Short Plays "Knots" & "Never Say Always" To Receive Festival Production in 2020

One of the reasons I like the small canvas of a 10-Minute Play is the challenge of getting as much plot and character as possible into 10 or so pages. I’ve always loved dialogue. There’s something really thrilling to me about etching those double quote marks—when, old school writing by hand, you can really dig in with that ball point pen—then writing the words that will stream out of the mouth of a person who, at that particular moment, exists only inside my head. They speak, and, like that person sitting in the next booth in the coffee shop, or that impatient foot-tapper waiting for the light to change while either whispering or screaming into their cell phone, something about their character is revealed.

I’m happy to report that two of my 10-minute plays have recently found homes, here and abroad: The Santa Cruz County Actors Theatre 8 x 10 Festival (January 2020) will present my play Knots, in which Joseph and Michael are about to be married, but nerves and the past raise some serious (and funny) questions. This play was accepted and planned for production in Australia, in both the Sydney and Canberra Short+Sweet Fesitvals, but fate (or something) intervened, so Santa Cruz will be its first production. And Never Say Always— in which Josh and Sarah have been divorced for four years, so why does he want to meet now, in a restaurant— has been shortlisted for the Manilla Short+Sweet Festival.

Op-Ed in The Sacramento Bee by LWOP prisoner John Purugganan on The Future of Corrections

Op-Ed in The Sacramento Bee by LWOP prisoner John Purugganan on The Future of Corrections

Citizens of California and the United States at large are losing interest in punishment for punishment’s sake. The future of corrections is in rehabilitation, not only in policy with a few window-dressing programs but in practice.

By virtue of visionary leadership within the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR), the notorious Pelican Bay State Prison is slated to spark a national rehabilitation movement.


Read more here: https://www.sacbee.com/opinion/california-forum/article235012797.html#storylink=cpy

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Two More of Those Seven Deadly Sins

As we wait for a few of the Virtues to, please, show themselves, we shall continue looking further at The Sin-ly Septet. It seems, as noted previously, lying is not a sin. In the same way courage and bravery don’t seem to meet the Virtues Threshold.  Which, one might think, would make them easier to attain for un-saintly politicians.  Mental fodder to chew over as we consider the next two transgressions in our Pantheon of Immoralities: Pride and Lust.

The Miriam and Ira D. Wallach Division of Art, Prints and Photographs: Print Collection, The New York Public Library. (1500 - 1550).  Superbia [Pride]  Retrieved from http://digitalcollections.nypl.org/items/2a64e540-504e-0135-e1a8-6d3ae1b911c7

The Miriam and Ira D. Wallach Division of Art, Prints and Photographs: Print Collection, The New York Public Library. (1500 - 1550). Superbia [Pride] Retrieved from http://digitalcollections.nypl.org/items/2a64e540-504e-0135-e1a8-6d3ae1b911c7


Pride

What on earth is wrong

With having the best?

I’m not at all bragging.

It’s a statement of fact.

I do not need or require

Your presence to know

Where I stand, what I am,

How I am, where you stand

 

In relation to me and my

Station, I earned it,

Entitled, a bit, but not

Being snobbish, just

 

Truthful. 

Better is better.

And best is best.

What can I say?


Lust

I need flesh, I mean

Luscious flesh,

Young skin, please

Younger I said,

To touch,

To take me in

Thrust and thirst 

And thrust and Thrust

Who are you who you are

Is consequential-less,

Consequence-less

You are there for me.

Orifice to satisfy

Except

That’s all? That

Was it? I mean

Maybe over there,

The other flesh

Will be the one

Yes I must have

The other flesh

To thrust and Thrust

Except

I mean

Is that

All?

When

Is

Enough?


Off The Menu: Woman With a Cup of Coffee in a White Tablecloth Restaurant

Off The Menu: Woman With a Cup of Coffee in a White Tablecloth Restaurant

No, I am not ready to leave. Why do you always do this? You always slurp your coffee like a Russian Wolfhound at a bowl of water, like it’s the last cup of coffee on earth you’re ever going to get, and then you do what you just did, just stand up like that, like you’re doing now, put on your coat and your scarf, and stand there, looking down at me with that Day of Judgment glare.

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Signs of Life

Signs of Life

Every now and then, someone with chalk and a purpose, or a marker and determination, will take over a patch of sidewalk, or the boarding around a construction site, and share their thoughts with us passers-by.

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