Creating Frankenstein:
Now Available at Scripts for Stage

December 18th, 2022

Temperatures drop. Snow falls. Time to hole up inside, light a fire, and catch up on the latest books and movies. Or … if you’re a 21st-century scop … it might be a good time to take the Lord Byron stormy-night challenge and get to work on that novel or script you’ve been thinking about … [read more at The 21st Century Scop].

This Week on Mystery Theatre:
The “Three-Things” Writing Prompt

December 1st, 2022

Lately I’ve become a fan of crazy unrelated ideas being woven into the fabric of a story.

So writes best-selling mystery writer Jordan Dane in a blog about what has been called the three-things writing prompt. It’s a great way for jumpstarting the muse, and—as it ties in with this week’s episode of “In the Ghost Light’s Glow” (available December 1)—I thought we might … [read more at The 21st-Century Scop].

This Week on Mystery Theatre:
Ghosts & Stories

November 24th, 2022

In response to last week’s post “The Most Haunted Place in Pittsburgh,” Facebook friend Michael Brendan informs us that his father actually had an encounter with a Playhouse ghost. “It was John,” Michael writes, referring to the ghost of deceased thespian John Johns. “Dad saw him once in the seats after a show had ended. John later tried messing with Dad as he was doing some carpentry work, and Dad wasn’t having it.”

A ghost bugging a carpenter? What could go wrong?

Michael’s description of John Johns is in keeping with other sightings. For example … [read more at The 21st-Century Scop].

This Week on Mystery Theatre:
The Most Haunted Place in Pittsburgh

November 17th, 2022

For two weeks running, audiences who attended Prime Stage Theatre’s production of Frankenstein witnessed a haunting at the New Hazlett Theatre. Of course, it was part of the performance, with actor Suzanne Ward appearing as the white-clad spirit of Victor Frankenstein’s mother. But if you’ve ever worked on a stage production or spent any time among theatre people, you’ve probably heard … [read more at The 21st Century Scop.]