News


April 6, 2017
Copyright protection registration claim submitted for a new play The Quarrel. Look for further information about this play in the Fall.

March 17 - 26, 2017
East Los Angeles College Theatre Arts performs The Metamorphosis - A Play. From the Director:

"...it was sold out almost every night...very well received:)

Thank you so much for reaching out to see how our production of your beautiful play went, the cast was so excited that you did.  Our show was in our smaller theatre space and it was completely student designed...lights, sound, make-up, set and costumes and they all did a great job.  We did a very stylized version with inspiration from Robert Wilson and Anne Bogart.  I am the movement and voice professor here at ELAC, so I do a lot of ensemble and group work when directing and the students really responded to it."

March 25, 2017
The Lake of Sorrows completed in 2017 was officially accepted into The New York Theater Summer Festival. The Lake of Sorrows re-tells the story in music, dance and spoken word of Swan Lake, the ballet made famous by Tchaikovsky’s music. It is a cautionary tale about love and will be performed at the Hudson Guild Theater in NYC Tues. Aug. 22 @ 9 PM; Wed. Aug. 23 @ 6:15 PM; and Sat. Aug 26 @ 3:30 PM.

August 29, 30, September 3, 2016
The Pearl Diver was performed as part of the New York Theater Festival (Thespis).

BROADWAY WORLD.COM
Japanese Legend Makes a Splash at Annual Theatre Festival
August 19
7:53 PM
2016
by BWW News Desk



"The Pearl Diver" is a magical tale about a young girl and a sea dragon. It was first known as the subject of a Noh, a medieval musical. In the spring of 2012 the story could be seen on illustrated scrolls at the New York Metropolitan Museum of Art. This production incorporates poetry, song, dance and live music.

Kabuki began in the 1600s. All-female troupes performed both male and female roles in comic scenes about everyday life. Noh, began in the 1300s. It often features masked characters, and requires strict training by the actors and musicians. Both are still performed today as a celebration of tradition.

This contemporary production will draw on those rich traditions, but also employ updated theatre practices. The artists hope this blending of both old and new will make it exciting for American audiences.

Whether it is Japan or the United States, we experience similar things. The artists hope to bring legends from around the world to young audiences through song, dance, and spoken word. They chose to put on the play this summer to encourage cultural exchange.

Book By: E. Thomalen
Music By: Edward W. Hardy
Director/Choreographer: Andrea Andresakis
Associate Director/Choreographer: Liz Piccoli

Cast: Sy Chounchaisit, Donald Chang, Daniel Genalo, Edgar Eguia, Kristi Ng, Paolo Solis, Vivake Khamsingsavath, Abrielle Kuo, Zoe Lau, Lester Kim, Tan Taofa Music Director/Violinist: Edward W. Hardy
Set Design: Mary Hamrick
Costume Design: Laura Kung
Lighting Design: Patrick Bakalli
Stage Manager: Cheyanne Christopher

The performances will be:
9pm on August 29, 2016; 6:15pm on August 30, 2016; and 3:30pm on September 3, 2016 at the Hudson Guild Theater, 441 W. 26th St, NYC, NY







Audience Comments

"Unexpected pleasures are always the best. Last night I saw The Pearl Diver, a Japanese tale in dance, violin and acting. So exquisitely done, like a moving tapestry. The Pearl Diver channels the essence of the Japanese soul. I found the production enchanting. The staging was artistically and exquisitely crafted with fluidity and simplicity. This is a not to be missed gem."
Pat Addis, Producer (Eclipsed, Vanya & Sonia & Masha & Spike, A Christmas Story, the musical, others)

"You created a pearl of a production! What a wonderful use of the space, your talent, and I can't say enough about your "orchestra". He was brilliant and added so much! Very clever! Bravo."
Kate Weiman (Blue Hill Troupe)

"Thanks SO MUCH! I thoroughly enjoyed the show. It was magical from the moment I walked into the theatre. Loved the script, the music was amazing, perfect, and so beautifully performed... the st-ory was captivating throughout. The Pearl Diver was such a breath of fresh air! We see and hear so much that is slick and loud. Love-ly to experience a show that felt real and sensitive. Your work was fantastic!! I could see you all over the place. Con-gratulations and please do keep me on your mailing list!"
Joan Melton (NY Classical Theatre Associate Artist)

"It was a joy to see your work, The Pearl Diver. Bravo."
Joan Melton (NY Classical Theatre Associate Artist)

"The show was stunning! Excellent direction: Beautiful movement, acting writing, design. Loved the composition and playing by Edward W. Hardy. Congrats to the whole team!"
Joan Kane (Artistic Director Ego Actus Theatre Co.)

"Thank you very much to introduce the Japanese culture. We want to have interests in other cultures as you?ve done."
Posted on Facebook by Masanobu Shioya of Japan after seeing photos of the performance of The Pearl Diver

August 22, 2016
The WILDsound Festival posted a reading from the opening scene of Death Surprises the Executioner online and on YouTube. They can be found at:

https://wildsoundfestivalreview.com/2016/08/22/best-scene-from-death-surprises-the-executioner-stage-play-by-e-thomalen/

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YH2NiGWnCs4

August, 2016
The Pearl Diver will be performed as part of the Thespis Festival in NYC. Performances will be at the Hudson Guild Theater in Manhattan August 29, 30 and September 3. For times consult the Thespis website. It is a magical tale told in spoken word and dance about a young Japanese woman who dives for pearls, and a fearful Sea Dragon. It dramatizes a Japanese legend told in Japanese Kabuki dance, in a medieval Noh play and is visually rendered in Japanese illustrated scrolls.

July, 2016
E. Thomalen finished a new play called "Lake of Sorrows". It is a verse drama. an adaptation of the story of Swan Lake. Information about it will be posted on the website soon.

February, 2016
National Playwrights Conference at the Eugene O'Neill Theater Center
"While your work did not advance to the next round, we wanted to let you know that our readers expressed great admiration for Dances of Life – and Death. Thank you for sharing such quality work with us."
Wendy Goldberg      Anne Morgan
Artistic Director        Literary Manager/Dramaturg

December, 2015
Clara's Christmas Dreams was performed in Florida in a church the weekend before Christmas 2015.

"I directed this show for the Shining Starz studio this past December. It was a wonderfully festive show that literally everyone in our audience loved. It was a refreshing take on a famous ballet! People were happy to hear the dialogue and songs to make clear the synopsis of the show. Thank you so much."
L. Westcott



November, 2015
The Metamorphosis - A Play was performed in Tokyo Japan in connection with Hitotsubashi University. This was the first time the play has been performed outside the U.S.

October, 2015
El Tigre/Juan Darien was performed by the Crete High School for a Nebraska state one act play competition:

"We ended up going to the state competition in Class A, which is the hardest class. Only four schools in the whole state go in this class, and it was the first time our team has gone in 32 years. We were very pleased. The judges all thought it was a very smart piece of theater and really enjoyed our take on it. I'll send you some pictures from the show. The kids had a blast, thank you again for letting us use your script."
M. Casper
English/Drama
Crete High School



September, 2015
Dances of Life and Death was staged at the Hudson Guild Theatre in the 2015 Thespis Theater Festival. The play received the Best Original Play Award of the 2015 Festival.



October, 2014
El Tigre/Juan Darien was performed by the Miami Beach Senior High School in the Florida State Thespian One Act Play Competition.

August, 2014
Revised El Tigre/Juan Darien has been published by Samuel French with the eye-catching cover designed by Thomalen. Errors in older copies have been eliminated. E. Thomalen's published plays are now available in the U.S., Canada, throughout Europe, Australia, and India.

June, 2014
Lead sheets are now available for 4 Songs from Clara's Christmas Dreams: "Snowbound", "Christmas Farewell", "Christmas Sweets" and "Christmas Bells".

April, 2014
WILDsound "This play (Absalom the King) tackles the fascinating story of the Biblical Absalom, son of King David, in a smart, clear way with beautifully written dialogue that is consistent and doesn't falter into contemporary language. The curtain rises right in the middle of the action, diving right into the story with a horrible rape and murder. This brings the audience right into the action immediately and is well done... love the way Joab instills the right thing to do in David, then allows him the space to make that decision feel like his own, advising but not undermining his king... You've done wonders with this draft. One of the strongest changes has been the pairing of Absalom and Ahisthophel against the mirror of David and Joab — the royal men and their advisors make a powerful linchpin to hold the whole story together... The play also follows the original story events nicely, showing the events that led up to Absalom's death. The final scenes are entirely masterful — Tamar's deep and abiding sorrow, David's regrets and Joab's sage advice.

Overall, this is an intelligent play that showcases attention to detail, beautifully written language and the exploration of a well-known story."

September, 2013
WILDsound
Podcast interview with E. Thomalen about the videotaped reading of his Play The Night Watchman is up at: http://www.wildsoundfestival.com/e_thomalen_interview.html

September, 2013
WILDsound
The videotaped reading of The Night Watchman has been posted on line at: http://www.wildsoundfestival.com/the_night_watchman.html also: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WkPR_PzfSBA

June, 2013
The Night Watchman wins the Hawai'i Prize Award given by Kumu Kahua/Univeristy of Hawai'i at Manoa

April, 2013
The Night Watchman wins the WILDsound Spring Full Play Contest for 2013.

"The 'Night Watchman' is the story of George Pollard Jr., Captain of the Essex and the Two Brothers, ships both of which were wrecked and for which he must provide explanation. The story is compelling, and you add depth in both the characters provided and the eventual description of the horror these men went through. The dialogue is also swift and vivid... There are many strong choices throughout the crafting of this play. The first is obviously the selection of Pollard himself... a worthwhile person in his own right... The character spread also works nicely, with the presence of Pollard's cousin ... laced into the narrative to give two levels of personal conflict on top of the professional work that he must perform as captain. The text makes strong use of the stage, a good knowledge of the malleability of theatre — scenes eventually jumping back and forth in the narrative in a way that suits performed and multi-role pieces... The language throughout is also effective, especially descriptions of the nature of hunger and starvation — and the increasingly dire situation as the men turn to allotted sacrifice and cannibalism... Overall, though, 'The Night Watchman' takes a compelling event and explores it in a measured but engaging manner, turning a historical catastrophe into a personal tragedy."
WILDsound Writing Festival

October, 2012
Funding for a production of Inventing Alice and Wonderland on the crowd funding site Kickstarter failed to raise enough money to proceed with a production. Rights to the play were withdrawn at this time.

September, 2012
A crowd funding project to raise money for a production of E. Thomalen's play Inventing Alice and Wonderland launched on Kickstarter.com. Information about Lewis Carroll and the story of the real Alice can be found on the site and some photos of the river where they navigated can be found at: www.inventingaliceandwonderland.com

August, 2012
E. Thomalen completes The Pearl Diver, based on a Japanese legend about a young woman who dives for pearls in Japan and eventually must encounter a Sea Dragon. This story appears in Japanese Kabuki dance, in a medieval Noh play, and in Japanese scroll art among other places. It is a beautiful story that E. Thomalen has retold in verse in English.

April, 2012
E. Thomalen completes a Pied Piper of Hamelin in verse form that retells the classic tale for children.

April, 2011
Some clips of the 2004 production of Clara's Christmas Dreams are posted on YouTube.

March, 2009
E. Thomalen completes Inventing Alice and Wonderland. This play draws on biographical information penned by the principals about the original telling of many of the episodes in Lewis Carroll's famous book. On a warm summer's day Charles Dodgson (Lewis Carroll) and his friend Robinson Duckworth took the three Liddell sisters (one of whom was Alice) on a leisurely excursion on the Thames River near Oxford. They rowed upstream, had a picnic lunch, and then drifted back to their point of departure. The play follows that journey and dramatizes some of the stories Lewis Carroll told. It charmed the girls and before they parted that evening, Alice begged Dodgson to write them down for her sometime.

February, 2009
"Dear E. Thomalen,

"We performed Clara's Christmas Dreams at the Center Church in Windham on December 6 and 7th. I worked with a choreographer who has been doing the Nutcracker Ballet for several seasons. In this collaboration we thought we would try something different and Clara's Christmas Dreams really seemed to fit the bill. This presentation was performed by young people with teens playing the adult parts. We added choreography for the Mouse, Snow Queen and Christmas Treats sections. It was the perfect holiday show and very well received.

"We are considering doing another version next year with adults and children."

Barb Sturman
Director/Producer - December, 2008 Production in the Catskills

January, 2009
Read comments from the director of the December, 2008 production of Clara's Christmas Dreams in Calhoun, GA.


Cast from the December, 2008 production in Calhoun, GA
(click on image to enlarge)

December, 2008
Catskills Production:
Clara's Christmas Dreams - Windham Mountain Clara's Christmas Dreams. December 06 & 07, 2008. This play sponsored by the Community of Windham Foundation is directed by Barbara Sturman with choreography by Sabine Starr.

And

Ball in the House, Catskills Dance Theater and Greene Room Players Show Choir
Date: Saturday, December 13, 2008, 2PM
Location: Doctorow Center for the Arts, Rte. 23A, Village of Hunter, N.Y. 12442
The Doctorow Center is celebrating the Holiday Season with a special show featuring Ball in the House, ("The voice behind the Cool Whip commercials!"), Catskills Dance Theatre and Greene Room Players Show Choir. Following in the path of classic harmony groups like Boyz II Men, the Temptations and Take 6 but with a modern, urban, post-millennial twist, the five member vocal band Ball in the House brilliantly blends a wide range of influences, from classic R&B to pop, hip-hop and gospel. "We had to turn people away at the door...our audiences are ages 6-90. There aren't many groups out there that can rock the house and keep such a diverse group of people happy and on their feet more." Mary Ruth Lynn, Director of Programming, Garrison Player Arts Center. During part of their performance, Greene Room Players Show Choir will join Ball in the House on some of the tunes. The Show Choir, under the direction of Linda Nicholls will also perform separately a group of popular and Holiday favorites. Catskills Dance Theatre will perform excerpts from Clara's Christmas Dreams by E. Thomalen. Directed by Barbara Sturman (Schoharie Creek Players) and Choreographed by Sabine Starr (Catskills Dance Theater).

Recent Press:

Clara's Christmas Dreams Kicks off the Holiday Season

Join Calhoun Little Theater as they kick off festivities this holiday season with 5 performances of Clara's Christmas Dreams at the Harris Arts Center's Ratner Theater in Downtown Calhoun. CLT will be premiering (that means FIRST TIME EVER!) the musical selection for Clara's Christmas Dreams. The play is based on Clara's three dreams in The Nutcracker and feature the Mouse King, the Snow Queen, and the Sugarplum Fairies. The Nutcracker Prince appears in all three dreams. The cast of over 40 young people consists of talented Calhoun and Gordon County children that will delight audiences of all ages. Dale Seger and Tami Duda are the show's directors and Autumn Lester is the choreographer. Some of the stars of the show include Tiffany Nesbitt as Clara, Allie Gowens as the Sugar Plum Fairy, Kailey Duda as the The Snow Queen, Zach Waters as the Prince, Jubal Freeman as the Mouse King and Colt Chambers as Dr. Drosselmeyer.

November, 2008
Upcoming holiday performances of Clara's Christmas Dreams at the Calhoun Little Theatre in Calhoun, GA announced:
Friday December 5th at 7pm
Saturday December 6th at 2:30pm
Friday December 12th at 7pm
Saturday December 13th at 2:30pm
Sunday December 14th at 2:30pm

View photos of scenes from the 2004 production of Clara's Christmas Dreams

October, 2008
A Mummer's Masque added to website.

A revised and improved book of Clara's Christmas Dreams as well as an authorized piano/vocal score are now available through Baker's Plays.

February, 2008
A Shaker Story added to website.

November, 2006
E. Thomalen.com is online! Please check this page often for the latest news and information on upcoming productions. Thank you for visiting.