Manus Dei

Relationships can be based upon many things, such as: physical attraction, mutual interest, financial expediency, but, as Manus Dei illustrates, they can also be based upon the flightiest of things.

Manus Dei

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Manus Dei will be performed at the CulutralDC Source Festival

June 5-29

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There's Still Time

Walt Becker will tell you that he has one foot in the grave and the other on a banana peel. To make matters worse, he feels that his seven decades of life have been meaningless. He’s decided he will change that by doing something memorable. What can a seventy-plus year old do that is memorable? Standup comedy, of course. His wife and adult daughter whose lives have both recently taken emotional hits aren’t laughing when he tells them his plan. More stress and disappointment are the last things they need. Nevertheless, they soon come to rally behind him, not only because he is funny as hell, but because his zany new profession reinvigorates their lives, as well.

There's Still Time

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Pigs Do Fly Productions Presents NO FEAR OF FLYING! at Andrews Living Arts

Andrews Living Arts Center in Fort Lauderdale, FL is perfoming There's Still Time

May 7-31

There's Still Time was debuted at Pigs Do Fly Productions in Coral Gables FL on January 25 2015.

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The Promise

The rest of Mary Becker's life was going to be great. She had earned it. The business Mary and her husband (mostly, she) had worked so hard to build was thriving; her daughters had grown into independent young women, and her marriage of twenty plus years was on solid footing. And then capricious Fate spun her wheel. Mary's husband divorced her to put a trophy wife (formerly his personal trainer) on his arm and in his bed. Naturally, Mary is devastated. It is a tragic story, but unfortunately, one that is not that uncommon. This is where the play begins. THE PROMISE shows us that Fate always has one more spin in her wheel.

The Promise debuted at the 2012 Pittsburgh New Works Festival. Smith and Kraus Publishers have selected it to appear in their anthology, The Best Ten-Minute Plays of 2013.

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The Promise will be performed at the Kent Denver School's One-Act Play Festival in Englewood, Colorado.

The festival is one night.
May 1

Peaks and Valleys

Three struggling waitresses in a struggling East Texas diner learn that humor, tenacity, and loyal friends are what they need to navigate through the valleys of life to get to its peaks.

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"Peaks And Valleys", by playwright Jeffrey Strausser, is a sassy and tender success. His main characters, three women working in a diner, are fulfilling and dimensional, with lines that are true and zing with humor and honesty. Actors Cheryl Tanner, Malinda L. Beckham, and Autumn Woods inhabit their characters with ease and connection. David Cleveland plays a funny diner cook, and Daniel Ewetuya's character (Frank Thomas) adds an interesting climax to the play. This play was extremely well-directed by Tyrrell Woolbert.

Autumn Woods, David Cleveland,
Cheryl tanner, and Malinda L. Beckham
in Peaks And Valleys

Autumn Woods, David Cleveland, Cheryl tanner, and Malinda L. Beckham in "Peaks And Valleys"

Somewhere Else Dreams

Ashlee Martin, a young waitress at the All American Diner in the town of Jacksonville, located in the heart of east Texas, dreams of finding a better life somewhere else. Yet, fate holds her at the diner just a little longer so the cast of zany characters that include a nursing home escapee, a used lawnmower peddler, a welder who insists on telling corny jokes and a yokel who might have won the lottery can unwittingly create a hilarious chain of events that show Ashlee her "better life" was always right in Jacksonville.

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Mason County Eastern High School Custer MI is performing Somewhere Else Dreams in the

Third Week of March 2015

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Bethlehem Central Middle School Delmar NY is performing Somewhere Else Dreams in the

First Week of May 2015

Somewhere Else Dreamswas first performed by the Lufkin High School drama department in November 2008. Since the play's debut, high school and middle schools from South Dakota to New York to Alabama have produced the popular comedy. Somewhere Else Dreams is published by Brooklyn Publishers.

The Decorator

Set in an upscale metropolitan suburb, the play chronicles how Amanda Hartman, a vixen designer, has added a new meaning to "full service interior design." As a way to avenge the hurt from her husband's infidelity, Amanda convinces and cajoles other wives, disgruntled with their own Ward Cleaver-like husbands, to hire her to remodel their lives. Amanda has created the perfect scheme to grow her business, provide her clients their life makeovers, and feed her obsession for revenge.

Review
'Decorator' is a Real Killer
By Deborah Martin from the San Antonio Express

Sure, re-doing the living room can help end a slump. But what if an interior designer offered more comprehensive services? What if she would, say, get rid of both the hideous curtains you've never liked and the husband you've grown to despise?

That's what happens in "The Decorator," playwright Jeffrey Strausser's dark comedy, currently receiving its world premiere at the Overtime Theater.

The show, skillfully directed by Matthew Byron Cassi, follows decorator Amanda Hartman (Renee Garvens) as she works on a couple of accounts. Overworked mom Sarah Strickland (Christie Beckham) is completely up for a life re-hab; her pal Barbara Terry (Morgan Scharff, who also did a bang-up job with the costumes) needs some convincing.

Garvens strikes precisely the right notes as an alpha female who is fully committed to her work. The scene in which she dispatches the guy she's been sleeping with is quite the showstopper — Garvens does full-on unhinged spectacularly well.

Beckham and Scharff give strong performances, as well. And Cary Farrow IV and Alexander Berkowitz make the most of their small roles as carpet delivery guys — Berkowitz's laugh-out-loud delivery of one line in particular deservedly brought the house down Saturday.

A couple of really funny commercials, made by Bryan Ortiz, pop up in the piece — a nice touch.

The show builds to a deeply twisted final scene that's a lot of fun.

Last Stop for the A-Train

Al Trainor hates selling cars. The former high school football star can only dream about what might have been – an exciting college football stint filled with glory and girls, and then on to a lucrative professional career. Unfortunately, a fateful knee injury ended his dream. And fate has more cards to play. The man whom Al holds responsible for his life-changing injury, Parker Robinson, his high school football coach, is walking into the dealership. Propelled in large part by Al's gridiron greatness four years ago, Parker Robinson's career has rocketed skyward. Robinson has just signed a multi-year contract to coach the city's professional football team. Now he and his new lady friend are going to spend some of his new wealth. Catalyzed by a cast of unusual characters, the confrontation between player and coach is emotional, action-packed, and unpredictable.

Last Stop for the A-Train is published by Eldrige Plays.

Family Matters

Nagged by a sense of duty, Katherine, Stephen and Jessica plan to surprise their parents with a fiftieth wedding anniversary party. This burden serves to spotlight the problems coursing through their haphazard lives—big sister Katherine is mired in a floundering marriage; unemployed Stephen is a starving poet (this week); and little sister Jessica, a career minimum wage earner, is drowning in debt as she proudly lives beyond her means. The party starts early, however, when their off-the-wall parents, one of whom is practicing to be a standup comic and the other wants to escape to Paris, unleash a surprise of their own on their directionless children. Adding to this cauldron of bubbling chaos, Katherine's self-absorbed husband and her angst- ridden daughter toss in their issues to blaze a hilarious path to an important life lesson.

The one act play, Family Matters, debuted in April, 2011 in Houston Texas at the Upstage Theatre's 2nd Annual Festival of Comedy.

The Last Prejudice

Break up the big banks! Take back our government! With only two weeks left until the election, young and politically inexperienced Amanda Peters is pulling away in the polls from the entrenched Congressional incumbent, Charles Bonner, a political animal bought and paid for by the financial industry.

To be sure, Amanda has travelled an unusual path. After picking up the torch for her candidate husband who was killed in a mysterious and unsolved street mugging, the grieving (and pregnant) is determined to win a seat in the House so she can continue her and Phil’s quest to fulfill their grassroots movement’s mandate for sweeping financial industry regulation and empowerment of the citizenry. Now the crusading young idealist is poised to advance the movement from the streets and coffee shops to the halls of Congress.

But everyone has secrets. Even crusading young idealists.

Things turn nasty when Amanda’s powerful enemies threaten to reveal her unusual secret, dragging with them unlikely allies. Our crusader must confront the truth about herself, her closest supporters, and the citizenry she has championed. It’s no longer just about a Congressional election; it’s about how we identify with one another as fellow citizens and as human beings. The Last Prejudice has a lot to say about what’s happened to politics in this country.

The Last Prejudice was performed by the Country Playhouse in Houston Texas as part of their 2013 New Play Reading Series.