2015 Play was originally titled “It Had To Be You”. It was entered as a 10-minute one-act play in the 13th Annual North Park Vaudeville Playwright Festival. Over 300 scripts are annually submitted, 24 are chosen. It won “Best Play”and sold out all three performances. (35-seat theatre)
2016 “It Had To Be You” was expanded to a 3-scene, one act play (45 minutes) and accepted into the San Diego International Fringe Festival. It played 5 consecutive dates at different times and averaged 140% capacity in 5 sold-out performances. (56 patrons in a 40-seat theatre) The only reason it wasn’t more is that there literally wasn’t any more room for anybody else. It won the “Audience Award”.
2017 “It Had To Be You” was expanded to a 4-scene, 2-act play (90 minutes) and produced by PowPAC Community Theatre for two performances October 22nd and 23rd. http://www.powpac.org/misc_pages/play.php?id=258
Both performances sold out (70-seat theatre)
Play title was changed from “It Had To Be You” when it was discovered that another play with the same title was already registered with the WGA. It was retitled “Maybe This Time” and re-registered.
2018 “Maybe This Time” was performed with a different Cast and Director, August 17-19 at the Gaslight Theatre in St. Louis, Mo. It sold out all three performances (99-seat theatre).
TV Review with video excerpts
All versions were staged simply; black box, in front of a black curtain or on an empty stage, with a single table and two chairs.
2019 "Maybe This Time" was produced by Alton Little Theater, Alton IL on February 1-3.
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Feedback from Alton Little Theater Production:
We were so thrilled that “Maybe This Time” lit up Alton Little Theater for three performances this past weekend. Despite the Polar Vortex COLD and the Sunday Super Bowl, we still entertained and delighted 353 theater patrons. This was a great response for a show that we squeezed between two other productions because we didn’t want to miss out on the chance to produce your play! Your support and ongoing efforts to encourage and analyze our portrayals was such a welcome collaboration. We hope you send us previews of your upcoming works for the possibility of maybe producing them also.
The comments on our Facebook site have been overwhelmingly positive. The cast was also unanimously positive in their response to your witty and very funny play. And since three-fourths of the cast are “seasoned” Directors, that is high praise indeed. As I made my way around the community this week I heard more positive feedback: most were similar: “it made me laugh…and still feel a little sad”. Two 90-year old sisters said “you should do more plays like this”.
We at Alton Little Theater (the oldest continuously-running community theater in the state of Illinois) look forward to seeing you soar with success with “Maybe This Time”. Thanks for allowing middle-aged actors to have some great roles in a romantic comedy. Clearly, our audiences could relate and cheer you on.
With Gratitude and Love,
Vice-President/Artistic Director Alton Little Theater
2020 Productions of "Maybe This Time"
February 7-9, 2020
Howard County Center for the Arts
Ellicot City, MD 21043
(between Baltimore and Washington DC)
Produced by Thunderous Productions
February 7-16, 2020
Stageworks Northwest Theatre
Longview, WA 98632
(between Portland OR and Seattle WA)
Produced by Stageworks Northwest
This is a romantic comedy about a series of four first dates of people that meet online.
The 1st date/Scene is Frank: a simple-minded, sexist misogynistic lech and Kathleen: our kind, altruistic heroine. It does not go well
The 2nd date/Scene is Roger: our kind, altruistic, financially-successful hero and Sandra: a sexy, manipulative gold-digger. It also does not go well.
The 3rd date/Scene is Frank and Sandra. They end up leaving together, thinking that they're both getting exactly what they want. But are they?
The 4th date/Scene is Roger and Kathleen and the audience, by now, is reminded why these two are a perfect match. But after a very romantic beginning they misread each other's language nuances and body language so although they're both very interested in each other, they think the other person isn't interested in them. And they don't end up together.
The audience knows about all of this because the daters brains are also on stage during the dates and they hear everything the daters are thinking but not saying.
It's an entertaining, amusing and poignant comedy that is a cautionary tale about how direct, honest communication is usually best.
If you have an interest in producing "Maybe This Time", please contact me to discuss royalty options. I will make it easy on any company that wants to do it. It is a logistically simple play to put on as it only requires one uncomplicated set. In the 5 different versions up to this point, all of the casts and theaters have enjoyed and profited from its' productions. I hope yours will also.