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.

Friday, September 16, 2016

A Few of My Favorite Things v.3

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 at the theater, to watch the second performance of John Patrick Shanley's Danny and the Deep Blue Sea, which I was honored to direct.

BUT before the show, I'm here to continue a new tradition on this oh-so-fun blog of mine.

Every Friday 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. Piña Colada Julius. I refer to this drink as "the main reason I go to Dairy Queen." It's pure perfection. As a child, I frequented Orange Julius at my local mall. It was kitschy, a little bizarre (let's not forget their mascot at one point was a cartoon devil, complete with pitchfork), and other worldly. Today, I'm still baffled by the merging with Dairy Queen, but happy it still exists. When I accidentally discovered this drink not too long ago, it was like discovering the nectar of the gods.

2. Queen Sugar. This new series is everything great television should be. This heart-wrenching and tear-jerking ensemble show is TV at its best. Created by the brilliant Ava DuVernay and produced by a goddess named Oprah (the show airs on her network OWN), this tale about a broken family trying to mend will have strong universal appeal. The cast, the writing, the cinematography - it's all breathtaking. In other words, watch this show.

3. Oldschool. This CD from German rock star Nena actually came out a year-and-a-half ago. While none of these tracks can touch her quintessential masterpiece 99 Luftballons, the music here is catchy, clever, and (for me) serves as a fantastic German lesson during my commute.

Sunday, August 28, 2016

The Feeling of Completing a Manuscript

There's really nothing quite like it. I always experience a rush of excitement and a feeling of accomplishment when I send a manuscript to my (awesome) editor. Today was no exception.

Backfire is now complete.

Friday, August 26, 2016

A Few of My Favorite Things v.2

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 line editing my upcoming novelette Backfire to send to my very patient editor Tina Marie (who has the best editor name ever, by the way). And then I'm going grocery shopping and making lasagna and salad. Glamorous and exciting, I know.

BUT I'm taking a little break from that to continue a new tradition here on this oh-so-fun blog of mine.

Every Friday 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. Horse Girls, a new play by Jenny Rachel Weiner. I just read the script this week and I can't stop about it. It's fantastic. I'm hoping to produce it next year. Here's the official synopsis: Twelve-year-old Ashleigh rules the Lady Jean Ladies, South Florida’s most exclusive horse club. News that her family’s stables are being sold and their horses killed for meat throws the Ladies into crisis in this dark comedy of middle school deception and lies. Horse Girls is a play about pre-teens: their obsessions, their insecurities, their desperate need to find a place in the world.

2. Grand Hotel, a gorgeous and riveting TV series from Spain. My obsession with this show is directly competing with my obsession for Velvet. Both are on Netflix. Both are addicting. Watch them. Now.

3. I've been a fan of the LA-based, Latina-fused, kick-ass girl band Go Betty Go for years now. So I have officially geeked out over their new EP Reboot. Every track is just as fantastic as you would expect it to be. They're an indie band who (gasp) actually play instruments and write their own songs. Show them some well-deserved love by getting this new release. You'll be rocking out in no time.

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