Saturday, March 25, 2017

Get to Know Playwright Leodis Smith

Leodis Smith is the author of the upcoming one-act play A Quick Trip to Happiness, available from Pinwheel Plays on April 3rd!

Playwright Leodis Smith
TEN QUESTIONS

1. Tell us about your play: My play is about a person struggling with questions about their purpose in life. It is a place that some of us go. We have doubt set in about what we should be doing. If we’re doing it the right way. And for others of us, it sometimes means asking if we just make everything worse by existing.

2. Who is your favorite character from your play and why? I like all of them. But I do love the phone in my play. I think I love it because being a millennial, there is this idea that we are always in our phones because we’re vain or selfish. And I have always been under the belief that you don’t quite know where someone is in life. I think there is something to having the most empathetic and emotionally expressive thing be this inanimate object.

3. What is your favorite scene/moment in the play and why? I love the moment where it becomes apparent that Jesse is might try to kill himself. It happens right when the mind mentions actors. And it was this moment I personally had at one point in life right after work. But it’s also always been the moment where people see it and realize, “Oh no. This is actually getting serious.”

A Quick Trip to Happiness
will be available April 3rd.
4. Give us an interesting fun fact about your play: The most interesting I can think of is that I have known at least one person that says the lines that the phone says.

5. Tell us a bit about yourself: I’m a bit too self serious, for starters. But I can take jokes if they’re funny enough. I spend a lot of life in headphones. I like really biting comedy. George Carlin and Chris Rock type comedy. I’m an extrovert. It doesn’t always seem like it but if you give me the right topic, you realize how much I can talk.

6. What’s next? What can we expect from you in the future? I’m working on a few things. A musical that’s in rough draft form. I’m reading a lot of books and getting a lot of advice. Because everyone needs advice. Another play I’m in the editing stage with. You can expect me to mostly be on the satirical end of any subject with sharp teeth. I like to bite.

7. What play are you reading now? I was recently reading “The Mountain Top” by Katori Hall.

8. Do you see writing as a career? I would hope so. But it is also this really fun thing for me. I write. I show it to people. I make changes. I present it. It’s this constant journey I always get to go on.

9. What is the hardest part of your writing process? Starting. Because ideas come to me. But it may take a long time for them to make sense. Or they come to me and make sense right away.

Playwright Neil LaBute
10. What playwright has inspired you the most? I love Neil LaBute. Reasons to Be Pretty was one of the big ones I saw in high school. And he has never been afraid to hit. Even when it causes him controversy. I think that in particular is an important trait to have in a world that is always trying to make sure you shut up and be complacent.


THIS OR THAT?

Sing or Dance? 
Both but Singing

Chocolate or Vanilla? 
Vanilla.

Mashed Potatoes or French Fries? 
Fries for the win.

Comedy or Drama? 
Comedy.

Go Out or Stay In? 
Both but going out is nice.

Fantasy or Reality? 
Reality

Call or Text? 
Both. Calls for emergency and text for “Eh. I can do it later, but just so you know…”

Summer or Winter? 
Winter for the fashion.

Coffee or Tea?
Tea.

eBook or Paperback? 
Paperback.

Wednesday, March 1, 2017

Get to Know Playwright Cruz Frankie Gracia

Cruz Frankie Garcia is the author of the upcoming one-act play I'll Keep Coming, available from Pinwheel Plays on April 3rd!

Playwright Cruz Frankie Garcia
TEN QUESTIONS

1. Tell us about your play: I’ll Keep Coming focuses on the struggles of grief. The thoughts and ideas that come to mind after someone very close and near has suddenly committed suicide, and how to live with those thoughts and ideas.

2. Who is your favorite character from your play and why?
Corban. He is a tortured character, and someone very real dealing with an unthinkable situation.

3. What is your favorite scene/moment in the play and why?
The ending has to be my favorite. It’s such a sad, terrible realization, but at the same time it is a beautiful and bittersweet moment. It sums up the tone and feeling of the entire play in one amazing moment.

I'll Keep Coming will be
available April 3rd
4. Give us an interesting fun fact about your play:
My goal was to write Leland’s lines in such a way that he’s singing to Corban. Like an angel comforting a grieving soul, humming its quiet lullaby.

5. Tell us a bit about yourself:
Ever since I was a little kid, I’ve always wanted to tell stories. At first it was through my action figures with a small camera. It grew into writing these stories, and it fueled my other passion for film making.

6. What’s next? What can we expect from you in the future?
Some short films, screenplays, and of course plays are definitely coming soon. More hard hitting, and emotionally drawn stories, as there are more stories to tell. I’m also playing with a few comedies in the same vein as those stories.

7. What play are you reading now?
The Mountaintop by Katori Hall. It’s a beautiful story that really humanizes Martin Luther King Jr.

8. Do you see writing as a career?
I do. I see it as something I was always meant for, and something that I’ll need to work very hard at.

9. What is the hardest part of your writing process?
Starting anything is always a struggle. I usually have to motivate myself and suffer until that feeling of “getting started” is gone. Once that feeling is gone, the story grows and becomes an addiction. Something I can’t quit till it’s finished.

Playwright Katori Hall
10. What playwright has inspired you the most?
Katori Hall. I love her work, and her message to young playwrights and storytellers. Telling us it’s okay to work harder and shout louder than older playwrights, as it will give us an edge many people don’t have getting into this business. That we should work harder that our superiors, so we can surpass them.





THIS OR THAT?

Sing or Dance?
Dance!

Chocolate or Vanilla?
Vanilla.

Mashed Potatoes or French Fries?
I couldn’t live without French Fries.

Comedy or Drama?
Comedy.

Go Out or Stay In?
Go out.

Fantasy or Reality?
Reality is way more interesting.

Call or Text?
Text.

Summer or Winter?
Summer, being cold isn’t fun.

Coffee or Tea?
Coffee for sure.

eBook or Paperback?
Paperback, I don’t own a single eBook.

Wednesday, December 21, 2016

A Quick Trip to Happiness by Leodis Smith

Playwright Leodis Smith
Pinwheel Plays is pleased to announce the upcoming publication of the one-act play A Quick Trip to Happiness, written by Leodis Smith.

About the Play: Jesse Malcombson is a young man/woman who deals with constant feelings of not being good enough, feeling like a burden, and wondering if he/she will ever get anywhere. Making it worse is his/her mind, who constantly feeds these thoughts to Jesse at the loudest possible volume. Jesse's only escape is to check in with his/her phone in order to keep him/her from ending it all together. This powerful and thought-provoking play features roles for 3 actors.

A Quick Trip to Happiness will be available on April 3rd.

About the Playwright: Leodis Smith is an actor and playwright. He can be seen in the upcoming web television series Drama Queens as Fletcher Ellis. He would like to thank everyone of his friends, teachers, and family members that have encouraged him to push on.


Thursday, October 27, 2016

New Release! Somebody's Baby by David-Matthew Barnes

Pinwheel Plays is pleased to announce the publication of the award-winning play Somebody's Baby, written by David-Matthew Barnes.

Winner of the Elly Award for Best Original Script. This riveting teen drama takes place on a rainy Friday night in Chicago in 1997. Escaping a near date-rape situation, sixteen-year-old Tabitha stumbles into a coffee shop where she meets William, a young man who is dying of AIDS and has been abandoned by all of those he has known and loved. As a result of their chance meeting, Tabitha and William question their beliefs in God, themselves, and the world around them. Both young lives are deeply affected by a waitress named Milvia, who has a story and a dream of her own. Somebody's Baby is a powerful drama for young actors that explores a very important subject. The world premiere of this play received three Elly Award nominations from the Sacramento Regional Theatre Alliance. It has since been performed across the country.

Read an excerpt from the script.

Purchase Somebody's Baby.

Chad Stalzer and Melita Ann Sagar in the world premiere
of Somebody's Baby, written by David-Matthew Barnes.

Chad Stalzer, Melita Ann Sagar, and Trish DeBaun in
the award-winning world premiere of Somebody's Baby.

The cast of the Australian premiere of Somebody's Baby.



Monday, October 17, 2016

PLAY OF THE DAY: Trixie's Last Date with the Boogeyman


Trixie's Last Date with the Boogeyman
by David-Matthew Barnes

Characters: 2 females, 1 male. All characters are in their 20's.
Genre: Comedy
Set: A sandwich and ice cream shop in a quiet corner of a beach-side boardwalk.
Rating: This play contains adult language and mature themes and is not suitable for younger audiences.
Production Highlights: This play received a world premiere at Oglethorpe University in Atlanta. This play received a New York premiere at The Producer's Club. It has been performed at colleges around the country.
Story: A Southern belle named Trixie Howard is forced to survive a date from Hell in a desperate attempt to no longer be single.
Preview: Read an excerpt from this script.

Information about producing Trixie's Last Date with the Boogeyman can be found here.

Friday, October 14, 2016

Coming Soon: Twenty-Five: A Collection of Plays by David-Matthew Barnes

Pinwheel Plays is pleased to announce the upcoming publication of Twenty-Five: A Collection of Plays by David-Matthew Barnes. This career-encompassing collection will be available in paperback and eBook next month.


























Twenty-Five: A Collection of Plays

The Scripts

1. Baby in the Basement (1f; 1m; drama; teen)
2. Boxcar (2m; teen; drama; LGBT)
3. The Clutch (1f; 1m; seriocomic)
4. Deena and the Dino Mights (2f; 2m; parody/comedy)
5. Defenseless (2m; teen; drama; LGBT; Latino)
6. Hour Glass (1f; 1m; drama)
7. I Ate Lunch Alone Today (2f; 2m; drama)
8. It's a Pleasure to Be Sad (1f; 1m; drama)
9. Johnny Ramirez Really Wants to Kiss Me (2m; seriocomic; teen; LGBT; award-winning; Latino)
10. Just Before the Drop (1f; 1m; drama)
11. Last Dance (2m; teen; seriocomic; LGBT)
12. Let's Not Confuse the Situation (1f; 1m; seriocomic)
13. No Boys Allowed (4f; teen; drama; multicultural)
14. Number 76 (1f; 1m; teen; drama; Latino)
15. Punch Bowl (2f; 1m; teen; comedy)
16. Relocations (2f; seriocomic; LGBT)
17. A Rum Cake for Rita (2f; drama; African-American)
18. The Seventh of August (1f; 1m; seriocomic)
19. The Snack Queens (5f; comedy) - New!
20. Stay (4f; 2m; teen; seriocomic; Southern)
21. Tagged (3f; teen; drama; African-American) - New!
22. Taking Off (2f; seriocomic)
23. That Bitch Brenda Stole My Lip Gloss (and I Want it Back) (2f; seriocomic; teen; LGBT)
24. Threnody (1f; 1m; drama; award-winning)
25. Trixie's Last Date with the Boogey Man (2f; 1m; comedy)

Monday, June 27, 2016

New Release! Hour Glass: A One-Act Play by David-Matthew Barnes

A One-Act Play by David-Matthew Barnes

Story: Hayden and Persephone Caulwell have been married for twenty-two years. Constantly referred to as “the perfect couple”, Hayden and Persephone have found themselves hiding the discord in their marriage from their family and friends. After a dinner party, they engage in a volatile confrontation, as years of affairs, secrets and emotions begin to surface. Realizing that their marriage has ended, husband and wife lash out at each other until the dining room – and their lives – are left in shards. With a shock twist of an ending, the final moments of Hour Glass will leave audiences riveted. Inspired equally by the short story Bliss by Katherine Mansfield and the Greek myth of Persephone.

Gillian Klette and Henny Greyvenstein in
the South Africa premiere of HOUR GLASS
Characters: 1 female, 1 male. Both characters are in their early 40's.
Genre: Drama
Length: One-Act Play/15 Minutes
Set: The dining room of an expensive home.
Rating: This play contains adult language and themes.
Production Highlights: This play received a world premiere at the 13th Street Repertory in New York City as an official selection for Where Theatre Starts. Official selection for the Johannesburg One-Act Drama Festival in South Africa.
Featured In: Deuces: Stage Plays for Two Actors.
Purchase: Purchase a copy of this script here
Formats: Available in multiple formats by request
Kindle: This title is also available on Kindle.
Goodreads: Add this title to your shelf on Goodreads
Preview: Read an excerpt from the script

From the world premiere of HOUR GLASS
starring Kent Igleheart and Karen Head

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