Thursday, September 24, 2015
Tuesday, September 22, 2015
You've got to love the passion and humor that went into this very professional trailer from Elkton Middle School in the beautiful Shenandoah Valley of Virginia. I love how this time the adults are getting into the fun, with the school's faculty making up much of the cast. Baby Bear's deafening footsteps are a hoot too.
Break legs, everybody!
Thursday, September 17, 2015
I just received the contract for How I Met Your Mummy, my seventh play to be published by Pioneer Drama Service.
As previously mentioned, this play won the 2015 Beverly Hills Theatre Guild Play Competition for Youth Theatre. Like Kill the Critic! and Million Dollar Meatballs before it, How I Met Your Mummy is a farce in the classic sense, with snappy one-liners, hilarious mix-ups and tons of physical humor.
It may also be the easiest of my full-length plays to produce. There are few technical requirements and no need for a set at all. All of the action takes place around a single sarcophagus that can be as simple or as elaborate as you want. The only real challenge is the need to provide three similar-looking mummy costumes, only one of which needs to be changed into and out of during the course of the play.
When I was kid, I used to love watching old monster movies, especially funny ones like Abbott and Costello Meet Frankenstein or, yes, Abbott and Costello Meet the Mummy. Well, this play is a throwback to those wacky comedies of old. It's about the world's most cowardly security guard, who must protect the O. Howe Dulle Museum's new mummy from being stolen, only to discover that there are, not one, not two, but three creepy mummies roaming the halls.
How I Met Your Mummy will be released in Pioneer's spring supplement this December. That catalog, by the way, will also mark the first appearance of my driver's ed comedy You're Driving Me Crazy.