Tonight an excerpt of my play “Few Thy Voice” was read at The Shawnee Playhouse in Shawnee-On-Delaware, PA as a top finalist in the Shawnee Original Playwrights Series (SOPS).
I’m sorry to say that I was unable to attend the actual reading due to the long distance between me (Connecticut) and the playhouse (Pennsylvania) – but I was wishing them well from afar!!
I will keep my fingers crossed for the contest results – but I am very grateful to Shawnee Playhouse for hosting the reading and for sending me some feedback written by people on their ballots, such as:
- witty dialog
- good plot
- lots of humorous lines
- was interested to hear more
- liked the opening
Thanks, Shawnee Playhouse!
My new drama “Few Thy Voice” has been chosen as a finalist in the Shawnee Original Playwright Series (SOPS) sponsored by The Shawnee Playhouse!
The Shawnee Playhouse is a community theater in Pennsylvania whose mission is “to provide entertainment and educational benefit to residents and visitors of Shawnee on Delaware, Pennsylvania.” The group was founded in 1904 and is unique among community theaters in that it explicitly supports and cultivates original work from upcoming playwrights.
Excerpts from “Few Thy Voice” will be read by actors at the playhouse on March 7 at 7pm in front of a live audience! Audiences will vote on the plays presented (17 in total) and the top-rated plays will be produced by the playhouse.
I finished today a draft of my new play – “Few Thy Voice” – which is my first foray into the Hitchcockian realm of drama.
“Few Thy Voice” concerns a former movie actress, of delicate mental state, whose guilt at the abandonment of her now-deceased father leads her to take care of elderly, senile men abandoned by their families in rundown nursing homes. A guilt-ridden, well-meaning husband, coupled with a sleazy nursing home proprietor and a rather brutal, well-face-lifted social-climber, enable the actress’s caretaking needs to be met. The story quickly turns more than eerie, however, when the newest fatherly focus of the actress’s affection begins to reveal a story of murder in his family – but is his ranting the liberating cry of a male Cassandra or an invention on the part of his mentally delicate caretaker?
The play requires only six actors (4 men, 2 women) and takes place in only two locations – neither of which requires a tremendous emphasis on the set. The play also presents a diverse range of character roles, as well as racial and, in some cases, age flexibility in the casting.
You can check here for a script sample from the early part of the play!
The title comes from this line in “Hamlet,” courtesy of Polonius:
Give every man thy ear but few thy voice.
Take each man’s censure but reserve thy judgment.