Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Belated info

The world was too much with me these last 6 weeks with a major health scare - Finally getting back in the groove - Elfin Tales on ebooks along with Pixie Tales. Finishing up paper book version of Elfin Tales, working with illustrator Maggie Cousins on Fairy Tales Too so finally got back to

In the past month or so I 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 saw the play 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. Caught a frothy bit of fun called The Sphinx Winx.. Many amusing moments despite its very sophomoric approach, but there is potential here.

Attended Tap 25 gala evening - Tony Waag and co deserve kudos for great work.

Saw Victor Gluck's new scene from FOUNTAIN OF YOUTH at the annual playwrights showcase…but missed it at the Ryan Rep fund raising performance, even tho I enjoyed directing it, could not get to Brooklyn.  I really don't travel well.

Have some interesting news from various playwrights included in my volume SHORT PLAYS TO LONG REMEMBER so will share it here

Stonewall Uprising, a documentary by Kate Davis and David Heilbroner featuring our recently deceased author and friend Doric Wilson, aired on PBS as part of the American Experience, April 25, 2011. Doric received a special award from the Fresh Fruit Festival the same evening artist Maggie Cousins, who is illustrating my children's fantasy set of books won her award. (I did not attend this event) Doric died in his sleep just three days later. Much as we all shall miss him, it is a solace to know he died at the top of his career and peacefully in sleep. Is there any better way to go? It is we who must suffer his loss.

Perry Brass’ new novel to be published in the spring of 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. 
About 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.

Anyone who liked the film "The Lincoln Lawyer" should check out the books by this author - I''ve read several of his terrific page turners!

Talking of authors. Time for updating news about me -

Delighted that Pixie Tales has been nominated for first Hlobal ebook award.  Wish more people would comment on it at the global ebooka ward site!
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 http://www.TheChildrenAuthorsShow.com which aired April 25 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
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
Was interviewed Online with Andrea, mostly about poetry but also about writing and other books May 24 from Eastern, and subsequently archived. One pal listened to the entire show love - I was faltered and amazed. Find show at http://www.blogtalkradio.com/onlinewithandrea.2011/05/24/author-francine-trevens

So now you see what kept me so busy these last few weeks.