Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Building Madness comes to Canada!


Last July, I received the nicest email from a reader named Patty Burritt.  She wrote to say she really enjoyed my books and was wondering if she might be able to get a copy of my play Building Madness.  She was a director and performer at the Grande Prairie Live Theatre, one of Canada's largest community theatres, and she was interested in seeing if she could bring my script north of the border.  Well, lo and behold, here we are and not only is Building Madness coming to Grande Prairie, it will be making its Canadian debut!  All because of a really special person named Patty Burritt.  So thank you, Patty!  And if you live in the area, make sure to catch it this January!  I'll be there opening night to cheer on Patty's awesome cast and crew!

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If you'd like a copy of the playscript, it is for sale on Amazon.  Want to check it out first before taking the leap? The first scene is available online.

Monday, April 25, 2016

Paranormal Romance Urban Fantasy Sale


Grab an armful of free and discounted urban fantasy books at the Paranormal Romance Urban Fantasy sale!  A bunch of my buddies and me put together a list of our free titles and now share it with you.

http://www.cgockelwrites.com/promo-nightshade/

Seriously.  Just click.  Grab a ton of books.  It is that easy.

Friday, April 22, 2016

Welcome to Under ___ Minute Theater

As my plays begin receiving national and international productions, I decided it might be nice to make some of my short works more available.  I got my start competing in forensics and festivals, so thought I should share the love.  If you are a student or educator, your purchase of an e-play for each cast member gives you the right to use any "Under __ Minute Theater" play in your classroom, in competitions, in auditions, well... in front of any non-paying audience.  Send me some pictures!  I'll brag about you!

If there is a paying audience, I'm afraid a royalty is involved.  I firmly believe that if you think your show is good enough to ask people to pay for, you should compensate the artists who gave you the show to sell, even if it is just a token.  So don't be scared off!  The royalties are low and adjusted for each theater's particular financial realities.

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The Camera, the Gerbil, and the Big, Wide World
2w, 1m

Two lonely children meet in Texas and their lives are changed for the better.

This sweet, family friendly, fifteen-minute play is a nostalgic journey through friendship, and how a camera and a gerbil can make the world huge and wonderful.













Kings of the World
2m, 1 w/m

From politics to cars, Bud and Jeff know exactly how to fix the world... if only they could put down their drinks and get off their barstools. Could the magic of a new song on the jukebox be enough?

This 10-minute play features great physical comedy opportunities for older character actors.

WARNING:  Artistically motivated cussing

Wednesday, March 30, 2016

Maggie Goes to Hollywood - Now Available


Well, folks... the day you have been long waiting for is sloooowly here.  Maggie Goes to Hollywood -  Book Six in the Maggie MacKay: Magical Tracker series is available on Kindle!  As this week continues, it will be rolling out on all the other vendors and paperback, etc., et. al.  But for the time being, grab it here!

http://amzn.to/1UCTxcG

A few readers have asked me about future plans for Maggie.  There are many, many more books on their way in this series, with another coming out *fingers crossed* this August.  As long as they are still fun for me to write and still fun for you to read, I'm game for just keeping this party going.  Cool?  The one decision I made last year, though, was to wrap up all of my other series so that I could get Maggie out to you faster in the future.  Instead of four different books in three different series like its been, my brain is just going to live in Maggie-land from here on out.  So thanks to all of you for your patience as I goofed around trying to figure out my voice and other artistic crap.  Let's just play now, shall we?

Thursday, January 21, 2016

Ladies and Gentlemen, May I present the ladies and gentlemen of Building Madness

The costumes, hair, hats, and makeup are all coming together for the show and I gotta say, what a sharp looking crew.


(left to right: Matt Jayson, Colin Simon, Sean Faye)

(left to right: Sarah Lily, Alex Wright, Kate Danley)

 For more pictures and blog posts behind the scenes, head on over to https://buildingmadness.com/gtcburbank/!

Wednesday, January 20, 2016

Building Madness

Building Madness's first preview is tomorrow and I've got to say, it has been an absolutely dream.  I've been blogging about it over at www.buildingmadness.com if you'd like the inside scoop.

The cast is fantastic.  I have to pinch myself whenever I walk onto the set and realize the enormity of having people who believe in something you've created so much, they are willing to give up their weekends and evenings to bring it to life.  Life is hard as a female playwright.  A recent study by the Lily Awards found that only 20% of all the plays being produced in America are written by women (and some theaters have entire seasons without a single female playwright on their roster.)  I have hit the lottery, especially with a director like Kevin Cochran and a cast as massively talented as this crew.

If you are in the Los Angeles area, please come out!  Tickets are now available at gtc.org and if you use code "madness" you get 50% off.  It is such a fun show, plus, your presence tells the world that it is good to invest in female playwrights.



Tuesday, December 22, 2015

The Madness of Props

One of the fun parts about doing a period play is finding juuuust the right props, sets, and costumes.  Fortunately, Los Angeles is a trove of hidden treasures.
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We found this 1910 violin case for our gangster, purchased from a man who collects, restores, and sells antique violins.  These cases don't offer much in the way of protection compared to modern day cases, so he frequently sells them.  It is all wood and called a "coffin case."
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Turns out the last person to purchase such a case from him was going as a gangster for Halloween.
Kevin found a 1923 Dictaphone someone had been storing in their garage for years.  It's hard to find old Dictaphones with the hose and horn still intact.
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Other props we'll be pulling from the store room include an old manual typewriter, a vintage briefcase owned by the playwright's grandfather, and a classic adding machine (purchased for use in GTC's previous production of The Adding Machine.)
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All these vintage finds add authenticity to a play and help the audience believe in the world.  Plus, it is sort of lovely to think about all of these old workhorses who were destined for a scrap pile now being given a new lease on life and a glamorous career in entertainment.  That's certainly music to our ears.
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Want more behind the scenes stories?  Check out www.buildingmadness.com!