Tuesday, December 20, 2016

PerformerStuff: Monologues

I am thrilled to be working with the wonderful people at PerformerStuff. This is a terrific resource for actors. They provide some fantastic audition tools. Honored to have 20 monologues from my plays available for performers via their site.

Monologues are available from:

Baby in the Basement
Better Places to Go
Boxcar
The Bray of the Belles - New!
Fractured
From Here, I Can See Heaven - New!
Frozen Stars
I Ate Lunch Alone Today
It's a Pleasure to Be Sad
Let's Not Confuse the Situation
Number 76
Sky Lines
Somebody's Baby - New!
Stay
Tagged - New!
That Bitch Brenda Stole My Lip Gloss (and I Want it Back)
Threnody
Vacancies - New!

Friday, December 16, 2016

A Few of My Favorite Things v.4

It's Friday! Guess what that means? A night of wild partying? Not quite. I'm a writer, remember.

If you must know, I'm spending the evening writing on my new AlphaSmart 3000 (see below).

BUT before I continue working into the wee hours of the night, I'm here to continue a new tradition on this oh-so-fun blog of mine.

Every Friday (okay, let's be honest: not every Friday, but I try) I list a few of my favorite things to share with any kind soul who takes the time to read this.

On today's list...

1. The AlphaSmart 3000. A few weeks ago I got really fed up - with myself. Blame it on the Internet. Blame it on being 46. Blame it on social media. I've had the worst time staying focused on tasks at hand, especially writing. This realization prompted me to do an in-depth web search (when I was supposed to be writing, case in point) to find a distraction-free word processor. Turns out one does exist, but it costs over $500. Instead, I went back in time and found a used AlphaSmart 3000, which I LOVE. Seriously, I can't say enough about it. I'm completely charmed by its simplicity. Someone really brilliant needs to bring these back. Here's why: when I posted on FB about my purchase, many other writers commented they shared the same frustration I do: trying to write in a world that seems hellbent on stimulation overload. Some even followed suit, and also bought a used AlphaSmart 3000 of their own. It's sad that these machines are no longer being made. If they were, a comeback would be certain.

2. Good Girls Revolt. I am so angry with the powers-that-be at Amazon Video. This fantastic show just premiered in October - and already the executive decision has been made to not renew the show for second season (which has to be one of the dumbest decisions made by Amazon). In response, social media is on fire about the irony: a television show about women fighting against a patriarchal work environment gets cancelled by a panel of all-male network execs. I hope a very smart competitor sees the error of Amazon's ways and does the right thing - and gives this terrific show a new home. Why do I love this show so much? Well, for many reasons, but the main one: if you read anything I've written or seen any of the plays or films I've produced/directed, you know this is something I could've created myself (and wish I had). Read this article on the anger over the cancellation of the show.

3. Grace Risch. I don't remember how I stumbled upon this lovely singer from Germany, but I'm obsessed with her music. Sadly, her EP isn't available in the US via iTunes (you can order it via Amazon though, but it might take up to 5 weeks to receive it). However, this song is available. And it's awesome.


Friday, November 18, 2016

Still Breathing

Alive, as recorded by Sia

I was born in a thunderstorm
I grew up overnight
I played alone
I played on my own
I survived
Hey
I wanted everything I never had
Like the love that comes with light
I wore envy and I hated that
But I survived
I had a one-way ticket to a place where all the demons go
Where the wind don't change
And nothing in the ground can ever grow
No hope, just lies
And you're taught to cry in your pillow
But I survived
I'm still breathing
I'm alive
I found solace in the strangest place
Way in the back of my mind
I saw my life in a stranger's face
And it was mine
I had a one-way ticket to a place where all the demons go
Where the wind don't change
And nothing in the ground can ever grow
No hope, just lies
And you're taught to cry in your pillow
But I survived
I'm still breathing
I'm alive
You took it all, but I'm still breathing
I had made every single mistake
That you could ever possibly make
I took and I took and I took what you gave
But you never noticed that I was in pain
I knew what I wanted, I went in and got it
Did all the things that you said that I wouldn't
I told you that I would never be forgotten
And all in spite of you
And I'm still breathing
I'm alive (You took it all, but I'm still breathing)
I'm alive

Monday, October 31, 2016

My Mother's Cat Called Me Last Night

This morning when I woke up there was a missed call and a three second silent voice mail message that appeared to come from my mother's phone. It turns out the cell phone dialer was none other than her adorable cat Sweet Pea who has a tendency to make late night calls. I wonder if she was calling to wish me a Happy Halloween.

Friday, October 28, 2016

New Release! Somebody's Baby

I am pleased to announce the publication of my stage play Somebody's Baby, available from Pinwheel Plays.

Winner of the Elly Award for Best Original Script. This riveting teen drama takes place on a rainy Friday night in Chicago in 1997. Escaping a near date-rape situation, sixteen-year-old Tabitha stumbles into a coffee shop where she meets William, a young man who is dying of AIDS and has been abandoned by all of those he has known and loved. As a result of their chance meeting, Tabitha and William question their beliefs in God, themselves, and the world around them. Both young lives are deeply affected by a waitress named Milvia, who has a story and a dream of her own. Somebody's Baby is a powerful drama for young actors that explores a very important subject. The world premiere of this play received three Elly Award nominations from the Sacramento Regional Theatre Alliance. It has since been performed across the country.

Read an excerpt from the script.

Purchase Somebody's Baby.

Chad Stalzer and Melita Ann Sagar in the world premiere
of Somebody's Baby.

Chad Stalzer, Melita Ann Sagar, and Trish DeBaun in
the award-winning world premiere of Somebody's Baby.

The cast of the Australian premiere of Somebody's Baby.



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