NDA Teacher Has Work Performed on Broadway.

February 21, 2013

Director, writer, and actor Dave DeChristopher will have his original play CIRCLE OF HAUNTS performed in New York by the Xoregos Performing Company starting February 9.  Seven performances throughout February will showcase the play with the goal to interest other venues (Broadway, Off Broadway, and Regional Theatre) and producers for additional runs.

CIRCLE OF HAUNTS revolves around the theme of the Henry James novel TURN OF THE SCREW.  It also features appearances of other famous ghosts including Hamlet’s father and the witches from MACBETH.  The play is a psychological horror without the “classic” blood scenes.

Mr. DeChristopher has an impressive career in local theatre performing at the former Friar Tuckers and Commodore Perry.  He remains active with the Village Players and Toledo Rep both as a director and actor. He is a founding member of the Glacity Theatre Collective.  He has performed in multiple venues in Michigan including the Ann Arbor Performance Network Theatre.  His most recent performance was in William McMillan, former Provost of the University of Toledo, play EXHIBITION.

Mr. DeChristopher got his start on the stages of St. John’s Jesuit High School and McAuley High School.  Now as a “teaching artist” at Notre Dame Academy (NDA) he encourages young women to take their talents to the next level teaching the prestigious International Baccalaureate Theatre and Competitive Speech and Drama courses.  He helps coach the NDA Speech Team.  He develops young people in the theatre by working with the NDA musical and spring play.  For the past five years, he has directed the theatre program at Clay High School that includes an annual musical and drama.

Mr. DeChristopher graduated from Washington and Lee University with a Bachelor of Arts in Drama and has a Masters from Hunter College in Theatre and Film where he studied under the famous American playwright Tina Howe, a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize for Drama.  He worked in New York acting, writing, and teaching for 25 years.

He has written numerous plays including VAMPIRES IN ‘DA HOUSE, THE JACK REPORT, HOME FIRES, and AMONG MY SOUVENIRS that have been produced in New York, San Francisco, Chicago, Los Angeles, and more than 30 other cities.  His play, FIFTEEN MINUTES, was named one of the Best American Short Plays in 1998-99.  He has published several books including The Force series, spy action novels, under the pseudonym Jake Decker.  He writes reviews for Kirkus Reviews for such popular authors as John Sanford, James Patterson, and Sue Grafton.

When he is not evolved with his theatre work, he is a prolific cruciverbalist doing crossword puzzles for Readers’ Digest Large Print addition, TV Guide’s monthly crossword magazine, and TOLEDO FREEPRESS.

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