March 2010 Newsletter
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News and Events
Regional Best 2011 is complete and the printer has been selected. The book will contain nine plays, be 480 pages long, and sell for $12.95. The publication date will be August 2010 instead of May to allow Barnes and Noble time to get it into their stocking system. If you would be interested in reviewing it, let me know and I'll get you a pre-publication PDF copy.

We've started a monthly play reading series at Jamul Haven (our fine arts focused bed and breakfast outside of San Diego, www.jamulhaven.com). The readings will happen the first Saturday of the month, between 5 PM and 7 PM. Please arrive by 4:45 so that we can start promptly at 5. If you're not from San Diego, this might also be a fun time to get away to the B&B for the evening. You could enjoy the reading, go to dinner, then relax in your room. The readings are open to anyone interested in theater, and we're actively looking for actors interested in doing cold reads. The details of the next reading are below.

We're finalizing the design team (lights, set, costume) for the NYC productions coming up this June. During April we'll be scheduling auditions for NYC based actors. I'll announce the various parts in the April 1st newsletter. Auditions will be on 5 May, with callbacks on 6 and 7 May and rehearsals starting on 8 May.
Learn more about the Jamul Haven B&B here
Monthly Play Reading Series
Next Reading

Saturday, 6 March, 5 PM - 7 PM (arrive at 4:45 PM)

Husband in a Coma - A Coma Comedy By Brenda McFarlane

Bill has fallen out of love with his wife, Janet. She’s given him 4 years to fall back in love with her but she’s run out of hope. On the night Janet announces she’s leaving him, Bill has an accident and falls into a coma.

Janet must be Bill’s wife a little while longer, at least until his family arrives at the hospital. However, like most families, their arrival brings less relief and more drama than Janet can bare but somehow, she’s having trouble making an escape.

Moderator: William Roetzheim

Future Readings

Saturday, 3 April, 5 PM - 7 PM (arrive at 4:45 PM)

Tempestuous, a comedy based on Shakespeare's The Tempest, by William Roetzheim

Shakespeare’s “The Tempest” is moved to a modern setting and retold from the perspective of Arial. When an orphaned girl (Arial) is rescued from a life on the streets, she discovers that her rescuer (Prospero) has the power and ruthlessness to manipulate everyone and everything around him. She must band together with the other characters in the play to defeat Prospero's control, but ultimately, only by being willing to sacrificing everything can she overcome his power.

Moderator: Brenda McFarlane
Learn more about the reading series here
Poetry Corner
by William Roetzheim
My column on Villanelle's inspired Walt Vail to write his own Villanelle in celebration of Playwriting. He was kind enough to let me include it in this month's newsletter.

PLAYWRITING, a Villanelle by Walt Vail

The plays no audience needs, we still create.
Why do so many write and dramatize,
While theatre seems no part of daily lives?

More playwrights now exist than wives,
Each writer striving to communicate
The plays no audience needs, we still create.

And all the critics now have sharper knives.
Can it be something that they ate?
While theatre seems no part of daily lives?

The playwright plots and desperately contrives
New scripts that don’t improve the gate;
The plays no audience needs, we still create.

Hoping, we fill our plays with raps and jives,
Or characters who act not, but debate,
While theatre seems no part of daily lives.

This, then, the playwrights’ lonely fate:
Our scripts are read aloud to groups of fives,
While theatre seems no part of daily lives;
The plays no audience needs, we still create.
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Calendar
Reading Series:
6 March, 5 PM, Husband in a Coma by Brenda McFarlane
3 April, 5 PM, Tempestuous, by William Roetzheim
All readings at 13518 Jamul Drive, Jamul, CA 91935

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

Dickinson will then move to the Midtown International Theater Festival during July. Dates TBD.

T.S. Eliot
The Grand Theatre
358 West 44TH ST
New York, NY 10036
Wednesday, June 02, 2010 2:00 PM
Friday, June 04, 2010 8:00 PM
Sunday, June 06, 2010 3:00 PM
Wednesday, June 09, 2010 8:00 PM
Saturday, June 12, 2010 2:00 PM
Tuesday, June 15, 2010 8:00 PM
Thursday, June 17, 2010 8:00 PM
Saturday, June 19, 2010 8:00 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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