Welcome to Historic Occasions

Historic Occasions is a Richmond based production company specializing in dramatized historical events, theater, parties and more. Our managing director, Michael Fletcher, brings over 30 years event experience and has produced events across the country from Nashville to Seattle. Event locations in Washington DC include the Japanese, British, and German Embassies, The White House, and Capitol Hill.

Whether a five-person committee meeting or a five-day conference for thousands, we’ve successfully planned them all.

Historical events include a Renaissance Ball, a festive evening of English country dance and drama and interactive murder mysteries.

Michael is the author of Clean Dry Socks: Diary of a Doughboy, an original stage production scheduled to premier in Richmond, Virginia in October, 2018.

Michael also provides writing, editorial and graphic design services (Michael R. Fletcher VA) and blogs on a weekday basis at The Write Side of My Brain.

Let Historic Occasions help you Celebrate the Past and Create the Future.

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When was the last time you read it?

 The Signing of the Declaration of Independence by John Trumbull.

When in the Course of human events it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another and to assume among the powers of the earth, the separate and equal station to which the Laws of Nature and of Nature’s God entitle them, a decent respect to the opinions of mankind requires that they should declare the causes which impel them to the separation.

Keep reading here.

A New Design and a Return to this Blog

Sorry we’ve been absent for a while. Life’s been a little busy. And the truth is we post Monday through Friday at The Write Side of My Brain.

Still, if we’re going to keep the news going about our little production company, we need to talk about…production. So, work with us here.

New designs are available this week at our CafePress shop.  Click the picture to visit the shop:

More news is happening on the production front.  Two meetings in the next week to talk about A Doublewide, Texas Christmas at CAT Theatre, and You Can’t Take It With You at Williamsburg Players. The 2018-2019 theater dance card is filling up.

 

Theater by Design

As you may recall, the show I directed, Doublewide, Texas is currently playing at CAT Theatre through June 16.

CAT recently announced their 2018-2019 Season, their 55th. As I have for the past few years, I designed the promotional graphics.

Boeing, Boeing by Marc Camoletti, Beverley Cross, Francis Evans
September 7 through 22, 2018
Come fly with us in this 1960 French farce adapted for the English-speaking stage that features self-styled Parisian lothario Bernard, who has Italian, German, and American fiancées, each a beautiful airline hostess with frequent “layovers.” He keeps “one up, one down, and one pending” until unexpected schedule changes bring all three to Paris, and Bernard’s apartment, at the same time.

A Doublewide, Texas Christmas by Jessie Jones, Nicholas Hope, Jamie Wooten
November 30 through December 15, 2018
Our favorite trailer park gang is back. In this outrageously funny sequel to “Doublewide,Texas,” it’s Christmas-time in the newest – and tiniest – town in Texas. And it’s beginning to look a lot like trouble in Doublewide. Not only are the trailer park residents dealing with the stress of the holiday season, but they’ve just discovered that Doublewide is being doubled-crossed by the county. With their official incorporation papers in jeopardy, these eccentric Texans throw themselves into taking on the “Big Guys,” starting with the county-wide “Battle of The Mangers” competition.

Becky’s New Car by Steven Dietz
February 8 through 23, 2019
CAT’s entry into the Acts of Faith Theatre Festival asks if you have ever been tempted to flee your own life. Becky Foster is caught in middle age, middle management and in a middling marriage—with no prospects for change on the horizon. Then one night a socially-inept and grief-struck millionaire stumbles into the car dealership where Becky works. Becky is offered nothing short of a new life and the audience is offered a chance to ride shotgun with her. This is a story about choices and consequences, about taking that different road you always wondered about.

BINGO! The Winning Musical by Ilene Reid, Michael Heitzman, David Holcenberg
April 19 through May 4, 2019
Come play bingo with us in a musical comedy about a group of die-hard bingo players who stop at nothing to get to their weekly game. In between the number calling, strange rituals and fierce competitions, love blossoms and long-lost friends reunite. These lovable characters spring to life with a smart, funny script and bouncy, hummable score. Audiences will be laughing in the aisles when they aren’t playing games of bingo along with the cast!

Office Hours by Norm Foster
June 7 through 22, 2019
It’s Friday afternoon in the big city and, in six different offices, six different stories are unfolding at the same time. However, they are all connected somehow, from the figure skater on the ledge to the novelist in the closet. The characters are all intent on holding their lives together by keeping reality at bay, and the denials are achingly funny in this sometimes sweet, sometimes sad, sometimes poignant race toward quitting time.

Have graphic design needs for your project? Hit me up in the comment section.

When you’ve done all that you can…

It’s Tuesday, the day after Memorial Day.

Did you remember to pause and be thankful for those who have given the ultimate sacrifice in defense of our freedom? That’s what Memorial Day is.

Independence Day (everybody has a Fourth of July) is when we celebrate our Declaration of Independence from Great Britain. Veteran’s Day is when we honor all veterans.

Pretty simple really. But sometimes in all the hoopla of sales and picnics and pool openings, things get a little fuzzy.

I don’t have time for things to get fuzzy this week. If you’re reading this on Tuesday morning, as you should be, then I have exactly three rehearsals, one of which is an Invitational Dress Rehearsal (IDR) for Doublewide, Texas.

Doublewide, Texas opens this Friday, June 1, at 8:00 p.m. at CAT Theatre.

And when that curtain goes up at 8:00 p.m., I’m done. At that point there’s nothing left that I can do for the show. Good or bad. Right or wrong.

Years ago, when I was a Meetings and Convention planner in DC, I used to plan five-day annual meetings that would have somewhere between 1,000-2,000 attendees. The final event was the annual awards banquet. I knew when that banquet began that, other than the cleanup and the going home and the paying the bills, I was done. There was nothing else I could do.

The catering staff knew that the bottle of red wine went immediately to the right of my spoon.

Then, I remember that one time in Seattle when the convention center staff, and meeting attendees kept sending drinks to my table. At one point there were some 6-8 glasses in front of me. Granted, at least one of them was water.

No, I didn’t finish them all. But I did dance very well that night.

That’s another story.

No one will be putting a glass of red wine by my seat in the theatre on Friday night. There will be wine at the Opening Night Reception, but I don’t think I’ll get close to six or eight glasses.

But, like I said, when the lights go up on stage it’s out of my control.

Truth is, I’ll be letting go after the Thursday night dress rehearsal.

The realization of that hit me last week.

I’ve lived with this play and these characters for the last year. And I’ve worked with these actors and this crew since March.

On Friday night, my work, other than showing up for strike, will be done.

They’re ready. I’ve no doubt about that.

I’ve done the best I can. I’ve been blessed with an incredible cast and crew.

You will be missing out if you don’t see this show.

Saying goodbye won’t be easy.

But, I think back to nearly four years ago when I found it quite difficult to say goodbye to Sherlock Holmes: The Final Adventure and the quote that summed it all up.

“How lucky I am to have something that makes saying goodbye so hard.”

– A.A. Milne, Winnie-the-Pooh

I’ll be saying goodbye to Doublewide, Texas, but there are other projects ahead.

Two that I know of and can speak of…

Playwright, Clean Dry Socks: Diary of a Doughboy
River City Community Players
Performed at John Tyler Community College
October 5-14, 2018

Director, You Can’t Take It With You
Williamsburg Players
March 29 – April 13, 2019

There’s more in the works, along with the novel, and maybe at least one more script.

But, for now, I’m going to enjoy the rest of my time in a little trailer park outside of Tugaloo, Texas.

Y’all come.

Cross posted at The Write Side of My Brain.

Exciting News

 

After nearly three years of writing and editing, a local read thru that brought more revisions, and a lot of rethinking and final revisions, I am pleased to announce that my script Clean Dry. Socks: Diary of a Doughboy will be produced this October 5-14 by River City Community Players.  The performances will be at the Midlothian Campus of John Tyler Community College.

Put me down for a bundle of nerves and excitement.

More details as I have them.

Production Updates

I regard the theatre as the greatest of all art forms, the most immediate way in which a human being can share with another the sense of what it is to be a human being.
– Thornton Wilder

Things are progressing on the theatre front.  You already know that I’m directing Doublewide, Texas at CAT Theatre, June 1-16, 2018.  The show has been cast, rehearsals are well underway, and set construction started this weekend.

The new news, if you will, is that this week Williamsburg Players announced their 2018-2019 season. I will be directing the classic comedy You Can’t Take It With You written by George S. Kaufman and Moss Hart, March 29-April 13, 2019.

There’s more news coming with regard to my original script Clean Dry Socks: Diary of a Doughboy, but I can’t quite talk about that yet.

All of this means a lot of juggling, a lot of prioritizing, and figuring out what is, and isn’t going to be done.

That’s all to say that the productions will go on. And we’ll keep building this business.

Have a production need? Have an event you need produced? That’s what I do.

More news is coming.  Stay tuned.