News & Productions: January – June, 2016

FEBRUARY

My short film ORI & ADDISON (based on my short play) will screen at The 41st Boston Science Fiction & Film Festival, to be held at The Somerville Theatre in Boston. The Festival runs 2/5 – 2/15. ORI & ADDISON screens as part of SIBYL’S EYE (shorts) on Tuesday Feb 9th @ 5:30 PM.  Tickets are only $ 12:50 and can be purchased HERE.    

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My new ten minute play entitled CLASS REUNION will be presented by Urban Stages in NYC as part of The President Plays on Sunday, Feb 21, 2016 at 3 and 5 PM.  (I will be at the 3 PM performance so come on out and say “Hello” if you can.)

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The Emerson Theater Collaborative & The Mark Twain House & Museum present two readings of my full length comedy (presented as a live radio play) KING ARTHUR IN CONTEMPORARY CONNECTICUT at The Mark Twain House & Museum, the home where Twain worked on his version of the classic Arthurian legend, on Saturday, April 9th at 7 PM and Sunday, April 10th at 4 PM, and in Mystic, CT at the United Methodist Church on Saturday, April 16th at 7 PM and Sunday, April 17th at 4 PM.  All tickets: $10  (For tickets for The Mark Twain House & Museum performances:  (860) 247-0998 or visit www.marktwainhouse.org.  For tickets for the Mystic performances:  www.emersontheatercollaborative.org.)

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After winning 1st place in their new works competition (Another one of my plays, Snowbound, won 3rd place, so they tell me), my full length play HISTORY 101 be performed at The Las Vegas Little Theatre in the LVLT Black Box Theatre April 22-May 8, 2016 and you can purchase tickets HERE.  

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My award-winning short play THE CHAIR will be included in the Emerging Arts Festival, produced by The Laugh/Riot Performing Arts Company in Edinboro, Pennsylvania, beginning April 21st.

I’m beyond thrilled to announce that my award-winning short play ORI & ADDISON is an official selection in The Independent Film Festival of Boston, one of my favorite film festivals (They introduced me to The Troll Hunter so, clearly, they have excellent taste).  Ori & Addison will screen with the shorts D (Delta: Narrative) group on Saturday, April 30 6:45pm at the Somerville Theatre – Screen 4 & Sunday, May 1  2:45pm at the Somerville Theatre – Screen 3.    

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My ten minute play DRIVE BUY will be included as part of 6 Playwrights In Search of a Stage at The Roxbury Repertory Theater at The Roxbury Community College in MA April 29th – 30th, 7 PM.  All shows are FREE.  

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JUNE

My ten minute play ALEXANDER THE GREAT will be presented by The Actors Theatre Playhouse in West Chesterfield, NH (in southwest NH near the VT border and Brattleboro VT) as part of their new works festival.  (Dates and times to be announced – Watch this space.)

ALEXANDER THE GREAT will also be presented by The Group Rep at the Lonny Chapman Theatre in Los AngelesJune 11 through July 17 – Saturdays at 2 PM and Sundays at 7 PM – in their new upstairs black box space at The Lonny Chapman Theatre (10900 Burbank Blvd., North Hollywood, CA 91606).  (Dates changed to July – Update soon.)

Finally, my short play DRIVE BUY will be presented at part of The Gallery Players 2016 Black Box New Play Festival, presented by The Gallery Players in Brooklyn, NY.  (DRIVE BUY will be produced in the 3rd weekend of the Festival, which runs June 16 – 19.)   

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Listen to my play THE FIRST SECOND CHRISTMAS recorded LIVE at The Backwell Playhouse in the UK

Listen to my play THE FIRST SECOND CHRISTMAS recorded LIVE at The Backwell Playhouse in the UK which you can listen to as a podcast on iTunesStitcherSoundcloud and YouTube.

CAST:
Mary: Jane Hutchinson
Joseph: John Jones
The Wise Men: Ian Ramsey (Balthasar), Julie Houghton (Gaspar) and Duncan Tuck (Melchior).

Directed and produced by Jon Coupe
Live sound effects by Mary Gould, Jenny Schaefer and Fiona Milton.

Happy holidays, and enjoy!

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Ori & Addison – A short film written and directed by James C. Ferguson

So now that you’ve watched the new Star Wars: The Force Awakens trailers an appropriately ridiculous amount of times, maybe you have a few minutes to check out a short film that I wrote and directed about the struggles of fatherhood and friendship entitled Ori & Addison.

Originally written as a short play, Ori & Addison was produced numerous times in various short play festivals throughout The United States, including The Samuel French Off Off Broadway Short Play Festival where Benjamin Friedberg of Inkcrayon Pictures saw it, enjoyed it and optioned the rights.  Ben wanted to expand the idea out into a full-length screenplay while simultaneously producing Ori & Addison as a short film to serve as both an original piece that would work on its own but also be a representative sample of the larger story.

I was thrilled beyond words to be asked to direct the piece (and flown out to Los Angeles to do it, no less) and will always be thankful to Ben for that joyous opportunity.  Everyone involved did a bang-up job and should be very proud of the results.  Enjoy.

(Feel free to share, but no spoilers, okay?  TY!)

(Please note there is some adult language so it may not be the best thing to watch with the little ones, or at work.)

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My new comedy King Arthur In Contemporary Connecticut gets a limited engagement of four performances at the end of October 2015 in NYC and will be presented as a live radio play.

Well, this is exciting …

After successful readings with the Vagabond Theatre Group in Massachusetts and Turn To Flesh Productions in New York City, my full-length comedy entitled King Arthur In Contemporary Connecticut is going to be produced for a limited, exclusive run in NYC at the end of October for four performances (10/29 & 10/30 at 7 PM and 10/31 & 11/1 at 2 PM) at The Bridge Theatre @ Shetler Studios (244 West 54th Street, 12th Floor New York, NY 10019.)

Produced in association with Dreamcatcher Entertainment’s Fulfill Your Dream program and directed by Patrick Marran, King Arthur In Contemporary Connecticut will be staged as a live audio drama (think: It’s a Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play, The Thrilling Adventure Hour or The Hitchhiker’s Guide To The Galaxy Radio Show Live), using both pre-recorded sound effects and music as well as performing some sounds effects live in stage.

You can listen to a teaser trailer HERE.

Our wonderful cast includes Parker Madison [Arthur], Katie Weber [Gwen and other voices], Jack McKaene [Mordred and other voices], Jack McCahill [Lancelot and other voices], Art Brown [Merlin and other voices], and Lisa Flanagan [Tamora and other voices]

Tickets are on sale now and you can get them HERE.

For the 2 PM show on Halloween (10/31) ONLY, come in costume and you can get a discounted ticket for only $ 10.00.  Come in some sort of Arthurian-themed costume and you can get a discounted ticket for only $ 5.00.

King Arthur In Contemporary Connecticut also now his its own Facebook page.  If that’s your thing, you can like us HERE.

Inspired (loosely) by Mark Twain’s classic novel A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur’s Court, King Arthur In Contemporary Connecticut reverses Twain’s original premise, following the exploits of King Arthur after he is unexpectedly transported to a small town in twentieth century Connecticut, where the once and future king struggles to adjust to his new future even as his past refuses to stay in the past.

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Come to a staged reading of my play SNOWBOUND in Mystic, CT 4/11 & 4/12

SNOWBOUND
A staged reading of the full-length play by James C. Ferguson
Presented by The Emerson Theater Collaborative
Directed by Theresa Broach
With Mary Couto, Patrick Dicesare and Ben Donnel

WHEN:
April 11th, 2015 @ 7 PM
April 12th, 2015 @ 4 PM

WHERE:
First United Methodist Church
23 Willow St, Mystic, Connecticut 06355

HOW MUCH?
$ 10.00

TICKETS:
CLICK HERE

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King Arthur in Contemporary Connecticut

On December 6th, 2014, Turn To Flesh Productions will present a staged reading of my new full-length play KING ARTHUR IN CONTEMPORARY CONNECTICUT which they are staging as a live radio show.
Here are the details —

Date & Time:
December 6, 2014
8 PM

Location:
The TAI Group
150 West 30th Street 
14th Floor
New York, NY 10001

Reservations:

We have seating for about 50 audience members and encourage reservations before.  Reservations can be made at — turntoflesh (at) gmail (dot) com.

Performance is FREE with a $10 suggested donation ($10 gets you a complimentary glass of wine!)

Please Note:

Due to limited seating, reserve your seats early!
Directed by: Patrick Marran
Cast: Duncan Pflaster, Matt Gordon, Stan Buturla, Maria Peyramure, Caileigh Scott, Parker Madison, Shara Ashley Zeiger, Matthew Breiner and Alan Kistler.
SFX: Kevin Feustel

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Apparently, my 2 1/2 year old and I should never be left alone with GarageBand …

This is the results …

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SHITTENS!

Over the summer, I have been diligently working on a new graphic novel.  Here’s the cover.  What do you think?

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New show, new poster!

Here’s the fancy schmanzy poster for my play History 101, which is being produced by Harlequin Productions at Cayuga Community College in New York.  October 24 – 26, 31  November 1 & 2  All shows: 8 PM.

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UPDATE: I was just told that a scene from the show entitled Women in History has been invited to perform/compete at The Theatre Association of New York State Theatre Festival in November, 2013 and will be one of nine shows presented during this weekend showcasing non-professinal theatre from throughout New York state!

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Aquaman!

In June, my ten-minute play Aquaman about – uh – Aquaman was produced by The Red Brick Road Theatre Co. in Los Angeles as part of Shorts 2 (w/ with Hannah Kaplan as Wonder Woman and Colin Contreary as Batman, directed by Valerie Vasilas.)

I wish I could have been there because it looks like they had a blast.

Here’s a picture of Jarrett Lennon Kaufman as a disgruntled, well – You can guess, can’t you?

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Jarrett Lennon Kaufman as Aquaman from Shorts 2! in L.A.

Aquaman has always been one of my favorite characters and I always thought he got kind of a raw deal, publicity-wise.  They sure could have used him during that Sharknado, don’t you think?

 

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