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Hello everyone. I hope our technical difficulties are over. I'm so over them. Thanks again to Crazytown for allowing me to spew my rhetoric all over the place. I have shameless self-promotion right now: Two of my plays, English Only and Ice Cream Sisters were recently chosen to be a part of Protest Plays, which is kinda self-explanatory. You can find English Only on here. And Ice Cream Sisters here. Anyways, continuing with the theme of the unreal, I just wrote a play about syllables. syl·la·ble ˈsiləb(ə)l/ noun A unit of pronunciation having one vowel sound, with or without surrounding... Continue reading
Posted Mar 23, 2017 at Crazytown
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Hi everyone! Welcome to my guest blog. Today's post may be shorter than most. Though maybe not shorter than Don Most. recently I came to the grave realization that perhaps my plays are too realistic - well, some of them. I thought about the plays that have had real (not Fringe or Utah) success. First off, I received an email from a publisher asking specifically for non-realistic plays. He also complained that he received too many realistic ones. Back to success or not - these are the plays that have done well... Brine Shrimp Gangsters. Level of realism: just below... Continue reading
Posted Mar 9, 2017 at Crazytown
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Hello world. I've been so stressed out these days. Still, I will be able to post something here. Again, thanks to Crazytown for the opportunity. Today's lesson is about adaptations. Last December I attended a night of short plays put on by "ANDTheatre" (앤드씨어터) in beautiful Incheon, Korea. This set of plays impressed me very much. They were based on Korean short stories of the 1930s. Well, one of them started with "Rum and Coca Cola" and ended with "Creep." Neither one of these songs are from the 1930s. Told you it was in December. I saw a very eclectic... Continue reading
Posted Mar 2, 2017 at Crazytown
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Hello, hello. Pleasure having everyone read this week's post. Thanks for stopping by and thanks to Crazytown for the opportunity. When I started doing this back in June, I had no idea I'd still be at it in February. Also, the writing of this blog has gone everywhere from Vancouver to Incheon to Jakarta. Have you ever heard the theory that all big cities are the same except they're in different locations? Just wondering. I figure most people reading this blog know what minimalism is, so I won't dwell on it too much. A 62 year-old man painted this. A... Continue reading
Posted Feb 23, 2017 at Crazytown
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I'm back. You're back. We're all back. Welcome to Crazytown. I always want to thank the people who allow me to write this wee blog. Now I may have touched upon this before, so please forgive me if I go into overload. I like me some 10 minute plays. Actually, I love writing them. I have nearly 50 ready to go (I think). Topics range from the award-winning Brine Shrimp Gangsters to the thrilling love story Elvis Dry Humps Nixon. Heck, I even got a play about Trump published (Trump vs. Kahlo). Buy it. I get a whole dollar in... Continue reading
Posted Feb 16, 2017 at Crazytown
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What does one do when rejection hits? Well you could do a google search. This post isn't about that. If you want to be in arts/theatre/acting/writing/cowboying you should deal with rejection. I wasn't sure where this was headed, but I'll unload a year's worth of rejection on this post. Maybe it'll be cathartic for me to relive past rejections. Maybe it will inspire someone to keep on going. Maybe none of the above. I'm still dealing with food poisoning and haven't really contributed much to the written word in over 10 days. Yuck. Anyways, I've noticed a lot of wannabe... Continue reading
Posted Feb 10, 2017 at Crazytown
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Hello every folks. I'm here recovering from food poisoning. I do have enough strength to carry on, thank God. Albright in a sucky sometimes I wish I were dead sort of way. I know our hero has been kind of a dick lately, but I didn't feel inclined to write about him. I did write emails to my congressmen. Not that they care. So we've got one topic today (and a new script). Feedback I wrote a play - just for the Hell of it entitled "The Liberation and Sexual Satisfaction of a Wadded Up Piece of Paper" - my... Continue reading
Posted Feb 1, 2017 at Crazytown
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Hi Kids! It's Uncle Bryan back with more salivating adventures from the land of playwriting. I always like to thank the folks at Crazytown who run this blog for being so supportive. Recently I learned I can write whatever I like here and this week will be rant-time. Because who doesn't love ranting? Today's rant has to do with those "24 Hour Theatre" festivals or shorter. I'm talking about places that perform plays that were written and memorized and supposedly rehearsed within 24 hours. These are examples: http://yaledailynews.com/blog/2015/09/23/students-write-perform-plays-in-24-hours/ https://www.theguardian.com/stage/2013/nov/26/old-vic-24-hour-plays My first taste of this was in November '14 I believe... Continue reading
Posted Jan 25, 2017 at Crazytown
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Hello everyone. Again, I want to thank Crazytown for supporting me and my rambling madness. This week I had to find a new place to live. I found it yesterday and I will move in later today. All is mostly well in the world. But this blog may end up being shorter than normal. I hope that's okay with everyone. For starters, I have good news. My play made it to the finalists - top 60 out of over 500. I'm so gosh darn proud I'm pasting the announcement below: Dear Playwright, The Parish Players Producers and Play Festival Reading... Continue reading
Posted Jan 18, 2017 at Crazytown
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Welcome back to America's favorite gameshow and pastime, Dumb Political Theatre. As always, I'm indebted to Crazytown for being so supportive and awesome the six months (!) I've been here. So shocked, so loved. This post still comes within the realm of politics. I'm awfully tired of Trumpgasm Trumpapalooza Trumpageddon. This week won't feature his imperial majesty fascistic wanker President-elect Trump. Yeah, yeah don't cry a boner, okay? I promise next week will be 100% more Nazi-riffic Trumptatstic, okay? This post can help those who wonder about the so-called "creative process" when it comes to writing. I say so-called because... Continue reading
Posted Dec 28, 2016 at Crazytown
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Hello again. Dumb Political Theatre has returned! I am quite far away from my home base right now with spotty internet connection. This post may be short because I don't know what to write of spotty internet. This time I want to take my loyal two (2) readers through a process by which I come up with a mediocre play. I have about three (3) hours till dinner. Let's see what we can come up with. I tired of Trump/Hillary/election/the death of American democracy....well mostly tired. I was thinking about a slightly obscure hero of the past - a man... Continue reading
Posted Dec 22, 2016 at Crazytown
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"We have room for but one language in this country, and that is the English language, for we intend to see that the crucible turns our people out as Americans, of American nationality, and not as dwellers in a polyglot boarding house." Well, fuck TR. Teddy Roosevelt may have been a badass sometimes (like when he kept a badger in the White House after a little girl gave it to him). But for the purposes of this blog, he was just an old white tug nuts. With the return of (or rather uncovering of) fascism in America it'll soon be... Continue reading
Posted Dec 15, 2016 at Crazytown
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Dumb Political Theatre is back. I always want to thank Crazytown for their lovely support and letting me rant here. I also want to thank Grunewald Guild where I just finished a residency yesterday. If you can make it to the end of this blog, I promise you an awesome video. Ah, the BFF daughters of the rich and powerful. The star-crossed saga of Ivanka Trump and Chelsea Clinton. I'm not sure how many people are aware of their friendship, but apparently it still kinda exists. Seconds later, Chelsea slipped her the tongue and Ivanka grabbed - never mind. Via... Continue reading
Posted Dec 1, 2016 at Crazytown
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Hello folks and welcome back to Dumb Political Theatre. I'm your writer, Bryan Stubbles. Today we harken back to a simpler time in American politics, a time when pop culture and the president interacted, yet wasn't quite the cluster bomb we have today. Yes, ladies and gentlemen, I speak of the time Elvis dry humped met Nixon. The story of how a drugged Elvis met President Nixon is kinda famous. Straight outta the archive. Indeed, this is the most-requested photo from the National Archives. So, one day (and I'm totally not making this up) Priscilla Presley and Vernon complained that... Continue reading
Posted Nov 24, 2016 at Crazytown
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Welcome, welcome, welcome to the one and only Dumb Political Theatre. I'm your writer, Bryan Stubbles. As always, thank you to Crazytown and thank you to the loyal readers (I think there's 2 - both Canadian). With the recent political shock sweeping the world (my future wife got rather emotional), time to focus on local issues in this guest blog. In a town I'm sure nobody's ever heard of (Layton, Utah). before you close this blog and return to your Kardashian-centric web browsing, I'm choosing Layton because a) I'm familiar with the town and b) Something is dreadfully wrong there... Continue reading
Posted Nov 17, 2016 at Crazytown
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Hello everyone and welcome to the Good Ship Death Star. I'm quite sad today. The only solace I can get is in the arms of my future girlfriend - who is suddenly out of a job. Maybe we can meet in the unemployment office. I wrote something today. It was planned. Right now I can't write much of anything, but I have a blog to do and the best thing truly is to keep writing. I want to thank Crazytown and its readers. Today's play is about the burkini. This interesting bit of swimwear came out of Australia - that... Continue reading
Posted Nov 10, 2016 at Crazytown
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Hello everyone! And welcome back to Dumb Political Theatre. I'm your playwright, Bryan Stubbles. Again, as always, I want to thank Crazytown for having me. Well, I thought with this election cycle I could somehow hypnotize myself into ignoring it. I can't. And my future wife is out trick-or-treating - so I must write about the election. Or write about writing about the election. Last year, I wrote a naively satirical/goofy piece entitled Trump vs. Kahlo. You may have (not) heard of it. That's okay. I think it's more than obvious why these two would be adversaries. The Donald is... Continue reading
Posted Nov 3, 2016 at Crazytown
Hello. Welcome back to Dumb Political Theatre. I'm your playwright, Bryan Stubbles. Here I am, waiting for a bus to the airport in deepest Soviet Canuckistan. For a flight to the States - my homeland. It causes me to reminisce on how my country has changed - drastically and not necessarily for the better. By the way, I again wish to thank Crazytown and its loyal readers for putting up with so much drivel from me. Where were we? Ah yes - the days of yore, when one's grandmother could bring a knife to the airport (it was for a... Continue reading
Posted Oct 27, 2016 at Crazytown
Hello everyone. Dumb Political Theatre is back. Thanks again to the readers and also thanks to Crazytown for having me. I'm still in beautiful, yet haunted, Ottawa. This post will be short (and maybe) sweet. Hopefully our readers know about the spate of police killings in the US. This is sad. There is no comedy here. I've lived in several countries and spent time in many more. The US is doing something wrong. You may call me Captain Obvious now. Back in my (short-lived) improv days (I was with this troupe) we had the "Question Game" - you can see... Continue reading
Posted Oct 20, 2016 at Crazytown
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Hello everyone. Dumb Political Theatre is back! In beautiful Ottawa. Thanks to Crazytown for this chance. Right now it seems everyone knows what Donald Trump has to say about women. Sadly, this caricature of a man would be a brilliant satirist (not satyr) if he only understood. I've written a brief dialogue combining the two greatest tragedies of 2016: My continued bachelorhood and Donald Trump. Every single sentence said by the fictional Donald character is a real quote or retweet. Trump, sons and friend. From Buzznuts. The author and his only friend, an arepa. Photo via Lotus Girl 80 BRYAN,... Continue reading
Posted Oct 13, 2016 at Crazytown
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Dumb Political Theatre returns with a testy topic - rape kits and the absurd amount of totally not testing them that goes on in our beloved Union. However, our savage brethren to the north have similar dilemmas. It's comforting to know that misogyny and rape culture know no borders. This week, your author, the devilishly handsome Bryan Stubbles (Huma, call me...I speak one of your languages and several of your not-languages - but isn't love the only true language? I weep.) is sicker than a dog with (probably) the flu. But alas, dear influenza, the more you suck out my... Continue reading
Posted Oct 6, 2016 at Crazytown
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Can Jason Chaffetz be a Weiner? Yes, yes he can. Can Chaffetz beat a Weiner? Yes, yes, oh God yes. How many Weiners? Ask the goats. Via here. Huma, I'm available, in case you need someone to talk to. Just sayin'. This autumn, partially to coincide with an election and partially to explore new territory, I'll be writing a series entitled "Dumb Political Theatre." I hope it lives up to its name. As long as we're talking American politics, it shouldn't be too hard. I'll try to mix it up with local and international as well. And maybe I'll impress... Continue reading
Posted Sep 29, 2016 at Crazytown
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Hello everyone. Welcome back. Thank you for reading and thank you to Crazytown for letting it happen. Today's topic I could go on about forever because it's about my favorite place I've never been: Liberia. I don't know who knows what, so I can give a rundown. I'll try to be brief. In the early 19th century there was a "back-to-Africa" movement with the idea that freed African-American slaves should go "back" to Africa. Never mind that the large majority of American slaves were born in the US by this time and had little or no ties to Africa except... Continue reading
Posted Sep 1, 2016 at Crazytown
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Welcome once again to the noir theatre thingamajig. Always, always thank you to Crazytown for allowing me to do this. And thank you to my 3 or 4 loyal readers. Since this takes place in Vancouver-land I was reminded of a friend who lives in BC and who maintains a blog - if you're interested in her takes on love and stuff like that, her blog is here. Her blog has absolutely nothing to do with my blog. Someday I hope our blogs can be friends though. Even though this story is set in Vancouver-topia, it really is not the... Continue reading
Posted Aug 25, 2016 at Crazytown
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Hello folks. Life's been busy. Blog's been slow. I want to always thank the readers and Crazytown for putting up with my writing. Today we're taking a look at the role suicide plays in the noir narrative. Yes, I know it ain't no happy-feely topic. Sigh. One of the greatest film noirs includes a character whose wife commits suicide while he's in prison. That would be Kiss of Death, Somehow, many of the examples I found are not American (British here and here, Argentinian here). However the American The Big Heat opens with a suicide. More about that movie here.... Continue reading
Posted Aug 18, 2016 at Crazytown