail — the dead man’s wife — is played by Ashley Hassell.

Abigail said her character is over dramatic, which adds to the hilarity.

“I put my hand on my head a lot and say ‘Why, I never!’” Ashley said.

Sarah Pettis, who plays inspector Bukowski, said she enjoys interrogating the others because she does it in such a sarcastic manner.

Joey Gallardo, who plays Sal Carbone, said his character is obnoxious and that adds to the humor of the show.

The second show is “To Wake the Dead.”

It takes place at an Irish wake. The man who died jumped out of a window. Or fell. Or was pushed.

The cast tries to figure out which one of them did the deed, if, indeed, the deed was foul.

Bailey said she worked a lot with the cast on casting their suspicions on one another.

Sydni Bailey, who plays Deena Koontze, said her favorite part of the show is when it is revealed what happened.

Each show has four parts.

The audience will first eat a dinner of salad, smoked turkey, mashed potatoes, and vegetables in the band room, which will be transformed into a banquet hall with a fireplace and creepy pictures.

After the meal, the audience will be ushered into the theater, where they will watch the production.

At intermission, the audience will go back into the banquet hall for coffee and desert.

When they return to the theater, the audience will have a chance to ask the cast questions to help solve the mystery.

Bailey said the cast will answer every question in character, so it’s an improv.

After the question-and-answer session, the audience will cast votes on whom they think the killer is. They will be broken up into groups depending on whom they picked.

Then the killer will be revealed.

After the mystery is solved, a cast member will pick a name out of the group of people who voted correctly. The person whose name is drawn will win a gift basket worth about $100.

Elizabeth Crowley, who plays Stephanie King, said the improv is what she is most looking forward to.

“I like to see who the audience thinks did it,” Crowley said.

Patricia Ayala, who plays Agatha C. Fletcher in “To Wake the Dead,” said she can’t wait for the characters interact with the audience.

“The characters have no idea who the murderer is,” Patricia said.

Sarah Barnes, who plays Peaches Marie Crabtree in “To Wake the Dead,” said her favorite part of the show is the question-and-answer session.

“I got my character down,” she said when asked if she was nervous about answering questions.

Bailey said the two-story set will resemble a haunted mansion.

T.J. Hepburn, West Valley’s band director, is pulling double duty as the set designer.

Tickets cost $25 or $45 for two. Bailey said reservations must be made at least three days before the show a person wants to attend.

During Thanksgiving week, no one will be available to answer the phone, but Bailey said messages will be checked for reservations.

Bailey said the murder-mystery dinner would be a perfect event for an office to attend as a holiday party. Groups of 10 or more will receive 10 percent off of the price.

Shows are at 6 p.m. Dec. 2, 3, 4, and 5.

For information, call the box office at 765-6420.

Thursday, October 01, 2009

Brawley Union High School Department does "Some Show"

From the Ivpressonline out in Imperial Valley, California comes a nice article promoting the Brawley Union HS production of Some Show (about a murder). This was the second Murder Mystery script I wrote and as you might be able to tell from the title, was a bit hard pressed to come up with a title. As a joke, I told everyone I was going to call the play "Some Show about a murder". I mean, after all, it's easy to remember. When friends ask what you are going to see, it's easy to say "Some Show about a murder."

Anyway, here is some article about some high school doing some show:

Murder mystery takes stage
By Sara Malan

While traveling through the Imperial Valley, hosts of the talk show “The Ricky & Nickie Rivers Show” ran into tragedy — and mystery.
During the taping of an episode featuring celebrities who will soon be starting their own talk shows, one guest became enraged, deemed “The Ricky & Nickie Rivers Show” a “joke” and a “pathetic side show like all the others” and stormed off the stage.

Shortly after the outburst, cast and crew discovered her body offstage. Phoebe St. Self, a well-known “domestic engineering” expert, had planned to lead a talk show on the topic of excelling at the art of caring for the home.

“I love the smell of Pine-Sol in the morning,” St. Self said on camera shortly before her demise. “It smells like victory.”

It is soon determined that everyone is a suspect.

“Oh, this is great! One of us is a murderer,” said show guest and gossip columnist Gwen Bennet, played by Celeste Alvarez.

The Brawley Union High School drama department will present Lee Mueller’s “Some Show (about a murder).” The dinner theater-style production, serving pizza, opens tonight and runs through Sunday afternoon, with the spotlight on a cast of 11 students and the audience itself at times.

“It was a talk show about talk shows, but now it’s a mystery show,” sums up host Ricky Rivers, played by Rudy Robles.

Drama teacher Jason Contreras said he is really proud of the students putting together the show in only three weeks, especially with the amount of self-directing they have done.

Friday, August 28, 2009

Finding Old Dreams Still Alive

I was recently asked to be on the committee for my High School Reunion. (Bayless High School) The great thing is that my High School was quite small and most everyone knew everyone. Since it was so small and close knit, tracking down familiar faces wont be an arduous task. Social networks like Myspace and Facebook have made finding old friends easy. Which leads me to this story..

I found someone on one of these social network sites from my old High School, not from my graduating class, but someone who was a year behind me. His name is Joe Manno.
Now, I didn't actually know Joe very well back then, but I did know that he was involved in the "Dramatics" class the year after I graduated. I was a grizzled veteran of my High School "Dramatics" department and I was curious to see how this fresh crop of actors would fare on the stage, so I went back to see their first production which as was "Arsenic and Old Lace".
I recall that Joe Manno stole the evening with his portrayal of the playwright/Cop Officer O'Hara. It was satisfying to know that there was some real talent coming up behind me.

And now here it is, all these years later, the smell of the grease paint and the roar of the crowd still running through my system and here's that guy, Joe Manno, on my "New Friends" list. So, I posed the ever original question: "So what have you been doing?"
Well, it seems the "smell" and the "roar" didn't leave Joe's system either. Nope. He's done stand up comedy, appeared in films, won an Emmy for a Television show ("All In One") of which he wrote and starred in. He has also authored several books but more importantly, Joe changes lives. Yep.
Joe Manno, performs a powerful, empowering message in a comedic fun-filled show called "A Fighting Chance" to young people all over the world. His message carries home the fact that each person is unique. There is no one else in the world like you.
I find so much truth in Joe's message as I hunt down old high school friends and discover what they have become in the real world. I mean, back in the day, for all intents and purposes, we just seemed like a "group of kids" sitting in a classroom waiting for the bell to ring. But in actuality, each one of us had our own individual strengths, skills, gifts and talents. That 'group of kids' has now gone to use those gifts and carve out their own identity. And for some of us, our Dreams are still alive. Take a moment and watch this!

Monday, August 10, 2009

Launching New Theater with Murder Me Always

From Appleton Post Crescent - Kara Patterson
Lindsay Cummings isn't fazed by the cramped confines of the 560-square-foot Little Theater stage at her alma mater, Freedom High School.

To launch the newly formed Freedom Area Community Theater, Cummings chose a murder mystery that made the small space work to the 11-member cast's advantage.

"A lot of us were involved with our theater here at school," said Cummings, 19, a sophomore musical theater major at the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay. "I think the more interest we spark in the community, the more willing they will be to build a larger theater and support more programs."

Cummings and fellow Freedom alumni Andrew Beyer and Kurt Hardy co-founded the nonprofit theater troupe, which today wraps up the run of its inaugural summer show, "Murder Me Always." The play, which includes some improvisation and audience interaction, is a play-within-a-play involving a cast of zany characters.

The final performance starts at 2 p.m. today at Freedom High School, N4021 County E, Freedom. Tickets cost $8 for adults and $5 for children age 12 and under and include dessert during intermission.

A raffle drawing to benefit the troupe will take place after today's performance. Prize baskets include tickets for limousine rides and Weidner Center for the Performing Arts shows, and dinner gift certificates.

Corporate and individual contributions to the troupe so far total at least $2,000, which Cummings said is enough to cover production costs.

For "Murder Me Always,," the actors expanded the show into the aisles. On stage the set pieces themselves are stationary but intricate, including a revolving bookcase and a trap door underneath a staircase.

The set garnered praise from the murder mystery's Missouri-based playwright, Lee Mueller, who visited a rehearsal in response to Cummings' invitation.

"Now, every once in a blue moon, I may get an invitation to a performance of one of my plays, but what I found unique about her invitation was the fact that she was inviting me to visit the play in progress," Mueller said via e-mail. "That was the deciding factor." Mueller said he was "blown away" by the troupe's set.

"I don't want to give too much away to anyone who may attend the production but let's just say there are some 'secret' panels in the drawing room that move the action around," he said. "If I did not think it were too difficult for other theater groups to build, I am tempted to show them Freedom Area Community Theater's set and say 'There. This is the set you must use for the play. Build this.'"

Troupe members range in age from 14 to 25. Cummings said she hopes the troupe will attract younger youth and older adults, too.

"There are a couple roles that called for an older person (in 'Murder Me Always') but we dressed up the younger ones and worked with what we have," she said.

However, the troupe already is meeting one of its goals in drawing people with varying degrees of stage experience.

Aaron Linskens, 19, who plays a main role, was a three-sport athlete in Freedom but had never tried theater. A University of Wisconsin-Madison adviser suggested he take a college theater class.

"I did, and I liked it a lot," Linskens said. "This touches on your creativity and imagination, and I think in Freedom especially they need more programs like that because it's a small school."

Freedom senior Nikki Schommer, 17, has participated in theater since middle school.

"This is my first community theater show," she said. "I like the fact that it gets the whole community involved and I get to see my friends again since they've gone to college."

Cummings said the troupe hopes to raise enough money through community donations, ticket sales and other fundraisers so it can sponsor a scholarship fund for college-bound Freedom seniors who plan to study theater. She's expecting to start it in 2010.

"We'd probably give $1,000 per academic year to one person or split it to two people," she said. "We sent out letters to local businesses when we first started to form the organization. Once we started follow-up calling people and telling them about us, they were like, you guys are really serious about this."

Once it gathers steam the troupe, which has a board of directors and Freedom faculty and alumni advisers, intends to put on two shows per summer, one play and one musical.

Monday, August 03, 2009

A Visit to Freedom

I drove up to Freedom, Wisconsin this weekend at the invitation of Lindsay Cummings, co-founder and President of FACT Players of the Freedom Area Community Theater.
What was unique about this trip is that I was invited to the rehearsals not the actual production of the play "Murder Me Always". Which was a nice change of pace.
I was able watch the show in progress and as well as offer the "story" behind the script - why and how I wrote the play - who the characters may or may not have been based on. You know, the information that actors hardly ever get to learn.
I also had the opportunity to lead the actors through a few "improvisational" games which helps "bond" the group and also prepares them for the "improv" portion of the play - in which the audience is invited to ask the characters questions.
Hopefully, it was good experience for the actors and crew and perhaps I imparted a little insight. I tried not to be too terribly boring. (I promise)
I know it was a good experience for me as I was able to see my play come to life and hear how the lines I wrote were interpreted by actors. For a playwright, it's nice to be able to learn how your work translates: if you have written dialogue that is clear enough and/or scene descriptions that are concise enough for anyone to pick up and understand your intention. No to mention actually 'get' your jokes and references.
I can say that the FACT Players have done an outstanding job of picking up my work, understanding my intention, (and jokes) and running with it.

Tuesday, July 28, 2009

Murder Me Always Encore at New Bern Civic Theatre

From the Sun Journal New Bern, NC -

Dinner theater murder mysteries by design allow the audience to get involved in solving the crime.

New Bern Civic Theatre’s production of “Murder Me Always” doubles the challenge.

It is a play-within-a-play, with a murder mystery within each production.

“The audience will be initially watching a play that is being done by a theater company and in the midst of this play, it is interrupted by the director being shot,” said Angelina Hardy, who directs the production and also plays the role of the director. “The detective comes out, and the audience gets to interact with the actors and help solve the mystery.”

The dinner theatre is performed at The Courtyards at Berne Village, the fourth time the Civic Theatre has teamed with the senior living community for a production. The Courtyards underwrites the costs, with all the proceeds going back to the nonprofit theater group.

“The reason we do this is to support our local community economy, especially the Civic Theatre to keep such a viable piece of entertainment going in this community,” said Linda McGuire, marketing director for the Courtyards. “It’s our way of giving back to the community for the support the community gives us, by ensuring that we have high quality entertainment continuing in the downtown New Bern area.”

Saturday’s performance sold out in two weeks, which prompted the Civic Theater to add an encore performance Aug. 1.

Hardy said the initial play is set at a dinner party in a mansion.

“It’s a snobby high-society dinner with clique characters, where someone is supposed to be poisoned,” she said.

But the play is interrupted by real foul play and takes the audience on a different storyline.

“I specifically had the actors play the fake play a very distinct way so that when the murder happens, there is an obvious transition into real life,” Hardy said.

As is typical with dinner theatre murder mysteries, every character has secrets and motive and all are suspects.

There is an 11-actor cast featuring some Civic veterans such as Tom Dunton, Keith Boyd, Daryl Harris, Kathy Morrison and Kandy Antwine, along with debut performances by Gayle Albertini and Lisa Hubbell.

Charlie Hall can be reached at (252) 635-5667 or chall@freedomenc.com.

Tuesday, June 16, 2009

48 Hour Film Project

Every year for the past 5 years, I have been involved in something called The 48 Hour Film Project. If you are not familiar with it the idea is this: You have only 48 Hours to write, shoot, edit etc.. a 5 to 7 minute film over a weekend. On Friday evening all the film makers meet and draw a genre -such as "Horror, Sci-Fi, Romantic, Super Hero, Drama, Suspense, Action" and so on. Once you are assigned a genre of film, everyone is given a Character and occupation, a prop and a line of dialogue that must be in your movie. Once you have those elements, you have from 7pm Friday evening until 7:30pm Sunday to make a film. It must be turned in on the dot Sunday or else you are out of the competition.
This year, I drew "Super Hero" as a genre. The character that had to appear was "Ashton or Ashley Brown" - "Expert" (they could be an expert at anything)
The prop we must have was "A Photo of Mom and/or Dad"
The line of dialogue was "Have you ever seen anything like it?"
Below is the result. Enjoy. Feedback encouraged!

Friday, May 22, 2009

"Getting Murdered In The Morning" premiers in Vietnam

That's right. My work has been produced in the United Kingdom and in Spain but now, The Saigon Players are bringing "I'm Getting Murdered In the Morning" to the Legend Hotel in Ho Chi Minn City May 21st, 22nd and 23rd.

I can't tell you how great that feels. When a playwright first writes a play, he or she just hopes a few people in the area show up to see it. To think that this little idea you plunked out on a typewriter is being produced for a whole different culture half way around the world is pretty amazing.

Here are the details:

Email saigonplayers@gmail.com or

SMS: 0908 546 015.
7pm Thursday 21st, May
7pm Friday 22nd, May
2pm & 7pm Saturday 23rd May
@ The Legend Hotel
2A-4A Ton Duc Thang Street
District 1, Ho Chi Minh City,

Monday, April 27, 2009

Take a Look Behind the Scenes of "Murder Me Always"

A few years ago, Exit Theatre based in Croydon, UK. staged a brilliant production of my script "Murder Me Always". I'd seen a few photos from their version and even use some of them on Play-dead.com. From all appearances, Exit Theatre went all out with the play and I really wish I could have traveled across the pond and experienced it. But the next best thing is a series of videos they posted called 'Behind the Scenes at Murder Me Always'. They allow you the viewer to wander around backstage and get a... well, "Behind the Scenes" look. So let's look at the scenes that are.. behind Murder Me Always.

Monday, April 20, 2009

Cascade Community Theatre "Murder Me Always"

The Cascade Community Theatre has announced they will be presenting "Murder Me Always" at the Sno-Valley Senior Center on Friday May 29th and Saturday May 30th 2009.

"Murder Me Always" is essentially a play within a play. Or more specifically it is a Murder mystery within a murder mystery. Well it's both really.

The Cascade Community Theatre is located in Carnation Washington. If you are in the area, I highly recommend you attend.

Check out the details here: Cascade Community Theatre