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. It’s William Shakespeare’s 449th birthday! The website Happy Birthday Shakespeare is celebrating by having bloggers around the world post their thoughts on how Shakespeare has impacted their lives. “The Tempest” is one of my favorite Shakespeare plays. I’ve seen a couple of productions, I’ve seen a couple of movie adaptations, I even gave a […]

What is Steampunk?

October 22nd, 2012

. When I started writing CLOCKWORK ADORATION (which I consider an evening of short, interconnected Steampunk plays) I didn’t know what Steampunk was. And now, three years later, the classification is still a little muddy to me. From what I can piece together, Steampunk is a genre that originated in the 1980’s, but can be […]

. Because I know people have been clamoring for this information, here are (in my opinion) the ten best Stephen King film adaptations: Carrie (1976) Creepshow (1982) The Dead Zone (1983) Stand By Me (1986) Misery (1990) The Shawshank Redemption (1994) The Night Flier (1997) Riding the Bullet (2004) 1408 (2007) The Mist (2007) Honorable […]

Summer Apples

August 22nd, 2012

. Happy Birthday Ray Bradbury! Here’s a short play with Bradburian influences. — SUMMER APPLES By John Weagly (Lights up. A pick-your-own apple orchard. REBECCA and JENNIFER, both in their late-twenties, watch their children play.) REBECCA: Look at those kids go, weaving between the trees. JENNIFER: So much for coming to an apple orchard to […]

Strange Aeons & Free Hot Dogs

August 20th, 2012

. Happy Birthday H.P. Lovecraft! Here’s a short play about Cthulhu. Or about politics. Or about Hot dogs. — STRANGE AEONS AND FREE HOT DOGS By John Weagly (Lights up. A neighborhood block party. PHILIPA sits behind a table covered with pamphlets and other handouts. HESTER enters.) PHILIPA: Have you decided who you want to […]

Thoughts on Ray Bradbury

June 6th, 2012

. First off – I didn’t read him growing up like so many other geeks of my generation. I wasn’t influenced by him as a young mind. I read SOMETHING WICKED THIS WAY COMES and maybe a story or two, but that was it. For whatever reason, he didn’t quite stick. Then, in 2001, I […]

VISIBLE SOUL Interview

May 1st, 2012

The blog VISIBLE SOUL interviewed me for my upcoming production of “Purple Hearts and Missing Femurs” in New York. You can read it here. “Purple Hearts and Missing Femurs” opens this weekend as part of EBE Ensemble’s ELEPHANTS ON PARADE. It runs May 3 to May 12.

. Over at her blog, Patti Abbott is hosting John D. MacDonald Day in her weekly feature “Friday’s Forgotten Books.” I thought I’d write up a little something. I first encountered MacDonald in 1992 when I read THE EXECUTIONERS, the basis for both movie versions of CAPE FEAR. I liked it, but didn’t feel compelled […]

. Prolific mystery writer Donald Westlake (aka Richard Stark, aka Tucker Coe, aka Samuel Holt, aka Judson Jack Carmichael, aka several other pseudonyms, pen names and nom de plumes) died on New Year’s Eve 2008. His latest book, THE COMEDY IS FINISHED, will be published next Tuesday, February 21 by one of the best publishers […]

Favorite Woody Allen

June 18th, 2011

—– What a busy month for this writer! With a new short story collection out on Kindle, A BUCKET OF BOOBS, and 15 of my plays running (1 at the Ensemble Theatre of Chattanooga, 1 at Hobo Junction in Chicago and 13 in my evening TALES OF THE TWINKLING TWILIGHT at Raven Theatre in Chicago), […]

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