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James O'Leary

 

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August 10: Bible Stories, our “after-hours Sunday School” show on the evening of August 7, was a fun and thought-provoking evening. Thank you to our many playwrights, actors and directors for bringing the characters to life: God, Adam and Eve, Lucifer, Moses, the Seven Deadly Sins, Samson and Delilah, Jesus, St. Paul, Nikos Kazantzakis, and many others. These Bible-themed plays and stories were a popular subject (thanks, audience!), so we may revisit this theme in the future.

Our next show, on October 2, is Victorian Secrets, which explores the world of Victorian England and America. Writers, if you have a short play, story or poem that fit the show’s theme (the 19th century and its historical and literary characters like Queen Victoria, Sherlock Holmes, Charles Dickens, and Oscar Wilde) please send it for consideration by August 24 to onenightstandtheatre@gmail.com. We look forward to hearing from you!

August 6: Sunday night is our “Bible Stories!” show: our after-hours Sunday school where we explore the many colorful characters of the Old and New Testaments. The cast is ready and it’s going to be a great evening! Here are three more sneak peeks from our nine plays:

“That Bible storybook, from when I was a kid. Hard-backed, glossy, usually had a sky-blue cover. Noah's ark with animals lined up or Mary and Joseph with the baby or a big goon facing off against little David and his slingshot.” – Let That Be a Lesson by J. Jackson 

On Sunday the mountain is covered in mist.  Then, when it opens up you can see people in robes sitting on a grassy hillside listening to this guy with long hair, a beard, and a white robe.” – The Last Temptation by Carl Norbeck 

“Don't get me wrong, my brother Gabriel is pretty damn scary and in a straight-up fight, toe to toe, there is no one better than Michael, but me? I play the long game.” – The Devil’s Due by Cody Sanford

August 1: We are in rehearsals with our great cast and directors for our “Bible Stories!” evening of stories and plays...hanging out with the Seven Deadly Sins (well, five of them), Moses and Lucifer, among others, in anticipation of our August 7 show. Below are some quotes from the pieces we’ll be presenting: 

“How would I know a lie? I had no experience to judge such things. If it was going to so important, you should have made me smarter.” - Eve in High Noon in the Garden of Good and Evil by Linda Berry 

“Look, Jesus is busy. We’ve got back-to-back dates in Samaria and Judea and Nazareth.” – Jesus Feeds the 4,999 by Kay Poiro Phillips 

“I've often wondered if infants enjoy infantry as much as adults enjoy adultery.” – The 10 Commandments: A Pondering by Dave Brandl

July 13: I’m happy to announce our cast for “Bible Stories!” Say hello to our 10 devout disciples: David Brandl, Matt Davis, Scott Hasbrouck, Charles Kolar, Amanda Rose Villarreal, Allyx Townend, David Ufford, Jim Valone, Brad Wagner and Wade Wood! Rehearsals begin soon…here are quotes from three of the plays we’ll be presenting:

“Moses, try…try very, very hard—try your very best—to get used to miracles.” – Moses and I-Am by Kathleen Hopkins

“We were powerful once! The Big Seven! They were puny compared to us! Come on! What happened to us? When did we start sliding toward their side?!” – The Artists Formerly Known as Deadly by Julie Excell

“Remember when we did the show for the Egyptians? I should’ve known then I was washed up.” – Samson Agonizes by Jennie MacDonald

July 7: We have chosen our plays and stories for “Bible Stories!” on August 7. Thank you to everyone who submitted their work, and congratulations to the following: 

·  Adam, Eve, God and the Snake gather in paradise for “High Noon in the Garden of Good and Evil” by Linda Berry.

· An Old Testament strongman grapples with the loss of his strength, hair and confidence in “Samson Agonizes” by Jennie MacDonald.

· A miracle goes awry because of one finicky diner in “Jesus Feeds the 4,999” by Kay Poiro.

· A burning bush may not be the best way to inspire a prophet in “Moses and I-Am” by Kathleen O’Neill Hopkins.

· Lucifer explores the Garden of Gethsemane and free will in “The Devil’s Due” by Cody Sanford.

 Following the rules is not always easy in “The Ten Commandments: A Short Pondering” by Dave Brandl.

 Nikos Kazantzakis and the mayor of Eremos Springs discover a fifth-dimension portal to the Sermon on the Mount in “The Last Temptation” by Carl Norbeck.

· A frightening children’s Bible story surfaces years later in “Let That Be a Lesson…” by J. Jackson.

· The Seven Deadly Sins struggle with corporate downsizing in “The Artists Formerly Known as Deadly” by Julie Excell.