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Our next show is “One Night Stand with Leroy Leonard,” an evening of short plays, stories and poems by this great Denver playwright. We do these one-playwright-only One Night Stands every other year, and I’m working with Leroy right now, selecting the best pieces for what is sure to be a fun evening.

For the rest of you writers, the next opportunity to have one of your plays or stories featured in One Night Stand is coming up on August 2. That’s when we’ll present “One Night Stand in the Old West,” so send us plays, stories or poems about the Old West, Colorado history, or the taming of the frontier. (It doesn’t even have to be the American frontier; we’re flexible.) The deadline for entries is June 22; send them to If you have questions, send them to that e-mail address as well.

April 9: We’re in our second week of rehearsals for “Voices for Change,” our evening of staged readings of plays (and one short story) that explore the world’s social ills. It’s always strange to go from watching a rehearsal of a dark and disturbing piece (like Jeffrey Neuman’s “Delivered”) and then follow that up with a rehearsal of a fun comedy (like Patrick Dorn’s “Imperfections”). Thanks to our four directors for their great work so far – Kristin Honiotes, Cindy Hall, Lorraine Scott and Brenda Hoskins! I’ve been preparing the introductions to each play, which involve a DNA model, diving into my pocket for spare change, and asking a white supremacist to put his hand in a fishbowl. Oddly, even though this “Voices for Change” evening may be our most socially responsible production to date, I’ve noticed it’s the most “adult” show in terms of rough language! (No nudity, though…at least, not yet.) I hope to see you at the Vintage on Sunday night…it will be entertaining, and maybe enlightening! 

March 29: We have selected our cast for “Voices for Change.” I am pleased to welcome back One Night Stand veterans Logan Custer, Adrian Hart, Scott Hasbrouck, Mark Ogle and Allyx Townend, and I’m thrilled to be working with newcomers Andrew Dus, Hezekiah Hall, Chris Hayes, Maria Ortiz, Sonsharae Tull and Kathi Wood! They’ll be playing cops and bums, recyclers and killers, skateboarders and poets, racists and parents-to-be…all characters facing choices and consequences. Rehearsals get underway this week…I’m looking forward to rehearsing our plays and stories of social strife and injustice!

March 15: Here are the six short plays and one short story we have selected for our explosive “social issues” evening on April 12, “Voices for Change”:

· “Delivered” by Jeffrey Neuman: Prejudice and complacency lead to tragedy on a Milwaukee street.
· “Imperfections” by Patrick Dorn: A young married couple visits Build a Baby Corp. to genetically engineer their first child.
·  “Holy Martyr” by Marianne Page: A memorial for a school shooting hosts a strange and tragic visitor.
· “Et Tu, Brute” by Cody Sanford:  A downtown panhandler runs into an old buddy with a new life.
· “An Inconvenient Date” by Peter Nemenoff: Global warming and a bad date kick off a roommate intervention.
· “Walkin’ the Mile” by Wayne Faust: A racist trades prison time for an unusual new rehabilitation program.
· “How Does It Feel to Be a Problem” by Patrick Gabridge: A father has a life-and-death talk with his adopted black son.

Congratulations to our writers, and thank you to everyone who sent in a play, poem or story for the show. We are now gathering the actors and matching plays to directors (Lorraine Scott, Cindy Hall, Brenda Hoskins and Kristin Honiotes). We hope you’ll be able to attend this intriguing evening of staged readings at the Vintage!