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I will be appearing as several different voices in R-Act Theatre Company's Annual Holiday Radio Show. This is a live performance of a re-enactment of actual radio shows from the age of radio. All proceeds go to charity.

See R-Act's website for more information.


Sign of Four Video

Sherlock Holmes and the Sign of Four

written and directed by Eric J. McAnallen

This is the complete video of the world premiere production held at Comtra Theatre in Cranberry Township, PA. The video was made from several recordings made between May 9 and May 16th, 2014.


48 Hour Film Project Update

Pittsburgh 48 Hour Film Project - July 11 to 13

or My Experiences With Guerrilla Screenwriting

Over the weekend, I joined a team from Gippos Video Studio lead by Nikea and Jamaule to create a 4-7 minute movie in 48 hours. This is my story.

Come see our film. It's playing Friday July 18th. You can buy tickets here -

The Waiting Game

So we (the team of writers) were sitting around a table Friday waiting for news on our genre. It was unanimously decided that if we were to draw musical, we were screwed. The only thing we were less prepared for was sci-fi, oddly enough. But I've seen enough episodes of Star Trek to fix that.

We waited patiently. Well, maybe not so patiently; I seem to remember the group chat monstrosity thing going off constantly as we got updates from the Team Leads down at Chatham as well as posts from others, including one poster who felt the need to describe what he was eating. I think it was Tyler and I think it was something with cheese.

And then we got the news - Musical/Western.


And people were excited about it... well, at least those people who weren't going to have to write a musical were excited about it. Oh yes, we went with musical because, seriously, how does one do a western in Pennsylvania in July. The wild west was never as verdant as Pittsburgh.

Read more: 48 Hour Film Project Update

48 Hour Film Project to Begin

So tomorrow begins the 48 hours of sleep deprivation and creativity known as the 48 Hour Film Project. I am working with a group as a writer so my contribution starts tomorrow evening after we get our genre. I'm nervous and excited and have no idea what to expect.

If you've never heard of this, it goes something like this.

Production teams choose a genre, a character's name, a prop and a line of dialog at random. They then have 48 hours to create a 4-7 minute film that incorporates all of those things from the writing of the script to the filming of the scenes to post production.

I imagine with so little time will come very little sleep. Although my involvement may not go beyond the initial creative flurry happening tomorrow night as we write our script. I'm way too used to working for live theatre. This will definitely take me out of my comfort zone.

Anyway, wish me luck

More Shakespeare

I will be appearing in Hobnob Theatre's production of A Midsummer's Night Dream as Nick Bottom. We will be doing it at Preston Park in Butler in various locations, or so I'm told. The idea is to have different sets at different locations and the audience follows along as the play progresses. Sounds interesting. I have no idea how this is going to work but I am always game for an adventure.

48 Hour Film Project

48 Hour Film Project

I have joined a team to participate in the 48 Hour Film Project in Pittsburgh. This will be my first time working with film and should be quite challenging and interesting. The project will be over the weekend of July 11th. I'm looking forward to little sleep and lots of creative collaborating.

If any of my theatre friends are interested in joining our team, send me a message. The more, the merrier.

Sherlock Poster

Holmes Cast

Sherlock Cast and in Rehearsals

My play, Sherlock Holmes and the Sign of Four, has gone through a table reading and a couple of revisions and is now in the rehearsal stage. I have cast the show with some promising and wonderful people and I can't wait to see it come together.

This will be the first time I will be working with a script I can re-write at will.

Show opens in May, so we better get to it.


  • Sherlock Holmes - Michael Brewer
  • John Watson - Hunter Mehrens
  • Mary Morstan - Jenny Mehrens
  • Stamford/Bartholomew Sholto/Williams/Captain Pollock - Jim Watson
  • Inspector Abernathy Jones - Kevin McGuire
  • Thaddeus Sholto/Mordecai Smith - Bruce Travers
  • Wiggins/Tonga - Sam Bassett
  • Mrs. Hudson/Mrs. Smith - Rachael Rysz
  • Mrs. Bernstone/Mrs. Forrester - Cathy Gialloreto
  • McMurdo/Constable Murcher - David Wargo
  • Jonathan Small - Carl Gross
  • Jack Smith - not yet cast

Stage Manager - Kaleigh Ruiz


Sherlock Update

Update on Sherlock Holmes

We've set a time for the production. My first literary adaptation will go on stage at the Comtra on May 2, 2013 and run for three weekends.

This is very exciting. I have the entire script complete and I'm working on polishing.

I'll need lots of guys, several women and a couple kids, so if you're interested in auditioning, come on out. Auditions are in March. I'll post more later.


Annie the Musical

Well, after about 30 years, I finally get my wish and will be playing Oliver (Daddy) Warbucks at the Comtra Theatre. I did the show in high school many years ago and only got to play FDR that time. Not necessarily the part I've most wanted to play, but it is on my bucket list.

I've already styled my hair.

My biggest problem is that I have way too many other things to do in the mean time. Oh well, one must suffer for their art... hehe...

The show is in December leading up to Christmas because nothing says Christmas like orphans singing.


Monty Python's Spamalot

Well, I'm way remiss in posting this, but I am appearing in Comtra Theatre's current production of Spamalot as Sir Robin, and others.

The show is running for two more weekends until November 9th. If you're interested in seeing it, you can get more information and make reservations at

Deathtrap Cast

Deathtrap Cast List

Sydney - Bruce E. Travers
Myra - Brittany Barnabei
Clifford - Michael Guantonio
Helga - Liz Kline
Porter - Kent Schoffstall

Thank you everyone who came to audition. As always, I wish I had a role for everyone and I encourage everyone to keep coming. My next directing adventure will be in the spring and I will be doing a Sherlock Holmes story with a large cast.

If you are interested in Tech or Stage Crew for Deathtrap, I am still recruiting.


Sherlock Holmes and the Sign of Four

I am currently working on an adaptation of the Sherlock Holmes story, The Sign of Four, for the stage. My hope is to have something ready for the 2014 season at Comtra.

This is to be a combination of elements from the first two Holmes novels by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle wherein Dr. Watson meets and agrees to board with the eccentric Sherlock Holmes.

I didn't think the case from the first novel would really lend itself to being dramatized but I did like the interactions between the two main characters as they got to know each other. The case from the second novel will take some doing to stage but I already have some ideas for changes I'd like to make. We could do the climatic boat chase but staging that in the round would be difficult and almost comical so I'll have to find a better way to bring everything to a boil.

The other problem I am having with adapting Doyle is that he writes men characters but very few woman characters.

This should be an interesting challenge to both write and then direct. Looking forward to the final outcome.