Death of a Social Security Benefit

Hanford Multicultural Theater Company production July 23-August 1, 2021

A great play with hardy laughs and with good roles for older actors. Written from the onset after the author heard older actors complain that the only roles available at the time were grandparent type. Not in this play! Perfect roles for actors 55 and up. The character of Jack Katz was recently played by 87 year old Don Brakeman! (To imagine this script was in a drawer forgotten until 2021.)

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Pedro the Puppeteer

Scholarship recipient of the Hollywood Fringe Festival 2020. The is about Pedro who loves puppetry and doing puppet shows, but his Latino parents think it is a poor career choice. With mounting pressure from his parents, Pedro wrestles with whether he should continue. Suddenly puppets he has never seen before keep appearing. Then Evilito puppet, an amalgamation of Kermit, Chucky, and Mexican symbolism appears to guide Pedro, but is Evilito guiding him to his doom? Unfortunately the pandemic postponed this show. Hoping to put it on in June 2022 at the Hollywood Fringe.

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Don’t Just Look

Originally was to be presented as a puppet show production with closed caption projected on one of our screens, and sign language interpreters nearby. Made into a film with caption and sign language embedded. Now available on YouTube.

Story follows Huey and Louee. They watch a grandmother fight off a mugger with her karate skills, but the mugger tricks her. She shames Huey and Louee for just watching and not doing anything to help her. Ashamed for being observers instead of helpers, they go on a journey to be better citizens. Film has closed caption and sign language. First viewing in November 2020.

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Boxcar / El Vagon in San Francisco

Again, back in San Francisco, the script off today’s front news page about people hoping for betterment in the United States but stuck in a boxcar by human smugglers. Hope and desperation collide in this play which actually started the career of this playwright. Slated for production in March 2020 by Teatro Latino de San Francisco (AKA San Francisco City Theater Company) POSTPONED TO 2022.

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Waiting Women production at the Hanford Carnegie Museum

Waiting Women production at the Hanford Carnegie Museum

The multicultural play takes you back to the old west where women of all backgrounds present higher in numbers than is traditionally thought. In fact, the last stage coach robbery in Arizona Territory was done by a woman. This unique production zig zags through Pearl Hart’s life of crime and infamous notoriety. Her celebrity status changes when her accomplice, dopey Joe Boot, escapes the prison. Humbled, she realizes her hardships are nothing compared to women of color in that era.

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BOXCAR at the Rogue Festival Fresno


Award winning Boxcar/El Vagon was presented at the 2019 Rouge Fest Fresno, March/April 2019 ‘People hoping for betterment in the United States get trapped in a boxcar by human smugglers. Hope and desperation collide in this play. ‘

A true story based on the 1987 tragedy and the rest of the tragedies that have followed.

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