Shane dreams of knighthood as he trains for a Ren Faire when the local bully begs for help: Otis claims to have seen man-and-cat- eating dinosaurs. Imaginary worlds collide as Shane’s fantasy helps Otis flee his nightmares, and the boys realize how much they have in common.
Read the play at the New Play Exchange.
Prior to Third Street, Acme Theatre (a company by and for high school students) commissioned Briandaniel to write a one-act play. The result was Shane of Third Street. This was summer 2011.
Over the course of three months in 2013, Briandaniel developed Third Street into a full-length play from the one act with a group of actors, a director, and stage manager. The development was non-traditional, wherein the collaborators generated material that Briandaniel fashioned into Third Street. The project was to create a script-building process that was as important as the final product. The process can be used to create a play at a university or high school with a group of young actor folk.
Third Street was first produced as a staged or “enhanced” reading as part of the Cohen New Works Festival at the University of Texas, Austin.
Future productions of the play should credit the following as collaborators: Benjamn Hardin, Cameron Mellin, Luke Gracia, Callie Raynor, Alani Chock, Thomas Kelleher, Audrey Long, James McMasters, Ian Price, Laura Rogers, Abigail Vela, Meredyth Pederson, and Nellie Kurz.