Opening night – Short & Sweet Theatre Penang – A Synopsis of Two Plays

Wednesday, September 3 opens the third annual Short & Sweet Theatre Festival at the Penang Performing Arts Centre. This is the third year that I have been involved in this festival, and I’ve had a lot of fun along the way. This year, like last, I’m directing one piece and another one that I have written is being directed by someone else.

How does it work? Playwrights send in their best short plays of 10 minutes or less. About 10 plays are shortlisted to be produced. Directors are assigned and actors recruited who will then compete in a bunch of categories such as Best Script, Best Director, Best Actor, etc …

This year I’m directing a piece called “The Surgeon’s Creed” written by Eoin Carney. It’s a fun little piece about a cocky surgeon who meets another “surgeon” at a party, though he’s about to get a big surprise when he finds out that they aren’t exactly the same kind of surgeons. As director, I put another spin on the script by casting the other “surgeon” as a female and the cocky surgeon is trying to pick her up. It creates a lot fun tension on stage. I cast my daughter alongside one of my fine young actors from school. It’s going to be funny.

The play I wrote is called “A Pinch of Fate, A Shot of Destiny” in which the Grim Reaper (or whomever you want to call him) comes to pick up his next victim, Rebecca, who is scheduled to be flattened by a bus on that particular morning. However, Mitch misses his own bus and ends up at the wrong corner on the wrong day which enables him to miraculously save Rebecca’s life. This angers GR so much that he plots to get back at both of them. This piece is being directed by Matthew Koh and starring Sudhan Nair who both recently directed a revival of the Malaysian theatre piece “In a Nutty Shell” here in Penang. Mitch and Rebecca are being played by two of my young talented actors from my school. I haven’t seen too much of what they have done with the script, but I can’t wait to see it. I’m sure it’s going to be really fun.

Short & Sweet Penang runs from Sept 3-6 with 10 plays being performed each night. The awards ceremony will be held after the show on the 6th.

Come on out if you are in town!

Short & Sweet Penang

Short & Sweet Musical: My composition’s up first during week one!

The news out of the Short & Sweet KL Musical Festival is that they have posted the running order of the show for week one. My musical “A Woman at War” which I wrote and co-composed the music with Laura Danneker is up first during the first week of the festival.

I’m super excited to have Alvin Looi doing the directing with his wife Karyn doing the musical direction. They have been gracious enough to keep me “in the loop” with what they are doing with the production, but I’ll be seeing for the first time when they perform it live on Sept 26. “A Woman at War” will be showing four nights in a row, Sept 24-27, and then, hopefully, it will be chosen for the gala night which is on Sunday October 5. I’ll get to see it twice. Can’t wait.

Lots of fun stuff coming up in September including Short & Sweet Theatre Penang of which I’ll be directing one piece and I’ll get to watch the production of another one that I have written. More on those later.

Here’s to live theatre! Nothing like it.

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Directing for Short & Sweet Theatre Penang

I’ve signed on to direct in Short & Sweet Theatre Penang coming up in September.

What is Short & Sweet?

It’s a festival of 10-minute plays, each performed nightly during one week of theatre competition.  I entered as a playwright last year, and my play was fortunate enough to take home the “Audience Choice Award” which was really cool.

This year I’ve decided to direct a play. (Not allowed to choice my own.) Over the weekend I read through the original scripts which were selected by a panel in KL to be in this year’s competition.  I chose the three scripts I would most like to direct and sent my selections to the competition coordinator.

Auditions will be held soon where I’ll get to choose whom I would like for the play.

Then we’ll have weekly rehearsals until the competition begins in September.

The Short & Sweet concept started in Australia a number of years back and has now spread to many parts of the world. It arrived in KL about four years ago and in Penang for the first time last year.

In addition to theatre, Short & Sweet KL will include Musical, Stand-Up Comedy, & Dance. In Penang, dance will be the only additional one.

It’s going to be a lot of fun and I look forward to finding my actors and starting rehearsals.

Come out and see the show if you are going to be around. Here’s a link for Short & Sweet Malaysia:

Short & Sweet Malaysia