Thursday, October 20, 2016

Free performance rights to The Last Radio Show

For the first time ever, I'm offering free performance rights to one of my full-length plays.

The play is The Last Radio Show. Set in 1948, it's about a radio station in trouble. Their broadcast tower keeps falling over. The electric company is about to shut off their power. And now they're losing actors, one by one. Can this ragtag crew keep the show going? Or will they be shut down for good?

You can read a sample by clicking here. If, after reading that, you want to read the whole thing, please email me at I'll send you a PDF of the entire script.

There's absolutely no cost and no obligation. If you decide the play is not for you, that's the end of it. But if you do decide to produce it, I'll grant you free performance rights for the whole of 2017. Perform it once, it's free. Perform it a hundred times, it's still free. All I ask is that you let me know the performance dates and location for my records.

Why am I giving it away? For one simple reason. The play got rejected by the first two publishers I sent it to and I want to get more productions for it before I submit it to a third. Any productions that you good people are able to give it will help convince the next publisher that the play has worth and that it should be made available to the public.

The Last Radio Show does have a couple challenges. It requires a lot of sound effects, both live and recorded. And one publisher thought it was a little male-heavy, with the two biggest parts being played by men.

However, the play doesn't require a lot of memorization. All of the on-air skits are read from scripts, as was done in the golden days of radio. And I just think the play is a lot of fun. I directed the world premiere in Colorado Springs this January and that production got more laughs than any of my plays.

The free script is only available through November 30, so if you're interested, please act now. Thanks!

Wednesday, October 12, 2016

Catnip comedy

It's always nice to get reviewed, whether the review is good or bad. Of course, good is a whole lot better than bad.

Fortunately, Attic Productions' production of my mystery/comedy The Butler Did It! just got a rave review in The Roanoke Times. Critic Mike Allen praised Anthony Neal's droll delivery as the butler (seen above) and described the play as "amusing, engagingly plotted catnip to amateur sleuths."

To read the whole review, click here.