Archive for September, 2017

29
Sep
17

In & Of Itself: My Review

Photo Sep 28, 2 01 07 PMSome believe that “the oldest profession” is an idiom that conjures up mental images of brothels and clandestine encounters. Others believe that the expression goes back further in time. It harkens back to the time when we as hominids gathered around the fire and told stories of the hunt. It takes us back to the time when we painted our first art on cave walls so that we could convey our stories. Some would say that it was in that time that real theatre was first born. There’s vivid art on display on the walls at the Daryl Roth theatre, and magical storytelling occurring on its stage, and both are being beautifully manipulated by a writer, performance artist, and master magician all in the form of Derek Delgaudio.

Photo 1 - Photo Credit Edward MedinaWhen you enter his performance space you encounter your first wall. It’s a wall filled with row, after row, after row of small white cards that all have the words I Am emblazoned at the top. Below that they each have a different descriptive word or phrase. Doctor. Mom. Cougar. Imagineer. Best friend. A big deal. The one that got away. The choices seem almost endless. The magician wants you to pick a card. Do so. There’s revelation in your choice. It’s about who you think you are. It’s about who you’re meant to be for the next seventy-five intermission less moments.

You then enter the theatre itself, going deeper into the magician’s chamber of secrets. As you take your seat you encounter the other wall. On stage is an imposing solid wall of wood boards with six window boxes of various sizes set into it. Each of these smaller individual chambers contains an item, a thing, a device that will each serve to tell a story that contributes to the whole. Revealing what they are wouldn’t be fair. That would be giving away some of the magic. In fact, telling you much more wouldn’t be fair to both you or to the magician. Telling you wouldn’t give away how the illusions are achieved but it would reveal the secrets of the story and story is everything here.

Frank Oz, Derek Delgaudio

Frank Oz, Derek Delgaudio photo credit Matthew Murphy

What can be said is that through the course of the evening magician Delgaudio will load each of those six chambers with a story and an illusion. Every time he does so, he pulls a trigger and fires a shot right through himself and the audience. That’s not hyperbole. It’s the truth. It’s in the telling of the tale. Delgaudio, producers Neil Patrick Harris and Glenn Kaino, and director Frank Oz have masterfully designed, crafted, and presented a supremely beautiful mix of life lessons learned, and illusionist skills mastered, all of which merge into a series of perfect entertainment moments.

Though he stands alone on-stage this magician still has his assistants. An artistic collective known as A. Bandit designed a set and performance space that is deceptively simple and cunning all on its own. On stage, there is only a wall, a ladder, a table, and a chair but this production design begins the moment you walk in the front door. The same can be said of lighting designer Adam Blumenthal’s work. The wall of white cards is lit in a bright white wash that gives them a surreal and inviting glow that draws you towards them. His illuminations during the show itself helps to illustrate each magical move Delgaudio makes. Mark Mothersbaugh, founding member and front man of the indie-pop band Devo, sets the mood with a mesmerizing original score and sound designer Kevin Heard accentuates the tone of the production and helps to make inanimate objects spring to life. Individually they all shine but collectively they form a foundation that creates an environment in which Delgaudio can further manipulate the senses.

There are the great magicians that everyone remembers because they have name recognition. Thurston. Blackstone. Houdini. Henning. Copperfield. For those in the know, Derek Delgaudio could be closely compared to a mix of the elegant stage style of Channing Pollack, the profound close-up skill sets of Rene Lavand, and the storytelling genius of the recently lost Eugene Burger. Comparisons are made here for reference but Delgaudio is a master magician all to himself. His presentation and style is for a new generation and stands entirely on its own. His relationship with the audience is everything and he achieves that by being funny and sad, understanding and coy, charming and mischievous, and at times painfully honest. Delgaudio, the magician, becomes whatever he needs to be to help us along on this most personal journey.

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Derek Delgaudio photo credit Matthew Murphy

By the time Derek Delgaudio is done with the telling, concluding with a mind boggling final ten minutes you will never ever forget, you will be transfixed and transformed. At that conclusion, when he asks you to stand up and believe in who you are, who you chose to be represented by that white card you picked out when you first walked into his domain, do so. Stand up. Believe in yourself and do it. He wants you to. You won’t regret it and you’ll become a part of this master’s final illusion. You’ll become a part of the touching, heartfelt, glorious, empowering magical story he tells so well.

Daryl Roth Theatre
101 East 15th Street
New York, NY 1003
$30 – $148
www.darylroththeatre.com
212-375-1110
April 5 – Dec 30, 2017

From an original post on TheaterScene/The Fire Island Sun.

Edward MedinaEdward Medina is an Amazon KDP bestselling author of high fantasy, dark horror, and epic adventure books, short stories, and poems. To date his combined works have earned over one hundred and fifty Amazon and Goodreads five star reviews from readers, reviewers, bloggers, teachers and fellow authors.

He is a native New Yorker who over time has built a significant and multifaceted career. He has been a producer, director, and writer for both digital media and the New York Off and Off – Off Broadway stages. He also had the honor and the privilege to work for the late great Jim Henson creator of the Muppets.

Edward founded a successful independent production company dedicated to family entertainment and children’s causes. He also established a multimedia company in order to assist nonprofits achieve their own cause related goals. He went on to become a theme park designer. For fun he became a steam train engineer and has been since childhood a sometime magician.

Currently Edward is a critic and feature entertainment columnist covering Broadway, Off Broadway, Off-Off Broadway, Clubs and Cabarets for TheaterScene and The Fire Island Sun. He also maintains his love of theatrical production by continuing to create new works for both stage and screen. And his dream of building a fully realized world of fantasy on tropical shores is still very much alive and well.

If you’d like more detailed information on Edward’s work, visit his LinkedIn profile or his website. You can also explore his books, follow him on Twitter, like his page on Facebook, and subscribe to his blog on WordPress.

Edward Medina is proud to be a member of the American Theatre Critics Association, the Dramatists Guild, the Society of Children’s Book Writers & Illustrators, and the Horror Writers Association.

28
Sep
17

For Peter Pan on her 70th birthday: My Review

Photo Sep 29, 4 50 56 PMTwo time Pulitzer Prize finalist and Tony Award nominee author Sarah Ruhl wrote For Peter Pan as a gift to her actress mother Kathleen Kehoe Ruhl who, in real life, joyously played Pan long ago. The play opens with Ann (Kathleen Chalfant), representing the embodiment of Ruhl’s mother, parting the closed curtains and stepping out to sweetly regale us with dulcet memories of her character’s Pan performance. The moment was so natural and well-acted that one wasn’t sure if this was part of the show or the beginning of a welcome to the Playwrights Horizons theatre.

Ruhl has set her semi-autobiographical drama, with hints of humor, within a framework of three movements. The first movement has us waiting in a hospital room with the family as they wait for their patriarch George (Ron Crawford) to shuffle off this mortal coil. It’s a long wait. With many lingering silences. Too many of them. In between those silences we are introduced to each remaining member of the clan. They include sister, Wendy (Lisa Emery), and brothers Jim (David Chandler), John (Daniel Jenkins), and Michael (Keith Reddin). It’s in these first moments together that we feel the hints of familial love and festering sibling rivalry that permeate their lives.

At the obvious conclusion of the vigil deceased dad sits up and gets out of bed. He takes a walk to the front door of the family’s Davenport, Iowa home where he’s greeted by the also deceased family dog, nicely played by adopted canine Macy making her New York theatrical debut. George and the pet then go inside. The father will physically yet silently haunt the remainder of the play like a specter at the awkward feast to follow.

For Peter Pan

David Chandler, Ron Crawford, Daniel Jenkins, Lisa Emery, Keith Reddin, and Kathleen Chalfant (Photo Credit Joan Marcus)

After a clumsy set change, all done to a live trumpet solo of “When the Saints Come Marching” in, we arrive at the second movement and the family dinner table. It’s there with handfuls of Chex Party Mix and copious amounts of Jameson whiskey that the now orphaned siblings truly let the catharsis fly in a verbal wake of suddenly forced adulthood.

This family venting is filled with remembrances both joyful and melancholy, growing expressions of sibling discontent and disconnect, a good dose of political regret for being both not enough or too liberal, and not enough or too conservative, in a world gone mad during the Clinton administration, and it’s all blended together with a healthy mix of Irish Catholic guilt.

It’s here that author and ensemble shine. These are all actors of a certain age and their real life skills and professional experience provide them with the tools to take what would at first glance appear to be a clichéd scene and make it sing off the page.

The third movement is somewhat magical but extremely perplexing. Its childhood fantasy rooted in the reality of age as the Pan story plays out in the children’s bedroom. Each sibling has a part to play. Ann returns to her crowing self as Peter, siblings Wendy, John and Peter become their namesakes, and brother Jim becomes a fabulous Captain Hook, even the family dog takes a turn as Nana but nothing here can help save this lost elderly children’s theatre-like conclusion.

Awkward moments abound in a crash of forced analogies, confusing concepts, and the technical requirements of attaching flying harnesses to both people and a bed. The clearly audible mechanical sounds of the pulley systems that make the magic of flight possible were painfully apparent. Whether this was deliberate to increase that feeling of encroaching reality or the theater space is just too small to absorb the mechanics involved will remain a mystery.

The end of all this returned us to a touching moment. With her brothers and sister choosing to return to being grownups Ann, as Peter, is left alone on stage to once again recall her original performance. She remembers the real magic of that moment. She remembers the audience, her friends smiling faces, and her father coming up the aisle to bring her a bouquet of roses. Ghost dad does just that and speaks for the first time with words of support and encouragement to a young Ann as she embarks on the rest of her life. This then allows Peter to take flight once more leaving the pains of the real world behind.

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Kathleen Chalfant David Chandler (Photo Credit Joan Marcus)

There’s a lot to be said about the Peter Pan myth and its connections to youth and lost youth, to living life and finding death, to hanging on and letting go. Unfortunately, this time, like a clumsy lost boy, the obviously gifted Ruhl overloads her quiver with tried and true tropes and takes aim at societies every day foibles, the structure of family, all the stages of death and dying, and the truths of how we can be our own worst enemies, but she ends up missing all the marks by half.

Under the direction of Ms. Ruhl’s frequent collaborator, Les Waters, the production is at times a tedious mix of misfires and missed opportunities and yet at others one can almost see the distant shores of Neverland, the mermaids and Indians and pirates that inhabit that magical place, and one can truly try to believe that if we clap hard enough Tinkerbell will live again.

The physical production is supported by scenic designer David Zinn, costume designer Kristopher Castle, lighting designer Matt Frey, original music and sound designers Bray Poor and Charles Coes, animal trainer William Berloni and flight and fly director Ryan Bourque.

 

Playwrights Horizons – Mainstage Theater

416 West 42nd Street
Tickets: $59-$99
http://www.playwrightshorizons.org
212-564-1235
August 18 – October 1, 2017

From an original post on TheaterScene/The Fire Island Sun.

Edward MedinaEdward Medina is an Amazon KDP bestselling author of high fantasy, dark horror, and epic adventure books, short stories, and poems. To date his combined works have earned over one hundred and fifty Amazon and Goodreads five star reviews from readers, reviewers, bloggers, teachers and fellow authors.

He is a native New Yorker who over time has built a significant and multifaceted career. He has been a producer, director, and writer for both digital media and the New York Off and Off – Off Broadway stages. He also had the honor and the privilege to work for the late great Jim Henson creator of the Muppets.

Edward founded a successful independent production company dedicated to family entertainment and children’s causes. He also established a multimedia company in order to assist nonprofits achieve their own cause related goals. He went on to become a theme park designer. For fun he became a steam train engineer and has been since childhood a sometime magician.

Currently Edward is a critic and feature entertainment columnist covering Broadway, Off Broadway, Off-Off Broadway, Clubs and Cabarets for TheaterScene and The Fire Island Sun. He also maintains his love of theatrical production by continuing to create new works for both stage and screen. And his dream of building a fully realized world of fantasy on tropical shores is still very much alive and well.

If you’d like more detailed information on Edward’s work, visit his LinkedIn profile or his website. You can also explore his books, follow him on Twitter, like his page on Facebook, and subscribe to his blog on WordPress.

Edward Medina is proud to be a member of the American Theatre Critics Association, the Dramatists Guild, the Society of Children’s Book Writers & Illustrators, and the Horror Writers Association.

24
Sep
17

Bones, Crowns and Gaman (AXP2): Bones

Photo Sep 16, 11 42 31 PMIn the great Hall of Records, in the capital city of Largess, a possum by the name of Morton Slumber is listed as missing at sea and presumed dead. The poor soul was aboard the merchant vessel Lilly of the Seas when she went missing and presumed sunk.

Death touches us all, some more than others. For most, death comes only once and with finality. For the rest, death takes us a little bit at a time, visit after visit, leaving us weaker and weaker until the end finally arrives. We learn to fear and respect death, some just come to accept the inevitability of its nature, but for Morton Slumber death represented life and livelihood.

The Slumber family was known throughout the Empire and around the globe even before the Empire came to be. For nine generations the gifted possums worked in service to death, its circumstances, and the memorializing of those who have passed. They assisted the living by providing them with dramatic and elaborate places to mourn their loved ones.

Since time immemorial, monarchs and heads of state have sought a Slumber designed and built mausoleum for their final resting place. The Slumbers’ were all masters of their craft, but Morton Slumber truly had a gift for death’s design.

On the night he went missing, Morton was returning from completing the installation of his memorial for those lost in the aftermath of the Battle of Bourne. The possum had been asleep down below when he thought he heard a woman’s voice calling to him. Still in his night clothes, he went up on deck and found nothing. Not even the moon. At the railing he caught the silhouette of a ship against the black star studded sky. Multiple flashes of blinding bursts of light followed as the dark specter fired her guns.

The second time the possum woke that night he was thrashing about in the water. Morton Slumber could not swim. He could see the Lilly was ablaze and going down quickly. There were dozens of other creatures struggling in the water. There was nothing around him to grab on to and no one near enough to save him. Death comes for everyone. Morton knew that. As he began to slip beneath the waves, he took one final breath and for the first time in his life he imagined his own mausoleum at the bottom of the sea.

The almost dead possum was snatched from the water and sent flying through the air. A lion on a rope had swung over him, plucked him from death’s door, and then deposited him at an even worse place. On the deck of the ghost ship Revenge a hood was thrown over his head. In the darkness Morton found a fist that struck him into unconsciousness.

The missing possum was the only survivor taken from the water the night Lilly of the Seas was sunk. One hundred and eighty-nine souls were lost in the encounter in order to secure the services of the famous Morton Slumber for what would be his last and most private client. The time had come for Benjamin Nightthorn to entomb his long dead family.

The possum met with the Captain only once before the work began and once after it was completed. The first time was upon his arrival to his new island home. Nightthorn was tall, thin, and imposing. His presence was dramatic, commanding, and most direct.

The pirate crow stood before Morton.

“Make my family fly again.”

That was all he said.

Morton watched as the somber captain walked away in a gate so natural and precise that he seemed to glide across the rocky ground. The lion that pulled him from the ocean grabbed Morton by the shoulder and spun him around.

“Welcome to the Island of Bones.”

The lion snarled.

“From which there is no escape.”

He coldly emphasized with a smile.

Photo Nov 24, 11 05 21 PMBones, Crowns and Gaman is the second novella in the Adventures of the X Pirates series. Amazon readers have already made both A Murder of Crows, the prolog to these tales, and The Demise of Foxy Jack the first adventure Amazon best sellers in both the Fantasy and Action Adventure categories.

This installment will tell us how a murderous villain established his secret island base and began spreading his agenda of terror. How a young Queen came to power while those around her plotted against the throne and the ruling family. There’s a masked soothsayer with dire warnings, a mysterious foreign lover with plans of her own, a master architect of death’s design, and a hero who wakes on a rowboat far out at sea with no recollection as to how he got there.

Bones, Crowns and Gaman returns you to an all animal world full of epic pirate fantasy, where nothing is what it seems, and everything is suspect. A world where both heroes and villains have a tortured past and every twist and turn tests their resolve. This is a tale of power and politics, questioned faith and questionable motives, and it’s your next port of call in the Adventures of the X Pirates.

”Bones, Crowns and Gaman is full of drama, love, lust, mystery, intrigue, betrayal, and political mischief. I’m hesitant to say any more without spoiling the plot but I’ve now read all three of these novellas and each one gets better and better. I love how the characters keep growing and the world keeps expanding. The Adventures of the X Pirates series is just like Game of Thrones but with an all animal cast. I highly recommend these books to anyone looking for a grand adventure.” – Amazon Reader

Bones, Crowns and Gaman debuted in the Top Five on the Amazon bestseller lists for both Fantasy and Action Adventure. To date the Adventures of the X Pirates series has earned 32 Amazon and Goodreads ★★★★★ reviews from readers, reviewers, teachers, authors, and bloggers.

Bones, Crowns and Gaman is available on Amazon.

Edward MedinaEdward Medina is an Amazon KDP bestselling author of high fantasy, dark horror, and epic adventure books, short stories, and poems. To date his combined works have earned over one hundred and fifty Amazon and Goodreads five star reviews from readers, reviewers, bloggers, teachers and fellow authors.

He is a native New Yorker who over time has built a significant and multifaceted career. He has been a producer, director, and writer for both digital media and the New York Off and Off – Off Broadway stages. He also had the honor and the privilege to work for the late great Jim Henson creator of the Muppets.

Edward founded a successful independent production company dedicated to family entertainment and children’s causes. He also established a multimedia company in order to assist nonprofits achieve their own cause related goals. He went on to become a theme park designer. For fun he became a steam train engineer and has been since childhood a sometime magician.

Currently Edward is a critic and feature entertainment columnist covering Broadway, Off Broadway, Off-Off Broadway, Clubs and Cabarets for TheaterScene and The Fire Island Sun. He also maintains his love of theatrical production by continuing to create new works for both stage and screen. And his dream of building a fully realized world of fantasy on tropical shores is still very much alive and well.

If you’d like more detailed information on Edward’s work, visit his LinkedIn profile or his website. You can also explore his books, follow him on Twitter, like his page on Facebook, and subscribe to his blog on WordPress.

Edward Medina is proud to be a member of the American Theatre Critics Association, the Dramatists Guild, the Society of Children’s Book Writers & Illustrators, and the Horror Writers Association.

24
Sep
17

Bones, Crowns and Gaman (AXP2): Crowns

Photo Sep 16, 11 42 37 PMHer Royal Majesty Queen Anastasia Dianna Helena Elizabeth Victoria Elise of the House Catamount, Absolute and Sovereign Ruler of the Empire and all its Known and Unknown Territories, Supreme Warrior, Defender, and Chief Commander of Military Services on Land and Out at Sea, Ordained Defender of the Faiths, Most Absolute Majesty and Imperial Power, Divinely Ordained since the Great Evolution and Destined Ruler of the World Entire, sat upon her throne like a stiff, quietly seething, effigy of power.

When the Great Evolution came, it struck quickly. There was change in the air. Every animal could sense it. Only the foolish ones ignored it. The smart animals survived the rapid change and became creatures and beings. The rest became extinct. In the confusion there was a move for sustenance, territory, and eventually, power.

Territoriality is an animal’s basest instinct. The Empire was not founded on any ideal, or design, or long held passion. It was founded on the necessity to consolidate and acquire power and territory and to create commerce and trade in order to secure that power.

By order of her Royal Majesty Queen Anastasia, a fort was commissioned and built. The fort was located on the largest of the small islands in an island and reef chain known as the Tortures. Composed of over sixteen million bricks, Queen’s Fort was the largest masonry structure in all the Empire at the time.

The three-tiered, six-sided, four hundred and ten heavy gun fort had two sides measuring three hundred and twenty-five feet and four sides measuring four hundred and seventy seven feet.  The walls met at corner bastions allowing defensive fire along the faces of the walls they joined. The heavy guns were mounted inside the walls in a string of open casemates facing outward toward the sea through large open embrasures.

Queen’s Fort was designed to be an impressive coastal maritime fortress with a massive gun platform that would make it impervious to assault and fully capable of annihilating any enemy ships foolhardy enough to come within range of its fury and might. This bombastic monument to power was built because as a young girl Queen Anastasia had a nightmare.

On the eve of the Battle of Bourne, as the Queen slept in her chamber, she dreamt of things that young queens dream of; she dreamt of conquest, adventures, and power. She woke when a sound made her body twitch and there at the foot of her bed was a crow. Though the room was dark she could see that he was young just like she was and then he started to age. He began as a quietly sobbing adolescent and grew into an imposing male figure right before her.

Then a fire lit in his eyes.

”Death to the crown.”

He rasped as the fire grew with him.

“Long live the Crow.”

He screamed as the fire engulfed him.

There at the foot of her bed, in her darkened chamber, the flaming crow put out his hand and threw a gold coin at the Queen. It struck her in the head and she could feel the sting of metallic heat. The crow vanished but he left his flame. The fire began consuming everything around her. She watched it all burn including her bed, and the heat of the fire, and the pain of its wrath, made her wake with a hysterical scream.

Immediately after news of her defeat at Bourne reached the palace, Anastasia ordered Queen’s Fort designed and built as a place for her to hide and be safe from the crow she was convinced was coming for her and her crown. Back then she was adored by her subjects and known to them as the Child Queen. Only her attendants knew of her growing raging temperament. Anastasia had been having nightmares ever since that day. Anastasia’s physicians considered lack of sleep a contributing factor to her volatility.

The Queen had recently taken up residence at the fort in order to make sure her plans to annihilate Benjamin Nightthorn were carried out to the letter. What began as a place to cower and simper had turned into a headquarters for vengeance at the Queen’s command. Anastasia needed to be done with all of this. She had to remove this most immanent threat to her reign. The plan that had been developed at the Conference at Largess had to be executed in order to bring an end to her nightmares and exact revenge upon the architect of her night terrors.

Photo Nov 24, 11 05 21 PMBones, Crowns and Gaman is the second novella in the Adventures of the X Pirates series. Amazon readers have already made both A Murder of Crows, the prolog to these tales, and The Demise of Foxy Jack the first adventure Amazon best sellers in both the Fantasy and Action Adventure categories.

This installment will tell us how a murderous villain established his secret island base and began spreading his agenda of terror. How a young Queen came to power while those around her plotted against the throne and the ruling family. There’s a masked soothsayer with dire warnings, a mysterious foreign lover with plans of her own, a master architect of death’s design, and a hero who wakes on a rowboat far out at sea with no recollection as to how he got there.

Bones, Crowns and Gaman returns you to an all animal world full of epic pirate fantasy, where nothing is what it seems, and everything is suspect. A world where both heroes and villains have a tortured past and every twist and turn tests their resolve. This is a tale of power and politics, questioned faith and questionable motives, and it’s your next port of call in the Adventures of the X Pirates.

”Bones, Crowns and Gaman is full of drama, love, lust, mystery, intrigue, betrayal, and political mischief. I’m hesitant to say any more without spoiling the plot but I’ve now read all three of these novellas and each one gets better and better. I love how the characters keep growing and the world keeps expanding. The Adventures of the X Pirates series is just like Game of Thrones but with an all animal cast. I highly recommend these books to anyone looking for a grand adventure.” – Amazon Reader

Bones, Crowns and Gaman debuted in the top five on the Amazon bestseller lists for both Fantasy and Action Adventure. To date the Adventures of the X Pirates series has earned 32 Amazon and Goodreads ★★★★★ reviews from readers, reviewers, teachers, authors, and bloggers.

Bones, Crowns and Gaman is available on Amazon.

Edward MedinaEdward Medina is an Amazon KDP bestselling author of high fantasy, dark horror, and epic adventure books, short stories, and poems. To date his combined works have earned over one hundred and fifty Amazon and Goodreads five star reviews from readers, reviewers, bloggers, teachers and fellow authors.

He is a native New Yorker who over time has built a significant and multifaceted career. He has been a producer, director, and writer for both digital media and the New York Off and Off – Off Broadway stages. He also had the honor and the privilege to work for the late great Jim Henson creator of the Muppets.

Edward founded a successful independent production company dedicated to family entertainment and children’s causes. He also established a multimedia company in order to assist nonprofits achieve their own cause related goals. He went on to become a theme park designer. For fun he became a steam train engineer and has been since childhood a sometime magician.

Currently Edward is a critic and feature entertainment columnist covering Broadway, Off Broadway, Off-Off Broadway, Clubs and Cabarets for TheaterScene and The Fire Island Sun. He also maintains his love of theatrical production by continuing to create new works for both stage and screen. And his dream of building a fully realized world of fantasy on tropical shores is still very much alive and well.

If you’d like more detailed information on Edward’s work, visit his LinkedIn profile or his website. You can also explore his books, follow him on Twitter, like his page on Facebook, and subscribe to his blog on WordPress.

Edward Medina is proud to be a member of the American Theatre Critics Association, the Dramatists Guild, the Society of Children’s Book Writers & Illustrators, and the Horror Writers Association.

24
Sep
17

Bones, Crowns and Gaman (AXP2): Gaman

Photo Sep 16, 11 42 40 PMA fox woke on a rowboat far out at sea.

The water was choppy and the wind was blowing gently but both carried promises of more to come. Storm clouds were gathering. The fox could see them darkening the star-studded sky. The wind chilled and a bank of quick moving fog rolled in with it. The naked fox looked for anything in the empty boat to cover himself when he discovered that there were no oars either.

As the fog engulfed the drifting boat, a rope dropped from the sky. The knotted end fell hard onto the floor of his boat. The fox looked up but there was nothing much to see. All he saw was the other end disappearing into the clouds above. He gave the thick rope a tug. The line was fully secured somewhere above him. Seeing no alternative, as the water became choppy and the rowboat began rocking with the waves, he grasped on to the rope and began to climb.

The naked fox had no tangible recollection of how he had arrived at this moment. All he thought he knew for sure was that he had died somehow. There was a rush of bracing wind as he continued to climb. The fox had found his afterlife and it was a cold bitter place. He took a pause and looked down. The boat below him was inundated in water as the chop became more aggressive. He watched as his little vessel took on water and was swallowed whole by the angry sea. With no hope below he began to climb again.

The fox could now hear a deep hum coming from above him. He had no idea what could be making that sound but he was committed to the climb and that meant getting closer to the source. A sudden image in his mind made him stop. There she was. A peahen with an alluring smile. There was a tavern. A mad squirrel. The fox was an actor. There was a performance. A maniacal crow was there.

The fox began to feel dizzy. There was a mug with a drink. He could taste the burn of the brew again. He began having trouble breathing. His memories were killing him even in death. The fox was a criminal. He had a price to pay. There had been love but it was gone now. There was a pain in his chest. His heartbeat was racing. The peahen had a name. It was Minerva. The fox could feel himself falling. She was Fate. The fox was about to lose his grip on the rope when it began to pull him upwards.

The speed of the quick pull snapped him back to the moment. He was no longer in control of his climb. He was being pulled higher and higher through a black cloud. The rope and the fox burst through the cloud top and all was suddenly still. There was no storm here. There was no wind or rain or fog. There was just clear night sky and the silhouette of a grand ship floating freely in the dark.

Photo Nov 24, 11 05 21 PMBones, Crowns and Gaman is the second novella in the Adventures of the X Pirates series. Amazon readers have already made both A Murder of Crows, the prolog to these tales, and The Demise of Foxy Jack the first adventure Amazon best sellers in both the Fantasy and Action Adventure categories.

This installment will tell us how a murderous villain established his secret island base and began spreading his agenda of terror. How a young Queen came to power while those around her plotted against the throne and the ruling family. There’s a masked soothsayer with dire warnings, a mysterious foreign lover with plans of her own, a master architect of death’s design, and a hero who wakes on a rowboat far out at sea with no recollection as to how he got there.

Bones, Crowns and Gaman returns you to an all animal world full of epic pirate fantasy, where nothing is what it seems, and everything is suspect. A world where both heroes and villains have a tortured past and every twist and turn tests their resolve. This is a tale of power and politics, questioned faith and questionable motives, and it’s your next port of call in the Adventures of the X Pirates.

”Bones, Crowns and Gaman is full of drama, love, lust, mystery, intrigue, betrayal, and political mischief. I’m hesitant to say any more without spoiling the plot but I’ve now read all three of these novellas and each one gets better and better. I love how the characters keep growing and the world keeps expanding. The Adventures of the X Pirates series is just like Game of Thrones but with an all animal cast. I highly recommend these books to anyone looking for a grand adventure.” – Amazon Reader

Bones, Crowns and Gaman debuted in the Top Five on the Amazon bestseller lists for both Fantasy and Action Adventure. To date the Adventures of the X Pirates series has earned 32 Amazon and Goodreads ★★★★★ reviews from readers, reviewers, teachers, authors, and bloggers.

Bones, Crowns and Gaman is available on Amazon.

Edward MedinaEdward Medina is an Amazon KDP bestselling author of high fantasy, dark horror, and epic adventure books, short stories, and poems. To date his combined works have earned over one hundred and fifty Amazon and Goodreads five star reviews from readers, reviewers, bloggers, teachers and fellow authors.

He is a native New Yorker who over time has built a significant and multifaceted career. He has been a producer, director, and writer for both digital media and the New York Off and Off – Off Broadway stages. He also had the honor and the privilege to work for the late great Jim Henson creator of the Muppets.

Edward founded a successful independent production company dedicated to family entertainment and children’s causes. He also established a multimedia company in order to assist nonprofits achieve their own cause related goals. He went on to become a theme park designer. For fun he became a steam train engineer and has been since childhood a sometime magician.

Currently Edward is a critic and feature entertainment columnist covering Broadway, Off Broadway, Off-Off Broadway, Clubs and Cabarets for TheaterScene and The Fire Island Sun. He also maintains his love of theatrical production by continuing to create new works for both stage and screen. And his dream of building a fully realized world of fantasy on tropical shores is still very much alive and well.

If you’d like more detailed information on Edward’s work, visit his LinkedIn profile or his website. You can also explore his books, follow him on Twitter, like his page on Facebook, and subscribe to his blog on WordPress.

Edward Medina is proud to be a member of the American Theatre Critics Association, the Dramatists Guild, the Society of Children’s Book Writers & Illustrators, and the Horror Writers Association.

24
Sep
17

The Conversation

 

teddy bearWhat am I looking at?

A teddy bear.

A what?

A teddy bear.

I know that. I’m asking why, am I looking at a teddy bear?

It’s how we’re going to get this done.

With a teddy bear?

Yeah.

These things were banned a hundred years ago.

Yeah. Watch your language.

You’re right. Sorry. Purged.

Yes. They were.

So we’re going to use a purged entertainment to do this?

Yeah.

The powers that be will never go for it.

Why were they purged?

Because an adorable entertainment can make us look bad.

Exactly.

Are you insane?

Not yet.

We shouldn’t even be having this conversation.

I know.

Things are purged for a reason.

I know.

The messages they deliver are a force for good.

Yeah.

What’s next?

Next?

Cartoons? Puppets?

No. I told you. I’m not insane.

But the messages?

We can control those.

Control them?

Yes.

It’s cute.

I know.

I’m getting hopeful just standing next to it.

I know.

How do you control that?

It’ll talk.

What?

It will talk.

Oh my God.

No using the Lord’s name in vain.

Sorry. Great.

What?

Now I’m in violation of the third directive.

It’s okay. We’re alone.

Why would we make it talk?

So it can say wonderful things.

Stop.

Things that make one feel better about themselves.

Please stop.

Things that make one think that we’re not in control of what they think.

It doesn’t sound that way to me, at all.

TheConversationImagine if you will that after years of voter suppression, individual disenfranchisement, and political gerrymandering, a seemingly free election were held and your government was replaced by a fascist dictatorship hell bent on taking away all the precious rights that you hold dear.

Now imagine that one hundred years have passed and a conversation is being had at a secret laboratory between a scientist and a state official. A conversation concerning dire circumstances and a rather unique teddy bear.

The Conversation, written by Amazon bestselling author Edward Medina, was originally released in a popular anthology without full disclosure of the circumstances of the events taking place. There was no mention of how, when, where, or even who these characters were. The reader had to discover the frightening information themselves as they read along.

Now years later much of the sci-fi horror of The Conversation has come true. Now is the time to read this tale in a whole new light. No changes have been made. The story is as it was first written. Only now the horror has become real.

“The Conversation is a provocative, horrifyingly excellent read. I hope The Conversation remains a scary short story and never becomes a testament of our future. There are many people who decide to dim or completely “turn off the lights” on themselves but hopefully Medina’s work will open their eyes and evoke change.” – Edward W. Hardy composer of The Woodsman

“What a ride! This story may be short but it is full of chilling imagery. It is a story that will stay with you long after you read it. It is horror at its best making you think as well as squirm in your chair. The Conversation will certainly start many conversations. If you love horror you will love this story. It is truly horrifying in the best sense of the word.” – Joffre McClung author of How Learning to Say Goodbye Taught Me How to Live

The Conversation debuted in the Top Five on the Amazon bestseller list for Short Stories Horror and has earned 28 Amazon and Goodreads ★★★★★ reviews from readers, reviewers, authors, and bloggers.

The Conversation is available on Amazon.

Edward MedinaEdward Medina is an Amazon KDP bestselling author of high fantasy, dark horror, and epic adventure books, short stories, and poems. To date his combined works have earned over one hundred and fifty Amazon and Goodreads five star reviews from readers, reviewers, bloggers, teachers and fellow authors.

He is a native New Yorker who over time has built a significant and multifaceted career. He has been a producer, director, and writer for both digital media and the New York Off and Off – Off Broadway stages. He also had the honor and the privilege to work for the late great Jim Henson creator of the Muppets.

Edward founded a successful independent production company dedicated to family entertainment and children’s causes. He also established a multimedia company in order to assist nonprofits achieve their own cause related goals. He went on to become a theme park designer. For fun he became a steam train engineer and has been since childhood a sometime magician.

Currently Edward is a critic and feature entertainment columnist covering Broadway, Off Broadway, Off-Off Broadway, Clubs and Cabarets for TheaterScene and The Fire Island Sun. He also maintains his love of theatrical production by continuing to create new works for both stage and screen. And his dream of building a fully realized world of fantasy on tropical shores is still very much alive and well.

If you’d like more detailed information on Edward’s work, visit his LinkedIn profile or his website. You can also explore his books, follow him on Twitter, like his page on Facebook, and subscribe to his blog on WordPress.

Edward Medina is proud to be a member of the American Theatre Critics Association, the Dramatists Guild, the Society of Children’s Book Writers & Illustrators, and the Horror Writers Association.

24
Sep
17

Casanova

Photo Sep 16, 11 42 53 PM“Sit,” the old woman instructed. “I have someone I wish to introduce to you.”

Completely mesmerized by what was happening, Gwen and Larry took their seats as they were told.

“I only accept newborns and I keep them for six months. I am the first mother to all my children.”

Mariya slid the lid off of the box.

“I must warn you,” she said as she leaned back in her chair, “this one is a charmer.”

The kitten slowly, and cautiously, raised its head outside the box. His big, soulful, blue grey eyes were devastating.

“I named him Casanova.”

As if on cue, the kitten placed his two front paws on the edge of the box and raised himself up with a long stretch.

“His birth mother died bringing him into the world and he is the only surviving member of his litter.”

Casanova had a solid black coat, with white fur on his paws, belly, chest, and throat. Gwen thought his facial coloration made it look as if he was wearing a black mask over his eyes and head. Larry had the same thought, but also noted that the coloration of his lower jaw and chin gave the cat a jaunty goatee beneath his disguise.

“He was born all skin and spine, but he’s coming into himself very nicely,” Mariya remarked as she lifted Casanova from the box and placed him on her lap.

The little Tuxedo cat had oddly matched features. Long pointy ears framed a small elegant face. He had a long, thin tail and long, gangly legs attached to a stout body. At first glance he seemed incomplete, but upon further thought it became obvious that he would grow to be quite an attractive fellow.

It was also obvious from the volume of his purring that Casanova dearly loved the only mother he ever knew.

“He’s perfectly healthy and six months old today.”

The old woman scooped him up from her lap, walked over, and placed him in Gwen’s. Then Mariya whispered in her ear.

“Look into his eyes and you will see that my Casanova is a lover, not a fighter.”

He was purring in Gwen’s arms, but as his mother returned to her seat without him the low rumble became less, and less, and less.

“We’ll take him,” Larry blurted as the purring stopped completely.

Gwen and Larry Talbot purchased Casanova and boarded a train for the return trip to Woodstock. Larry would remember how all the cats in the shop watched in silence as they took Casanova from them. Trees of cats with staring eyes. He would also recollect the deep kiss he shared with his wife on that train. It would be the last sincere kiss of both their short lives.

CasanovaEighty million cats are owned in the United States. Most are introduced to homes without a seconds thought. Most come from friends and family. Others are found and adopted with little thought of where they come from. Cats in turn love their new homes but a rare few will not bend to the will of others. Amazon bestselling author Edward Medina now introduces you to the story of one such cat.

Raised by a gypsy, adopted by a broken couple, and driven by the light of the moon, Casanova is a cat with dreams and desires. He craves his freedom, longs for escape, and is willing to kill to achieve his goals. Set in New York City and the Upstate New York towns of Woodstock, Accord, and Sleepy Hollow this dark horror follows Casanova on his journey to return home and fulfill his destiny.

“Casanova is a story with as many twists and turns as there are feline rouges. A great little story that is as suspenseful as it is creepy, as funny, in places, as it is dark. – William Cook author of Blood Related

“One of the signs of a good story is the images in your head that persist long after the story is told. This is where Mr. Medina excels. He tells you his tale and then your imagination begins to write the next chapter. After reading Casanova you may not see your cat the same way again.” – Amazon Reader

Casanova debuted in the Top Five on the Amazon bestseller list for Short Stories Horror and has earned 14 Amazon and Goodreads ★★★★★ reviews from readers, reviewers, authors, and bloggers.

Casanova is available on Amazon.

Edward MedinaEdward Medina is an Amazon KDP bestselling author of high fantasy, dark horror, and epic adventure books, short stories, and poems. To date his combined works have earned over one hundred and fifty Amazon and Goodreads five star reviews from readers, reviewers, bloggers, teachers and fellow authors.

He is a native New Yorker who over time has built a significant and multifaceted career. He has been a producer, director, and writer for both digital media and the New York Off and Off – Off Broadway stages. He also had the honor and the privilege to work for the late great Jim Henson creator of the Muppets.

Edward founded a successful independent production company dedicated to family entertainment and children’s causes. He also established a multimedia company in order to assist nonprofits achieve their own cause related goals. He went on to become a theme park designer. For fun he became a steam train engineer and has been since childhood a sometime magician.

Currently Edward is a critic and feature entertainment columnist covering Broadway, Off Broadway, Off-Off Broadway, Clubs and Cabarets for TheaterScene and The Fire Island Sun. He also maintains his love of theatrical production by continuing to create new works for both stage and screen. And his dream of building a fully realized world of fantasy on tropical shores is still very much alive and well.

If you’d like more detailed information on Edward’s work, visit his LinkedIn profile or his website. You can also explore his books, follow him on Twitter, like his page on Facebook, and subscribe to his blog on WordPress.

Edward Medina is proud to be a member of the American Theatre Critics Association, the Dramatists Guild, the Society of Children’s Book Writers & Illustrators, and the Horror Writers Association.




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