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Chekhov used to say, I have my own theater, and people assumed he was talking about the Moscow Art Theatre, but then Chekhov would tap his forehead and say, . . . in here.

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PRODUCTIONS

of plays by Shamrock McShane

The Votive Pit 1/6/05 – 1/29/05 Acrosstown Repertory Theatre
Directed by Will Eyerly
Bald Man – Shamrock McShane
Edna – Jessica Arnold
Gladys – Rachel Iannelli
Jim Evergreen – Dirk Drake
Wendy – Julie Tidwell
Laurelei – Karina Boycheva
Student – Michael McShane

Music by Tom Miller

Merry Xmas 3 12/15/04 The Atlantic, Gainesville FL

You Are Not Frank Sinatra 4/15/04 Civic Media Center, Gainesville FL

Merry Xmas2 12/12/03, Acrosstown Repertory Theater, Gainesville FL

Play Money 11/3/03, Acrosstown Repertory Theater, Gainesville FL
Music by the Freekeys
Costumes by Michael McShane

Parallel Universe 9/26/03, University of Florida – Constans Theatre,
Directed by Mikell Pinkney

Americaıs New War Strikes Back at Iraq Before Iraq Strikes Back! 7/31/03,
Civic Media Center

Merry Xmas 12/2/02, Common Grounds, Gainesville FL

Nocturne 10/3/02, Common Grounds

Americaıs New War Strikes Back 12/27/01, Civic Media Center, Gainesville FL

Fill My Cup, 12/9/01, Full Circle, Gainesville

The Votive Pit, 11/25/01, St. Mark Theatre, NYC; 11/18/01, Crane Theatre, NYC

Remembrance of Fancy Nancy Past, or In Search of Lost Tim, 8/10/01, Full Circle

The Case of the Missing Numbers, 3/5/01, Limelight Theatre, St. Augustine FL

Phone, Time, Infernal Bridegroom in Cheese (with the Rapscallions of the Periphery)
8/18 – 8/26/00, Downtown Plaza,
Santa Fe Community College, Common Grounds, Gainesville FL

Agons to Homeless, (in collaboration with Arupa Chiarini) 11/6 –11/14/99,
Holy Trinity Episcopal Church, Gainesville, FL 8/11 –8/19/00,
Limelight Theatre, St. Augustine FL

Merry Xmas
The Sheila Bishop Holiday Special
Common Grounds

Nocturne
Spoken Sex Words II
Common Grounds
A crookedletter production
With Music by The Free Keys

Americaıs New War Strikes Back!
A play about characters whose lives are determined by events that are happening to everyone right NOW!
February 22 – March 9, 2002 Galleriebob, featuring Gregg Jones and Jake Seymour
January 25-26, 2002 EWORX, Santa Fe Community College
July – September, Acrosstown Theater, Full Circle, Civic Media Center, Common Grounds, The Palace
Directed by Jessica Arnold
Music by the Freekeys

Production Chronology

(1978 to present)

The Canterville Ghost (freely adapted from Oscar Wildeıs short story)

Chicago, 1978-80, The Truck, Inc.
Director: Derek Evans
featuring Megan McTavish and Greg DeGraf
Over 100 productions in Chicagoland Schools

M&M Productions, Key West
Ghost: Robery D. Mowry; Robby: Shamrock McShane, Bobby: Nancy Kinard
first performed at the Monroe County Library, October 31, 1978

Marjorie Cordially and the Rhyming Machine

Chicago, 1978-80, The Truck, Inc.
Over 100 productions in Chicagoland Schools
featuring Megan McTavish

M&M Productions, Key West, featuring Celeste Day, 1979-81

The Case of the Missing Numbers

M&M Productions, Key West
Designed and Directed by Robert D. Mowry
Red Barn Theatre, 1980

THE TRUE RE-OPENING OF THE RED BARN THEATER

(See Key West Citizen Review, February 8, 1980!)

Key Westıs Red Barn Theatre now claims in its Official History that the Red Barn Theatre was re-opened in November of 1980 after Director Richard Magesis "in the tradition of Judy Garland and Mickey Rooney declared, ŒLetıs do a play.ı" Actually thatıs about all Magesis did besides drink coffee and smoke cigarettes with his crony Ruth Newton, whose name strangely has also been excised from the Official History even though she directed the bogus maiden production of Line in November 1980. The fact of the matter appears in the opening paragraph of Betty Williamsı review in The Key West Citizen entitled "Missing Numbers: A Play You Can Count On":

"The Little Red Barn, long neglected since the Key West Players used it for their first Waterfront Theatre productions, and Joan Guttman later presented her puppet show there, has been reborn with the creativity of a talented duo, Robert Mowry and Timothy McShane of M&M Productions, whose aim is to bring childrenıs theatre to Key West. And their dream is off to a rousing start with the original production of their comedy The Case of the Missing Numbers. . . .

"Though the sets are sparse, lighting is only functional, and seating for the audience is a scarce 45 seats, the re-birth of the Little Red Barn is a refreshing addition to the local theatre scene.

"There is a feeling in the theatre that is reminiscent of the original Greene Street Theatre (when it was really on Greene Street), where creativity and imagination reign despite lack of sophisticated theatre equipment, and also the lack of space.

"Mowry and McShane have accomplished this at the Little Red Barn with their comedy that insists the worldıs a lonely place without numbers.

"The "Little Red Barn" is perhaps the last of its kind of theatre to survive in Key West – functional, spare, unsophisticated – yet teeming with the energy and imagination of young, talented performers, whose slim budget is no handicap in this setting."

The Official History of the Red Barn Theatre paints the picture this way: ". . . The Barn fell into a state of dormancy during most of the 70ıs, but in 1979, a young director from New York named Richard Magesis looked at the long neglected little building and in the best tradition of Judy Garland and Mickey Rooney declared, ŒLetıs do a play!ı So in the fall of 1980, Technical Director Gary McDonald and a spirited crew of artists and technicians renovated the Barn, installing old theatre seats from the Navy Base, risers, and a new stage."

Actually what they did was ruin the theater. Hereıs how it really happened. By the fall of 1979, before Magesis ever arrived on the island, Ruth Newton had wormed her way into the Womenıs Club to get cheap rent on the space known as the Little Red Barn, originally the carriage house for "Key Westıs Oldest House," which is across Duval Street. The Key West Community Players made the carriage house into a theater in the 1940s and used it until the Œ60s, when they acquired the "magnificent" Waterfront Theatre in Mallory Square. In the Œ60s, the concert pianist Yehuda Guttman and his wife Joan performed concerts and puppet shows in the Barn. And, in the late Œ60s, Tennessee Williams is said to have staged (not premiered?) two of his one-acts there (which ones?), but thatıs according to the Barnıs Official History so who knows if itıs true?

Part of Ruth Newtonıs pitch to the Womenıs Club, a real selling point, was that the Red Barn Theatre would of course include Childrenıs Theatre. The good women of the Womenıs Club made it clear to Ruthie: no Childrenıs Theatre, no Little Red Barn. And thatıs where M&M Prodcutions comes in, the foremost practitioners of childrenıs theater in the Keys, hot off three years in Chicago with The Truck, Inc., where Bub and I had honed our skills in front of thousands of kids.

Ruthie cut a deal with us: help her put the theater together and we would be the official childrenıs theater of the Red Barn, and we could do midnight shows of other plays in and around her companyıs season. Perfect. Thatıs when Magesis showed up.

The doors of the Red Barn hadnıt been opened in ten years. The place was full of junk and covered with layers of dust, but Ruthie and Richard wanted to go charging in there and throw paint on it. We told them (Bub had been building sets with Michael Merritt in Chicago for five years): you canıt paint dirt. And so they agreed to let us clean the place up and paint it – in preparation for the re-opening of the Red Barn Theatre in February, 1980.

We did just that. And we opened The Red Barn Theater on February 8 of 1980 just the way Betty Willams and The Key West Citizen reported it. The Red Barn was a wonderful space that February night. Bub devised islands of modular seating, so that audience members found themselves within the cartoon world of Dan Man, Detective.

That summer, the summer of 1980, before "Gary McDonald and a spirited crew of artists and technicians renovated the Barn, installing theatre seats from the Navy base, risers, and a new stage", The Red Barn Theatre was alive with kids putting together the premiere of Long, Long Ago, and Far, Far Away, on an Island in the Sea, a production of the Key West Kids Ensemble that opened at the Red Barn Theatre in July, 1980.

That fall, yes, then it is true, McDonald and his cohorts showed up with the seats, and we begged them, pleaded with them, whatever you do: DONıT BOLT THE SEATS INTO THE FLOOR!

Because what will happen then, which is of course exactly what did happen, is that the theater will forever be locked into a proscenium setting, locked into one way of seeing a play, making a play. The theater will be ruined as an experimental space. With modular seating, you can still do proscenium plays if you want to, but you donıt have to; a world of possibilities is open to you. But by the fall of 1980, the seats were bolted to the floor, and the rest is history.

The Case of the Missing Numbers was also produced by M&M Productions . . .

. . . at the Tennessee Williams Fine Arts Center, 1981
both productions featured Celeste Day
and at Bagatelle, with Carol Shaughnessy and Greg DeGraf, 1982

The Case of the Missing Numbers
Produced by the everyday theater
Gainesville, 1984
The Thomas Center, PK Yonge,
Winter Park, The Florida Theatre Conference
Directed by Kathy Tyrell
featuring Bridgett Phillips and Michael Johnson

. . . was also produced by The Golden Apple Dinner Theater
Sarasota FL 1986

And at the Limelight Theatre in St. Augustine FL in the spring of 2001

The Mark Book Show
M&M Productions, 1979
Designed and Directed by Robert D. Mowry
featuring Celeste Day

Long Long Ago and Far Far Away on an Island in the Sea . . .
Red Barn Theatre, 1980
Key West Kids Ensemble

The Invisible Guy,
Designed and Directed by Robert D. Mowry
Tennessee Williams Fine Arts Center, 1981

The Best Christmas You Ever Had
Horace OıBryant Middle School, Key West, 1980

The Crazy Warehouse
Tennessee Williams Fine Arts Center, Key West, 1981

The Misadventures of Doctor Sureback and His Time Machine
Tennessee Williams Fine Arts Center, Key West, 1981

Acrosstown Repertory Theatre, Gainesville FL, 1997
Directed by Cynthia Christiansen

The Queen of Outer Space
Tennessee Williams Fine Arts Center, Key West, 1981

The Game Game
Fitzgeralds, 1980
Tux, Key West, 1981
Acrosstown Repertory Theatre, Gainesville FL, 1992
Directed by Peg Libertus

Play Money
Red Barn Theatre, directed by Patrick OıGara, 1983 featuring Robert D. Mowry and Greg DeGraf (See Key West Citizen review by Kathleen J. Hargreaves February 9, 1983: "Play Money rings of box office gold") Acrosstown Repertory Theatre, Gainesville FL, with music by Robert Petersen, 1993

President Lear
Acrosstown Repertory Theatre, Gainesville FL (Star Garage), 1984
featuring Bridgett Phillips and Andy Gordon

Las Palabras del Mar
Horace OıBryant Middle School, Key West, 1982

Androcles and the Lion
Directed by Joe Argenio
Fable Factory, Gainesville FL, 1986 - present

The Princess and the Pea
Directed by Joe Argenio
Fable Factory, Gainesville FL, 1987 - present

Keys
Acrosstown Repertory Theatre, Gainesville FL, 1995

Boston Baked Bean
Second Stage -- Hippodrome State Theatre, Santa Fe Community College, The Thomas Center, Alachua
County Detention Center, The Covered Dish, Market Street Pub
Directed by Sidney Homan, featuring Gregg Jones and Paul Woodburn
June, 1994
Staged Reading, American Renegade Theatre, Los Angeles, 1998
Optioned for Video to Richard Trahan (New Jersey, Rocky Boat Entertainment), 2000

Ball
Staged Reading, Little Apostle Productions, Los Angeles, 1996
Acrosstown Repertory Theatre, Gainesville FL, 1997
directed by Andrew Toutain
staged reading at the Acrosstown, 1990
directed by Peg Libertus

Scenes from the Cold War
Acrosstown Repertory Theatre, Gainesville FL, 1995
directed by the playwright
featuring Greg Bellon, Lara Krepps and Nicole Simpkiss

Every Tear from Every Eye
Acrosstown Repertory Theatre, Gainesville FL, 1995
directed by Russell Bucher
Florida Studio Theatre
directed by James M. Ashford
with Stephanie Kovacs and Dana Helfrinch*
Sarasota FL
August 3, 1997
Clinton Street Theatre
directed by Denise Wallace
with Tammie Andreas and Michael Fetters
Portland OR
February 14, 1997

Phone, Time, Every Tear, Mangrove
Directed by Jessica Arnold
Rapscallions of the Periphery,
As scenes from CHEESE
Common Grounds, Gainesville FL, September 2000

Macbeth
an everyday theater production
Gainesville Community Plaza
Thornebrook Village
Flamingo Hammock
October - December, 1997
Shamrock McShane is Macbeth
with Anna Marie Kirkpatrick and Bobby McAfee
fight choreography by Phil Yeager
music by Steve LeSieur

Sctochıd the Snake (adaptation)
Hoggtowne Medieval Faire, 1998
featuring Anna Marie Kirkpatrick and Bobby McAffee
SFCC Shakespeare Fest

Dickensı Dilemma (adaptation)
Dickens Festival, Alachua FL 1997, 1998
Alachua County Teachers of English Conference, 1998
featuring Dirk Drake and Susan Peitit

Weather or Not
Florida Studio Theatre, Sarasota, 1998

The Infernal Bridegroom & Phone
University of Florida, Theatre Dept, acting classes
1998 - present

The Votive Pit
Staged Reading at the Hippodrome State Theatre, Gainesville FL
14 June 1999
Cast:
Bald Man – Gregg Jones*
Dedalus – Mark Sexton*
Edna – Ellen Lau*
Jim Evergreen – Rusty Salling*
Gladys – Jenny Stringfellow
Wendy – Babe Root
Laurelei – Tamerin Dygert*
Student – Michael John McShane
(*member, Actors Equity)
. . . was also given a reading at the St. Marks Theatre, and the Crane Theatre in
Greenwich Village, NYC in December 2001

Boston Baked Bean
made-for-video
by Rocky Boat Entertainment, New Jersey, 2000

Spoken Word at Full Circle and the Civic Media Center 2001-2002

Why Donıt You Go...Yourself?
Crookedletter Productions
A Sheila Bishop Cabaret

Marvin the Marxist
Crookedletter Productions
A Sheila Bishop Cabaret