Years ago, I had a site called judyklass.com, but it got eaten ... It's on the market and I may buy it back one of these days ... Meanwhile, here is judy-klass.com. I hope you'll browse around, and learn a bit about my music, my books, my scripts and other stuff I have going on right now. If you want to give me a shout, I can be reached, as ever, at: JudyKwrites@aol.com.
I was looking forward to three productions in March. My short play Private Dick, about a deranged detective who thinks he's living in a film noir, was to premiere with Centers for the Arts Bonita Springs, in Florida. My short play The Child Is the Mother of the Woman was to have gone up in a 2Cents Theatre Festival in Los Angeles. My short play What's Held Back was to go up in an Act 1 festival at the Darkhorse in Nashville, directed and acted by Vanderbilt students ...
But then the pandemic came ... And theaters all over the US are postponing and canceling shows, and we all have bigger problems to worry about than pouty playwrights ... I hope people are keeping safe, and being good to each other!
My full-length play Kimberly in Overdrive is set to premiere in the OPPA! New Works Festival in July, at On Pitch Performing Arts in Layton, Utah, but we will see what the future in these nutty times holds ...
I learned, around the time I learned that this festival of plays on Masculinity by Women was being postponed, that two short plays of mine have been selected for it by directors: Hard to Get and The Other Woman. I've never had my work chosen for a festival in Canada before.
With Ron Reed I wrote a short play called Hacking Tyler. Someone was going to do it as a "shelter in place" play with a roommate ... that has fallen through. It made the Long List for the Windsor Fringe Festival in the UK, but did not get past that point.
I've learned that my full-length play Country Fried Murder, which was produced by the Shawnee Playhouse in 2019, has gotten a nomination with Northeastern Pennsylvania Theatrical Alliance (NEPTA), or the production has ...
There's 2019 stuff about my short play Untethered below ... It was recently produced here in Nashville by Act 1 at the Darkhorse Theatre in their One Acts Festival.
My short play Timeshare came in First in the Tallahassee Writers Association's 2019 - 2020 Seven Hills contest, in the 10-Minute Play category. It has been published with other winners. And my short play Private Dick was a winner in the Stage It! competition run by Bonita Springs Center for the Performing Arts, also in Florida, and those plays have also been published:
My short play Performance Art has been published online in the magazine Fleas on the Dog:
My short play Book of Life had a reading with Theatrikos Theatre in Flagstaff, Arizona in the Northern Arizona Playwrights Showcase. It was a Finalist with the Old Library Theatre in Fair Lawn, New Jersey, for their 9th Annual One-Act Play Festival. It was produced for the first time, in California, by Skypilot Theatre in their One Act Festival 2019, built around the theme of Future Shock.
It won the Audience Award at the Festival. It will be published by Applause Theatre and Cinema Books in The Best New Ten-Minute Plays 2021, edited by Lawrence Harbison.
Here is the SkyPilot production, with Ayla Barreau and Albert Garnica, directed by Arden Haywood Smalls:
My short play What's Held Back premiered in Chicago in 2019 in Otherworld Theatre's Paragon Festival of SF plays:
My full-length play Country Fried Murder was produced in 2019 in Pennsylvania, as it won in the Full-Length Play category in the competition run by the Shawnee Playhouse.
Here's a link to an article about Country Fried Murder in the local paper, and then a screenshot of the start of it:
My unproduced full-length play Hallway House made the Second Round in the 2019 Austin Film Festival in the play category.
My unproduced full-length play Kimberly in Overdrive was a Finalist in the TCTC New Play Festival, and had a partial reading in Tyler, Texas. Kimberly in Overdrive also came in Third in Chaffin Barn's Clash of the Playwrights in Nashville.
My short play The Other Woman was released as a podcast by Panglossian Productions:
My short play Untethered had its premiere in Lowell, Michigan with LowellArts Players, in Playbytes by Playwrights:
Untethered took First Prize in the William Faulkner Literary Competition in Mississippi.
My short play Catching Up with Joan of Arc was published in an anthology put out by Stage It! in Florida. They gave it a reading:
Here's an interview that Jonathan Pinkerton did with me and the cast of my full-length play Stop Me If You've Heard this One as it opened here in Nashville at Chaffin's Barn Dinner Theatre:
My full-length musical Senator Scrooge had a reading with Emerging Artists in NYC in October, 2018:
Commodore round at 9:00 on February 29th, 2020 with Pam Belford, Bill Flowerree and Jeremy Dean. It was fun!
I co-wrote "Disappear" with Adara and Jimmy Borja, and the DRYM remix was a Euro club hit.
Again with Adara and Jimmy Borja, I wrote "Can't Keep Away," and it was a hit for Eurika in the Philippines.
My ten-minute "musical" called Sex With Your Ex has been produced twice. Now, this one-woman show, built around a song, is being recorded for podcast by the Lost Souls Monologues project in the UK:
The song it's built around was on my first CD, Brooklyn Cowgirl:
Kevin So has put out a fun video for "Coming Home," a song I wrote with him:
I co-wrote Thad Foster's song about his fight against cancer called "On the Ropes," and, with a film-maker friend, Thad shot a video for it:
Kevin So's album S.O.U.L. contains three songs I co-wrote. One, "This Guitar," is a song I wrote with him and Brandon Maddox, that Brandon put out on an album. Here's Kevin's version:
Here's Brandon's take on it:
Here is a nice video that Gabrielle Gross, a young artist in the Philippines, put out when she recorded a song I wrote with Jimmy Borja called "Secret."
Here's "Colors," one of my two solo-write cuts on Dance with the Dinosaurs, an album of songs for kids put out by the country band Cash Creek:
Here is a lyric video for "Wash It Away" -- a song I wrote with Jimmy Borja and Ziggy Diaz that Cole Silva in the UK released as a single in 2018.
Phillip Sandifer, a co-writer of mine in Texas, had this fun video made, with stock footage, for our song "Loose Ends":
Avon Rosales in the Philippines released "Until Now" as a single in July 2019; it's by me and Jimmy Borja. Here is the music video:
The horror movie He Never Died features Henry Rollins as an undead zombie cannibal with anger issues, and at one point he attacks a jukebox because some girls put on my song "Quiet Man" and he finds it annoying. (I might respond in a similar way to Black Flag.) Canadian country artist Mary Resek recorded her own version of that song:
Here is a single from Thad Foster of Arizona/California and Judy G Martin, a country artist in Spain. Thad and I co-wrote the song for them to sing.
The singer/songwriter Anthony George has released his Sir Anthony album, which contains the song "Hell" that we co-wrote:
With Simon Kirke -- the drummer from Bad Company -- and Rob Taube, I co-wrote "Wind and the Rain," which was on a recent album of Simon's:
I was proud to write "Standing Strong" with Thad Foster. Twenty West Coast country artists came together to record it, to raise money for survivors of what happened at the country music festival in Las Vegas.
To get a sense of my other cuts as a songwriter, please check out the Music page at this site, or the "video" page (which mostly has tracks, not videos) of my profile at reverbnation
With Randy Raatz of Chicago (he wrote the music and played on the tracks -- I wrote the words) I completed a collaborative rock album, with John Carroll, Shantel Adams and other cool people singing the songs. The album, naturally, is called -- Raatz with Klass
Two versions of my political CD are out at CD Baby and can be previewed:
Protest Songs in an Age of Trump (Unplugged)
And here is the full-band version:
Protest Songs in An Age of Trump
My CDs Brooklyn Cowgirl and The Brooklyn Cowgirl Rides Again are also available through CD Baby. Buy individual songs or the whole album digitally -- or buy an actual, physical copy of an album, and you'll get some lovely pictures taken on the Brooklyn Bridge and in the subway, plus a booklet chock full of sparkling, zippy liner notes ...