September 2009

Two Plays Added to the Eileen Heckart Archives at Ohio State University


A full-length play, THE LAST NIGHTS OF THE SUNSHINE SAGE CLUB, and a one-act play, THE NEXT MOVE, are now included in the Eileen Heckart Drama for Senior Archives at the Jerome Lawrence and Robert E. Lee Theatre Research Institute at Ohio State University. The Heckart Archives contains plays that include major senior characters (defined as people over 55) and/or address issues that pertain to seniors and is dedicated to the memory of stage and film actress, Eileen Heckart. (I had the privilege of seeing Ms. Heckart perform her final role, in the play, Waverly Gallery, at The Promenade Theater in New York.) The archives are non-circulating, but are included in worldwide databases.



August 2009

ALL IN THE FACULTY Presented at the Turtle Shell Theater 


A reading of the full-length play, ALL IN THE FACULTY was presented September 1, 2009 at the Turtle Shell Theater (4th floor, 300 W. 43rd Street). The cast of 9 included seven members of the Turtle Shell Theater’s Terrapin Troupe and two guest stars. In this play, Ned Jenkins seems within reach of achieving his life ambition to become a college professor, but this “golden boy” can’t help making romantic and political missteps that complicate his life and divide the whole campus in the process. Set on the bucolic campus of Humbert College in upstate New York, ALL IN THE FACULTY presents a faculty full of colorful characters that add up to something just short of a happy family. As Martha says in Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?, “It’s all in the faculty…. We’re a close-knit family here.’


Tony Neil

Kendall Zwillman

Bradley Reynolds

Luis De Amechazurra

Carol Lambert

Ashley Hearon

Joel Haberli

Tony Mirrcandani

Stephen Dexter



July 2009

THE CHURCH Published by Limestone

 http://http://limestonejournal.com/://limestonejournal.com/.com/A short http://limestonejournal.com/, THE CHURCH, was just published in the 2009 issue of Limestone, the journal of the University of Kentucky. In this story, a man finds himself looking in on an unusual congregation despite his intention never to set foot inside a church again.



June 2009

THE BEST PLACE WE’VE EVER LIVED Presented at Northern Writes Festival


A full-length play, THE BEST PLACE WE’VE EVER LIVED, was presented in a reading in Bangor, Maine at the Penobscot Theatre Company’s 3rd Annual Northern Writes New Play Festival Friday, June 26, 2009. The Best Place We’ve Ever Lived is an exploration of art, love, and family life in a violent world. In this fantasy play, one family and their clan evolve through the centuries. From ancient Mexico and eighteenth century Europe to present-day Scarsdale and a future time and place, they learn that there’s more to family life than conquests and migrations. But can this more enlightened future last?



March 2009

THE SESSION Nominated for the Pushcart Prize


THE SESSION, a one-act play, has been nominated for The Pushcart Prize by The Distillery, the journal that published it in January 2007. The Pushcart Prize - Best of the Small Presses series, published every year since 1976, is the most honored literary project in America. Hundreds of presses and thousands of writers of short stories, poetry and essays have been represented in the pages of their annual collections.



February 2009

Fowkes Admitted into Playwrights Platform


William Fowkes was admitted into the Turtle Shell Productions Playwrights Platform here in New York. Turtle Shell Productions is a theatrical organization of professional playwrights, directors, actors, and designers committed to producing works of superior quality. The Playwrights Platform provides its members with an opportunity to work on the development of their plays.