Stories Worth Visiting Again

Dave has loved theatre since his first performance in the Opera Carmen at age 6. Since then he teaches acting and has led actors workshops and founded The Northern Colorado Actors Studio. He also acts in his spare time. He recently directed, Constellations, Orson’s Shadow, and Antony and Cleopatra, Comedy of Errors, Love’s Labour’s Lost, Chimes at Midnight, Twelfth Night, King Lear, As You Like It and the regional premiere of Gloria. In his 30 years as an actor favorite roles include: Mr.Paravicini in The Mousetrap, Alf in Peter and the Starcatcher, Edgar in King Lear, Horatio in Hamlet, Orgon in Tartuffe, Benjamin Franklin in 1776, and Theo Maske in The Underpants.

Dave and his rescue cat, Dammit

Okay, I have to explain Dave’s Cat’s Name. Dave found an abandoned kitten. He tried out several names on her, but she didn’t respond to any of them. Then one day, Dave was looking for something, and said, “Dammit” because he couldn’t find what he was looking for. The kitten meowed. “What?” Dave said to himself. So he said “dammit” again, and she meowed again. “You want that for your name?” He asked her, and he said “dammit” again and again, she meowed. Dave gave in to her wishes and that’s now her official name.

Stories Worth Visiting Again

Wuthering Heights, Novel, Emily Brontë, (1939 version) William Wyler, Director, Charles MacArthur, Ben Hecht, John Huston (uncredited) Screen Writers

Jane Eyre, Charlotte Brontë (1943 version), Robert Stevenson, Director, Aldous Huxley, Robert Stevenson, John Houseman, Screen Writers

Becoming Jane Eyre, Novel, Sheila Kohler, Play unknown playwright

The Expanse, Book Series, James S. A. Corey, (2015 – ) Breck Eisner and 15 other Directors, Daniel Abraham, Mark Fergus, Ty Franck, Creators and Writers

George R.R. Martin, Author of The Game of Thrones Series

Star Trek: Lower Decks, TV Series (2020 – ) Juno Lee and 3 others, Directors, Mike McMahan, Creator and Writer, Garrick Bernard, John Cochran, Ben Joseph, Ann Acacia Kim, and 13 other Writers

Star Trek: Discovery TV Series (2017 – ) Bryan Fuller, Creator, Olatunde Osunsanmi, Jonathan Frakes, Douglas Aarniokoski, Lee Rose, and 16 other Directors, Bryan Fuller Alex Kurtzman, and 67 other Writers

Star Trek: Picard TV Series (2020 – ) Kirsten Beyer, Creator, Handle M. Culpepper, Jonathan Frakes, Akiva Goldsman, Maja Vrvilo, Douglas Aarniokoski, Directors, Kirsten Beyer, Michael Chabon, Akiva Goldsman, Alex Kurtzman, and 18 other Writers

Star Wars Franchise, George Lucas, Creator

What Should I Read Next podcast at Modern Mrs. Darcy with Anne Bogel

I Claudius Novels I Claudius and Claudius The God by Robert Graves, TV Mini Series (1976) Herbert Wise, Director, Jack Pulman, Robert Graves, Screenwriters

Mystery!: Cadfael Novels by Ellis Peters TV Series (1994 – 1998) Graham Theakston, Ken Grieve, and 5 other Directors, Simon Burke and 9 other Screenwriters

My favorite Cadfael book, The Pilgrim of Hate, book 10 by Ellis Peters

Masterpiece Theatre, WGBH Boston, PBS (Janurary 10, 1971 – )

Bridgerton, Novels, Julia Quinn, (2020 – ) Chris Van Dusen, Creator, Julie Anne Robinson, Sheree Folkson, and 3 other Directors, Chris Van Dusen, Jess Bromwell, Abby McDonald, and 10 other Screenwriters

Pride and Prejudice and Zombies Novel, Seth Grahame-Smith, Burr Steers, Director, Burr Steers, Seth Grahame-Smith, based on Jane Austen’s novel, Screenwriters

Death Comes to Pemberley Novel, P.D. James based on Jane Austen Characters, TV Series, (2013 – 2014) Daniel Percival, Director, P.D. James, Juliette Towhidi, Screenwriters

Miss Bennet: Christmas at Pemberley, Play by Lauren Gunderson and Margot Melcon, Dramatist Play Service

Pride and Prejudice, Novel Jane Austen, and many play, movie and TV Series iterations.

Downton Abbey, TV Series (2011 – 2016) Brian Percival, David Evans, Philip John, Andy Goddard, and 10 other Directors, Julian Fellows, Creator and writer, Tina Pepler, Shelagh Stephenson, Writers

Highland Glen Lodge Bed and Breakfast, Anchorage, Alaska, Afternoon Tea

Outlander Novel Series, Diana Gabaldon, TV Series, ( 2014 – ) Metin Huseyin, Stephen Woolfenden, Anna Foerster, and 19 other Directors, Ronald D. Moore, Developed by, Diana Gabaldon, Ronald D. Moore, Matthew B. Roberts, Toni Graphia, 23 other Screenwriters

Scott Hamilton, Story~Power Ep. 20 “Movie Making and More”

WandaVision TV Series (2021) Blends styles of classic sitcoms such as, I Love Lucy, Donna Reed, Ozzy and Harriet, Leave it to Beaver, The Dick Van Dyke Show, Bewitched, I Dream of Jeannie, Modern Family and more. Matt Shakman, Director, Peter Cameron, Mackenzie Dhor, Laura Donney, Bobak Esfarjani, Megan McDonnell, and 20 other Screenwriters

Crazy Ex-Girlfriend TV Series (2015 – 2019) Rachel Bloom, Aline Brosh McKenna, Creators, Stuart McDonald, Main director, and 25 others, Rachel Bloom, Aline Brosh McKenna, and 24 other screenwriters

The Coward, Playwright, Nick Jones

The Box Set for theatre introduced by Elizabeth Vestris and popularized by Marie Wilton

Closet Dramas are dramas meant to be read individually, or in small groups. Hroswitha of Gandersheim is one writer mentioned by Dave in this conversation.

Lend Me A Tenor, Playwright, Ken Ludwick

The Restoration of the Stuart Monarchy, 1660 Charles II becomes King. Theatre begins to flourish again

The Year of Living Dangerously Novel, C.J. Koch (1982) Peter Weir, Director, David Williamson, Peter Weir, C.J. Koch, Screenwriters

Sarah Bernhardt, Actress ( 1844 – 1923) Recognized as the first international stage star

Lucille Fletcher, (1912 – 200) American screenwriter of film, radio, and television.

Elspeth Eric, (1907 – 1993) American Actress working on stage, radio, television, writer for CBS Radio Mystery Theater, The General Mills Radio Adventure Theater

Celeste Sage-Tate Story~Power Ep. 22, “Subtle Feminism in Classic Movies”

Suspense Radio Show on YouTube

Katherine Hepburn, (1907 – 2003) American Actress

The Group Theatre,A theatre group founded by Harold Clurman, Cheryl Crawford, and Lee Strasberg to be a theatre company devoted exclusively to the Stansilavsky Method of acting. It ended in the late 1930s.

Bringing Up Baby (1938) From a story by Hagar Wilde, Howard Hawks, Director, Dudley Nichols, Hagar Wilde, Screenwriters

Cary Grant (1904 – 1986) British/American Actor

Rosalind Russell (1907 – 1976) American Actress

His Girl Friday (1940) Based on the American stage play Front Page by Ben Hecht, Howard Hawks, Director, Charles Lederer, Ben Hecht, Charles MacArthur, Screenwriters

Alfred Hitchcock (1899 – 1980) Iconic British director, writer, and producer with a signature style in the suspense genre

Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip TV Series (2006) 

Saturday Night Live (1975 – ) TV Variety Series

Guy de Maupassant, (1850 – 1893) French author of “The Hand”, and “The Necklace” Considered to be the father of the short story

Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu (1814 – 1873) Irish writer of Gothic tales, mystery novels, and horror fiction. One of his vampire stories predates Dracula by Bram Stoker

Henry Graham Greene (1904 – 1991) English writer and journalist considered by many to be one of the leading English novelists of the 20th century 

The CBS Radio Mystery Theater (1974 – 1982) Himan Brown, creator, E.G. Marshall, host (1974 – 1982), Tammy Grimes, host (1982)

Inner Sanctum Mysteries (1941 – 1952) Himan Brown creator and producer

“Humans are not ideally set up to understand logic; they are ideally set up to understand stories.” ~ Roger C. Schank, Cognitive Scientist


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Published by lucindasagemidgorden

I grew up in the West, the descendant of people traveling by wagon train to a new life. Some of their determination and wanderlust became a part of me. I imagine them sitting around the campfire telling stories, which is why I became first a theatre artist, then a teacher and now a writer. They are all ways of telling stories.

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