‘Heaven Sent’ to play in Dublin. Still-living author (me) to attend!

Clontarf Players in Dublin are performing my full-length religious comedy “Heaven Sent” in March. Looks like I’m going to Ireland! I’ll be there from St. Patrick’s Day to Palm Sunday, with my son Jacob Dorn and daughter-in-law Alexis Dorn. A dream come true.

Heaven Sent (Tobit)

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— The Book of Tobit is the most free-wheeling, fun-loving, supernatural fantasy adventure and romantic comedy in the entire Apocrypha!

As an answer to prayer, the angel Raphael helps a hopelessly naive lad fight a demon, marry a damsel in distress, and heal a father’s blindness. Found in many Bibles, Tobit is one of the greatest literary hits from the period between the Old and New Testaments. Surprisingly true to the original, Heaven Sent is filled with contemporary sensibilities, clever dialogue, sight gags, and slapstick humor.

Heaven Sent is an easy-to-stage full-length comedy that has a simple set, easy costumes, and delightful roles for four men and three women, plus an active comic ensemble. If your church or drama ministry is ready to step up to the next level, Heaven Sent will get you there, and provide an entertaining, edifying, theatrical experience for your audiences.

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Re-branding a play

Last year I wrote a full-length contemporary high school comedy paralleling the comical/woeful adventures of Cervantes’ well-meaning but bumbling knight-errant Don Quixote. My working title was “Donna Quixote,” and the play was set at La Mancha Mall during a cosplay convention. The cast featured a quirky female protagonist and lots of fun supporting characters, from a catgirl to a Viking barbarian.

When I workshopped the play, I learned that not only had most high school students never heard of Don Quixote, they couldn’t even pronounce his name. I brainstormed other possible titles with the editors at Pioneer Drama Service, the company publishing the play.

We came up with “The Cosplay Con Quest,” a pun to tie together the popularity of gatherings of costumed characters with a hint at the adventure angle.

The script’s sales were, put delicately, disappointing.

So now we’ve rebranded the show as “Girl of La Mancha,” hoping that high school drama students might at least have heard of the musical “Man of La Mancha,” and order a script just to see what it’s all about.

Same show, new brand. Maybe this very funny, easy to cast and produce play will find its market. And I sure hope that’s no impossible dream.

Girl of La Mancha

(The Cosplay Con Quest)

Geek out with this exciting contemporary adventure, very loosely adapted from Cervantes’ Don Quixote.  There’s nothing quite like this show for your drama students — it’s loaded with pop culture and comic book and gamer fandom.  La Mancha Mall is overrun by costumed teenagers at the annual Cosplay Con.  But when a clumsy gamer bumps her head and assumes the character of Donna Quixote, the event takes on a whole new, hilarious twist.  Donna’s farcical, mixed-up adventures include obtaining “armor” from a sporting goods store, tilting a windmill at Harry Putter’s Magical Mini-Golf, enraging the wizard Gandaldore, having mock battles with pool noodles, and mistaking the food court busboy Alonzo for a magnificent nobleman.  Meanwhile, all-too-normal Simon Carrasco makes a bet with the Goth girl, Darkness, that he can restore Donna to mundane reality.  Loaded with laughs, the play also promotes heartfelt messages about idealism and acceptance of others.  Students and audiences alike will cheer the misguided, madcap adventures of Donna Quixote!

CLICK HERE to purchase a reading copy GIRL OF LA MANCHA. Published by Pioneer Drama Service.


Review: Lowry Spotlight Theater’s rib-achingly funny production of Neil Simon’s “Rumors,” through Feb. 3

I just posted my review of Neil Simon’s rib-achingly funny comedy “Rumors” on my reviewer blog. Lowry Spotlight Theater’s star-studded production is selling out quickly.

Read the review at… http://patrickdornreviewer.blogspot.com/2018/01/review-rumors-spotlight-theater-through.html

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New parable play ‘Peacemaker’ is now available on Amazon/Kindle


A Parable Play

In the Old West, a lovestruck schoolboy visits a mercantile store to purchase a gun in order to kill his rival and impress a pretty girl. The storekeep’s surprisingly eager endorsement of the plan causes the youth to reconsider the consequences of his actions.

This breezy seven-minute sketch contains deeper themes and a canny perspective on the consequences of violence.

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About Parable Plays:

Some of my Parable Plays are biblical or contemporary adaptations of Bible stories. Some are religious. Some are “secular,” but about virtues, morals, or character growth. Most are comedies and can be produced with minimal resources.

These scripts are suitable for churches, schools, or any group looking for plays compatible with a Christian worldview.


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Legendary cave man abducts a girl, and three unlikely heroes come to the rescue


The Ugliest Man in Albuquerque

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When the legendary Hairy Man abducts a teenage girl from her Quinceañera, a Dominican priest, a German muleskinner, and a lovesick young tailor mount a rescue mission. Their pursuit takes the unlikely heroes into the steep and treacherous Sandia Mountains above Albuquerque.

This is a Weird Western short story from The Inquisitor series, detailing the fantastic, supernatural, and strange exploits of a brawling Irish priest sworn to defend and protect the Faith and the faithful in New Mexico, 1824-1851.

Rated PG for action, mild innuendo, and obscured nudity. Approximately 8,100 words or 42 pages.

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Gold Faever, a Weird Western short story, now available

Gold Faever

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Dandy Danny Sheehan is raking in a fortune, thanks to his Pot o’ Gold Saloon in the remote California Gold Rush town of Downieville. But when feisty Sister Bedelia steps through his batwing doors to take up a collection for an orphanage, it will take more than the Luck of the Irish to keep the wily leprechaun from losing his greatest treasure.
This is a light-hearted Weird Western short story with a Catholic twist. Approximately 5,200 words, or 30 pages. Rated “G”.
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‘Chupacabrón: A Weird Tale of the California Missions’ is now available


A Weird Tale of the California Missions


A warrior monk with a mechanical hand hunts a shape-shifting, blood-sucking creature that has been slaughtering goats at San Antonio de Padua Mission.

This is part of the Weird Tales of the California Missions series, featuring the exploits of Teutonic Knight Otto Eisenschaf, “peculiar intercessor” for Father Junípero Serra, from 1778 to 1783.

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This is a Weird Western short story with a Catholic twist. Approximately 8,200 words. Rated “PG” for action.

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I just finished my first draft of a new Weird Western story!


Today I finished the first draft of a short story that takes place in my “Inquisitor” universe. Dominican priest Aidan McGrath joins forces with a youthful tailor and a homely muleteer to climb the formidable Sandia Mountains and rescue a Quinceañera from her abductor, the legendary Hairy Man. The story, which is set in 1833 New Mexico, has action, humor, and a mythic monster–with a Catholic twist.

I’m going to let the story rest for a few days, do my first round of revising and editing, then share it with my critique group and my editor.

Next comes formatting, organizing pre-launch marketing, and finally publishing the story on Amazon-Kindle. All this will take place within the next month or two.

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