Kerr Lockhart: Don’t Vote For Me

Kerr Lockhart has been active in theater as an actor, director, music director, producer, writer, and educator since the Nixon administration. A graduate of Amherst College and Fordham University Law School, he was co-creator of the Act IV Cabaret at Weston Playhouse in Weston, VT. He worked in television for almost twenty years for William Morris, NBC, Hallmark Entertainment among others and co-produced such documentaries as  YOU’RE THE TOP: THE COLE PORTER STORY and GLENN MILLER: AMERICA’S MUSICAL HERO. For fifteen years after that, he was a high school teacher and director, and began writing plays for his students, including SHORE HOUSE, a vignette play for young actors, published by Next Stage Press.

Denis J. LaComb: Widow’s Waltz

Denis J. LaComb thinks of himself as primarily a story teller. His novels, plays,and screenplays cover a wide range of genres and subject matter. Denis strives to be respectful of his subject matter, allowing
for all sides of the equation to be shown.

Over the last fourteen years, Denis has self-published eleven novels and an investment guide as well as four screenplays. He has also written a children’s book entitled: “Waleed, the Skinny Hippo,” which has been translated into four languages. He is currently creating a comic strip series entitled: ‘Sweetpea and the Gang.’

His weekly blog on Facebook and other social media sites have exceeded over six hundred postings thus far. ‘Widow’s Waltz’ is Denis’s fifth play to be produced in Minnesota and California.

June August: All About Moonbeams

Author, Director, and Music Director. Coachella Valley audiences know June primarily as an actor.  After relocating from Los Angeles, she appeared in more than thirty productions over the next five years, including one at S2S2S for which she won a Desert Star Award.  She also directed several readings and one-acts and composed incidental music for two productions.  Her full-length musical, Sexy Widows, (book, lyrics, score) was produced by Sun City Palm Desert Performing Arts in October 2019.  

 With the advent of Covid, June retired from performing.  She resurfaced in a reading this past May in a play she helped workshop on Zoom. Having spent most of her career as a writer, June rededicated herself to penning several new works, one of which, All About Moonbeams, you’ll see tonight.  The play was inspired not only by women in her life but also by her observations and interactions with residents of retirement and assisted living facilities where her mother spent her last years.

June began writing songs for her children more than fifty years ago.  She soon joined a theater group in Long Beach, performing and composing for children’s theater.  She later moved to Miami, Florida, where she was a writer and announcer for WPBT-Channel 2, a contract actor for a LORT-C company, and the music director for a children’s theater. 

On her return to California, June became a writer and Editorial Director for Walt Disney Educational Media.  After several years she decided to launch a freelance career.  Since then, her plays have been produced around the country and Canada.  ROBERT FROST: Fire and Ice, the solo show she authored for actor Arthur Peterson, premiered at the Pasadena Playhouse and later moved off-Broadway for a three-month run before the national tour.

June’s career took another turn in 1984.  While she was Director of Public information for the USC Thornton School of Music, she began conducting business, technical, and financial writing workshops in Fortune 500 companies in North America. With her husband, music professor Dr. Jay Zorn, she co-authored six college-level texts on music appreciation and one on the social issues in the Broadway Musical.          

June says, “I am grateful to S2S2s for allowing me to share All About Moonbeams and to see it on its feet. Thank you to all who have worked with me.”

Judy Klass: Cozy Murder

Eight of Judy’s full-length plays have been produced onstage. One, Cell, was nominated for an Edgar, and it’s published by Samuel French/Concord. Another, Country Fried Murder, won the SOPS competition and was produced at the Shawnee Playhouse in Pennsylvania in 2019. After Tartuffe, Judy’s full-length science fiction play in verse, was produced in the Fresh Fruit Festival in NYC, and it’s being published online in two installments in The Courtship of Winds. Her full-length comedy Stop Me If You’ve Heard This One won the Dorothy Silver Award and was produced at Chaffin’s Barn Theatre in Nashville, Tennessee in 2019.

Two of her full-length plays and six of her one-acts have been produced as podcasts. Thirty-eight of Judy’s one-act plays have been produced onstage, many with multiple productions, all over the US. A few have been produced in the UK and Ireland. Two have won First Place in the One Act Play category in the William Faulkner Literary Competition. Two of her short plays were filmed during the pandemic and stream from the Shelter Plays website. Three of her short plays are published, each as a stand-alone script, by Brooklyn Publishers. Judy’s short plays have appeared in the Rockhurst Review, Ponder Review, some scripts literary magazine and Seven Hills Review, among other publications, and in anthologies such as The Best New Ten-Minute Plays 2021 and The Art of the One-Act. Judy is from NYC, but she now lives in Nashville, Tennessee (she’s also a songwriter) and teaches at Vanderbilt University. There is more information at www.judyklass.com.

Robert Dames: Prepping for Widowhood

Originally from St. Louis, Rob has been writer, producer and/or director for over 30 television series. Rob worked on such series as:  Benson, Marblehead Manor, Gimme A Break, Me and The Boys, The Royal Family, The Blues Brothers, Full House and many more.  He was a nominee for The People’s Choice award for Best New Comedy for the series he co-created, Me and The Boys. 

During the years working in television and film, he was pleased to write or direct for such great producers as Aaron Spelling, Witt-Thomas-Harris, Miller/Boyett, Ed. Weinberger and Steven Spielberg

In recent years, his comedy play, VIRGINIA THROWS A WAKE, was a 2017 finalist for the Reva Shiner Comedy Award and his drama, HAUNTINGS, was a finalist for The Stanley Drama Award. His play, NOWHERE MAN, premiered at the Broadway Bound Theatre Festival in New York in late August 2018. His full length comedy, PREPPING FOR WIDOWHOOD  was produced in January 2022 by The Best Medicine Rep company in Gaithersburg, Maryland. His one act, FOR ALL WE KNOW, received a production in 2020 at the Old Opera House in West Virginia. His short play, A TALE OF AN UNEXPECTED GATHERING AND ROMANCE MADE ABSURD IN THE TELLING was produced as part of The Seven short play festival in June 2022.

Rob, along with composer Dan Foliart, has recently completed a musical, BACK IN THE GAME and a second musical, A LOVELY PART OF TOWN.  Rob was also an original member of The Groundlings Improv Company.

Paul Donnelly: After Another

My life as a “trailing spouse” has included stops in Washington DC, Atlanta, Honolulu, and now Tallahassee. I have been writing plays for over 40 years. My work has won the Source Theatre Company National 10-Minute Play Contest, the Larry Neal Writers Award for Drama, the Virginia Playwriting Prize, and twice been nominated for a Helen Hayes Award.  I had pieces in the 2015-2017 Atlanta One-Minute Play Festivals. My full-length play, [Shakespeare reference} was read in Working Title Playwrights’ 2016 First Light series. My romantic comedy, Falling Off the Edge, was read as part of the Essential Theatre’s Bare Essentials reading series in 2017 and received a full production from Atlanta’s Onion Man Productions in 2018.

My ten minute play, The New Client, was published in Best Ten Minute Plays of 2019 (Smith & Kraus), following a production at the Actors Theatre of Santa Cruz County 8 Tens @ 8 Festival. Other recent 10-minute play productions include Family Visitation at Theatre Odyssey (2019) and Bergen County Academies (2022), tis True Ma at Buffalo United Artists Takes 10: Stonewall Edition (2019), and The Pity Mourner in 2022 at both Seaside Players and the Sullivan County Dramatic Workshop.

My full-length play, Memorial Day, was read in Kumu Kahua Theatre’s Dark Nights series in Honolulu (2018), named a Finalist (one of eight out of 1,243 entries) in the first Moss and Kitty Carlisle Hart New Play Initiative (2018), and presented in the 2021 Unexpected Play Festival coproduced by Atlanta’s Theatrical Outfit and Working Title Playwrights. Memorial Day received a full production from the University of Hawaii at Manoa’s Department of Theatre and Dance (2022).

I have taught playwriting to adults for Washington DC’s New Playwrights Theatre, the Writers Center, and the Theatre Lab. I also served as an instructor at St. Mary’s College of Maryland. I have worked with high school students as Playwright-in-Residence for New Voices for the Stage, a competitive program offering three week summer residencies to high school playwrights from across the state of Virginia, in Richmond VA, and as Literary Coordinator for the Source Junior Festival, which gave high school students from across the DC metropolitan area the opportunity to have their plays read at the John F. Kennedy Center for the performing arts.

My directing credits include seven world premieres, the American premiere of renowned Catalan playwright Josep M. Benet i. Jornet’s Desire, and the second production of Wendy MacLeod’s Schoolgirl Figure.

I have served on the boards of Charter Theatre and the Theatre Alliance in Washington, DC, and currently serve on the board of Atlanta’s Working Title Playwrights.

I am a member of the Dramatists Guild, New Play Exchange, Playwrights Center, and Working Title Playwrights. I live in Tallahassee, Florida with my husband, Frank, our dog, Diana, and our cat, Ginger.

Germaine Shamas: Altruism

Germaine Shames, a Kilroys List playwright and recipient of her state’s Literary Fellowship in Fiction, is author of the award-winning novels, Between Two Deserts and You, Fascinating You. Writing under the pen name Casper Silk (Hotel Noir, Echo Year), she has been compared to F. Scott Fitzgerald, Graham Greene and P.D. James “on steroids”. A former Theatre major, Shames began writing for the stage in 2014 and was instantly smitten. In 2017, the playwright celebrated the New York City premiere of her musical comedy, Anna Karenina Lives!, and the selection of her dramathriller, The Degenerates, for Williams Street Rep’s LAB New Play Series, and in 2018, the premiere of her protest play, Nasty. Shames’ bio-drama, The Higher Love, winner of four national workshop competitions, will be revived in 2022 by Transformation Theatre. Her TYA play, Year of Thirteen Moons, had a digital production at the New Works Playhouse then went on to win ThinkTank’s 2021 TYA Playwrights Festival. Sweet Spot, an interracial bio-drama set in the sports world, is in development at Brave New World Repertory Theatre. As a librettist and lyricist, Shames collaborates with award-winning composers in musical theatre, opera, choral and popular music. Her songs have been performed across a spectrum of venues and events from Paris to Washington, DC. Her musicals, If the Spirit Moves (with composer Erin Murray Quinlan) and “The Manifesto” (with Nadav AmirHimmel), premiered at Theatre Elision in 2019 and 2020 respectively. Her opera, The Bird Lady (with Timothy Miller), previewed at the National Opera Center in 2021. Her immigration musical, Capri (with composer Paul Scherer), won Skyline Theatre Company’s new musical search and was their singular offering at the 2022 NJ Theatre Alliance Stages Festival. Her musical, Naked (with Tareq Abuissa), was recently selected for Musicals NOW and the Florida Festival of New Musicals. In addition to her original works, Shames has made a mission of adapting and re-imagining classic 19th and early 20th-century novels for the stage with an emphasis on works either by women or with strong women’s roles and relationships. Her D.H. Lawrence adaptation, The Virgin and the Gypsy, formed part of the 2018 Festival of New American Theatre. A second Lawrence adaptation. The Lost Girl, won Starlight Theater’s 2019 Playwriting Contest and was subsequently produced by the S. Devon Players. Her Emile Zola re-imagining of The Masterpiece was a finalist for the Trustus Playwright Award, and her radical Nathaniel Hawthorne adaptation, The Scarlet Letter (Bible Belt, 1965), for LOCAL Lab. To date, the playwright has also adapted multiple works by Edith Wharton and Aldous Huxley. germainewrites@gmail.com https://germainewrites.wixsite.com/buzz Claire Beckman, Artistic Director of Brave New World Rep, has written of Shames, “Germaine advocates for social justice with refreshing maturity, structural elegance, and gut punching dichotomies.” The playwright holds a Master’s degree in Intercultural Studies. Her writing reflects the breadth of her worldview and fascination with the interplay of cultures, often drawing on events and settings from her sojourns abroad, and has earned her residencies at the Fundacion Valparaiso, Wildacres Retreat, New York Mills and Yellow Bird Artscape, three professional development grants from the Arizona Commission on the Arts, an Editor’s Choice Award from the Historical Novel Society, and a scholarship to the Writers Center at the University of Arizona. Still growing, still striving. It’s all about love.  https://germainewrites.wixsite.com/buzz

Jason Hull: Room 5, Motel 6

A true “Renaissance man”, Jason is an accomplished martial artist, singer, playwright, director, and the author of Sand Drawings–A Novel.  He has penned eleven stage plays and a multitude of comedy sketches and has appeared as an actor in more than 70 stage productions since 1997. He is currently working on his second novel, Desert Skies, and can be seen starring in the short films The Last Thing You See, The Diabolical Doctor X, and the feature film The Color of Midnight all from Intriguism Moving Pictures. He is grateful to have enjoyed a theatrical home with S2S2S since 2011.