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Trains and Planes



James O'Leary


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April 11: We had a great “Trains and Planes” show on April 9… thank you to everyone who was a part of it: writers, actors, directors, production staff, and the audience. In addition to the moving, dramatic and sometimes funny plays and stories, we were also treated to our youngest audience member ever (a guest of Doug and Bethany), and MaryAnn joined our 7-Night Stander club. 

Up next is our June 11 show: “One Night Stand with David Brandl.” Every two years we do a playwright showcase featuring one of our favorite local writers. This year, Dave (who has done many, many ONS shows and provided the train songs for “Trains and Planes”) will see his dramatic and comedic works featured on our stage. While we’re preparing the Brandl show, we’ll also be prepping our “Tales of America,” featuring American history, mystery and gossip, for August 6. If you are a writer/playwright and want to submit a story, play or poem for “Tales of America,” you can send your work by June 26.

April 7: The rehearsals for “Trains and Planes” have ended and we’re ready to land on the runway (or pull into the station) on Sunday night. We hope you can join us for these plays, stories and songs that take us on sentimental journeys of the heart and dark trips of the soul, from Colorado to Italy, and from Gate 12 of an international airport to a ghost train in Niagara Falls. Here are quotes from two of the plays we’ll be presenting: 

“The streetlights are coming on and I’m moving from one pool of light to another; in between, looking up at the stars coming out. Just striding down the streets, all gleaming, my shadow growing and shrinking, growing and shrinking. I could have walked all night. – After the Rain by Julie Excell 

“Then the headlight of a train pierced the thick darkness. It gleamed blue-white in the strange black fog, and when it appeared, the rails brightened in response. A huge steam-engine draped in black crepe approached, stacks bellowing forth a steady stream of smoke.” – Ghost Trains by S. E. Schlosser

April 1: We’ve completed our first week of rehearsals for “Trains and Planes.” Thanks to the actors and directors (and Red Rocks Community College) for making that week successful and enjoyable! Here are more quotes from the upcoming show’s short stories and plays:

 “There’s nothing like the smell of a long-distance train. Slightly acrid, three parts leather, one part cigarette, with a soupçon of cologne and booze wafting in the air, you step into a world apart from the mundane.” – Train Story by Leslie Lewis

 “We spent the whole day wandering among the Cessnas, Pipers, and Beechcraft, each tethered like a captive pterodactyl to a metal ring submerged in solid concrete.” – Tango Oscar Mike by Beth Foster

 “The trick is not to care. Carpe Diem, right? That’s where we’re at—carping the diem.” – Escape to Wonderland by Patrick Gabridge

March 22: We are happy to announce the cast of our next show: Joining our “Trains and Planes” jaunt are One Night Stand Theater veterans MaryAnn Amari, Erin Bell, David Brandl, James Crapes, Emily Gomes, Hilarie Nelson and Doug Tisdale, and newcomers Joi Hiatt and Lauren Russell. Rehearsals begin soon with directors Tami Canaday, Cindy Hall, Brenda Hoskins and myself. Here are some lines from two of the plays we’ll be presenting at the April 9 show: 

“She told me to think of my writing career as an airport. To be successful, you must have something boarding, departing, landing and taking off simultaneously.” – Taking Off by David-Matthew Barnes 

“Have I just been compared to a urinal?” – Physics and Tea by Ross Peter Nelson

March 11: We are pleased to announce the plays and stories for our April 9 “Trains and Planes” show! Congratulations to the writers who will be taking us on these exciting travels:

· Unseen forces on an Italian train bring two young travelers together in “Physics and Tea” by Ross Peter Nelson.

· A treacherous journey to Denver connects a worried mother and a solitary hitchhiker in “After the Rain” by Julie Excell.

· The widow at Gate 12 has an unexpected reaction to a plane crash in “Taking Off” by David-Matthew Barnes.

· A chance reunion of old friends on the Boston Blue Line turns criminal in “Escape to Wonderland” by Patrick Gabridge.

· A trip to the Santa Monica Airport with a plane-loving 10-year-old resonates decades later in “Tango Oscar Mike” by Beth Foster.

· A child’s adventurous train ride from Chicago to Cairo is not what it seems in “Train Story” by Leslie Lewis.

We’ll also feature songs and ghost stories about trains! We hope you can join us for this fun evening.