Ellen’s Honored

26 December, 2013 Theater No comments
Ellen’s Honored

I can’t quite believe this, but the humble staged reading of my very first play, Ellen’s Undone, in the SF Olympians Festival made Marissa Skudlarek’s list of 2013’s Most Memorable Theater Moments on the San Francisco Theater Pub blog! I’m amazed and honored. But it’s really a testament to the great work that director Mina Morita and actors Maggie Mason and Armando McClain did in bringing my talky script to life. Not a bad end to a dizzying experience.

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Richard in Thirds

Richard in Thirds

William Shakespeare wrote plays about all the other Richards that served as kings of England, and even wrote trilogies about a couple of Henrys, but Richard the First, called the Lionheart? Forget it. The bard was more interested in the troubled reign of Good King Richard’s little brother, King John (who, full disclosure, is supposedly my 26th-great-grandfather–oh, how the mighty have fallen). Heck, there are even a couple plays about the Lionheart’s father, Henry II, though those came much later (James Goldman’s The Lion in Winter and Jean Anouilh’s Becket). Richard, meanwhile, has been reduced to that guy who comes riding in at the end of many versions of Robin Hood, though he’s in The Lion in Winter too.

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