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R. Don Oscarson • Author

Posted on Aug 14, 2013 in Authors, ZT Authors

R. DON OSCARSON was involved in Marketing and Sales Promotion for most of his working life. He is currently Director and Secretary of the Board of Directors of Kohl’s Illinois, President at Discovery LLC and Donsco, Inc. He is on the Public Relations Board for the Philadelphia Orchestra, A Board Member of the Milwaukee Music Conservatory, Chairman of the St. Louis National Alliance of Businessmen, an Honarary Vice-Consul to Sweden and a former Air Intelligence Officer with the USAF. He even has the time and energy to devote to mentoring and sponsoring others in the Arts, especially theatre. He wrote the Book and Lyrics to the following musicals: Sand In Their Shoes and A New Land Called Home with Crawford Gates, City of Joseph and Christopher with Maughan McMurdie, My San Diego with Robert Brunner, and Six Sent South...

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Steven Kapp Perry • Author and Composer

Posted on Aug 14, 2013 in Authors, ZT Authors

STEVEN KAPP PERRY is a full-time songwriter and playwright whose musical adventures include everything from singing the National Anthem at Wrigley Field for the Cubs to leading the music in LDS General Conference and singing Mozart from atop the altar in Notre Dame in Paris. As part of Peace Mountain MediaWorks, he helped create “The Scripture Scouts,” “Alexander’s Amazing Adventures,” and “The Allabouts” with his co-writers Marvin Payne and Roger & Melanie Hoffman. He has written projects for National Geographic, Prime Recordings, Deseret Book, and other companies. He is also a volunteer for Reach the Children, a non-profit organization providing education, nutrition, and vocational training (learn more at www.reachthechildren.org). He has eleven albums of original music. Steve loves music, cream cheese on bagels, his wife Johanne, and whichever of their four children slept through the night.      ...

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Marvin Payne • Author and Composer

Posted on Aug 14, 2013 in Authors, ZT Authors

MARVIN PAYNE  is an actor, writer, songmaker, and recording artist living in Alpine, Utah. After attending BYU on Music Performance and Creative Writing scholarships, he released a dozen albums of original songs and toured the country extensively as a solo concert artist throughout the decade of the seventies. In the early eighties, his career expanded into the world of theatre and film, where he became the Man who Searches for Happiness, Sweeney Todd, El Gallo, and the Phantom, but is most often recognized in the mall as the guy behind daddy’s nose in Saturday’s Warrior. His acting has shown up on the Disney Channel, the major networks, and PBS. He is a familiar lead at Sundance. He is an inventor of Scripture Scouts (he is Boo Dog!) and the Allabout Family, and in the nineties focused increasingly on creative...

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Gentle Barbarian — A Play

Posted on Aug 5, 2013 in New Releases, Plays, Premiere Plays, Seniors in Cast

 by Thomas F. Rogers (For production by Professional Groups, College/University Groups, Community Groups) Based on the life of Russian author, Ivan Turgenev, this taut play is very Chekhovian in nature. Its characters are richly drawn and full of repressed sensuality. Their lives and loves interweave, creating a tapestry of Russia during the middle 1800’s — the Russia of the Tsar — the Russia of both the privileged few and the peasant working class. (sounds like America of the early 2000s) It is fascinating to notice that–despite the social upheaval that led to its eventual dissolution and once more the former USSR — much remains as before.  In its poignant irony, Turgenev’s own personal story surpasses those he penned which, in Western Europe, won for him such acclaim. In the person of this humanitarian idealist, the play illustrates the hypocrisy...

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Charades — A Play

Posted on Aug 2, 2013 in Plays

by Thomas F. Rogers.  (For production by Professional Groups, College/University Groups, Community Groups) A one-time stock broker, the middle-aged Danny, boasts about his mercenary adventures in Rhodesia, Nicaragua and more recently Afghanistan. He also claims to have an adopted son there, a defector from the Red Army. In Danny’s absence a younger man shows up, claiming to be a Soviet Defector and Danny’s actual son. We later learn that he is bent on killing Danny for ostensibly betraying his mother to the KGB. Meanwhile, Danny’s one certain offspring, the pregnant Gladys, accuses her father of sending her husband to Afghanistan. To absolve himself, Danny must admit his military exploits are an illusion. In doing so, however, he will betray the possibility that Gladys never had a husband. He leaves the choice to her. The other characters’ histories equally come...

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