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Trip Plymale, Eric Kuzmuk, Donna Lee Michaels at the 2015 MITF staged reading

Trip Plymale, Eric Kuzmuk, Donna Lee Michaels at the 2015 MITF staged reading

I’m pleased to announce that Caldwell’s Bomb has been selected to participate in the 2016 Venus/Adonis Festival in New York City. This festival runs from January 4 through March 10. According to the organizers, it has become the second largest playwright’s festival in the country. Have a look at the website:

Gerald vanHeerden, who directed the staged readings of Caldwell’s Bomb at this year’s Midtown International Theater Festival, will direct three performances of the play during the last week of February at the Hudson Guild Theater 441 W 26th St, New York, NY 10001. I’ve had several staged readings in New York City, but this is the first time one of my plays will have a full production there.

“Dangerous” Cast Video

Here’s the video we shot to introduce our fantastic cast and the characters they play in Dangerous To Dance With for our 2014 Kansas City Fringe Festival production. What a joy it has been to watch these incredibly talented actors bring my characters to life! I hope you’re able to make it to a performance. It’s not often you see a full-length play with a cast of this caliber for  $10 (with a $5 Fringe Button).

Meet Our “Dangerous” Cast

We’re having great fun preparing to present the World Premiere of my new play, Dangerous To Dance With, at the 2014 Kansas City Fringe Festival.q3704149

I’d like you to meet our dynamic cast:

VRWVictor Raider-Wexler* played recurring roles on television in Seinfeld, Everybody Loves Raymond, The King of Queens, and Two Guys and a Girl. Law and Order, Friends, House, Boston Legal, and Married With Children are a few of his many TV guest appearances. He appeared on Broadway in Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom and Gypsy and on the big screen in Pursuit of Happyness and Minority Report. Locally, Victor has appeared with the Kansas City Actors’ Theatre (The Real Inspector Hound, The Mousetrap, The Seafarer, and Glengarry Glen Ross) and at the New Theatre Restaurant (Harvey). He plans to return to the New Theatre Restaurant this August in Murder Among Friends starring Morgan Fairchild.Jim Hopkins

Jim Hopkins* As a resident member of the Cincinnati Shakespeare Company, Jim has displayed his talents in roles as diverse as Lennie in Of Mice and Men, Henry IV in Henry IV parts 1 and 2, Van Helsing in Dracula, and Lady Bracknell in The Importance of Being Earnest. He has also appeared at the Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey, Great Plains Theatre, and on many other stages around the country.

Vincent Onofrio Monachino 4-2Vincent Monachino* has appeared as Big Jule in Guys and Dolls at the Kansas City Repertory Theatre and as the sheriff in Batboy at the Unicorn Theatre. He has also appeared locally at Starlight Theater, Quality Hill Playhouse, and American Heartland Theatre. He has three motion picture credits including Saving Grace B. Jones, written and directed by Connie Stevens.Kelsea McLean

Kelsea McLean was named “Best Local Actress” by the Pitch in 2012. She has appeared in Marvelous Wonderettes at the Maples Repertory Theatre and in Run For Your Wife at Great Plains Theatre. She has entertained local audiences with performances at the Living Room, The American Heartland Theatre, and TYA.

Coleman CrenshawColeman Crenshawscintillating acting talents are well known to local audiences for his work at the Coterie (Number the Stars, Bridge to Terabithia), the MET (The Seagull, The Kentucky Cycle, Rules for Widows, Enchanted April, Awake and Sing!), and for a variety of roles at The Fishtank, The Living Room, Melting Pot KC, and TYA.

*These actors are appearing courtesy of the Actors Equity Association.

The Director: Diane Bulan is a professional actor. She has appeared in numerous commercials, films and industrials, and is a member of SAG. She is also an acting coach, puppeteer, electrician and stage manager.

This is the third time Diane and I have worked together. She directed Death and the Publican in 2010 and was assistant director for Caldwell’s Bomb in 2011. Other recent directing credits: Cinderella Kids (Barn Players), St. Nicholas (Jughead Theatricals), scenes from Playboy of the Western World and Plough and the Stars for the Gaelic Revival at the Irish Center, 24-Hour Play Festivals (William Inge Center), readings of A Body of Water, Art, and Visions of Right (Martin Tanner Productions). Up next: Diane will direct Don’t Talk to the Actors, opening in September at Paradise Playhouse.

The Schedule: There are six opportunities to see Dangerous To Dance With during the 2014 Kansas City Fringe Festival at Off-Center Theatre on the 3rd floor at Crown Center:

6 pm Friday July 18

1:30 pm Saturday July 19

9 pm Sunday July 20

9 pm Tuesday July 22

9 pm Wednesday July 2

4 pm on Saturday July 26

Tickets are only $10 with a Fringe Button!

Hope to see you there!


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!


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,


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Upcoming Performances

I’m excited about the next few months. I’ve just marked three important dates on my theatrical calendar I’d like to share.

On October 29 Daniel Doss and I are unveiling our new musical, Wild and Willful Women, on the H&R Block City Stage at Union Station. This will be a free, concert-style performance. We’ve been polishing up the songs and hearing lots of great local singers. I wrote the book and lyrics, and Daniel has composed all of the music. It’s been an honor working with such a talented composer and musician as Daniel.

Here’s the blurb we’re using for the musical:

Love, lust, and witchcraft in Puritan New England!

This original musical tells the tale of a formidable minister who believes the devil is leading his flock to hell with sex, laughs, and buckets of beer. When he imposes his moral reformation on the village, three women defy his authority by choosing for themselves who to love and how to live. The minister’s son is caught in the middle. He loves a girl his father calls a witch.

This may be the last time for quite a while to see Daniel conduct and play this material. He’s headed off on an international tour with The Addams Family Musical in January! The October 29 performance begins at 7:30. If you want to come, you should contact the H&R Block City Stage box office for reservations. Again, the tickets are free I hope you can come. It’ll be exciting.

We’re back at Union Station on December 4 for a reading of my new play, Dangerous to Dance With. This concert-style reading, which will take place in the Irish Center at Union Station, is part of the very popular Martin Tanner Tuesdays reading series. I know that Herman Johansen, the series producer, is lining up some first-class talent for this reading. The tickets are free. For more information, take a look at the Martin Tanner website:

Here’s a synopsis of the play:

Playwright Harris Stepp, a native of New York City, lives in a farmhouse in Southwest Missouri with his traumatized niece and a crippled acrobat. He expects to be murdered, and there are many potential murderers. Stepp antagonizes everyone he meets.

He antagonizes the insecure farmer who rents his land by threatening not to renew the lease.  He antagonizes his daughter by announcing his intention to write her out of his trust, and he antagonizes his two houseguests by threatening to throw them out whenever they displease him.

When his daughter’s supposed fiancé, a burly guy from New Jersey, shows up alone with his guns and fishing tackle anxious to meet his new father-in-law, the playwright’s paranoia has a field day.

 This dark comedy investigates the extent to which we are motivated by perceptions stained by our deepest insecurities, and whether a man can be his own worst enemy.

We’ll be reading Dangerous to Dance With again on the evening of March 1 on Broadway. That’s right, we’re going to read the play in the Frederick Loewe room at the Dramatists Guild of America located at 1501 Broadway, New York, NY. If you know anyone in the Big Apple, let them know about the reading. Better yet, if you’ll be in the Big Apple on March 1, please drop in. We start at 7:30.