Complete Works of mwsasse

Here is a detailed list of all my works which have either been published or produced for the stage. (Year indicates year published or produced)

2016 (so far)

  • Duet Collection “Theatrical Duets” (paperback)
  • Novel “Which Half David” (releasing August 2016)
  • Play – Experimental Theatre – “How to Build a Dictator” (Sept 2016)
  • Drama – “Tales of Wonder II: Another RLT Christmas”
  • Novel “A Man Too Old for a Place Too Far” (TBD)
  • Short Play “Safe Spaces”

 

2015

  • Novel “A Love Story for a Nation”
  • Musical Play “A Tad of Trouble 2015”
  • Play “The Secrets of the Magic Pool”
  • Drama “Tales of Wonder: A RLT Christmas” – collection of short Christmas plays (“Tales of Wonder: A Drama Medley”, “Christmas in the Trenches, 1914”, “Season’s Greetings”, “Jolly Old St. Hick”, “The Christmas Spies”, “Tree Talk”, “The Christmas Banquet”, “A Vigil for a Starry Night”, “The Last Shepherd”)

2014

  • Musical Play “Boardwalk Melody” (collaborative work)
  • Novel “The Reach of the Banyan Tree”
  • Short Story “If Love is a Crime: A Christmas Story”
  • Drama “For All Generations” – collection of short plays (“A Woman at War: A KindleCover-IfLoveIsACrimeMusical”*, “A Pinch of Fate, A Shot of Destiny”***, “A Minute Problem at the World’s Last Clock Shop”, “God’s One Question”, “Revenge of the Grandparents”, “More Heart, Less Attack”, “If Love is a Crime”, “What was it Like?”, “The Last Princess”, “The Will”
  • *Short-listed & produced at 2014 Short & Sweet Musical Kuala Lumpur – featured at Gala Night
  • ***Best Script Award Winner – 2014 Short & Sweet Theatre Festival Penang – Also shortlisted and chosen for production in Top 80 at 2015 Short & Sweet Theatre Festival Sydney, Australia
  • Short Play “A Writer’s Satire”
  • Short Play “Words to Say at the End of the World”
  • Short Play “GeneRations”

2013

  • Play “Grandparents’ War” (collaborative work)grandparents war promo 1
  • Novel “The Recluse Storyteller”
  • Drama “Captured in Time & Space”* – collection of short plays (“Captured in Time & Space: A Mini-Musical”, “Black & White: A Rhythmic Dance”, “The Giant Squid that Ate Georgetown”, “The Loudest Child in Church”, “No in Spite of Itself”***, “Skydiver”, “I Once was Blind”, “Light a Candle”, “Jerome: the Malevolent God-King”
  • ***Best Script Award Winner – 2013 Short & Sweet Festival Penang, Malaysia
  • *Short-listed & Produced at 2013 Short & Sweet Musical Festival Kuala Lumpur
  • “Almighty Might” (short play) short-listed & produced at 2013 Short & Sweet Theatre Festival Kuala Lumpur – Awards: Best Director & Best Supporting Actor

2012

  • Play “Life with Stewart” (collaborative work)life-with-stewart-closeup.png
  • Novel “Beauty Rising” (debut indie novel)
  • Drama “Drive All Night” – collection of short plays (“Drive All Night”***, “jaggerjigjangle”, “Love Ruthless, Love Love”, “iDRIP”, “Disconnect: A Mini-Musical”, “Archer”, “Cow Sense”, “Take Me to Your Ruler II”
  • *** Award Winner – AUDIENCE CHOICE AWARD – 2012 Short & Sweet Festival Penang, Malaysia

 

2011

  • Play “Spy Blue” (collaborative work)Spy Blue novella 2front only
  • Novella “Spy Blue”
  • Play “Romans on the Couch”
  • Drama “The Road Less Traveled” – collection of short plays (“Almighty Might”, “Wisdom Builds a House, Folly Destroys It”, “A Traffic Jam on a Road Less Traveled”, “A Walk with Robert & Frost”, “Walk: A Mini-Musical”, “Tuti Fruitti”, “Take Me to Your Ruler”)

2010

  • Musical Play “Take Two: Who Controls Your Life” (collaborative work)

2009

  • Play (musical) “A Tad of Trouble” (collaborative work)

2008

  • Play “What I Wouldn’t Give for a Monkey Love Potion” (collaborative work)

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Play Feedback: Drive-By

I regularly submit my plays to theatres and festivals around the world. Some are chosen for production. Most are not. The competition is fierce. I love receiving feedback which is why I always submit to the Pittsburgh New Works Theatre. They have a fantastic process in which two unnamed judges give detailed feedback about all the pieces submitted.

I recently received feedback about my piece entitled “Drive-by” – a poignant short play about about a young teen losing her sister to a drive-by shooting.  Ultimately, the play wasn’t chosen by the festival. Why? I’m not sure since the feedback was great. It was rewarding to hear that my play resonated with the judges. I’ve put their comments below.

Now I just have one question: Who wants to produce my play?

Judge #5 – score  93/100

A very timely topic, gun violence. The plot development is very interesting. The idea that as the action moves forward on finding out who the person was that shot the little girl, everyone around fines what they need except the sister. Although not new thematically, a strong take on the subject. What is most interesting is the staging possibilities. Having the story being told in past tense, flash backs provides a challenging and most interesting staging possibilities. This play needs to be seen. I am sure a staged read was powerful but an all out performance with strong production qualities would/will make this play shine.

Judge #6 –  score  90/100

Wow…this one hits you right in the solar plexus!
Very concise and well written dialogue…I could feel the emotion pouring from all characters. A real challenge for the director and actors, but one that could, ultimately, produce a very nice piece of theatre!  Easily produced because of the simple set (lighting is crucial though).  Good job!

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