David Houston , his site - writer, editor, actor

Web Name: David Houston , his site - writer, editor, actor

WebSite: http://www.davidhouston.net





Here you'll find details of current Literary Entertainments written and produced for theaters,libraries and schools.Or, by perusing resumes, review David's past projects and credentials — author of 14 published books, fiction and non, plays and screenplays; technicalwriter and editor; and an actor/director with numerous credits.Scroll down.Feel free to roam. David Houston, with reading partner Diana Heinlein or Melanie Lipton (alternating), presents an hour-long reading in the style of radio drama, adapted from the new novel by Erika Swyler. Eleven-year-old Nedda is obsessed with becoming an astronaut, and her dreams seem within reachuntil her father, a NASA scientist, learns how to alter the fabric of time. The story is about fathers and daughters, women and the forces that hold them back, what progress looks like, and what it really means to sacrifice for the greater good. Laureate: David Houston reads the story that made Singer famous, “Gimpel the Fool” (translated from Yiddish by Saul Bellow), “Yentl the Yeshiva Boy” (a wonderful story made into a musical by Barbra Streisand) and “Alone” (a delightful variation on the be careful what you wish for theme). The program runs about 70 minutes. [A shorter version Isaac Bashevis Singer: Two Stories, omits Yentl and runs about 50 minutes] Ideal for Halloween and for studies of quality suspense and horror fiction, for adults and teens FRANKENSTEIN: Little Mary's MonsterMary Shelley began writing her masterpiece Frankenstein or The Modern Prometheus in 1815 when she was 18 years old. It was published 3 years later, 202 years ago. Since then her thrilling story has spawned more than 70 movie versions, starting with Thomas Edison’s silent in 1910, many of them drastically unfaithful to Mary’s haunting and horrific vision. Our two-actor dramatic reading, with music and sound effects, time-travels back to learn heart-stopping truths from Shelley’s manuscript. praised by men of letters the world over. Now, 200 years after his birth, he is thought by many to be America's greatest poet. In this one-man hour-long dramatization, David Houston impersonates critics from 1855, in their own words, and finally becomes the voice of Whitman who presents passages from Song of Myself. stories were published in the year of his death, 1910. David Houston and Diana Heinlein perform dramatized readings of his influential stories in two shows: (1) O. Henry Masterpieces, a collection of famous stories: The Caballero's Way, A Retrieved Reformation, and The Last Leaf and (2) O. Henry's Christmas Gift, a show for the Christmas season with The Cop and the Anthem, Christmas by Injunction, and the beloved The Gift of the Magi. With jaunty music from O. Henry's contemporary, Scott Joplin Actors Diana Heinlein and Rick Heuthe present a reading in the style of Radio Drama (with background music and sound effects) with text from inspiring and frightening fiction . . . all about what happens when the light goes out, all the way out, thanks to Mark Twain, Isaac Asimov, Fredric Brown, Stephan King, and The Hardy Boys. Written and directed by David Houston. Still under attack, this brilliant work is an alarmingly apt fit for Banned Books Week, and for Black History Pulitzer Prize winning novel - in the style of radio drama with background music from Elmer Bernstein's haunting film score. The program features the trial of Tom Robinson, a black man accused of a crime he did not commit, seen through the eyes of Atticus Finch, his defense attorney, and Finch's daughter Scout. A meaningful look at the misguided American South of the 1930s, sometimes violent, sometimes gentle and wise. In a Library Journal poll in 1999, To Kill a Mockingbird was voted the best novel of the 20th Century. A three-actor performance reading in the style of Radio Drama, with music and sound effects, of Ray Bradbury's enduring story of censorship and apathy and war. Especially appropriate for Banned Book Week in September, for any focus on government oppression, and for schools and organizations that include this science-fiction masterpiece on reading lists. A spell-binder for Halloween, mystery clubs and Sherlock Holmes fans A Study in Scarlet David Houston in a one-man dramatized reading of the delightful, frightening, controversial and surprising story that introduced Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson in 1887, took the English-speaking world by storm, and became the “gold standard” for modern detective fiction. Accompanying music is from Sherlock Holmes movies and TV shows. From the timeless children's novels of Beverly Cleary, here, with sound effects and background music, are the fun and funny stories of Henry's attempt to finance a new bicycle, and Beezus and Ramona's attempt to cook a family dinner. Adapted by David Houston and told by actors Rick Heuthe and Diana Heinlein in two 30-minute shows, available separately or together. (Mrs. Cleary celebrated her 100th Birthday in 2016, with her books still in print in 20 countries and in 14 languages!) in a surprisingly humorous portrait of our most literary president—taken from Lincoln's writings, letters, poetry and speeches. This is a witty and wise pre-Presidential statesman who speaks as if he lives today and understands our pressing, confusing and amusing concerns.Underscored with music of American composers, including Gottschalk's The Union, which premiered at the White House. Rick Heuthe plays Edgar Allan Poe. It's 1848 and Edgar, desperate for income, auditions for a reading tour. He stresses his fame and reliability and attempts to impress his potential benefactors by quoting Annabel Lee and other poems and reading The Black Cat and The Raven. While this eerie play with eerie music is often booked for Halloween, there are other appropriate tie-ins: birth January 19, 1809; death October 7 1849; and Poetry Month in April. Thurber, poems from Eliot's Old Possum, and tid-bits from such recent publications as Cat-Echisms, How to Raise a Jewish Dog, and I Could Pee on This And Other Poems by Cats. Background melodies: The Waltzing Cat and other pop-classics by Leroy Anderson. David Houston’s radio play (with music accompaniment and sound effects) from classic short stories by the all-time mistress of suspense and surprise—including a fanciful scene in which Miss Marple and Hercule Poirot discuss “Getting Away with Murder,” drawn from various Agatha Christie sources. Charles Dickens on his American Tour of 1867.Three different hour-long programs: (1) The Chimes (a ghost story set on New Year's Eve; (2) classic A Christmas Carol with Scrooge, the Ghosts, Cratchit and all the rest, in Dickens' own words; or (3) Three Short Pieces: Sikes and Nancy (the chilling murder from Oliver Twist),a charming winter short story Boots at the Holly Tree Inn, and the humorous and sentimental novelette Doctor Marigold. David Houston as Mark Twain—in a lecture on the fine art of comedy, taken from Twain's essays including How to Tell a Humorous Story, Encounter With an Interviewer, The Turning Point of My Career, with dramatic readings of The Golden Arm, The Notorious Jumping Frog of Calaveras County and the famous white-washing scene from The Adventures of Tom Sawyer.

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David Houston, actor and writer, offers original plays, musicals and readings for theaters, libraries and schools, plus technical writing services for business

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