Wednesday, December 7, 2011

"Bells and Whistles" by John Robinson

The Carol of Bells, wafts from a new store in the mall. How charming it is, especially during the holidays to find a shop devoted to bells of all sorts. Whistles nicely compliment the cheery tones. A young couple soon to be married is drawn by the allure of the sounds to purchase something there. However, behind the pleasant notes, something secret lies in wait.

"The Wine Cellar" by John Robinson

Nora Prentice is holding a Christmas Party for clients at the mansion of her friend and venture capitalist backer, Spencer Gaines. Without asking him, she ordered the wine and the choice turns out to be a disastrous one. He promises to rectify the mistake by offering his wide selection of the finest wines. She must only accompany him to his wine cellar for a tasting adventure. It turns out to be more of a journey than she had anticipated.

"Tree" by Jeff Carter

When a large, beautiful tree from Josephine “Jo” Dudley’s farm is chosen to be the official Christmas tree for the White House lawn of 1959, she is at first pleased. She soon comes to regret the decision, becoming angry with herself for letting her son Donnie talk her into giving it up to President Eisenhower. Finally, she decides something must be done. With her adopted son Rollie, she devises a plan to right the mistake she has made.

"Christmas in Carrolton" by Lee Brady

--The style is 40's film noir, with all the elements of that smoky genre. We meet Sharla W., a famous film beauty who is allowed one last Christmas sit home before being electrocuted, and the three men who can't stop loving her even though they know she can be deadly.

"Wenceslas" by John Robinson

Statue of Saint Wenceslas in Prague
One evening during the holiday season, a man is found walking barefoot in the snow. He has frostbite and amnesia. After being treated for frostbite, Dr. Judith Prober, the hospital’s resident hypnotherapist, tackles his amnesia. He apparently believes he is King Wenceslas of the Christmas Carol by that name. Total delusion or a supernatural possession?

Saint George and The Dragon by John Robinson

The story of Saint George and his battle with The Dragon has been a part of Christmas festivities
since the Tenth Century. In order to spare the town, a princess is offered to The Dragon as her bride. Saint George happens along and rescues her. The legend’s holiday symbolism casts The Dragon as the darkness of the winter, and Saint George as the promise of the renewal of light. About 15 years ago, I was cast in the play as the quack doctor charged with healing the ailing Saint George in the Christmas Revels celebrated in Oakland. In this piece, I couldn’t resist doing a little tweaking of the tale, (no pun intended).

Check out this Wikipedia article on the history of the legend of Saint George and The Dragon