“If your ship doesn’t come in, swim out to it.”
Following the Jonathan Winters credo, I am pleased to share the following:
THE HEADLINE: BURNING POWERFUL WOMEN…Nov 15-17….Norcross, GA
On the weekend of November 15-17, 2019, the newly-launched Open Minds Theatre in Norcross will produce the premiere of Burning Powerful Women. Please use the link below. If you’re in Atlanta, I hope you can join me for either the Friday or Saturday night performances at 8 p.m. or the Sunday performance at 2:30 p.m. It’s a relatively small theatre so if you’re interested, please buy tickets in advance. Even at night, it’s only about a 20-minute drive from the Toco Hills area. Plenty of free parking. My play is about 65 minutes. It is preceded by a 10-minute curtain raiser by Emily McClain, who is one my / our city’s favorite playwrights.
Premise: Iowa 1962. Men work. Women take care of the home. And young Mary Jo Brickner is about to get married to John Sybil. It’s a typical year in Swisher until Ritva Puotla comes to town and creates a secret order of women designed to empower Mary to become the first female valedictorian of the high school…and a whole lot more. A fractured fairy tale where the Music Man meets Gloria Steinem meets the three witches of Macbeth.
COMING UP: NARNIA at Serenbe…December 6-January 5, Chattahoochee Hills, GA
In what may be my most intriguing theatre assignment since I sang “A Boy’s Best Friend is His Mother” with Lee Daniels in high school, I will am serving as dramaturg/script consultant for “Narnia,” the winter show at Serenbe, one of the coolest places to do theatre in the world (it’s outdoors!!!). “Narnia” is based on the C.S. Lewis’s “The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe’. There are plenty of weekday and weekend shows, including a slew of matinees. Perfectly suitable for children and adults. Playing from December 6- January 5. www.serenbeplayhouse.com
COMING UP: THE MEDIATOR TAKES CENTER STAGE…Atlanta, Nov/Dec/Feb
In what may be the second most intriguing theatre assignment(s) since performing with Lee Daniels in high school, I will be presenting plays at two upcoming legal conferences…and moderating a discussion of plays at a third. If you’re a lawyer (or not) and you’re looking for an enjoyable and edifying way to get Continuing Legal Education hours (or not), let’s talk. These plays showcase a conflict where a lawyer/mediator faces some sort of professional or ethical dilemma…and what that attorney/mediator needs to do to rescue themselves from it.
- 15, Friday – DeKalb Center for Dispute Resolution (presentation of 3-6 short plays)
- 13, Friday – ADR Institute of Atlanta annual CLE (3 short plays)(with Mira Hirsch)
- 7, Friday – The Courtroom Drama CLE at Actor’s Express (moderating)
Side note: Four of my playwriting colleagues and I just put together a compendium of short plays called “I Love My Lawyer (but hate yours)”. All the plays were vetted and produced through past Courtroom Drama series. If you’re looking for a reading of plays about lawyers, please let me know. It’s about an hour in length.
COMING UP: HANK’S HOLIDAY SHORTS….December 2….Buffalo, NY
The Jewish Repertory Theatre will be doing a staged reading of my holiday shorts, a comparable program that was produced in Atlanta at Kitchen Six restaurant. For more information, please contact www.jewishrepertorytheatre.com I wish I could be there. This is a wonderful theatre that is part of the Alliance for Jewish Theatre network.
COMING UP: THE DAY SANTA IGNORED US….Dover, NJ December 13-15
One of my most popular short plays “The Day Santa Ignored Us,” will be produced at the Dover Little Theatre’s Winter Holiday One-Act Play Festival. If you’re in that area, and you’re interested in going, let me know and I’ll see if I can get you a proxy comp. www.doverlittltetheatre.org I understand that Dover is a hotbed for buying used and new cars, if that might be an extra inducement to attend.
Premise: When a Jewish mother confronts a dismissive department store Santa, her teenage son is mortified – until Santa embraces them in a whole new way.
* The Alliance for Jewish Theatre annual conference – I will be attending this event from Nov. 3-5 in Chicago, which I understand is colder than Narnia. Please check out www.alljewishtheatre.org to find out about this wonderful organization for which I serve as Board President.
- The Working Title Playwrights annual party will be December 7, 2019. If you’re local and you’re supportive of a cutting-edge theatre company that develops playwrights and new plays, let me know and I’ll make sure you an invite. Please check out workingtitleplaywrights.com for more information. Yes, I still serve as Board President for this amazing theatre company.
- “Love American Style: 2020”: I’m pleased to announce that my wife Barbara and I just finished our first collaboration …. A series for short romantic plays befitting, we hope, the title. We’re been exploring ways to try to get this produced. It’s about 60 minutes, perhaps perfect for Valentine’s Day?! It’s available after December 6, 2019, the date of our 32nd (in a row!!!) wedding anniversary.