December 2009 Newsletter
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Christmas Invitations
If you'll be in the San Diego area, you're invited to our two annual Christmas parties. On Saturday, December 12th at 3 PM we'll host a children's ginger bread house making party. We'll provide the ingredients, samples to use as models, and a fun environment. Kids of all ages are welcome, including the young at heart. But be pepared for a mess!

On Saturday, December 19th at 7 PM we'll host our annual Christmas sing-along. Bring an instrument and join in our impromptu band to make some music and sing traditional Christmas carols. We'll provide music and lots of goodies, so come hungry. We'll also have a box of toy instruments (kazoos, tamborines, and so on) so that everyone can join in.
Update on Plays
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The Scripteasers will do a reading of William's play N.I.C.E. in San Diego on 5 February at 7:30 PM. Admission is free and everyone is invited. For more information, visit http://www.scripteasers.org or send an email to william@aitheater.org.

We're struggling a bit with a suitable name for the musical about T.S. Eliot. It was originally called simply Eliot, but the release of the musical about Billy Elliot, generally called simply Elliot, would make this confusing. We thought of calling it "The Wasteland" after Eliot's most famous poem, but have received input that perhaps that is too dark for a commercal musical. If you have ideas or suggestions, send them to william@aitheater.org.
Regional Best 2010
It looks like the list of plays for Regional Best 2010 is final. If you have a play that didn't get read for this edition, you may still send it in and it will be read as a candidate for Regional Best 2011. The (tentative) list of plays is as follows:

Alien Hand Syndrome by Michael Erickson
Besides, you lose your soul or the History of Western Civilization by Julia Barclay
Boston 49 by K Biadaszkiewicz
Causa Morts by Jacob Appel
Laying Off by James McLindon
Safe by James McLindon
Small Things by Cary Pepper
The Pie Dialogs by Joseph Lauinger
The Sweet Abyss by John Tuttle

The anthology is scheduled for release in May 2010, with a tentative price tag of $14.95 per copy. PDF review copies for review in legitimate on-line and print publications (including BLOGs) will be available in January and may be requested by email to william@aitheater.org. More information to come about the anthology and the included plays.
Poetry Corner
by William Roetzheim
Here's a Christmas themed poem by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow. It's called "King Witlaf’s Drinking-Horn"

Witlaf, a king of the Saxons,
ere yet his last he breathed,
to the merry monks of Croyland
his drinking-horn bequeathed,—

that, whenever they sat at their revels,
and drank from the golden bowl,
they might remember the donor,
and breathe a prayer for his soul.

So sat they once at Christmas,
and bade the goblet pass;
in their beards the red wine glistened
like dew-drops in the grass.

They drank to the soul of Witlaf,
they drank to Christ the Lord,
and to each of the Twelve Apostles,
who had preached his holy word.

They drank to the Saints and Martyrs
of the dismal days of yore,
and as soon as the horn was empty
they remembered one Saint more.

And the reader droned from the pulpit
like the murmur of many bees,
the legend of good Saint Guthlac,
and Saint Basil's homilies;

till the great bells of the convent,
from their prison in the tower,
Guthlac and Bartholomaeus,
proclaimed the midnight hour.

And the Yule-log cracked in the chimney,
and the Abbot bowed his head,
and the flamelets flapped and flickered,
but the Abbot was stark and dead.

Yet still in his pallid fingers
he clutched the golden bowl,
in which, like a pearl dissolving,
had sunk and dissolved his soul.

But not for this their revels
the jovial monks forbore,
for they cried, "Fill high the goblet!
We must drink to one Saint more!"
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Calendar
Dickinson
The Grand Theatre
358 West 44TH ST
New York, NY 10036
Tuesday, June 01, 2010, 8:00 PM
Thursday, June 03, 2010, 8:00 PM
Saturday, June 05, 2010, 8:00 PM
Wednesday, June 09, 2010, 2:00 PM
Friday, June 11, 2010, 8:00 PM
Sunday, June 13, 2010, 3:00 PM
Wednesday, June 16, 2010, 8:00 PM
Saturday, June 19, 2010, 2:00 PM

T.S. Eliot
The Grand Theatre
358 West 44TH ST
New York, NY 10036
Tuesday, June 01, 2010, 8:00 PM
Thursday, June 03, 2010, 8:00 PM
Saturday, June 05, 2010, 8:00 PM
Wednesday, June 09, 2010, 2:00 PM
Friday, June 11, 2010, 8:00 PM
Sunday, June 13, 2010, 3:00 PM
Wednesday, June 16, 2010, 8:00 PM
Saturday, June 19, 2010, 2:00 PM

N.I.C.E.
The Grand Theatre
358 West 44TH ST
New York, NY 10036
Wednesday, June 02, 2010, 8:00 PM
Saturday, June 05, 2010, 2:00 PM
Tuesday, June 08, 2010, 8:00 PM
Thursday, June 10, 2010, 8:00 PM
Saturday, June 12, 2010, 8:00 PM
Wednesday, June 16, 2010, 2:00 PM
Friday, June 18, 2010, 8:00 PM
Sunday, June 20, 2010, 3:00 PM
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About William Roetzheim
William Roetzheim is an award winning poet, playwright, and
writer. He began his career in the fine arts in 2001 after retiring from the technology industry. Since that time he has founded a highly aclaimed small press, written or edited several award winning books, directed and produced fifteen spoken word audio CDs, and with his wife Marianne, started an art focused Bed and Breakfast outside of San Diego.
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