Rick Willett’s A Terminal Event

Don’t miss the final world premiere performances of A Terminal Event

I finally got a chance to chat with my friend playwright Rick Willett yesterday. Rick has had several off-Broadway plays produced on the east coast over the years, but his most recently opened play, A TERMINAL EVENT is the first time his work has opened out here on the west coast. It was a fun, but frustrating conversation.

On one hand, A TERMINAL EVENT is his most accessible work. It’s a fun and heartbreaking romantic comedy, the actors are hitting it out of the park, and the audiences have been responding fantastically, laughing at thew funny stuff and being moved by the emotional journey his characters are taking. The play just received the sort of magnificent review every writer dreams of receiving. If judged purely on artistic and critical terms and against the goal of creating an engaging night of theater, A TERMINAL EVENT is a success.

Unfortunately, that success is pushing against the current post-pandemic trend of low theater attendance. Friday night performances have been canceled, and there are only four performances remaining in the world premiere run at the Victory Theatre in Burbank :

June 25th – 8 pm
June 26th – 4 pm
July 9th – 8 pm
July 10th – 4 pm

If you’re in the Los Angeles area on those dates, please do yourself and the cause of the performing arts a favor, buy tickets for you and as many loved ones as you can (and/or perhaps even some people of whom you’re only mildly fond) and treats yourselves to night of local theater.

Tickets prices range from $17-40 and are available at the box office or online.

Victory Theatre
3326 West Victory Bl
Burbank, CA 91505
(818) 841-4404

Alexandre Dumas Having Fun With His Characters

The difference between D’Artagnan and Porthos

D’Artagnan just chillin’

“What do you mean?” said D’Artagnan. “The day of rustic pleasures?”

“Yes, monsieur; we have so many pleasures to take in this delightful country, that we were encumbered by them; so much so, that we have been forced to regulate the distribution of them.”

“How easily do I recognize Porthos’s love of order in that! Now, that idea would never have occurred to me; but then I am not encumbered with pleasures.”

– Alexandre Dumas, The Vicomte de Bragelonne

G. Clifford Prout (1930-2020)

A great and noble crusader has fallen

Lost one of the great ones. Tomorrow, in honor of his passing, I will dress all the household pets and any coyote, raccoon, or possum I can capture.

Thankfully, Alan Abel is still with us.

Dorothy Fontana 1939-2019

Dorothy Fontana R.I.P.

Sad news. Dorothy Fontana and I both worked on the Make Way For Noddy television back in early 2000s, and I was lucky enough to spend some time with her at a writer’s meeting for the show. She was a lovely lady.

I doubt I made very much of an impression, but I was thrilled because she had made an impression on me long before I even met her. There’s her work on Star Trek, of course, but she also wrote for the original Land of the Lost, Then Came Bronson, Circle of Fear, The Waltons, Babylon Five, and… even Wild, Wild West.

I didn’t even realize she had worked on that last one until checking IMDB. All of these shows were part of the pop culture stew I lived on back in the days, and she worked on all of them, and many more. The woman had a career and should be an inspiration to anyone with aspirations to write for television.

I’m glad we had her for so long, and I’m glad I got a chance to meet her.