Secret of the Warlock's Crypt on Goodreads

Secret of the Warlock’s Crypt on Goodreads

Cryptic drawings, maps, strange symbols. This is what twelve-year-old Mike Hilliard discovers as he investigates the long-dead, ruthless millionaire Titus Morley. As these strange symbols and drawings hover in his dreams, Mike rambles through the listless Cleveland Heights summer with Billy Hayworth, a photography intern at the Western Reserve Historical Society, where Mike’s uncle, Robert “Otto” Hilliard is an historian.

After his death in an 1872 refinery explosion, Titus Morley’s treasure trove of rare grimoires and ancient masks disappeared. Could the drawings and maps provide clues? Mike and Billy are determined to find out.

But after rambling through a nearby cemetery at midnight, Mike’s confidence is shaken, Billy is not the same, and a soul-stirring horror has been awakened.

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Shmokee by Joe Park

Shmokee by Joe Park

Just finished my first :10 minute play for the project. I was given the prompt of Shmokee (two elephants smoking) by Joe Park. Playwrights receive their prompt in dramatic fashion like choosing lots and then raising the prompt high for all in attendance to view. In addition to the prompt, the play must have a tool used incorrectly, a character who finds something, and a character who curses something.

I’m working with Gregg Ashbrook II, and Lynda and Andrew Santa. In discussions with them I learned that Gregg likes characters with “rough edges”, Lynda wanted to play an “evil mastermind” and Andrew a “lazy, toady.” All this combined lead to rather surreal short play I named “Spare Room” involving a construction worker and a entranced/distracted serial murderer and her assistant. To see the short, come to the May 6 Manhattan Project event at Mahalls.

Had my ten minute play Anima Animus workshopped online last night. You can hear the reading or download the script at Also, if you’re a playwright and have a :10 minute play lying around you might consider joining in.

The process was fairly painless: a quick download and login of gotomeeting, a bit of an interview/introduction to get things started, and then off we went. Like other of the readings I’ve listened to there were technical glitches, this time in the vein of one reader’s computer crashing. Other times it has been connectivity issues. Nevertheless, I think Jen Whiting has really hit upon something that can and should be pursued: online readings.

Anima Animus is a play that I have not heard before. I doubt that I would have pursued having it read had this opportunity not presented itself. Now that I have heard it, even under less than ideal conditions, I will pursue getting this piece staged somewhere, and even have the idea of staging it three times in a row with the characters all switching roles after the play “re-sets.”

Come and check out the staged reading of my play Andrew Jackson ate my Homework: a racial farce at Cleveland Public Theatre. My play is a part of Springboard and shares a bill with Art and Werewolves. Thursday October 20 and Saturday October 22 starting at 7:00pm. Should be a good time, but I won’t guarantee it.

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MFA thesis play is a wrap. I’ll go backwards in the next several days and fill in some blanks in the posts. Many thanks to Cleveland Public Theatre: Raymond Bobgan, Mike Geither, Michael Roesch, Lindsay Carter, Alison Garrigan, James Kosmatka, Claire Robinson May, and WITHOUT a doubt Brian Zoldessy and Jarod Witkowski, who helped keep me sane during the process; and, of course, to the whole cast who worked tirelessly to get the play on its feet.

The NEOMFA Festival, and Patterns, got a mention in the March 2011 American Theatre magazine (News and Info section), so if you get it, check it out.

Met with the KCACTF representative today after the curtain. Then struck the set.

Good (quick) run. Look forward to what’s next. For more information please see my blog.