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A friend in Hollywood once explained to me that “Your success in show business won’t be based on your talents, but will be based on relationships” and that’s a bummer to me because the one thing I suck at is relationships, but that’s a whole other area to blog about…. I’ve been very blessed in this writing career to be able to surround myself with people that are not threatened by doing good work!  I’ve been around both types of people, the ones that are threatened are ruthless and will do all they can to make you look bad and work at ruining reps, if they feel threatened by you and your work.  It’s a horrible and heart breaking experience.  The flipside, surrounding with people that ARE NEVER THREATENED is not only a blessing, but it’s a rarity and takes a lot of looking at monsters to find good people. 

TROLLING - A ONE ACT PLAY by TOM CAVANAUGH by TOMCAVANAUGH

The story behind my one act play, TROLLING, started in 1997 in New York City when a friend was so frustrated with the way his work was being received as a playwright that he walked out of class and was literally on his way to the Dean’s Office to quit school and never darken it’s doorways again!
  I was on my way to my P.D. Unit session (The Actors Studio calls their developmental labs, Playwright Directors Units) when coming the opposite way on 7th Avenue was my friend and cohort playwright, A.J. Ciccotelli, who had just been severely critiqued by our classmates, a teacher and a guest established playwright that was brought into the session.  Critiques of plays at The Studio could range from enlightening to destructive.  The Studio since Lee Strasberg took the helm is famous for it, but there just some days where the notes are way off and come across as personal attacks on the writer.  Doesn’t always mean that was the intention by the reviewer, but when you’re dealing with someone’s passion, sometimes… it’s just the way it comes across.  Note sessions are highly charged… my friend had just had one of those sessions and well…. It was a meeting that was our destiny.

2013 by TOMCAVANAUGH     250th Episode of INSIDE THE ACTORS STUDIO by TOMCAVANAUGH     A Studio 2 by TOMCAVANAUGH     A Studio 3 by TOMCAVANAUGH

“I’ll cut class.
  Let’s go get a drink!” is what I answered when I was told what happened and for the rest of the afternoon and into the night, my friend A.J. and I hit every bar we could and at the same time compared experiences, positives and negatives and came to the conclusion that “Not everybody is gonna like my work, but I know my work is good and we’re gonna do great things!”  In the long and short of it, A.J. didn’t quit school or writing and I made a great friend, but we both put our Grad School experiences into proper perspectives cause as much as I love my grad school and friends from grad school…. School, any school… isn’t the real world.  So, in 2000 we graduated… and stayed friends and cohorts, constantly calling each other and comparing our theater experiences!

Hollywood Fringe Online Ad by TOMCAVANAUGH            Fringe 23 by TOMCAVANAUGH

FAST FORWARD – 2014 and I’m in Los Angeles trying to be a writer when I decide to put a show up in the Hollywood Fringe Festival.  I gather 6 great actors that I’m friends with and they perform my collection of monologues, THE LAST REMNANTS OF COPS, ROBBERS & HOLLYWOOD COWBOYS.  The show goes over well and gets some great reviews, but the woman that runs the theater we were in, she takes a liking to my writing and by the end of the summer hooks me up with a developmental theater company.  They make me a member and weekly, I bring work in and they read it, critique it and I go home to re-write off their notes.  This is the life of a playwright.  I’m still living in the P.D. Unit like I did back in grad school.  The wonderful thing about this production company is all the members are extremely supportive and they all want to see good work come out of the company!  I don’t see the character assassination game here like I did in my past… and… my phone rings….

It’s A. J. Ciccotelli…. He now in 2015 is an award winning High School Drama teacher, who is also working on his second M.F.A., but this one is in directing and at the same time he is the Artistic Director of a theatre company in New Jersey.  A.J. tells me about his companies Theater Festival and he’d like a piece of mine to be in it.  “Can you write a 20 min one act comedy based on your 9-1-1 Operator experiences?”  (That’s how I pay the bills in between shows!!!) 

“YES, of course I can!”

In L.A., I write out my 20 minute show and I bring it into my Monday night theater company and I try it out… and we get good notes and I re-write it again… and send it off to A.J.  He loves it, his members love it and we’re on!  2 weeks of shows in Asbury Park, New Jersey and 4 nights of shows in New York City, Off Broadway!!!!

TROLLING - A One Act Play by  Tom Cavanaugh by TOMCAVANAUGH         Trolling Nyc 3 by TOMCAVANAUGH

It was a great run!  Audiences liked the piece a lot!!! TROLLING is now being developed for the L.A. Theatre company and has expanded to a 50 page comedy that might get a full production in the upcoming season.

TROLLING - A One Act Play by TOMCAVANAUGH
So, it’s true… “Show Business is all about relationships” and… I hope I make a lot more blessed ones as this because for my show TROLLING none of this would be happening if, my friend and I hadn’t run into each other on the street and had a drink together over 15 years ago!
TROLLING - A ONE ACT PLAY by TOM CAVANAUGH by TOMCAVANAUGH
TROLLING - A ONE ACT PLAY by TOM CAVANAUGH
What happens when a 9-1-1 Operator wants to meet the face of a cute voice over the phone?  He goes to visit her at work, but pretends to be someone else who has all the right answers!
This started as a 20 min play for the La Strada Ensemble Theater Company of Asbury Park, NJ where it played for 2 weeks and then went to NYC with the same Festival for 4 Performances Off-Broadway.  The play has not been expanded and being considered for production in Hollywood, Ca.
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A friend in Hollywood once explained to me that “Your success in show business won’t be based on your talents, but will be based on relationships” and that’s a bummer to me because the one thing I suck at is relationships, but that’s a whole other area to blog about…. I’ve been very blessed in this writing career to be able to surround myself with people that are not threatened by doing good work!  I’ve been around both types of people, the ones that are threatened are ruthless and will do all they can to make you look bad and work at ruining reps, if they feel threatened by you and your work.  It’s a horrible and heart breaking experience.  The flipside, surrounding with people that ARE NEVER THREATENED is not only a blessing, but it’s a rarity and takes a lot of looking at monsters to find good people. 

TROLLING - A ONE ACT PLAY by TOM CAVANAUGH by TOMCAVANAUGH

The story behind my one act play, TROLLING, started in 1997 in New York City when a friend was so frustrated with the way his work was being received as a playwright that he walked out of class and was literally on his way to the Dean’s Office to quit school and never darken it’s doorways again!
  I was on my way to my P.D. Unit session (The Actors Studio calls their developmental labs, Playwright Directors Units) when coming the opposite way on 7th Avenue was my friend and cohort playwright, A.J. Ciccotelli, who had just been severely critiqued by our classmates, a teacher and a guest established playwright that was brought into the session.  Critiques of plays at The Studio could range from enlightening to destructive.  The Studio since Lee Strasberg took the helm is famous for it, but there just some days where the notes are way off and come across as personal attacks on the writer.  Doesn’t always mean that was the intention by the reviewer, but when you’re dealing with someone’s passion, sometimes… it’s just the way it comes across.  Note sessions are highly charged… my friend had just had one of those sessions and well…. It was a meeting that was our destiny.

2013 by TOMCAVANAUGH     250th Episode of INSIDE THE ACTORS STUDIO by TOMCAVANAUGH     A Studio 2 by TOMCAVANAUGH     A Studio 3 by TOMCAVANAUGH

“I’ll cut class.
  Let’s go get a drink!” is what I answered when I was told what happened and for the rest of the afternoon and into the night, my friend A.J. and I hit every bar we could and at the same time compared experiences, positives and negatives and came to the conclusion that “Not everybody is gonna like my work, but I know my work is good and we’re gonna do great things!”  In the long and short of it, A.J. didn’t quit school or writing and I made a great friend, but we both put our Grad School experiences into proper perspectives cause as much as I love my grad school and friends from grad school…. School, any school… isn’t the real world.  So, in 2000 we graduated… and stayed friends and cohorts, constantly calling each other and comparing our theater experiences!

Hollywood Fringe Online Ad by TOMCAVANAUGH            Fringe 23 by TOMCAVANAUGH

FAST FORWARD – 2014 and I’m in Los Angeles trying to be a writer when I decide to put a show up in the Hollywood Fringe Festival.  I gather 6 great actors that I’m friends with and they perform my collection of monologues, THE LAST REMNANTS OF COPS, ROBBERS & HOLLYWOOD COWBOYS.  The show goes over well and gets some great reviews, but the woman that runs the theater we were in, she takes a liking to my writing and by the end of the summer hooks me up with a developmental theater company.  They make me a member and weekly, I bring work in and they read it, critique it and I go home to re-write off their notes.  This is the life of a playwright.  I’m still living in the P.D. Unit like I did back in grad school.  The wonderful thing about this production company is all the members are extremely supportive and they all want to see good work come out of the company!  I don’t see the character assassination game here like I did in my past… and… my phone rings….

It’s A. J. Ciccotelli…. He now in 2015 is an award winning High School Drama teacher, who is also working on his second M.F.A., but this one is in directing and at the same time he is the Artistic Director of a theatre company in New Jersey.  A.J. tells me about his companies Theater Festival and he’d like a piece of mine to be in it.  “Can you write a 20 min one act comedy based on your 9-1-1 Operator experiences?”  (That’s how I pay the bills in between shows!!!) 

“YES, of course I can!”

In L.A., I write out my 20 minute show and I bring it into my Monday night theater company and I try it out… and we get good notes and I re-write it again… and send it off to A.J.  He loves it, his members love it and we’re on!  2 weeks of shows in Asbury Park, New Jersey and 4 nights of shows in New York City, Off Broadway!!!!

TROLLING - A One Act Play by  Tom Cavanaugh by TOMCAVANAUGH         Trolling Nyc 3 by TOMCAVANAUGH

It was a great run!  Audiences liked the piece a lot!!! TROLLING is now being developed for the L.A. Theatre company and has expanded to a 50 page comedy that might get a full production in the upcoming season.

TROLLING - A One Act Play by TOMCAVANAUGH
So, it’s true… “Show Business is all about relationships” and… I hope I make a lot more blessed ones as this because for my show TROLLING none of this would be happening if, my friend and I hadn’t run into each other on the street and had a drink together over 15 years ago!

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Tom Cavanaugh was born in Newark, New Jersey. He received a B.S. in Computer Science and Business Administration from Seton Hall University in 1987. In May of 2000, he received an M.F.A. from the Actors Studio Drama School at the New School for Social Research in New York City. Cavanaugh’s playwriting professors at the Actors Studio Drama School included: Romulus Linney, Jim Ryan, Jeffrey Sweet and Laura Maria Censabella. In 1999 while at the Studio, Tom was a semi-finalist in the Chesterfield Films Writers Foundation Project in Los Angeles.

Cavanaugh’s one-act play THE CIRCUS STILL COMES TO TOWN was produced as part of the Thesis Repertory Season at Circle in the Square Downtown (NYC). Veteran playwright Jonathan Reynolds and director/actor Carlyn Glynn mentored the production.

Cavanaugh served as Associate Producer for Ensemble Studio Theatre (NYC) in 2000 and his short plays 50TH & 8TH and AMEN were produced there in special presentation. 50TH & 8TH was selected a few months later for a showcase production by the Atlantic Theater Company in New York City.

Under the guidance of playwright Edward Allan Baker, Cavanaugh wrote the one act play DINER TALK in a workshop at Ensemble Studio Theatre. DINER TALK was awarded first prize in the Jersey Voices One Act Play Festival and was produced that summer in Maplewood, New Jersey.

Cavanaugh won his first screenplay competition in 2002 and was featured as a “Writer to Watch” in the March/April 2006 issue of “Script” magazine. HARVEST, a short erotic thriller, won third prize in Toucan Films Short Screenplay Competition in Burbank, CA. THE HEROES OF ’76, a coming of age screenplay about a boy growing up in Asbury Park in 1976, was a semi-finalist in the 2003 Sundance Institute Feature Film Development Project.

In 2005, Tom’s one act plays, ICONS and STARS IN CEMENT were produced for one month of shows in the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce’s, Hollywood Boulevard Playwriting Competition at the Actors Playpen in Hollywood, California.

Tom received his first commission for writing the one act play, ACE OF HEARTS in 2009. Twilight Productions produced ACE OF HEARTS during the summer of 2009 in Gilbertsville, Kentucky and has commissioned Cavanaugh to write two companion one act plays for a trilogy production in 2010.

Tom’s full length play BEHOLD was a 2010 finalist in the New American Playwrights Development Program at the Utah Shakespearean Festival and was one of three winners of the 2011 Pickering Award for Excellence in Playwriting. His one act play, WONDER won the Irene Bashore Award for Playwriting from Firstage Los Angeles.

Cavanaugh’s “coming of age” screenplay, THE WILDNESS TREATMENT was one of twenty scripts to receive Honorable Mention at the 2012 Los Angeles Movie Awards. THE WILDNESS TREATMENT is about a group of teens that are court ordered to attend a wilderness Boot Camp in the Utah desert.

Tom’s full length play ADAM & YOSHI is a finalist in The 2nd Annual McKinney Repertory Theatre New Play Competition in McKinney, Texas, one of three finalist for the 2013 New American Playwrights Development Program at the Utah Shakespearean Festival and won the 2012 Make the House Roar Prize for Comic Plays at the Lionheart Theater in Georgia.

Cavanaugh has been a member of the Dramatists Guild of America, Inc. since 1998 and is currently living in Hollywood.


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