Fringe Schedule For Dangerous To Dance With

I’m pleased to announce that Martin Tanner Productions will present the world premiere of my new play, Dangerous to Dance With, at the Off Center Theatre in Crown Center during the 2014 Kansas City Fringe Festival.


A Dark Comedy Filled With Sex, Greed, and Self-Deception

By Bill Rogers

Directed by Diane Bulan

Set Designer/Stage Manager: R. J. Parish

Our exciting cast includes Victor Raider-Wexler*, Rick Williamson, Vincent Monachino*, Kelsea McLean, and Coleman Crenshaw!

*Equity actors appear with permission of Actors Equity Association

Tickets are $10 with a Fringe ButtonFringelogo2014

Off Center Theatre
Crown Center
2450 Grand Blvd. 
Friday July 18 6:00 PM
Saturday July 19 1:30 PM
Sunday July 20 9:00 PM
Tuesday July 22 9:00 PM
Wednesday July 23 9:00 PM
Saturday July 26 2:30 PM

 I hope to see you there!


“Dangerous To Dance With” is Coming to the 2014 Kansas City Fringe Festival

q3704149In this dark comedy, a paranoid playwright, a porn actress, a broken acrobat, an insomniac farmer, and a New Jersey plumber, who may be a hit man, meet in a secluded Missouri farmhouse. Together they face one of life’s most pressing questions: should they laugh, or should they die?

Martin Tanner Productions will present my new play, Dangerous To Dance With, as part of the Kansas City Fringe Festival in July, 2014.  

Featuring Victor Raider-Wexler*, Rick Williamson, Vince Monachino*, Coleman Crenshaw, and Kelsea McLean. Directed by Diane Bulan. RJ Parish is the set designer and stage manager.

* Equity Actors appear with permission of the Actors’ Equity Association.


Broadway World’s “Photo Flash” about the Wild and Willful Women Reading

broadway_worldDaniel Doss and I had a great time at the reading of our new musical, “Wild and Willful Women,” as part of the TRU Voices Musical Reading Series in New York City! We had a fantastic cast and a very appreciative audience.

Here’s the  link to Broadway World’s release about the  evening.

Wild and Willful Women on Broadway World

Happy Holidays,

broadway_worldBroadway World published this press release Theater Resources Unlimited sent out to announce Wild and Willful Women and the other two musicals included in  the TRU Voices New Musicals Reading Series for 2014. Check it out.

TRU press release on Broadway World

Love, Lust, And Witchcraft Are Headed To New York City!

TRU_VoicesDaniel Doss and I are excited to announce that Theatre Resources Unlimited (TRU) selected our musical, Wild and Willful Women,for its 2014 TRU Voices Musical Reading Series.

 Where: The Engelman Recital Hall located at 55 Lexington Ave., NYC

When: 7 PM on Monday, January 13, 2014

TRU is an organization of New York producers. After the performance, there will be a “Dollars and Sense” discussion with “an industry panel that has been invited for the purpose of discussing the producing requirements of the musical, as well as the developmental trajectory they recommend for moving it forward.”

Our New York producers, Kimberly Eaton and Alan Swanke, are hard at work building a cast of Broadway performers. Needless to say, Daniel and I are extremely pleased to have this opportunity.

We’re told that this series regularly sells out, so if you’ll be in NYC on January 13 and would like to join us, please let me know ASAP so we can arrange your reservations. We would love to see you there! Incidentally, the tickets are free.

Here are the websites for Engelman Recital Hall and for past TRU Musical Reading Series programs: (scroll down to see the Engelman Hall)

Caldwell’s Bomb at the Dramatists Guild of America


Rehearsal at the Abingdon Theatre


Roy, Tyler, Liz, Bill, and Trip

Martin Tanner Productions presented a reading of Caldwell’s Bomb in the Frederick Loewe Room at the Dramatists Guild of America in New York City on the evening of March 1, 2013. Herman Johansen directed and Evan White assisted in the production

We had a great cast, gleaned from 253 applicants for the four roles. Audience reaction was very positive, and we all had an exciting evening of entertainment.

New York Cast:

Roy Brown*as Earl; Trip Plymale* as Jolley; Tyler Horn as Caldwell; Liz Douglas*as Deena

*actor appears courtesy of Actors’ Equity Association, the union for professional actors and stage managers.


Liz, Roy, and Trip Ponder the script


Performance in the Frederick Loewe Room at the Guild

NYC Cast

Trip, Roy, Herman, Liz, and Tyler in the Loewe Room


Martin Tanner Productions is presenting my play, Caldwell’s Bomb, as part of the Dramatists Guild of America’s Friday Night Footlights Reading Series.

Friday, March 1, 2013 at 7:30 PM 
Dramatists Guild of America
Frederick Loewe Room
1501 Broadway, Suite 701
New York, NY 10036

Herman Johansen is flying in from LA to direct the reading, and he assures me that we’ll have an excellent cast in place. So, if you’re in New York on March 1, please join us. Whether you can be there or not, please tell your friends in New York City about the reading. It’s FREE, and it’s right in the heart of the action on Times Square.

Flier for Caldwell’s Bomb in NYC

My Profile on the Dramatist Guild    

Come to the reading of my new play on December 4

I invite you to join us at 7:30 PM on December 4 for the Martin Tanner Productions’ reading of my new play, Dangerous to Dance With, at the Kansas City Irish Center, 30 W. Pershing Road, Suite 700. (Union Station downstairs)


Here’s a short description of the play:

In this dark comedy, a paranoid playwright, a broken acrobat, an insomniac farmer, a pornographic artist, and a plumber, who may be a hit man, meet in a secluded Missouri farmhouse. Together they face one of life’s most pressing questions: should they laugh or should they die?

Featuring Victor Raider-Wexler*, Antonia Washington*, Timothy Ahlenius, Claudia Copping, Coleman Crenshaw, and Rick Williamson. Directed by Diane Bulan

*actor appears courtesy of Actor’s Equity Association, the union for professional stage actors and stage managers in the U.S.

Hope to see you at the Irish Center on December 4,


For more information, go to



Premiere Concert Performance of Wild and Willful Women

Daniel Doss and I, along with our entire  cast and crew, thank you for making the premiere concert performance of Wild and Willful Women a  great success!  We appreciate your support and your enthusiasm for the future of the show. We’re also grateful to Californos for hosting our cast party following the performance.

Wild and Willful Women Cast

Daniel Doss and I are pleased to announce that we’ve completed the cast for the first concert performance of our new musical, Wild and Willful Women, and we’ve had an exciting  first rehearsal. It’s great to hear our words and music finally come to life!  We couldn’t be happier about the quality of the cast we’ll be able to put on stage at the H&R Block City Stage at Union Station starting at 7:30 PM on Monday, October 29. Here’s our cast list:

Abigail- Daria LeGrand

Peter- Phillip Russell Newman

Rev. Sheppard- Paul Tranisi

Rebecca Bright- Judy Simmons

Alice- Linnaia McKenzie

Nathaniel Fox- Noah Whitmore

Will Sparrow- Paul Thomas

The ensemble includes:

Lena Andrews, Devon Barnes, Gail Bronfman Bunch, Elisa James, and Anita Meehan,

Bob Allen, Trevor Belt, Ross David Bunch, Spencer Carney, Brandon Golden, and John Stewart.

Janet Rogers of Tara Lane Productions is our producer, and our design staff includes: Sean Glass (lights designer); Michael Ong (projectionist/visual designer); and Marshall Simmons (Sound).

Daniel Doss, who composed all the music, will play keyboard and conduct from the stage.

I wrote the book and lyrics, and I’ll be in the audience.

Again, we hope you’ll be able to join us for this exciting, and free, first voyage.


Although tickets are free, we suggest you reserve seats through Union Station’s online box-office.