Last night was the final performance of One Bear Lake at 5th Wall Productions theater. While I could not be there, I found out through Facebook that it was a sold out performance. I am thrilled for the cast and company. They worked incredibly hard on putting the production together and staging seven performances of the play. I was fortunate enough to be there for two of them. 5th Wall helped me develop the piece from a ten-minute script to a full-length play so I couldn’t be happier that it had its world premiere with the folks that helped me hone and craft the story.
To be frank, 2017 has gotten off to a horrible start for me and those closest to me, so I was happy to have this as a distraction for the past three weeks. I’m going to miss the updates from the cast and director. I thank them all for giving me the taste of being a produced playwright. I WANT MORE!!! I have a feeling you spoiled me by giving me such a painless introduction to this world.
To cast and company, take a bow. I can’t adequately express my appreciation for what you did with the pages I gave you. KUDOS FROM THE PLAYWRIGHT!
My first premiere happens in six days. My play, One Bear Lake, opens in Charleston at 5th Wall Productions on January 20 and runs every weekend until the last performance on February 4. I’ll be in town for the opening weekend, and I hope to see you there. One Bear Lake is about sibling rivalry taken to the nth degree. Three siblings gather with their spouses for a week long retreat and soon discover that growing up in the same family doesn’t mean they had the same childhoods. Jealousy, anger, love, and humor are the ties that bind.
And, while I call it “my” play, that is no longer true. It now belongs to the extremely talented cast and crew of 5th Wall Productions, and they are as follows:
Emma Scott – Lily
Jason Olsen – Paul
Freddy – Jamie Young
Rachel – Margaret Nyland
Tom – Greg Tompkins
Gayle – Sarah Daniel
Director – Blair Cadden
Come one. Come all. Buy your tickets early. 5th Wall Productions’ One Bear Lake
Let’s face it, January 20 is not a date most people are looking forward to. I don’t care if you support or hate the man who will be the 45th POTUS. The country is going to be shrouded in a blanket of anxiety thanks to an enormous political and social divide.Things are going to be tense for a long, long time to come.
What you need to do is learn how to laugh in the face of the dark days ahead, and what better way to do that than to watch a two-act comedy about carrot cake and cancer. My play, One Bear Lake, happens to open on… January 20 at 5th Wall Productions in West Ashley (Charleston, SC). I’m flying in for opening night and Saturday night’s performances. The cast is stellar. The director is superb. The writing is… Well, it would be in poor taste to tell you how fantastic the writing is since I wrote the play.
Bottom line? Come. Laugh. Enjoy.
Welcome to the South Side of the Moon
The blog has been down for awhile because of technical difficulties. And by that, I mean I am technically challenged. I changed the domain name because pearlofjustice.com no longer makes sense given that Deputy Dani Savage’s last name is no longer Pearl. Given that I write books by many different titles that range from young adult to Souther thrillers, I’ve decided to stay away from naming the blog after any of my books or characters. The new domain name reflects my Southern roots and my decidedly un-Southern belief system. Welcome to Southsideofthemoon.com.
I’ve lived in Charleston for 21 years. It’s the longest I’ve lived anywhere by 15 years. But I am moving on to Connecticut to reunite with my best friend and love of my life. We’ve been apart for 8 months, and we’ve spent that time getting to know each other again over the phone, email, and Skype. It’s time for the second draft of this play. Same cast. Significant rewrite.
I didn’t think I’d be sad to leave this tiny house, but I am. I’ve spent the best years of my life here. I’ve written about 14 novels, a half-dozen screenplays and a handful of stage plays. It’s my writing den.
More updates to follow, but I have got to get back to packing up. BTW – Anyone want to buy a living room set, bedroom set, and office set?
The “Real” C. Hoyt Caldwell
I loved doing this interview because the questions weren’t the typical “author’ questions. Nobody has ever asked me what is the one book I would require the president to read. The one problem with the interview is that they used an ancient picture of me that I created to disguise my true identity when I first invented C. Hoyt Caldwell. Because C. Hoyt can be excessively vulgar, I wanted to separate my two “author” identities. I gave up on the notion about a year into the experiment and let my freak flag fly. I’m posting my real C. Hoyt photo here to counteract the trauma of seeing that old photo.
Here’s a partial answer to my answer to the question: “What scene in Savage Reckoning was your favorite to write?”
It’s technically two scenes. I initially wrote it as one but broke it up into two parts in rewrites. It features Step and his girlfriend, Bones, in his house. Calling it my favorite makes me sound like a horrible person because it focuses on how tragic their lives are, but as a writer, exploring the destruction of a character’s life can be liberating. It gives you the illusion of knowing how real life works.
You can read the rest of the interview here: Interview with C. Hoyt Caldwell, author of Savage Reckoning
As always, Savage Reckoning is available as an e-book at the following online retailers:
According to OmniMystery News, I’m a crime novelist. I like the sound of that. It makes me sound like I know what the hell I’m doing. Here’s a link to an interview I did with them recently where I try to explain what it is I write about: A Conversation with Crime Novelist C. Hoyt Caldwell
Savage Reckoning is available at the following retailers:
What reviewers have to say:
“…there were numerous twists and turns along the journey that made it all a highly addictive read from start to finish.” – Carrie G
“Grab your favorite beverage, set back, and enjoy several hours of riveting entertainment.” – Vera’s Book Reviews and Stuff
“Savage Reckoning took me by surprise. I did not think that I would enjoy the book as much as I did. But, I found myself quite taking with both the story and the characters. Dani is a fantastic character and I love her colorful past and I especially hope to read more books with her (and several of the other characters in this book), The book is great, action-filled, amusing, mysterious and heartbreaking.” – Marablaise
“A strange story that grows in intensity and suspense as you read it. The characters are drawn from the hills, but represent people that have much in common with all of us. Dani is a deputy who uncovers a deep problem that involves people at high levels throughout the world. I enjoyed watching the development of the character called Step, who probably is key to the whole plot. This is a keeper!” – Kayak Jay