Dennis is excited to announce that the short play DOG PARK OR SEXUAL PERVERSITY IN MAGNUSON has two upcoming productions in November. It will be produced by the Under Lights company at Claremont McKenna college in California on November 14th and 15th as part of a one-act festival and will also be produced by Elizabethtown College in New Jersey on November 20th and 21st.
It recently was part of a student one-act festival at Philips Academy in Massachusetts.
DOG PARK is a play written in the style of David Mamet specifically for the Mamet Schmamet Festival at The Schmee theater in Seattle. Set in Magnuson dog park, Jake the pug teams up with the older, wiser Duke, a great dane, to help Tiger, a young retriever, mate with Bambi, the poodle. Riffing on Mamet’s dialogue, style and his famous plays American Buffalo and Sexual Perversity in Chicago, we see how dogs relate when humans aren’t watching. The play is published in Ten 10-Minute Plays Volume III, 2010 and can be read online here.
(Photo: Maddy, the dog who helped inspire the play.)
Dennis is proud to announce that he'll be joining a few other playwrights to write a brand new play specifically for the No Name Players to celebrate the Mt. Lebanon Plen Air Festival in Mt. Lebanon, PA.
"Plen air" translated from the French means "In the Open Air" and refers to the act of painting outdoors, a practice that came about in the 19th century when paints became available in tubes which allowed artists to leave the studio.
The Plein Air Festival in Mt. Lebanon runs from September 30 to October 6, 2013. Artists come from all over the country to sit outside and paint aspects of the neighborhood, with beautiful results.
The No Name Players performance will be on Saturday October 5th at the Clearview Commons in Uptown Mt. Lebanon at 3:00 pm. This is a free family-friendly event!
Click here for more information and directions.
Saturday, April 6th saw the world premiere of Dennis' new ten-minute play HIPSTERS IN LOVE at the New Hazlett Theatre, produced by Bricolage Production Company. The play about two hipsters visiting a bar in the suburbs of Pittsburgh to recapture the memories of their first love was inspired by the bus ride Dennis took for B.U.S. 8 on the Friday night before. It was written in the short span of an evening specifically for four incredibly talented local actors (Sharon Brady, Paul Guggenheimer, Jason McCune, Adrienne Wehr). Dennis was thrilled and honored to be part of this fundraising event for Bricolage for a second ride and hopes he will join the B.U.S. another time in the future.
Take a look at Jason Cohn's video of the craziness of the event.
"Inspired by a 90-minute city bus ride, a crew of more than 40 writers, directors, and actors have just 24 hours to write, direct, and memorize six new 10-minute plays. The last stop on the journey is an unforgettable performance at The New Hazlett Theater. This is a documentary of the process leading up to the performance, produced entirely in the same 24 hours. An incredible line-up of artists risk their creative necks to support Pittsburgh's Bricolage Production Company and their 2013 season."
Dennis is excited to be joining B.U.S. 8 this coming Friday and Saturday, April 5th and 6th. B.U.S. (otherwise known as the Bricolage Urban Sprawl) is the most epic fundraiser in town, putting playwrights on a 90 minute bus ride through Pittsburgh and giving them less than 12 hours to write a play. That play is handed off to directors and actors who rehearse all day and present the plays that night.
This year B.U.S. 8 is bigger and better--the performance has been moved to the New Hazlett Theater and they've got more tiered pricing for artists, students and others. More information on the artists and how to get tickets below!
B.U.S 8 - Tickets on sale now!
Friday & Saturday, April 5 & 6, 2013
B.U.S is back and it's bigger, bolder, and better than ever! It's the only fundraiser of its kind in Pittsburgh, and this year we are pulling out all the stops!
An incredible line-up of local artists risk their creative necks to support Bricolage’s 2013 season. Inspired by a 90-minute city bus ride, a crew of more than 40 writers, directors, and actors have just 24 hours to write, direct, and memorize six new 10-minute plays. The last stop on the journey is an unforgettable performance at The New Hazlett Theater. Join us for food, libations, performances, music, and a silent auction in Bricolage’s typical raucous style. Come aboard, take a seat, and watch as the story unfolds. It’s going to be an amazing ride.
Early ticket buyers will have the best seats, so don't wait!
BUY TICKETS HERE
Host Committee Co-Chairs: David Bush and Tim McVay.
$150: Double Decker B.U.S (all events Friday + Saturday)*
$75: Party B.U.S. (Saturday VIP reception + performance + post-show party)
$40: Mini B.U.S. (Saturday performance + post-show party)
*$25 of the Double Decker ticket is tax-deductible
Friday, April 5 @Bricolage
7-9 pm: VIP Reception + Actor Parade
Saturday, April 6 @The New Hazlett Theater
6:30-8 pm: VIP Pre-Show Reception
8-10 pm: Performance
10-midnight: Post-Show Party
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Playwrights: Tameka Cage-Conley, Vanessa German, Chris Potocki, Peter Roth, Dennis Schebetta, Rosemarie Wilson
Directors: Linda Haston, Matt M. Morrow, Risher Reddick, Tammy Ryan, Mark Staley, Marci Woodruff
Actors: Elena Alexandratos, Bevin Baker, Cheryl Bates, Crystal Bates, Ben Blazer, Weston Blakesley, Sharon Brady, Cassie Brehmer, Kim Ellis, Jack Erdie, Paul Guggenheimer, Matt Henderson, Cindy Jackson, Wali Jamal, Cameron Knight, Jason McCune, Barney McKenna, Kristy Nolen, Sally Randa, Parag Shanti, Ezra Smith, Ricardo Villa-Roger, Cheryl El Walker, Adrienne Wehr
Dennis has been invited to participate in Bricolage's 8th Annual B.U.S. fundraising event. B.U.S. (or Bricolage Urban Sprawl) puts a handful of playwrights on a 90 minute bus ride through different areas of Pittsburgh, then we all meet back up to cast actors and then have less then 12 hours to write a 10 minute play. We hand that play in at 9 am Saturday morning and the directors and actors rehearse all that day, presenting the plays that evening.
This year, the short plays of B.U.S. 8 will be performed at the New Hazlett Theater on Saturday April 6th at 8:00 pm. There is also a VIP party and show on Friday night, April 5th.
B.U.S. is like no other fundraising event in the city and Dennis is excited to be involved again this year after writing for B.U.S. 6.
For more information and to buy your tickets, click here!
Dennis's play DOG PARK OR SEXUAL PERVERSITY IN MAGNUSON, which premiered in Seattle and has now been performed in Alaska, Pennsylvania, New York, Morroco, and the U.K. will have its Icelandic debut in Kopavogur, Iceland on January 10th. It was translated into the new title Girnd á Geirsnefi and directed by Hörður Sigurðarson and produced by the Kopavogur Theatre (Leikfelag Kopavogs).
Photos courtesy of the director. Actors pictured are:
Arnfinnur Daníelsson, Bjarni Daníelsson, Sunneva Lind Ólafsdóttir, and Þórarinn Heiðar Harðarson