David MacDowell Blue

David MacDowell Blue

What can I say? Sagittarius born in the Year of the Pig? Widower and Eastern Orthodox Christian? Fan of Shakespeare, Dennis Potter, and lots of other writers? Well, yes. But I'm also a brother, a son, a roommate, a friend. Lonely, yes. Try not to whine about to too much. History geek, certainly (for some reason always drawn to the in-between times, like before the Civil War or just after the...
What can I say? Sagittarius born in the Year of the Pig? Widower and Eastern Orthodox Christian? Fan of Shakespeare, Dennis Potter, and lots of other writers? Well, yes. But I'm also a brother, a son, a roommate, a friend. Lonely, yes. Try not to whine about to too much. History geek, certainly (for some reason always drawn to the in-between times, like before the Civil War or just after the English Regency). Politics? That is an essay question, but definitely to the Left of Jefferson Davis (unlike many, it seems).
Favorite novels include CARMILLA and THE WINDS OF WAR, fave films include BLADE RUNNER and LOVE ACTUALLY. Once and again playwright, theatre critic, sometimes actor. Have a BA from the University of West Florida and then graduated from the National Shakespeare Conservatory in NYC.

Plays

  • The Wings of Dracula
    ZOOM-able
    Audio/Live Theatre
    In the port city of Whitby, a Russian schooner runs aground, while a madwoman named Renfield weeps because she cannot get the taste of blood out of her mouth. One by one, a circle of friends find their lives altered as they slowly realize DEATH came aboard that ship. Or maybe just an Angel of Death. Each is tested. A vampire will feed.
  • Carmilla: Shadows on the Air
    ZOOM-able
    A radio play (which can be performed on stage).
    A Christian radio station puts on an adaptation of Le Fanu's gothic classic "Carmilla" without quite realizing the play's real point of view.
    In the 1840s an isolated girl living with the Austrian Empire finally makes a friend when a mysterious stranger ends up staying with her small family in a small, old castle...
    ZOOM-able
    A radio play (which can be performed on stage).
    A Christian radio station puts on an adaptation of Le Fanu's gothic classic "Carmilla" without quite realizing the play's real point of view.
    In the 1840s an isolated girl living with the Austrian Empire finally makes a friend when a mysterious stranger ends up staying with her small family in a small, old castle. She soon begins having strange dreams, while sickness afflict local girls in the area. Laura is in fact falling in love with her visitor, who may indeed feel the same way--even though she is no longer human.
    This adaptation overturns many assumptions inherent in the most versions, not least by noting the sexist and racist political climate of the era, and presuming Laura an unreliable narrator.
  • After The Lighthouse Fell
    ZOOM-able
    Esther returns home to a small coastal town in Georgia as Hurricane Enoch approaches.
    Why has she come home?
    Her mother is surprised but welcomes her and eventually mentions she's started attending Baptist Church with her friends.
    Why has she stopped going to a Roman Catholic Church?
    Noah, who is Esther's uncle, has bought a former lighthouse keeper's...
    ZOOM-able
    Esther returns home to a small coastal town in Georgia as Hurricane Enoch approaches.
    Why has she come home?
    Her mother is surprised but welcomes her and eventually mentions she's started attending Baptist Church with her friends.
    Why has she stopped going to a Roman Catholic Church?
    Noah, who is Esther's uncle, has bought a former lighthouse keeper's cottage and has decided to sit out the hurricane there.
    Why is he doing this?
    Deborah, who is Esther's sister, keeps checking up for news of a shrimp boat owned by a friends' uncle.
    Why won't she reveal any details about this friend?
    Oh, and it the keeper's cottage haunted? If so, by what?
  • Revengers Assemble!
    A loving parody of the superhero genre, this short play tells of the latest attempt of a woman to join an all-male team of meta-powered heroes. Thunder Girl has to prove herself to a group that includes a playboy billionaire inventor, an un-aging WWII veteran, and an Aztec God.
    NOTE: This play is currently being expanded into a full length script titled "Capes and Consequences."
  • Carmilla: A Play in One Act
    The second world war is about to begin. But Laura and her father remain isolated, living in a part of the Austrian countryside all-but-deserted for hundreds of years. When there is a car accident outside the mansion, and Carmilla, a young women inside the car appears to be in shock, her mother begs them to take the young girl in. As Carmilla’s health is delicate, Laura’s father allows the Countess to leave...
    The second world war is about to begin. But Laura and her father remain isolated, living in a part of the Austrian countryside all-but-deserted for hundreds of years. When there is a car accident outside the mansion, and Carmilla, a young women inside the car appears to be in shock, her mother begs them to take the young girl in. As Carmilla’s health is delicate, Laura’s father allows the Countess to leave her daughter in their care. But her mother never returns. Laura and Carmilla spend every waking moment together and over time, the two girls develop a deep passion for each other.
    But the ancient curse that once swept the surrounding countryside returns, leaving almost a dozen young girls dead in its wake. People begin to sicken and waste away, eventually passing into the next world as bloodless husks. There is talk of the family that once lived in the very same castle, and whose portraits bear a striking resemblance to Carmilla. People then begin to talk of vampires, as if they are real…
  • A House of Sea Griffins (in progress)
    An LGBTQ bedroom farce set in Victorian London, 1840.
    Two young men, members of the upper crust, attend Queen Victoria's wedding with their respective families. Said families are so moved to insist the two young men find wives. What almost no one realizes is that both young men are already romantically attached--to each other.
    Added to the mix is one young man's sister planning to get...
    An LGBTQ bedroom farce set in Victorian London, 1840.
    Two young men, members of the upper crust, attend Queen Victoria's wedding with their respective families. Said families are so moved to insist the two young men find wives. What almost no one realizes is that both young men are already romantically attached--to each other.
    Added to the mix is one young man's sister planning to get her brother's lover to herself, while said lover's rich female cousin hopes to woo that very sister. Parents likewise have romantic dreams for themselves, while the servants look on in sometimes confused amusement, all leading up to ripping sword fight at a country manor on Valentine's Day!
  • Capes and Consequences (in progress)
    A loving full length parody of the superhero genre. Unfinished
    The petition of Thunder Girl to join the all-male team of The Revengers coincides with the escape of Antoinette Pale, the greatest and most terrifying meta-villain of all time. Only her sister Marie has much of a clue as to what her plans for the world might be. Fortunately Marie is in love with Thunder Girl. What follows is a race...
    A loving full length parody of the superhero genre. Unfinished
    The petition of Thunder Girl to join the all-male team of The Revengers coincides with the escape of Antoinette Pale, the greatest and most terrifying meta-villain of all time. Only her sister Marie has much of a clue as to what her plans for the world might be. Fortunately Marie is in love with Thunder Girl. What follows is a race against time, against (among other things) Kaiju as the Revengers track Antoinette to her lair and the reason for her villainy eventually stands revealed.
  • Preludes for Moonlight (in progress)
    Zoom-able
    Selected for the 2020 Quick Creation Festival in Los Angeles
    Small part of a full length work to be written, this tells of when everything changes for two music students when they inherit an (in)famous pair of instruments. First, and most important, they find the courage to admit to each other their love.