Thursday, April 14, 2011

this and that


Attended a dance evening presented by a troupe from San Francisco - Anne Bluethenthal and Dancers who presented Pluto in Capricorn and Other Dances. An original, thought provoking, verbally stimulating dance evening.

Also attended Marie and Bruce on Theater Row. Felt the production completely misfired and that it was an evening ill spent. Though it actually ran an hour and a half, it felt more like 5 hours.

Have some interesting news from various playwrights included in my volume SHORT PLAYS TO LONG REMEMBER

Stonewall Uprising, a documentary by Kate Davis and David Heilbroner featuring Doric Wilson, will be aired by PBS as part of the American Experience, Monday, April 25, 2011    9:00 p.m. ET/PT. (Check your local listings)

Perry Brass’ new novel to be published spring, 2012; will be his 16th published book. His book "The Manly Art of Seduction" is still on Amazon's Gay & Lesbian Nonfiction bestseller list, and he is actively looking for more productions of “Bar None",  based on historic Mattachine Society "Sip-In" several years before Stonewall. 

Jane Chambers  along with productions in the US. of “Last Summer at Bluefish Cove” there is a production in Tel Aviv, Israel playing with good reviews

David J. Mauriello Portsmouth NH will see two Mauriello plays;   his farcical SPIRITS WILLING, produced by ACT ONE NH at the West End Studio Theatre weekend of August 21st and his drama BODY being produced by Players' Ring three weekends beginning January 27, 2012.   BODY, first original play done at the RING  is being reprised  to celebrate their 20th anniversary season.

Daniel P Quinn premiered BEFORE THE CRASH (2011) @ the Morris Museum/Bickford Theatre in Morristown, NJ.  Two of his  Presidents in Prose will be published by Sensations Magazine w/a debut @ Grover Cleveland's Birthplace on 5/15/11.  The Word Press in W. Virginia published a set of his poems, while The Star-Ledger printed a trio of his letters on their Opinion Page. His NYTimes Arts Blog continues to grow w/several dozen-on line published comments as well.


Have much enjoyed the advance reading copy of RenĂ© Blum and The Ballets Russes - In search of a lost life by Judith Chazin-Bennahum.  I was well aware of the Ballets Russes as a teenage balletomane, but knew nothing of RenĂ© Blum who saved Diaghilev’s dance contributions from extinction not only with vast financial contributions but also by dedicating his life and extraordinary talents to keeping the company alive, and keeping Balanchine, Fokine and Massine creatively active. Yes, he was Leon Blum’s brother.  The book is very informative, impressing one with the amount of research it took to bring to the fore a man who often stayed in the background. His treatment and slaughter at the hands of the Nazi’s, and his extraordinary courage in the face of it all is awe inspiring.  The dance community and all humanity should thank the author for this work.

Talking of authors. Time for updating news about me  -

Delighted that Pixie Tales has been nominated fopr a eboook award from the Global evookAwards.  Am offering 25% off cosst of book to celebrate - at check out on smashwords, enter code NU66Q - good  through May 27

Story of how TnT Classic Books got its name and logo is part of an article on
check it out in section on two people in one biz.

Please visit April 25 and 26 or soon thereafter on line to hear how and why Pixie Tales got written, and a bit about my other books, including SHORT PLAYS TO LONG REMEMBER.

You can read my interview about self publishing vs. commercial publishing at
http://consciousdiscussions.blogspot/2011_03_01 They give me this great intro -Francine L. Trevens was co-founder of the Greater New York Independent Publishers Association and served as chairperson for most of the first fifteen years. Her publishing company, TnT Classic Books publishes many prize winning authors. In the last 6 years, she has also published some of her own work. The anthology of plays she compiled and edited, SHORT PLAYS TO LONG REMEMBER, (27 plays by 14 authors) won a 2010 Next Generation INDIE finalist award. She also writes regular features on dance for Art Times Journal, and has had 6 books published, 4 from TnT Classic Books.

Will be interviewed Online with Andrea, mostly about poetry but also about writing and other books on May 24 from Eastern, and subsequently archive. Find show at 

Not bragging, just keeping you posted on what’s happening