Posts Tagged ‘Senior Moments’
On Saturday, March 12th, Senior Moments was given a special award for Playwriting at the American Association of Community Theater Region 7 finals at the Bas Bleu Theater in Fort Collins, Colorado. The play’s lead actor, Timothy Englert, won the Best Actor Award for the festival.
Senior Moments was presented at the festival by Coal Creek Community Theater of Louisville, Colorado, having placed in the Colorado state AACT competition last August.
Congratulations to Tim, and thank you to Lynn Fleming and all the other wonderful folks at Coal Creek for having faith in the play and doing all that was required to make this happen.
On Monday, March 14th, I’m off to San Juan Capistrano, California for the opening of Getting Betta at the Camino Real Playhouse.
1. Senior Moments is going to be presented at the FronteraFest Long Fringe in Austin, Texas, January 22nd – 30th. Tim Englert, who has been the male role in all the U.S. productions of Senor Moments so far and who recently moved to Austin, will be joined by fantastic Austin-based actor Lana Dieterich. The production is being directed by long-time Austin actor/director, Douglas Taylor.
Senior Moments will be presented at the AACT (American Association of Community Theaters) Regional Finals at the Bas Bleu Theatre, Fort Collins, Colorado, March 11th or 12th.
Senior Moments is being published by ArtAge, a publisher that specializes in plays suitable for senior actors and audiences. It will be available in the next few months.
2. Getting Betta will be premiering at the Theater Company of Lafayette (Colorado), March 4th – 26th. It will be performed in repertory with Robots Like Us (6 new plays commissioned by TCL) in the Machines Like Us play festival.
Getting Betta will be performed March 18th – 27th at the Camino Real Playhouse in San Juan Capistrano, California.
3. Bodice Ripper will have a public reading at the Theater Company of Lafayette April 8th. The play will be produced by the Second Skin Theatre Company in London, England, some time during 2011. I’ll be moving to London this summer to work on Bodice Ripper and productions of other of my plays in which Second Skin is interested. If things work out, I could be there for a couple of years.
Two years ago I couldn’t get anyone to read the scripts of my plays. (Not even my wife, Rhonda!) Life just keeps getting betta and betta.
Senior Moments was presented 3 weeks ago as Coal Creek Community Theater’s entry in the Colorado Community Theater Coalition Festival at the Nomad Theater in Boulder. The production took 3rd Best Production, and Tim Englert won the Best Actor prize. That’s not bad for a show with 2 actors, a table and 2 chairs; we were up against productions with up to 40 actors and full-stage sets!
Senior Moments will have 6 performances between August 19th and 28th at the Boulder International Fringe Festival. I’d love to see you there if you can make it.
“The Code,” the first of the 5 short plays in Senior Moments, will be performed live on Boulder’s Channel 54 Community Television, Wednesday, January 27th, at 7 pm. After the play, they’ll be interviewing me. You can watch the program live at http://www.cctv54.org.
Senior Moments, my latest full-length play, premiered the weekend of January 8th at the Theater Company of Lafayette, Colorado. The theater was absolutely packed for all 3 performances, and we had to turn away quite a few people. We’re considering putting on an additional run this summer, so watch this space.
Thank you to the Longmont Times-Call and the Boulder Camera for their great coverage. Click here to read the Times-Call article.
Moments is made up of five funny, touching, slightly naughty short plays for and about people living in retirement homes.Moments consists of five funny, touching, slightly naughty short plays for and about people living in retirement homes.
A few weeks ago, my 10-minute play “The Code” won first prize in the 2009 Front Range Playwrights’ Showcase at Coal Creek Community Theater in Louisville, Colorado. “The Code” is the first play in Senior Moments, a series of 5 short plays I’ve written for Tim Englert and Ellen Ranson, two actor friends of mine, to present at senior residences.
Tim and Ellen — they’re “well-seasoned” adults — call themselves the “Silver Circuit” when they tour performing plays for older audiences. Earlier this year, they told me that they were having difficulty finding two-person plays for one older male and one older female actor to present at senior residences. They asked me if I’d be interested in writing something specifically for them. I jumped at the chance.
The last two plays I’d written were Shakespeare Incorporated and Postville. Both are large cast, large set, full-length plays and, frankly, I was burned out. So the prospect of working on short, comedic plays was particularly appealing. Especially something with strict requirements — one elderly male and one elderly female actor, minimal set and production requirements — and one which would have have more or less guaranteed productions when I was finished.
Senior Moments is now finished and Tim, Ellen and I are scheduled to present it in a dramatic reading at Golden West, a large senior residence in Boulder, on September 24th. After that, they’ll start to perform it at homes for the elderly up and down the Front Range in Colorado.
Today there was a wonderful article in the Boulder Camera newspaper about Tim, Ellen, Silver Circuit, and “The Code.” Take a look.