In 1999 The Caldwell Theatre – Boca Raton, Florida produced my comedy THE KING’S MARE which was adapted from a French play “La Jument du Roi” by Jean Canolle. It was a huge success. It lay dormant for eight years. So much for “a huge success”.
Then in 2007 The Amateur Comedy Club, based in Manhattan, couldn’t get the rights to a Gore Vidal play and one of the members remembered that a friend had recommended my play to their black-tie-on-Friday and Saturday night-private-comedy club some years back. They contacted me and produced A ROYAL MESS www.aroyalmess.com which is its new title. Again, my play about Henry VIII and his fourth wife Anne of Cleves was a huge success.
Some months later, one of its members asked if I would speak with a budding young playwright, and give him some pointers – like be very patient, I thought. He was from Boca. First coincidence. He is a fellow Gemini. Second coincidence. We met and exchanged plays to read. Liked each other. Liked each others play.
His name is Matt Greenfield and he has since moved back to Cleveland where he had founded a little group at Case Western in 2004 – known as IMPROVment – where they performed monthly, plays that juxtaposed intellectual humor, human drama and physical humor.
On February 4th and 18th the OddyFest presents “Follow the Leaders” – three plays: a staged reading of a “scene excerpt” from A ROYAL MESS, EUPHORICATION by Timo Aker and THE LIFE AND DEATH OF KING EDWARD VIII – by Matt Greenfield. Henry VIII and Edward VIII. Third coincidence.
Plus the musical stylings of Ryan Ferren and the dance of MegLouise Dance Co.
HEIGHTS ARTS STUDIO – 7PM (doors open 6:45)
2340 Lee Road (across the bridge – on the west side of the Cleveland Heights Library)
All tickets $10.00 Mention NEOhioPAL, you get in for half-price ($5)!
The Oddy Festival