Stage Play, Cyberdate.Com
(1) The Actors Chapel, New York, NY 2007
(2)Theater of the First Amendment, Fairfax Virginia 2008
(3)The Frederick Players, Frederick Va. 2006
Stage Play: A Day at the Office, a ten minute play in four scenes. Produced by The Ten Minute Play Fest, George Mason University 2008
Award winning one minute play in five scenes, The Hannigan’s of Beverly Produced Chicago-Irish Playfest 2009. The work won the Best Play Award.
REVIEWS FOR CYBERDATE
Matches made in cyberspace
Originally published March 28, 2007
By Bill D'Agostino
Before John William Tuohy met the woman who'd become his second wife on Match.com, he had other, more disquieting experiences with Internet dating. "You'd see some woman (online) and you'd think, 'Wow,'" he recalled. "But in real life, she's missing teeth and one of her eyes is closed shut and she's married to her brother, but divorced."
The Internet fosters a false intimacy that allowed some potential partners to open up to him. One younger woman, in her 30s, revealed that her husband abused her. “It's not the sort of thing a woman would tell you in a supermarket," Tuohy said. The 52-year-old Virginia writer used his real-life experiences to craft a fictional comedy, "CyberDate.com," which will be read on Sunday afternoon in the Community Room of the C. Burr Artz Public Library in downtown Frederick. The New Play House, a theatre group that promotes new plays in Frederick County, is producing the reading as part of its every-other-month series. They're labeled as works in progress, with minimal props and sets. Audiences trade the pleasures of seeing a completed production for the rewards of being apart of the creative process. After the actors perform his text on Sunday, Tuohy will be seeking feedback. "The whole purpose of a reading is to improve the script," said Tuohy, a published author whose non-fiction books have told stories of organized crime.
"CyberDate.com" features eight lonely people using the Internet to reach out to potential partners.
"It's timed to have one laugh every three minutes," Tuohy said. "It comes damn close to the mark."
The play features a string of one-liners. Early in the play, one character quips that, "The only difference between a singles bar and the circus is that at a circus the clowns don't offer to buy you drinks."
The message is that there's always hope. "It's a play about meeting over the Internet," Tuohy said, "but it's much, much more."
New play explores Internet matchmaking
Originally published April 02, 2007
By Sarah Fortney
FREDERICK -- Four women step into a strange, uncharted territory -- online dating -- in the new play "CyberDate.com," a romantic comedy by John William Tuohy. The play was read Sunday at the C. Burr Artz Public Library on East Patrick Street. While filling the room with laughter, "CyberDate.com" detailed the exciting world of Internet matchmaking. The New Play House, a nonprofit theater production company, showcases at least one new play each month, including "CyberDate.com," said literary director David Norman. "It's a very funny play," he said. "I think it says a lot about women."
Sheila Cunningham, Caroline Cash, Kayte Curtis Williams and Jana Moberly played women having difficult times finding love. As a last resort, they take a stab at cyberdating. Douglas Cathro sat in the middle of the women reading as the voice of CyberDate.com. Cathro's role was that of all men who might log onto the web to search for a soul mate. Patty McCullum, of Frederick, sat in the crowd and enjoyed the free entertainment. McCullum said the topic was interesting. She had a friend tie the knot after using an online dating service. She also commented on the performance. "I've never seen a play done as a reading." -- Sarah Fortney