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James O'Leary


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August 7, 2017
We really enjoyed our “One Night Stand with American History”…I don’t know how much we learned about America’s past, but it was very entertaining! It’s a big subject and we only scratched the surface, so perhaps we’ll do another history show down the road. Thank you to all of our actors, writers, directors, crew and audience. Also welcome the show’s addition to the 7-Night Stander roster: Dave Ufford (Davy Crockett himself)! 

Our next show is October 8: “Mystery Radio Theater.” It’s our fourth Golden Age of Radio show, and we’ll be presenting tales of mystery, horror, and the downright bizarre, all told in the style of radio shows from the 1930s and 1940s. If you are a writer/playwright and want to submit a mystery radio play (or a play or story ABOUT old-time radio) for “Mystery Radio Theater,” send your work by August 31.

August 4, 2017
We are wrapping up rehearsals for “One Night Stand with American History” and getting ready to present our show this Sunday night, August 6, at the Vintage Theatre. Please join us for this evening of history-themed plays and stories. Here are two more quotes from the plays we’ll be presenting: 

“There are a few Republican representatives I wouldn’t mind sacrificing...but, that’s just not possible. It’s immoral, unethical, and, though a tempting offer, out of the question.” – JFK to Fidel Castro in Fall Guys by J.C. Svec 

“They talk about their husbands and boyfriends like they’re heroes and saints. They talk and talk about vacations and conversations at the dinner table and first dates with beautiful boys in college. I can’t bear to hear their words. They cut me like knives.” – War widow Rita in A Rum Cake for Rita by David-Matthew Barnes

July 30, 2017
We are rehearsing for our August 6 show, “One Night Stand with American History.” It’s been a lot of fun working with the actors, and it looks like it will be a fascinating and entertaining production. Our show consists of five short plays and one short story, beginning at the American Revolution and ending at the Vietnam War and the tumultuous 1960s. On the way, we make stops at the Alamo, the American South in the final days of the Civil War, the Old West, and the White House during the Cuban Missile Crisis. 

Here are quotes from two of the plays featured in our American History epic evening: 

“You need the right bait to catch a 500 pound, 11 foot, fire-breathin’ bastard. Rotten chicken on the hook get you a juvenile, maybe 6 feet long. Chicken soup for babies. What you want’s beef stew.” – American Alligator by Jacqueline Garcia 

“I can’t decide if I want coffee or not. Lord, help me with this important decision.” – B. the K. by Christopher Hildebrandt

July 21, 2017 
We are pleased to announce our cast for the August 6 “One Night Stand with American History.” Linda Swanson Brown, Randy Diamon, Joi Hiatt, Erik Kemp, Jillian Price, Doug Tisdale, Dave Ufford, Brad Wagner and Katie Walker will be helping our playwrights tell some intriguing stories about the United States, along with newcomer OD Duhu, aided by directors Cindy Hall, Brenda Hoskins and myself. Here are quotes from a couple of the plays we’ll be presenting: 

“I realize your brain is roughly the same size and service as a tea biscuit, but understand. This is about freedom.” –Revolutionary Service by Kay Phillips (about a Colonial witch who performs an unusual service for the American army) 

“Davy Crockett took a deep, shaky breath of night air and looked out over the wall towards the Mexican camp. It was getting close to dawn. He had a lump the size of Texas in his throat and his knees shook so bad that he had to lean against the wall for support.” – Morning Too Soon by Wayne Faust (about what happens when historians from the future make a wager on the events at the Alamo)

July 6, 2017
We have selected five plays and one short story for our “One Night Stand with American History” on August 6. Congratulations to these writers who will be taking us on an unusual journey through our country’s history:

* A witch helps America win independence one limb at a time in “Revolutionary Service” by Kay Phillips.

* Historians from the future test Davy Crockett’s heroism at the Alamo in “Morning Too Soon” by Wayne Faust.

* A Civil War plantation owner barters with a sinister alligator hunter in “American Alligator” by Jacqueline Garcia.

* An elderly woman hides a notorious Old West gunslinger in “B the K” by Christopher Hildebrandt.

* John F. Kennedy, Fidel Castro and their translators battle over missiles and baseball in “Fall Guys” by J.C. Svec.

* A Vietnam War widow receives a Christmas Eve visit from her estranged sister-in-law in “A Rum Cake for Rita” by David-Matthew Barnes.


June 12: Thanks to everyone who made the “One Night Stand with Dave Brandl” on Sunday night such a success. Special thank-yous to our very receptive audience, the many Brandls who graced the stage (and behind the scenes), and our “guest ghost” for the evening. We are also pleased to welcome our latest 7-Night Standers: Hannah Tippit and Linda Swanson Brown! 

Our next show is August 6: “One Night Stand with American History.” We’ll be featuring short plays and stories about the history of America: the good, the bad, the mysterious, and the strange. If you are a writer/playwright and want to submit a story, play, or poem for “One Night Stand with American History,” send your work to by June 26.