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.



Monday, October 17, 2016

Play of the Day: Trixie's Last Date with The Boogeyman


Trixie's Last Date with the Boogeyman
by David-Matthew Barnes

Available from Pinwheel Plays

Characters: 2 females, 1 male. All characters are in their 20's.
Genre: Comedy
Set: A sandwich and ice cream shop in a quiet corner of a beach-side boardwalk.
Rating: This play contains adult language and mature themes and is not suitable for younger audiences.
Production Highlights: This play received a world premiere at Oglethorpe University in Atlanta. This play received a New York premiere at The Producer's Club. It has been performed at colleges around the country.
Story: A Southern belle named Trixie Howard is forced to survive a date from Hell in a desperate attempt to no longer be single.
Preview: Read an excerpt from this script.
Sellfy: This title is available in an easy-to-download digital file at Sellfy.

Information about producing Trixie's Last Date with the Boogeyman can be found here.

Sunday, October 16, 2016

Sunday Morning Cinema: Xanadu

Welcome to Sunday Morning Cinema, a new weekly feature on this oh-so-fun blog of mine. Each Sunday morning I watch a classic (by my definition) film, and discuss it here.

This week's selection was the Robert Greenwald's 1980 musical fantasy Xanadu. This now cult-classic stars Olivia Newton-John, Michael Beck, and the legendary Gene Kelly. The film is about a Greek muse who comes alive to inspire a young artist and a former big-band orchestra leader. Because of her, they create a new nightclub: Xanadu.

Years ago, I saw the film on the big screen (during its initial release) just weeks before my 10th birthday. To date, it still remains a personal favorite.

While the storyline is strange and the plot is paper-thin, the soundtrack is the main star here. From the title track to hits like 'Magic,' 'I'm Alive,' 'All Over the World,' and 'Suddenly,' this film is a serious sing-along. I played the heck out of that double-album when I first bought it in 1980. It's impossible to mention the soundtrack without giving credit to the Electric Light Orchestra (ELO) and songwriter John Farrar.



After watching the film, I did a little research. I was sad to discover the Pan-Pacific Auditorium (which serves as the club exterior in the film), was destroyed in a fire.

Last summer, I was very fortunate to see Olivia's wonderful show in Las Vegas. Her performance of the title track to this guilty pleasure of a film was a highlight of the night.

I've also seen the Broadway musical adaptation. While it certainly celebrates the film and is quite a bit of fun, nothing can come close to the real thing.

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