PRODUCTIONS IN 2016

We had almost the exactly the same number of productions in 2016 as we did in 2015–just over 40! Plus 6 readings. Not bad! See the list below, and click on the links to read samples, order copies or license a production!

Total productions: 43
ADVENTURES OF ROSE RED (SNOW WHITE’S LESS-FAMOUS SISTER): 5
-BAD SUBSTITUTE: 2
DR. FRANKINCENSE AND THE CHRISTMAS MONSTER: 4
DRACULA’S DAUGHTERS: A FAMILY COMEDY: 1
ELEVATOR GAMES: 4
END OF THE WORLD (WITH PROM TO FOLLOW): 5
EXPOSED! EIGHT 10-MINUTE TALES ABOUT WHAT REALLY HAPPENED: 11
HISTORICALLY BAD FIRST DATES: 3
HORROR HIGH: 2
HORROR HIGH: THE MUSICAL: 1
TWO-FACED: A TRAGEDY…SORT OF: 3
WHAT WOULD HAPPEN IF? EIGHT 10-MINUTE TALES OF IMPROBABILITY: 2

Readings: 6
-HOW WE MADE THE MOON: 3
-POPCORN GIRL: 2
-WIDE ASLEEP: 1

GILLIGAN VARIATIONS now available!

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THE GILLIGAN VARIATIONS- Price $12.99
A collection of ten plays inspired by a certain deserted island.
Ten playwrights were given a task: write a short play inspired by the Gilligan’s Island opening theme song. Far from slavish adaptations featuring soon-to-be castaways on a three-hour tour, the resulting plays were filled with murder, existential crisis, gender-bending role reversal, absurdism and magic. These are THE GILLIGAN VARIATIONS.

The Island by Sean Abley
Gillian’s Isle by Liesl Ehmke
Jump Ship by Lydia Stewart
Lilli’s Lost at Sea by Jessica Burton
Sonia and Nancy by Caitlin McCommis
Search / Rescue by Kimberly Patterson
Five Steps to Murder Your Spouse by Meghan Reimers
Evacuate by Megan Wheelock
The Shadow of Gilligan’s Island by Sean Michael McCord
The Isle by Kyle Philip Jackola

 

GILLIGAN VARIATIONS

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THE GILLIGAN VARIATIONS- Price $12.99
A collection of ten plays inspired by a certain deserted island.
Ten playwrights were given a task: write a short play inspired by the Gilligan’s Island opening theme song. Far from slavish adaptations featuring soon-to-be castaways on a three-hour tour, the resulting plays were filled with murder, existential crisis, gender-bending role reversal, absurdism and magic. These are THE GILLIGAN VARIATIONS.

The Island by Sean Abley
Gillian’s Isle by Liesl Ehmke
Jump Ship by Lydia Stewart
Lilli’s Lost at Sea by Jessica Burton
Sonia and Nancy by Caitlin McCommis
Search / Rescue by Kimberly Patterson
Five Steps to Murder Your Spouse by Meghan Reimers
Evacuate by Megan Wheelock
The Shadow of Gilligan’s Island by Sean Michael McCord
The Isle by Kyle Philip Jackola

 

CAMP KILLSPREE

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Comedy
60 minutes
11-15 males

A gay slasher parody live on stage!

1970: Deep in the forest at the Hard Log Men’s Resort a terrible murder takes place: The resort’s owner catches his lover in the arms of another man and cuts them to bits with a chainsaw. 1984: Twenty years later (you’re right, it doesn’t add up), Hard Log has been renovated into Camp Community, a summer camp for gay teenagers. As soon as the group of hot male counselors arrive to open the camp, the clothes come off, the sex and pot smoking begin… and so do the murders by a mysterious masked killer. Sexy and hilarious, CAMP KILLSPREE is the perfect late-night gay horror sex comedy for ballsy queer theater companies.

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Click here to read a free sample!

Update – September 2016

Wow, so much has happened since my last post! I guess that’s the best reason to fall behind on my blogging, right?

Jumping back a bit, in 2015 I was accepted into, and began my studies with, the Hollins Playwrights Lab MFA program at Hollins University. This program is sort of a combo of a low-res program and a summer intensive. Unlike most low-res programs where you do most of your work remotely then visit campus for maybe two weeks, Hollins Playwrights Lab meets for 6 weeks in the summer. An entire semester is taught during that 6 weeks, which means each class meets twice a week for a total of 6 hours. And the instruction, led by program director Todd William Ristau, is superb. I could go on and on about the program, but the headline is I love it. I’ve been for two summers now, have one more to go and then my thesis. I’ll be sad when it’s over!

One of the many advantages of the Hollins Playwrights Lab is the opportunity for professional work gleaned from contacts you make while attending. During my first summer I was lucky enough to score a commission from the Merry-Go-Round Youth Theatre. TORTOISE VS. HARE: REMATCH! was a blast to write – a small cast show for a library tour Summer 2016. Here’s a collage of their press photos for the tour:

Tortoise vs Hare

The second commission was from a fellow student, Kimberly Patterson, who is the Chair of the Performing Arts Department at Oxbridge Academy of the Palm Beaches. The play was LOCKED IN, about a bipolar student faced with the daunting proposition of a student lock-in event on Halloween. It premiered in April 2016 and I’m told the kids loved the play!

Locked In

When I returned to Hollins for the 2016 semester, my play POPCORN GIRL was chosen for their Festival of New Works. The play is based on a true story – in 1997 the owner of the worlds last silent movie theater was murdered in the lobby. Turns out the killer was hired by the projectionist, who just happened to be the owners lover! Scandalous! I wrote the play for my docudrama class in 2015, and it’s one of the scripts of which I am most proud. Fingers crossed it will find a home for its world premiere soon!

Popcorn Girl Hollins

Last but not least, I joined a theater company as a resident playwright in 2015 – SkyPilot Theatre Company. I’m excited about the possibilities of the company, so stay tuned for more about my work there.

Over the past two years at Hollins I’ve written over 2 dozen plays! Crazy! But I’m going to hold off on talking about them until I have news to report.

Take care!
Sean

APRIL/MAY PRODUCTIONS!

APRIL PRODUCTIONS:

THE ADVENTURES OF ROSE RED (SNOW WHITE’S LESS-FAMOUS SISTER)
First Circle Theater Company, Boonton, NJ
Illinois Lutheran School Gym, Crete, IL
Irons Junior High, Conroe, TX
Patriot Players, Jefferson City, MO
Bay Middle School, Bay Village, OH
DeLong Middle School, Eau Claire, WI

HORROR HIGH
Dunbar Magnet School, Mobile, AL
Dakota Prairie School District, Petersburg, ND
South Harrison High School, Lost Creek, WV

MAY PRODUCTIONS:

THE ADVENTURES OF ROSE RED (SNOW WHITE’S LESS-FAMOUS SISTER)
George Randell Primary EAST LONDON, South Africa
Wisconsin Lutheran School, Racine, WI
Klaus Hall, Racine, WI
St. Mary’s Academy, Winnipeg, MB Canada

BAD SUBSTITUTE
Lakota West High School, West Chester OH

DOUBLE TROUBLE ON THE PRAIRIE
Windsor High School Jaguar Troupe, Windsor CA

ELEVATOR GAMES
Parkway West Middle School, Chesterfield MO

EXPOSED! EIGHT 10-MINUTE TALES ABOUT WHAT REALLY HAPPENED
Blackford High School Theatre, Dunkirk IN
South Sioux City Community Schools, South Sioux City NE

HISTORICALLY BAD FIRST DATES
Mill Creek High School, Hoschton GA

THE RISE OF THE HOUSE OF USHER
Columbia High School, Burbank WA

FEBRUARY / MARCH productions!

FEBRUARY PRODUCTIONS:

ADVENTURES OF ROSE RED (SNOW WHITE’S LESS-FAMOUS SISTER)
Sartartia Middle School, Sugar Land, TX

ELEVATOR GAMES
Graettinger-Terril CSD, Graettinger IA
Stratford High School, Stratford WI
New Lisbon High School, New Lisbon WI
Chetek-Weyerhaeuser High School, Chetek WI

EXPOSED: EIGHT 10-MINUTE TALES ABOUT WHAT REALLY HAPPENED (with Mike Beyer, Amy Seeley and Jenny Kirkland-Laffey)
Greenville Middle School, Greenville AL

MARCH

ADVENTURES OF ROSE RED (SNOW WHITE’S LESS-FAMOUS SISTER):
Live Theatre Workshop, Tucson, AZ
DeSoto West Middle School, DeSoto, TX
Pflugerville Middle School, Pflugerville, TX
Browns Valley Middle School, Browns Valley, MN
Grace Co-op, Beaumont, TX

END OF THE WORLD (WITH PROM TO FOLLOW):
Churubusco Junior Senior High School, Churubusco, IN

EXPOSED! EIGHT 10-MINUTE TALES ABOUT WHAT REALLY HAPPENED:
Cache Middle School Drama Club, Cache OK
Tri-County School District, Jamesport MO

HORROR HIGH:
Thurgood Marshall School, Rockford IL

HORRIBLE SHAKESPEARE: A MINI-MUSICAL

Horrible ShakespeareMusical
Short, 30 minutes
21 either

A student field trip to Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre in London takes a horrible turn, literally, in HORRIBLE SHAKESPEARE: A MINI-MUSICAL. In this 30-minute musical, a nameless tour guide leads the students into the sub-sub-sub basement of the theater, which houses the Horrible Productions of Shakespeare’s Plays Museum. Each exhibit magically transports the tour group into the world of a truly wretched production of some of Shakespeare’s most famous works.

Click here to buy copies directly from Plays to Order! $5.00 acting editions also available!
Click here to read a free sample!
Click here to hear the music from the show!

NOVEMBER PRODUCTIONS

NOVEMBER PRODUCTIONS:

NOVEMBER 1:
THE ADVENTURES OF ROSE RED (SNOW WHITE’S LESS FAMOUS SISTER) – Primghar Community Playhouse and Sandburg Middle School Drama
HORROR HIGH – Hammond Central School, Hammond NY
DRACULA’S DAUGHTERS: A FAMILY COMEDY – Kankakee H.S., Kankakee IL

NOVEMBER 2:
ELEVATOR GAMES – Madrid Community Schools, Madrid IA

NOVEMBER 5:
EXPOSED! EIGHT 10-MINUTE TALES ABOUT WHAT REALLY HAPPENED – John Muir Middle School, Burbank IL

NOVEMBER 6:
HISTORICALLY BAD FIRST DATES – South Hills High School, Fort Worth TX and Briarwood Academy, Warrenton GA (Take state!)

NOVEMBER 20:
HISTORICALLY BAD FIRST DATES – Sacred Heart School, Falls City NE