Escape to Wonderland coming to Colorado, April 9

Trains and Planes - One Night Stand Theater

My short play, Escape to Wonderland, will be part of One Night Stand‘s “Trains and Planes” evening at the Vintage Theatre in Aurora, Colorado, on April 9th.  I’ve had quite a few plays read by One Night Stand and I’m grateful for my work to be back again.  Here’s more details:

Take a Trip with One NightStand Theater’s “Trains and Planes” April 9

Join One Night Stand Theater for sentimental journeys of the heart and dark trips of the soul when they present “Trains and Planes: Voyages by Air and Rail” on Sunday, April 9, 7:00 p.m. at the Vintage Theater in Aurora.

This one-night-only production features short plays and stories of travel and adventure:

  • Unseen forces on an Italian train bring two young travelers together in “Physics and Tea” by Ross Peter Nelson.
  • A treacherous journey to Denver connects a worried mother and a solitary hitchhiker in “After the Rain” by Julie Excell.
  • The widow at Gate 12 has an unexpected reaction to a plane crash in “Taking Off” by David-Matthew Barnes.
  • A chance reunion of old friends on the Boston Blue Line turns criminal in “Escape to Wonderland” by Patrick Gabridge.
  • A trip to the Santa Monica Airport with a plane-loving 10-year-old resonates decades later in “Tango Oscar Mike” by Beth Foster.
  • A child’s adventurous train ride from Chicago to Cairo is not what it seems in “Train Story” by Leslie Lewis.
  • Train folk songs and ghost stories are also on the show’s itinerary.

The show features actors MaryAnn Amari, Erin Bell, David Brandl, James Crapes, Emily Gomes, Joi Hiatt, Hilarie Nelson, Lauren Russell, and Doug Tisdale, with directors Tami Canaday, Cindy Hall, Brenda Hoskins, and James O’Leary.

“Our show’s theme is travel,” says James O’Leary, One Night Stand Theater’s artistic director, “but the real journey is the twists and turns in these plays and stories. These trips go in unexpected directions and wind up in unlikely destinations: some romantic, some tragic.”

One Night Stand Theater is a Denver-area theater company that has presented one-night-only evenings of theatrical staged readings over the past eight years, each with its own theme. Performances have featured the Wild West, folk tales, Shakespeare, Hollywood, and plays about war, romance, and the Bible.

“Trains and Planes” takes place on Sunday, April 9 at 7:00 p.m. at the Vintage Theatre, located at 1468 Dayton St., one half-block south of Colfax Avenue in Old Downtown Aurora. Tickets are $10. The evening is recommended for mature audiences. To make reservations, e-mail or phone 303-725-4959. More information is available at and at the One Night Stand Theater Facebook page.