Playwright Gregg Barrios’ new play Seven-Card Stud opens Friday night, March 3 at the Overtime Theater in San Antonio, Texas. Seven-Card Stud is about the aging American playwright Tennessee Williams and his former lover and Texas native Pancho Rodriguez whom Williams used as a model for his character Stanley Kowalski in Streetcar Named Desire. The tale is told by Pancho’s twin brother Johnny Rodriguez.
If you’re interested in learning more about the relationship between Pancho Rodriguez and Tennessee Williams, Gregg Barrios has written another play about their fleeting love affair entitled Rancho Pancho (2009).
Seven-Card Stud features actors Rick Frederick, Brian Zavala, and Aaron M. Ramos and is directed by Richard David Anthony. Seven-Card Stud runs from March 3-March 25, 2017 with 8pm performances on Friday and Saturdays, along with select Sunday matinees. Please check the Overtime Theater for details.
The California State Library selected Karen Kondazian’s novel The Whip as book of the week for February 17, 2017. Karen Kondazian is a California resident, and much of The Whip takes place in California. A historical novel, The Whip follows the life of Charley “Charlotte” Parkhurst a famous stagecoach driver of the old west who spent her life disguised as a man. Many thanks to the California State Library staff for the recognition!
Had the opportunity to see a staged reading of Charlene A. Donaghy’s The Quadroon and the Dove at The Players Club in New York on January 12, 2017. The play was fantastic and the actors were marvelous. The play takes place in New Orleans in 1841. The playwright Charlene Donaghy takes advantage of the New Orleans setting by weaving spoken French and Cajun into the play. Although the play is about the peculiar custom of Plaçage, it is more about group of four women and two men struggling within the confines of the social rules of their time. A must see. Another staged reading is scheduled at The Players Club on January 24th at 7pm.
The Quadroon and the Dove is part of a collection of plays written by Charlene Donaghy entitled Bones of Home and Other Plays (2015).
The Lucky Hat Mine by J.v.L. Bell has recently received several rave book reviews from traditional media and book bloggers.
Sandra Dallas from the Denver Post writes in her article “Women’s Westerns rare, but can be fun reads”:
The Lucky Hat Mine, filled with period detail and real-life pioneers such as Mountain Charley, Green Russell and the Tabors, is a spirited…tale.
From the book review blog The Bookworm Who Lived entitles the review as “The Underrated Book: The Lucky Hat Mine by J.V.L. Bell.” Here a snippet from the blog:
Our protagonist, Millie, is the most badass women ever. Not in an assassin kind of way but she is stubborn and firm in the best way. She is independent and won’t let any of the (many, many) men who try tell her what to do.
Most recently The Lucky Hat Mine received this review from book blog Just Book Talk:
…a clever tale of greed, murder and suspense with a good dollop of romance and humour.
The Lucky Hat Mine is available as a trade paperback, ebook, and audio.
Charlene A. Donaghy
The staged reading of Charlene A. Donaghy’s The Quadroon and the Dove has just been announced. This great evening of theater takes place at The Players Club in New York on January 12 and 24, 2017. Donaghy’s The Quadroon and the Dove is being presented by Madison Square Productions and Binder Casting and is being directed by William Brown. An amazing and talented ensemble of actors has been selected for this staged reading: Tiffany Rachelle Stewart as Clarice, Ken Barnett as Lucien, Ayana Workman as Juliette, Heather Alicia Simms as Ellie, Yaegel T. Welch as Charlie-Smith, and Lizan Mitchell as Sage-Femme.
The Quadroon and the Dove was published as part of a collection of plays entitled The Bones of Home and Other Plays (Hansen Publishing Group, 2015). It’s a collection of historic plays complicated by Louisiana lore and offers a look at what remains the same and what has changed through the years. The historic plays resonate with struggles we continue to confront today, amid themes of race, gender, and power. Donaghy embraces her characters lives, complicated by choices between disparate worlds, with care and a hunger to explore. Her characters choices are about good and evil, hope and loss, faith and doubt and often involve a search for the meaning of home.
J.v.L. Bell signs her new novel The Lucky Hat Mine at the Covered Treasures Bookstore in Monument, CO as part of their Small Business Saturday and Indies First Celebration this coming Saturday, November 26, 2016 from noon – 2pm. For more information about this book signing of J.v.L. Bell’s The Lucky Hat Mine, please contact Covered Treasures Bookstore.
The Lucky Hat Mine is a story of murder, mystery, romance, and the Colorado frontier that perfectly blends history, fiction, and humor into a book you can’t put down.
J.v.L. Bell is a Colorado native who was raised climbing Colorado’s 14,000 foot mountains, exploring old ghost towns, and reading stories about life in the early frontier days. She enjoys hiking with friends and family, visiting new places and meeting new people, rafting the rivers of Utah and Colorado, and reading great historical fiction. She lives in Louisville, Colorado with her two daughters and her husband.
J.v.L. Bell will be signing copies of her new novel The Lucky Hat Mine at The Book Cellar in Louisville, Colorado on Sunday, November 13, 2016 from noon-2:00pm. Please contact bookstore for more details.
J.v.L. Bell is a Colorado native who was raised climbing Colorado’s 14,000 foot mountains, exploring old ghost towns, and reading stories about life in the early frontier days. She enjoys hiking with friends and family, visiting new places and meeting new people, rafting the rivers of Utah and Colorado, and reading great historical fiction.
A historical novel, The Lucky Hat Mine interlaces the tale of a feisty heroine with frontier legend and lore, making for a suspenseful murder mystery. The Southern belle heroine answers a wife-wanted ad to escape her life as a common house servant in New Orleans during the Civil War in 1863. She lights out for the Colorado Territory never imagining the perilous trip across the Great Plains or that she would find her intended husband in a pine box. Was he killed in an accident? Or murdered for his gold mine? Stuck in the mining town of Idaho Springs without friends or means, she is beleaguered by undesirable suitors and threatened by an unknown assailant. Her troubles escalate when the brother of her dead fiancé unexpectedly turns up.
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