Notes from a Wandering Laptop

Week of April 17, 2016

Coming Up...

"Mistletoe #1" to be published!

Mistletoe #1 is slated to be part of Smith and Kraus publishers' upcoming anthology "105 Five-Minute Plays for Study and Performance," due out August 2016.  Along with Mistletoe #2 through #4, and Pitching Christmas #1 through #3, Mistletoe #1 was part of Little Lifeboats' 2015 holiday show "I Never Eat December Snowflakes."  (All of which reminds me, I need to upload those scripts to this website.  And hey, if you're planning ahead and looking for some holiday shorts, all of the Mistletoe and Pitching Christmas scripts are part of my Short Plays Volume 4)

20 Years of Plays In the Twin Cities

Polishing up my bio and compiling a list of produced works to be part of Smith and Kraus' Online Author Database, I was reminded of the fact that this month is the 20th anniversary of my very first production in Minneapolis - Heave and Home.  (My mother jokingly refers to the script as her first grandchild.) If that play were an actual child, it is already old enough to drive and vote, and is almost old enough to drink.  Yikes. (You can find it in eBook or paperback form here.)

Theater Reviews

Reviews for shows currently running: Classical Actors Ensemble's latest Shakespeare double feature of Julius Caesar (GREAT!) and Macbeth (less so) (see link above, or to the right here - it's not sticking to the titles tonight for some reason as I do these updates) - running in rep through May 1. Reviews to roll out shortly for Theatre Coup d'Etat's first Fight Night outing, and Walking Shadow's co-production of Workhaus Collective's final show Lasso of Truth. Other recent reviews for past shows include: Nautilus Music Theater's The Fantasticks, Billy Mullaney's Semester Project, Lecture 1; Open Window Theatre's Everyman, Savage Umbrella's June, Walking Shadow's The Aliens, Sheep Theater's Tamburlaine, and Small Art's You Bring The Party.

"TV Boyfriend" part of the 5th Annual T.E.A.S.E. showcase for new plays, July 8th

T.E.A.S.E. (The Easy Access Script Experience) is Little Lifeboats' way of connecting local new plays and playwrights with local theaters that produce new work.  I'm grateful to have been part of the process from the beginning (with scenes from How To Date A Werewolf, Heaven and Home, The Hopes and Fears of All The Years, and Love's Prick getting showcased in the first four years). This year, they've decided to include a scene from TV Boyfriend (which I still need to load on the site here).  My director will be Chris Garza. Still waiting to hear about who my actors will be, but I'm using the July 8th date of the showcase as a deadline for creating a full, new second draft, building on all the things I learned in the recent reading for Workhouse Theatre's Greenhouse Project in February.  You can follow what is now 90 days of rewrites on my Twitter feed at


I'm signed up for the next Whiskey Junction showcase on Saturday, May 14th, another song in the offing.  Lots of practice needed.  Working up a creepy cover version of Britney Spears' "Baby One More Time" and a more straighforward cover of Mary Chapin-Carpenter's song "Never Had It So Good" (which I was just rudely reminded came out in 1989, so, I'm old). Also trying to keep all the previous songs in play, do some exercises to improve my finger dexterity. My teacher keeps hinting that the next step is actually putting together a set of songs for an open mic.  We shall see.  Gotta sit in on a few open mics first to get a feel for them.

Fringe Blogging

Still need to do my homework on the listings of the lucky artists whose ping pong balls were selected for one of the 170 performance slots in the upcoming 2016 Minnesota Fringe Festival.   Which combination of old favorites and newbies will be among the four dozen shows to make the cut for my schedule and Mom's during her annual August theater pilgrimage.

© Matthew A Everett