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Great Bend, Kansas
January 18, 2011
One-Act Play Festival

2027 Morton

Murder By Midnight
featuring Dick Piston, Hotel Detective

Directed by Ian Sheppard Dear Mr. Goode, My name is Ian Sheppard, I am typing this on my teacher's laptop in order to send this from school. Gotta love that bureaucracy stuff. I would like to direct your 10 minute tour de force of comedy entitled "Murder by Midnight." The performance will be on the 18th of January as part of my school's one act play festival extravaganza. Please forward me any royalty information regarding said work. Thank you for your time. from, Ian Sheppard



Andover, Massachusetts
January 21, 2011

180 Main Street
Andover, Massachusetts 01810
(Theatre Classroom)
Friday @ 6:30 p.m.

Murder By Midnight
featuring Dick Piston, Hotel Detective
directed by Mike Garai ('13)

We are interested in obtaining rights to perform your play Murder at Midnight. The play will be performed at Phillips Academy, a private 4-year high school in Andover, Mass. The play will be presented one-time, January 21st, in front of an audience of about 60 guests. The performance will be free. Thanks. Amy Martin


Waterloo, Ontario, Canada
January 27-29, 2011
2011 Fr!nge Festival
(Student Directed Plays)

Thursday through Saturday

Murder By Midnight
featuring Dick Piston, Hotel Detective

Directed by Luke Dotto

Produced by Lauren Vastano-Beltrano My name is Luke Dotto, i'm a student at Wilfrid Laurier University in Waterloo, Ontario Canada. I've been acting, directing, and writing for the FR!NGE Festival we put on every January at our school for the last three seasons, and because of time constraints with school and work, i've decided not to create an original work this year and instead look for a short, pithy, easily staged play that will be new to the audience. I came across Murder by Midnight last night and the witty wordplay instantly captured my attention, as did the small cast and Sorkin-esque back and forth pace. So, i am wondering (as i have no prior experience in this area) what the process would be i need to go through to acquire the rights to perform your show at our festival. Looking forward to hearing back from you. -- Luke Dotto Wilfrid Laurier University Waterloo, Ontario

SOURCE: email from Luke Dotto 7/20/10


Radford, Virginia
February 5, 2011
Virginia State Thespian Conference
Life: IT'S A Masquerade

Porterfield Studio Theatre

Saturday at 4:00 p.m.

Murder By Midnight
featuring Dick Piston, Hotel Detective

Directed by Jannette Morris
Richard Piston: Julian Ragusa, Understudy: James Thomas
Woman: Mikey Makuch
Bellhop: Quinn Nystrom, Understudy: Will Brown

SOURCE: http://www.vathespian.org/pdf/Conference_Schedule_2011.pdf


Vienna, Virginia
February 17-19, 2011
Student Directed One Acts: Murder, Myth and Mayhem

2500 James Madison Dr

Thursday, Friday, Saturday at 7:30 p.m.
Saturday at 2:30 p.m.

Join us for two separate sets of student directed one act plays. Highly variable in topic and tone, these amazing productions never fail to please audiences. This year's titles will be announced soon.

Murder By Midnight
featuring Dick Piston, Hotel Detective

Directed by Jannette Morris
Richard Piston: Julian Ragusa, Understudy: James Thomas
Woman: Mikey Makuch
Bellhop: Quinn Nystrom, Understudy: Will Brown

Thursday Feb. 17 @ 7:30pm and Saturday Feb. 19 @ 7:30pm

SOURCE: jannettemor@gmail.com 12/17/10


Thousand Oaks, California
March 3, 4 & 6, 2011
10-Minute Play Festival

Blackbox Studio
Theatre Arts Building

60 West Olsen Road

Murder By Midnight
featuring Dick Piston, Hotel Detective

Dear Jeff Goode, I am writing to you on behalf of my Theatre Arts Capstone class at California Lutheran University. We are doing an amateur 10-minute play festival March 3,4, and 6, 2011, in our Blackbox Theatre. We have chosen to produce your play entitled "Murder by Midnight". There will be 100 seats and tickets are free. I would greatly appreciate you contacting me with a quote for the rights of your show. Thank you! Sincerely, Diane Machin

SOURCE: email 1/31/11 from Diane Machin


Ripon, Wisconsin
April 15 & 16, 2011
Student Directed One-Act Plays

Friday at 7:30 p.m.
Saturday at 2:30 p.m.

Murder By Midnight
featuring Dick Piston, Hotel Detective

Directed by Allen Pujanauski Dear Mr. Goode, I am writing you this e-mail because I would like to direct your piece, "Murder by Midnight: The Further Adventures of DICK PISTON, HOTEL DETECTIVE (but not much futher)", as my final project for my senior seminar at Ripon College. The play would be shown on April 15th and 16th and the tickets for the show would be free. If you could send me information about how to pay for the rights and any other information you may have I would greatly appreciate it. Thank you so very much for your time. Sincerly, Allen Pujanauski

SOURCE: email from Allen Pujanauski 2/10/11


Des Moines, Iowa
April 19 & 20, 2011

Viking Theatre

Tuesday & Wednesday at 7:30 p.m.

Come see our students showcase their talent on May 13th and 14th. With different comedic and dramatic monologues and one-act plays in every show, there's something for everyone!

Viking theatre hosts student-run plays

Samanthya Amman, David Thomas and Lindsey Trettin

Students will be showcasing their directing skills in the 10-minute plays performed at 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday and Wednesday, April 19 and 20, in the Viking Theatre, with admission costing $3 for students and seniors and $5 for general admission.

These plays are student-directed and range from drama productions to comedy. This will be the students' final projects in the theatre department's directing class taught by Kristin Larson, department chair.

The students picked their plays at the end of February and actors were chosen through an "NFL"-like draft where the directors' names were drawn to see who had first choice on actors.

"I'm really proud of the actors in my play, they've never done theatre before and they're taking the bull by the horns," Evan Hay, theatre and education freshman and director, said.

Her play is called "The Option," which is a comedy about a mother trying to give her son "the talk" while also trying to relate it to his interest in football.

Brandon Music, junior theatre major, and director, said, "The hardest thing is getting what you want out of actors without sounding like an egocentric jerk."

His play is called "Suicide by Punch Bowl," a comedy about a man trying to divorce his wife.

Kara Fry, theatre junior, will be directing "Murder by Midnight," a comedy noir set in a 1940s hotel.

"I picked the play because by the time I got to the end of it, I was laughing on the floor," Fry said.

Bradley Roenfeld, nursing sophomore, who will be playing the lead role, Dick Piston, in Fry's play, said, "The way she's incorporating what she learns in her acting class into how she's directing is top-notch work. It's like being directed by a seasoned director, she definitely knows what she is doing."

Michael Tallman, theatre/broadcasting junior, will be directing "Ferris Wheel," which he describes as a light-hearted comedy about two strangers stuck on a Ferris wheel, having to put up with each other's anxieties.

The students in the class were responsible for producing an entire show from the ground up. They were responsible for choosing the script, casting, scheduling rehearsals, building a set and any other role that a director is responsible for.

"The purpose is for the students to experience full directing, but it also brings new people to the department who wouldn't normally be involved in theatre," Tallman said.

The directors cast their plays at a set of open auditions prior to spring break. Each of the nine plays has an average of three actors, who, with a few exceptions, have little or no previous theatre experience.

"Many of the actors have an interest in theatre, but their schedules don't allow for them to be involved in a full production," Tallman said.

Each of the nine plays varies in subject matter and genre from comedy to drama, allowing for students and faculty with varied interests and schedules to participate.

"The cool thing is that it isn't just a one-major thing. It's a good reminder that Grand View isn't just one major and everyone can be involved," Hay said.

Like any test or project, the students faced difficulties as they directed the plays. Each director had to cast, schedule rehearsals around other classes and obligations as well as provide costumes for the cast and design a set on a $50 budget.

SOURCE: email 3/23/11 from Kara Fry


Roseville, Minnesota
May 2 & 4, 2011
Note to self: After 2013, Northwestern College becomes University of Northwestern - St. Paul
Directors' Showcase
Patsy Miller Studio Theatre

3003 Snelling Avenue N.
St. Paul, MN 55113-1598
7:00 p.m.

Directors showcase pieces in studio theatre

This week in the Patsy Miller Studio Theatre, seven upper-level theatre students will be presenting Directors' Showcase, a capstone experience in theatre.

The students are part of a senior-level course in Directing that teaches the basic elements of stage directing, with an emphasis on directing in a Christian setting. For their final project, the students must direct a cast in a one-act play. The student directors reflected on the process of putting together a show from start to finish.

Junior Theatre major Liz Yoder said, "I have enjoyed the pleasure of working with talented students and also the process of learning with the fellow directors as we encounter issues and bounce ideas off of each other.

Senior Jeff Dreblow explained, "The delight of this show has been seeing my cast flesh out what I imagined when I cast them, then watching them go beyond it to surprise me with moments more brilliant than I could have imagined."

For sophomore David Warren, the best part of the process will be showing the finished work. " I want people to see my show and through it have God work in their lives. As an artist it is always hard to find where God belongs in the process, and so when I have the opportunity to praise Him with my work, I love it."

Performances will be taking place May 2-4, with four to five shows each night beginning at 7 p.m. in the studio theatre.

  • Jeff Goode's Murder by Midnight, directed by Alex D. Johnson (2, 4)
  • Edna Ferber's Sun Dried, directed by Merissa Kittleson (3, 4)
  • Eugene O'Neill's The Sniper, directed by Dan McLaughlin (3, 4)
  • David Ives' Babel's in Arms, directed by Jeff Dreblow (2, 3)
  • William Inge'sTo Bobolink, For Her Spirit, directed by Lydia Thoreen (2, 4)
  • Stephanie Allison Walker's The Chocolate Affair, directed by David Warren (2, 3)
  • Jerry Rabushka's Organ Recital, directed by Liz Yoder (2, 3)

Jeff Goode's
Murder by Midnight
Directed by Alex Johnson

Dick Piston - William Feltner
The Woman - Tiara Eveland
Bellhop - Jesse Newton

SOURCE: email from Alexander Dietrich Johnson


Fairfax, Virginia
May 19 & 20, 2011

10675 Fairfax Blvd.

Aud/Caf @ 7:00 p.m.

Directed by Kevin Manetti

SOURCE: 4/30/11 - email from Kevin Manetti


Waterloo, Ontario, Canada
June 2-4, 9-11, 16-18, 2011
Popcorn Plays 6

9 Princess St. East

Thursday, Friday, Saturday

Murder By Midnight
featuring Dick Piston, Hotel Detective
My name is Rob LeGood and I'm the president of Kitchener-Waterloo Little Theatre, a non-profit, community theatre in Waterloo, Ontario, Canada. We're interested in performing "Murder by Midnight" as part of a ten minute play festival we're producing and am interested in purchasing rights to your show. (I believe we've purchased right in the past for some of your shows for previous "Popcorn Plays") We'll be running 9 performances in a our theatre which has a capacity of 65 people. Please pass along any information we need to know about purchasing rights / scripts.

SOURCE: email from Rob LeGood 3/3/11


Preston, Lancashire, England
July 21, 22 & 25, 2011
Kidnap! Slaughter! Murder! Three Comical Plays set in the USA

July 21 @ 7:00 p.m.
The Adelphi (It's A Scream!)
43 Fylde Street

July 22 & 25 @ 8:30 p.m.
The Angel
Lune Street

Murder By Midnight
featuring Dick Piston, Hotel Detective

Directed by Sam Buist

Dick Piston ... Tarquin Scott
Woman ... Allison Lees
Bellhop ... Shawn Horridge



Kimberley, British Columbia, Canada
August 9-11, 2011

Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday at 7:00 p.m.

The variety of Stageworks one act plays, in the modest, outdoor theatre, in the empty lot, included amazing productions such as these two:"Murder by Midnight" and 'Sherlock Holmes' Last Case. Stageworks Theatre Company of Kimberley, BC is a dedicated group of amateur theatre enthusiasts who love to play and always welcome others to come play with them! Patrons were invited to bring a lawn chair and come and enjoy the show! Donations were gratefully accepted with a BIG thanks going out to all sponsors.



Washington, DC
August 25, 2011

Thursday at 1:30 p.m.

3 of our residents would like to play-read your play, Murder by Midnight for a small group of fellow residents on Wed. June 29. Is that alright? Thank you.

SOURCE: email from Christine Baldwin 6/15/11


College of Humanities
Seoul, Korea
September 5 & 6, 2011
Foreign Language Theatre Festival

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SOURCE: http://humanities.snu.ac.kr/kor_humanities/download.jsp?fileName=947620110927101148.pdf


Saint Louis, Missouri
September 16-18, 2011
21st Annual One Act Festival

Mildred E. Bastian Center for the Performing Arts

5600 Oakland Ave.

Friday & Saturday at 8:00 p.m.
Sunday at 3:00 p.m.


September 13, 2011

Eight works will be performed by five college theatre programs in the 21st annual One-Act Play Festival set for Sept. 16, 17 and 18 in the Mildred E. Bastian Center for the Performing Arts at St. Louis Community College-Forest Park, 5600 Oakland Ave.

The University of Missouri-St. Louis and Southern Illinois University Edwardsville will join STLCC's Florissant Valley, Forest Park and Meramec campuses in the event. Performances will take place at 8 p.m. on Friday and Saturday, Sept. 16 and 17, and at 3 p.m. on Sunday, Sept. 18. Admission is free and open to the public.

"ADWIT," directed by Katie Allison, is an original work written by SIUE student Sara Fehrman. It's about five letters (A, D, W, I and T) living in a post-apocalyptic world where they are the only thing left. The cast includes Josh Sutter, Alex Moore, Judy Gasser, Meagan O'Neill and Nicole Fielder.

"I selected this piece to do because I think that a one-act festival is a great opportunity to showcase new writer's material, and I really loved this script," Allison said.

Angelina Lahr directs "Ferris Wheel" by Mary Miller. Blake Brust plays John and Becky Champion is Dorie, who meet unintentionally on a ferris wheel. Both facing dilemmas, they must find a coping method to relax when they are trapped on the ferris wheel, which gets caught with them on top. In this comedy, they can either be rescued or the ferris wheel fixed.

"Murder by Midnight" is one of two one-acts that UMSL will perform. Director Ashley Alcomo said that in an environment filled with accidental murder and the chance of actually solving a case right - Dick Piston, hotel detective, complete with sideways head gesture, tries to figure out the plight of a hotel guest who's wearing nothing but a towel - really! Watch Dick Piston, hotel detective, try to figure out another case. His job depends on it. Sean Green stars as Dick Piston, with Rachel Lijon as Woman, and Michael Pierce as Bellboy.

UMSL's other entry, "The Pink Bedroom," is written by Tennessee Williams and directed by Kevin Hester. Two lovers rehash the past 10 years of their affair and its disintegration.

Forest Park's entry is "Eat Cake," an absurdist comedy by Jean-Claude van Itallie. Tim Daly directs the two-person production. Chris Felts and Kaylee Pierce, who appeared in last year's fall comedy "My First Time," reunite in this 1971 one-act about a housewife, absorbed in her TV, who is forced by an intruder to eat cake.

Chris Stephens directs STLCC-Florissant Valley's two short one-acts, "4 a.m. (Open All Night)" by Bob Krakower and "Arizona Anniversaries" by John Bishop, both contemporary works that premiered at the revered Humana Festival. "4 a.m." is set in an diner with a diner, waiter and salty customer trying to hook-up two new patrons destined to fall in love. "Arizona Anniversaries" demonstrates how loneliness and death will bring people together.

"The Least Offensive Play in the Whole Darn World," directed by Maggie Williams, is SIUE's other offering. Written by Jonathan Rand, the 2004 parody spoofs censorship and controversial language and content in the world's great literary works. Characters, both classic and contemporary, include Romeo and Medea to David Mamet's "Glengarry Glen Ross" and the musical "Rent."

Ashley Newman, a student at Webster University, is the production stage manager. Webster students Lionel Christian is the assistant stage manager and Katie Stepanek is the lighting designer.

For more information, contact Tim Daly, Forest Park theater manager, at 314-644-9386.

SOURCE: http://www.stlcc.edu/Newsroom/2011/09/News16.html


Delhi NCR, India
November 17, 2011

Audio-Visual Room

The play will be performed to an small audience of students in the school Audio-Visual Room.

SOURCE: Cathy Anubha Banerji


Tulsa, Oklahoma
December 6 & 7, 2011
Southeast Campus
10300 East 81st Street
(Studio Theater)

Tuesday @ 8:00 p.m.
Wednesday @ 7:00 p.m. - part of year end showcase

SOURCE: email 10/18/11 Shiloh Thaxton