Friday, January 30, 2015

CHAPBOOK #115: A Red Shuttleworth Poetry Chapbook

Chapbook #115

four poems

Red Shuttleworth

Red Shuttleworth's Chapbook #115, published in a limited edition by Bunchgrass Press, features four poems from late 2014 and early 2015:

Introduction to a Past

Sound of One Hand

Death Threats for Lebanese American Porn Star


The Whole Theme of Time

Red Shuttleworth

Monday, January 26, 2015

SHY OF YOUR EXIT: A Chapbook Poetry Anthology

Shy of Your Exit

a chapbook poetry anthology


Jeffrey C. Alfier

Tobi Cogswell

Red Shuttleworth

Rhiannon Thorne

Shy of Your Exit, the first Bunchgrass Press chapbook anthology of 2015, is published in a limited edition.

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Wallet Mermaid: A Red Shuttleworth One-Act Play

Wallet Mermaid

a one-act play

Red Shuttleworth

Wallet Mermaid (cast of two women and three men in their twenties) is a romantic comedy (running time of about 45-minutes). It is contemporary... set in rural central Texas. In their twenties and terminally adolescent, with rodeo dreams and get-rich-quick schemes crumbled, Gregg, Constance, Hank, Shortson, and Sheila are crossed wires... sparking and snapping.

Wallet Mermaid received a reading, directed by the author, at University of Nevada, Las Vegas, on March 23, 1990.  It had the following cast: Annelisa Blake, Christopher Danowski, J.B. Lawton, Toni Loppnow, and Ian Bradford Pugh.

Toni Loppnow
(Sheila in the UNLV reading of Wallet Mermaid)

Wallet Memaid received development and a reading at Sundance Playwrights Lab on July 18, 1990... thanks to the Lab's Artistic Director, David Kranes, who kindly and generously shoehorned this one-act play into an already full schedule of rehearsals and readings.  The Sundance reading of Wallet Mermaid was organized and directed by Lisa Peterson... with Ethan Phillips as dramaturg.

The Sundance Playwrights Lab 1990 reading of Wallet Mermaid featured the following cast:

          Daniel Jenkins.............................. Gregg
          Eden Alair.................................... Constance
          Doug Hutchison........................... Hank
          Dana Mills................................... Shortson
          Alyssa McGuinness..................... Sheila

Daniel Jenkins
(Gregg in the Sundance reading of Wallet Mermaid)

Eden Alair
(Constance in the Sundance reading of Wallet Mermaid)

Doug Hutchison
(Hank in the Sundance reading of Wallet Mermaid)

Red Shuttleworth and Dana Mills
(Dana Mills was Shortson in the Sundance reading of Wallet Mermaid)

Red Shuttleworth and Alyssa McGuinness
(Alyssa McGuinness was Sheila in the Sundance reading of Wallet Mermaid)

The script for Wallet Mermaid is only available to artistic directors (who are seriously interested in fully producing the play) at professional theatres, university theatres, and college theatres. Those wishing to receive a copy of  the script, should send an email to Red Shuttleworth (


Monday, January 19, 2015

1990 Sundance Playwrights Lab

Kevin Kling, Steven Dietz, and Susan Barnes
(Sundance Playwrights Lab 1990)

Sundance Playwrights Lab 1990

an incomplete photo album

The participants (playwrights, directors, actors, dramaturgs, stage managers, resource artists, and administrative staff) at Sundance Playwrights Lab 1990 were: 

Eden Alair

Lisa Peterson and Doris Baizley

Basil Wallace and Susan Barnes

Tony Campisi and Walter Bobbie

Alyssa McGuinness and Mark Chambers

Oskar Eustis and Joyce Cohen

Kerry Davis

Russell Davis

Stacy Edwards and Doug Hutchison

Mary Gail and Lillian Garrett

David Kranes and Bill Harley

Michael Higgins

Gregory Itzin

Daniel Jenkins

Delroy Lindo and Nashormeh Wilkie

Susan Mendelson

Dana Mills

Ethan Phillips

Robert Schenkkan and Red Shuttleworth

Seret Scott and Red Shuttleworth

Richard Selzer

Phyllis Somerville

Donna Tsufura

Daniel Voll

Erin Wilson

... and Len Berkman, Bradley Bernstein, Joey Borgenicht, David Kirk Chambers, Didi Conn, John Cooper, Donell Corelle, Mia Dillon, Ray Fry, Rick Gould, Ellen Graham, Marina Harris, Geralyn Horton, Patrick Husted, Tony Kushner, Jeremy Lawrence, Leslie Lee, Georgette Leventis, Claudette Lynch, Conal O'Brien, Jerry Patch, Ernest Perrry, Richard Rice, David Shire, Ona Siporin, JessicaTeich, Maureen O'Hara Ure, Russell Vandenbroucke,George Wallace,  and Jack Eric Williams.

Sunday, January 18, 2015

Sound of One Hand

Sound of One Hand

Winter moonrise and a thick sheet
of Plexiglass between you and it.

A teacher scribbled your report card,
He is not particularly well grounded.

You explained: failure to keep the meat hand
above the glove as a ground ball approaches.

Giant cedars in blunter-than-thou novels,
bittersweet chocolate chips: nightmare hour.

Pure moon-color of bare rib-bone in x-rays:
the blot is a surgical staple in the sternum.

What greasy-slides so often between lucidity
and phantasmagoria...  the cold sweat of angels?

Stitches / Wire

Stitches / Wire

Jackson Pollock frequently thought about off-black colors.
Approaches to lost youth and Wyoming boots.

Beauty pageant girls in tea-distressed linen.
We are speaking of creamy smooth expanses.

The various stages of American self-erasure
include blood-painting with barb wire.

Friday, January 16, 2015

Introduction to a Past

Introduction to a Past

When it snows I think about horse-drawn wagons.

That year my mother tried to quit smoking.
It would kill her, the smoking, after two decades
of not lighting a cigarette.  She would die
like a pedestrian lifted from beneath a car.

I tried reading from the bottom up.
The classroom window was open to a warm day.
Kezar Stadium was empty across the street.
A girl I liked glanced over... rubbed
her face with a yellowish handkerchief.
I was reading about medieval puppet shows.
Or about children burning in wicker cradles.

When it snows I think about blowsy old popes.

That year a stray dog came home
and curled up on my bed with all its fleas.
I was ordered to walk the dog to the pound,
which was at least four miles away.
We stopped in every bar along the way
until we met a pale man who said he needed
a black dog to set off floral-pink wallpaper.

I was watching a film about poppies...
about the far away people who grow them.
Our English teacher spoke of poppy juice.
Up the street was a grocery store, George's.
George was bald... listened to baseball games.
There were cats in George's to keep mice away.
The store stank of week-old cat litter.
I asked George if he knew about poppy juice.
He said to try chewing tobacco instead.