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. Raven Theatre, where I’m lucky enough to be employed, is currently doing The House of Blue Leaves by John Guare.  I’ve long enjoyed Guare’s work, so I wrote up an appreciation of him for a Raven e-blast.  We weren’t able to use my musings, but I thought I might share them here. So here […]

Night of the Toad Lickers

March 22nd, 2016

Once upon a time, in the old millennium, I lived with world-renowned playwright Greg Owens in a run-down house that was the first site of Planned Parenthood in Bloomington, Indiana. During that memorable year, Greg wrote a play about licking toads. Now, over 20 years later, here is that play recorded by me and a […]

Are You Famous, Yet? Podcast

February 8th, 2016

. The wonderful people at the wonderful “Are You Famous, Yet?” podcast were wonderful enough to have me on as a guest. You can listen to me talk about my writing career and a bunch of other stuff. You can find the podcast here. Check it out! .

Books For Sale

February 7th, 2016

. Did you know I have books for sale at Amazon.com?   VELVET WHISPERS IN THE CROSSFIRE NIGHT Men and women. Love and betrayal. Lies and promises. Laughter and tears. When men and women meet, revelation can’t be far behind. And when they go their separate ways, catastrophe is close-at-hand. Sometimes dark, sometimes funny, sometimes […]

It’s January 31st – You all know what that means! It’s National Gorilla Suit Day!!! To commemorate this special holiday, I’ve written a short play. Enjoy! (This piece debuted at Dandelion Theatre’s THE MAKE READY on August 11, 2015) GORILLAS IN THE DRIZZLE by John Weagly (Lights up. PETUNIA works at her desk. The desk […]

R.I.P. David Bowie

January 11th, 2016

. I doubt there’s any living artist in any medium that hasn’t been influenced by David Bowie (whether they know it or not). For myself, on a Sunday night in August of 2009 I watched and episode of MAD MEN followed by Nicolas Roeg’s 1976 film THE MAN WHO FELL TO EARTH, which starred David […]

Knife Fight on Christmas Avenue

December 21st, 2015

. My short story “Knife Fight on Christmas Avenue” is available today at the terrific web-zine SHOTGUN HONEY. A very wise man gave me the best compliment in the world when he said my title sounded like a Tom Waits song. So here’s a Tom Waits Christmas song.

Sweet Dreams

August 31st, 2015

When I first saw A Nightmare on Elm Street, I had no idea what to expect. I hadn’t heard anything about it, I don’t think I’d even seen any previews. What hit me between the eyes on that Friday night in November of 1984 was simply glorious. I’d been fascinated by dreams and the idea […]

. Cranky Rant Time – Last Sunday Mary and I saw a very fine production of THE ADDAMS FAMILY musical at the Mercury Theater here in Chicago. The production was excellent, the only problem I had was with the program. -There were no bios for the playwrights (Marshall Brickman & Rick Elice) and composer/lyricist  (Andrew […]

The Best Movies I Saw In 2014

January 4th, 2015

Here’s my “Best Of” movie list for 2014. These are movies that I enjoyed that I saw for the first time during last year. In order of their release into the world: La Grande Illusion, 1937 Red River, 1948 Wagon Master, 1950 Hatari!, 1962 Ninja III: The Domination, 1984 Crossroads, 1986 The Loved Ones, 2009 […]

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