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Staged reading for “Replays (Great Moments Live Forever)” March 30, 2013

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On Friday 10 May 2013, Somerset Valley Players in Hillsborough, New Jersey will present a staged reading of “Replays (Great Moments Live Forever)” by William E. Spear. Replays is set in a failing restaurant of the same name where four characters confront their pasts so they might plan their futures.

Marie Times is an aging reporter who is pursuing one last payday before retiring. In the final hours before her broadcast tribute to legendary and recently passed away sportscaster, Johnny Parks, she befriends three people:

  • Joey Stilts, a writer who played on a championship football team over 35 years ago and whose teammates are gradually dying off;
  • Jack Downs, owner of the sports-themed restaurant named Replays which is on the verge of bankruptcy; and
  • Lois Chaos, a 16‑year‑old high school student whose passion for playing classical music is colliding with her parents’ wishes for her to pursue lacrosse.

Each will choose action based upon their own circumstances but inspired by the sports in their pasts. And they will learn, through their experience at Replays, no matter how they choose, their best moments will live forever.

All tickets for “Replays (Great Moments Live Forever)” are free and are limited to the the first 99 patrons. The time of the reading is being finalized. There will also be a question and answer session afterwards.

Please come out and support the cast of “Replays (Great Moments Live Forever).”

The Playhouse for Somerset Valley Players is located at:

689 Amwell Road (Rte 514)

Hillsborough NJ 08844-3317



2011 Writers Workshops – The Early Outline December 21, 2010

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During the first four months of 2011, the Teen Cafe program of North Hiunterdon County Library in Clinton, New Jersey will conduct writers workshops. Held once a month, the workshops will present different formats and genre to the writers.

Mixing the premise that all participants are encouraged to help each other become better writers with the exploration of genre, the workshops will be presented as follows:

  1. Comedy: Everyone likes to laugh and laugh and laugh – Character development within the novel format as the basis for telling funny stories.
  2. Action: Hold on tight for fiteen minutes – The speed and power of short stories will be used to to get audiences into, and quickly out of, fast-moving situations.
  3. Autobiography: Your life, page one, in any format you can imagine – You are as interesting as any character; why not tell your life story?
  4. Mystery, suspense, and supernatural in metered verse: Thrills and chills of writing scary poems – Poetry’s flexibility makes it suitable for scaring readers; let the Wednesday Night Frights begin.

Also included are the following:

  • Each workshop will include a segement titled “Opening Paragraph.” Participants may write and read the first paragraph of a new work or read from an existing story.
  • Each workshop will also include a segment titled “Publishing your Work: Finding an audience is the hard part” which presents ways for finding an audience and getting published.

This is the second year for the workshops and should be as much fun as the last.

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From William R. Spear: Ink and Gear and Aerial Bacon November 29, 2010

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Please accept introductions to William R. Spear and his online home titled Ink and Gear.

Spear’s first post, “Aerial Bacon: A Tale of Ham on the Wing,” is introduced here: 

In the smoking ruins of Manhattan stands the twisted skeleton of what was once the world’s tallest building. Years ago, a secret laboratory sat atop this crumbling skyscraper. Only a hundred people knew of this lab’s existence, and less than a dozen knew its true purpose.

The laboratory’s walls, ceilings, and floor tiles were a brilliant, headache-inducing white. Ivory-colored cages were arranged three high and ten long against the lab’s rear wall. The wall to the right of the cages was lined with computers, electronics, and biomedical devices that required government permits to own and operate. Across the room was the workbench, a long aluminum table with a wooden top, with what looked like the contents of a hundred toolboxes spread out across its surface. Harsh lights on the ceiling created globular reflections in each floor tile and bleached the starchy coats of the scientists below.

The scientists themselves stood around a steel operating table in the center of the room. One of them crouched over the last test subject while the other looked on in discomfort. The man looking on was named Wilson. He cleared his throat, straightened his tie, smoothed the front of his shirt, plucked an errant thread from his slacks, and slid his sweaty palms into his pockets. He cleared his throat again and finally spoke.”



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“Aerial Bacon: A Tale of Ham on the Wing”




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LA Theatre Works: Table Manners by Alan Ayckbourn on Saturday 5 December December 5, 2009

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This weekend, beginning Saturday, December 5, L.A. Theatre Works will air Table Manners by Alan Ayckbourn. The broadcast can be heard locally in Southern California on Saturday from 10 pm to midnight on KPCC 89.3 FM, and can also be streamed on demand at http://www.latw.org/.

Table Manners, the first battle in Ayckbourn’s The Norman Conquests trilogy in which England’s famous seducer of other men’s wives lays siege to his sister-in-law, stars Rosalind Ayres, Ken Danziger, Martin Jarvis, Jane Leeves, Christopher Neame, and Carolyn Seymour. The broadcast includes interviews with Alan Ayckbourn and Martin Jarvis.

L.A. Theatre Works’ radio theater series can also be heard on the following stations (check local listings for broadcast times): 89.7 WGBH, Boston, MA; 91.5 WBEZ, Chicago, IL; 94.9 KUOW, Seattle, WA; 90.1 WABE, Atlanta, GA; 94.1 KPFA, Berkeley, CA; 91.1 KRCB, North Bay (San Francisco, CA); 89.1 KVPR, Fresno, CA; 89.3 KPRX, Bakersfield, CA; and many other stations nationwide.

Major funding for L.A. Theatre Works’ broadcast series is provided by the S. Mark Taper Foundation. Founded in 1989, the S. Mark Taper Foundation is a private family foundation dedicated to enhancing the quality of people’s lives by supporting non-profit organizations and their work in the community.

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You might not have believed the NaPlWriMo post from yesterday, but here’s proof December 2, 2009

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In case you missed yesterday’s post, “Done! Off the Pipes, an audio drama, is finished at 114 pages” (https://twoplusplus.wordpress.com/2009/12/01/done-off-the-pipes-an-audio-drama-is-finished-at-114-pages/), the proof is enclosed!

The Official Rhino Badge was earned by Frank Curts letting me tell 114 pages of his story in Off the Pipes (On NaPlWriMo at http://www.naplwrimo.org/OffThePipes).

The NaPlWriMo community was full of intensely focused writers. From the contacts I had, the group collectively and individually pursued playwriting with passion.

What to write in 2010?

Best to all,

William E. Spear

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