Hi, my name is Peter Murray. I am a scriptwriter and I started this blog as a way of promoting my own writing, which is mostly plays, screenplays and television scripts. bMy background is unique. My father is a retired theater Professor and both my parents acted at The Barnstormers Summer Stock Theatre in Tamworth New Hampshire, which was founded by my Godfather, Francis G. Cleveland, who was the son of President Grover Cleveland. Having all that history within my family and a Godfather who started a theatre, it was natural that I became interested in theater. I attended Johnson State College in Vermont with the specific purpose of becoming an actor. However, scriptwriting took over. I have been writing plays since I was about twelve. I would see a Barnstormer production and say, I can do that. Yes I could do that, but in those early years, not so well. As time went on I became much more proficient with a good ear for dialogue, plot and character development. I have written a few plays. Two were produced in Vermont, a one act for First Night in Burlington called "KIng Stud," and another titled Crossing The Bridge. The latter was also taken to the Barnstormers and done at the professional level with my Dad directing. My other writing includes a few movie scripts. One is a trilogy I am working on called Derby Double. It's an action adventure sports series dealing with Soccer. Another script is called the Third Eye about a metaphysical detective(Currently trying to work that into a television series.) And currently I am working on a television series about my childhood, both here in New Hampshire and England, where I lived for five years. I call this series, "Letters from England." I have five episodes in the can and you can read them here.
Fundraiser theatre still has some principal roles still open.
Dr. Harriett Alfredsson-An Archeologist and ex-wife to Drake Darrow. She’s flighty, spoiled and still holds a torch for Drake. She always manages to show up in Drake at the most inopportune times, particularly if their work collides.
Dr. Johan Alfredsson-A retired Physicist and Drake’s mentor. He met Johan’s daughter Harriett through him. Alfredsson is an authority on the Philadelphia Experiment and The Lost City of Atlantis.
Sheriff Joe Duncam. Joe is from Tyban Georgia where he was a Football star in high school and a gulf war veteran. He moved to Ann Arundel County Maryland with his family and ran for Sheriff and won. He and Drake don’t always see eye to eye, but they learn to respect one another.
FATHER MICHAEL BARRY. Drake’s guardian. He took Drake in as an orphan. He discovered at an early age Drake was intelligently gifted with an IQ of 190. He holds key secrets to Drake’s past.
CAPTAIN WILLIAM S. PENDLETON. A key clue to Drake’s past. William Pendleton leads a navy Seal Team into Iraq to take out an ISIS Commander. Drake must rescue him and when he does, he discovers Pendleton is his childhood bully.
BIG PAULI PETROCELLI. BIG PAUL OR BIG PAULI as his niece Kitty refers to him. He was a high ranking Capo in the New England Mob, or was he? A Vietnam vet, who saw combat with Shadow’s assassin Morphine. Big Pauli was murdered under murky circumstances. Some say the Mafia, others like his brother think it went a little high than the mob.
I stumbled upon this awesome blog called Odd bits about books. This woman has been following my blog and I went to her blog to check it out. In there was a blog about Ovid and Medusa. To the normal person Greek and Roman mythology probably would not interest anyone. I happen to be a guy who was weaned on this stuff by a Mrs. Brisland at Eastergate Primary school in England. This gave way to reading the Illiad and the Odyssey. I immediately wanted to read this and see what it was about. josebees wrote a very insightful piece sprinkled with little humorous anecdotes. Unfortunately for the last day I couldn’t find where I could comment to her and praise her for her piece. Today I found her comments section and put in my two cents. I decided I would go one step further. Here’s her link. Check this stuff out man. I know I am going to read more from josbees. https://oddbitsaboutbooks.wordpress.com/2021/03/21/ovid-and-medusas-backstory/
The idea has recently evolved. Now I want these characters to move their mouths in a scene. I wanted to synch it with the actors talking. Now the show will look more like a Saturday afternoon superhero comic book cartoon.
Now keep in mind my idea is not revolutionary. Animated cartoons have been around since Walt Disney created Mickey Mouse. What is different is this has never been tried with a theater company at least as far as I know. It has never been tried with an online theater company. The other aspect of this show that is slightly different, is when you watched Spiderman, or the Fantastic Four did those series have an arc? No you just watched Spiderman’s latest skirmish with the Green Goblin or Doc Oc. This one does have an arc.
What I am hoping is that I have created enough suspense and intrigue into this series that you will want to tune in every week and discover how it plays out. I want you to feel each roller coaster ride that Drake and Kitty take. I want you to root for Drake and Kitty even when things look lost. I hope that you will hiss and boo at Shadow, Morphine and Clayton Baxter. I want you to be mystified by Drake’s spiritual guides as they lead him to a higher consciousness. I want you to use your imagination. I want you to be drawn in by the unbelievable X-files quality and blown away by it when it occurs.
I promote this show a lot on Facebook. If I come off as an obnoxious over confident SOB, I can assure you that’s far from the case. What you see is my passion coming out and my drive. Not just for this show, but for what theater and story can be if given the chance. I’ve been living with this guy since I was in my latter years in college. Drake started out as a lawyer in another series and then became a telekinetic Private Eye in this one. His story is fascinating to me. I hope it will be just as fascinating to you. if I can keep you fascinated by Drake Darrow, Kitty Lange, Harriett Alfredsson, Father Michael, Ringer then you will be back for more. If I can keep you coming back for more, then that means I have done my job. My job is to take an hour out of your life and help you escape any troubles or worries you may have.
I hope that you will enjoy this show and remember one of the first lines the Dream Keeper has in the Pilot Episode. “Dreams are reality and all reality is a dream.” It will become useful later as you watch this show and experience the thrill ride you are about to take.
It seems Drake Darrow has been with me since I was in college. He first appeared as a Defense Attorney in a schlocky soap opera I wrote about my summer friends. At that time I liked to intersperse my real friends with fictitious characters. Drake was among them. Drake was a good solid character and was fun to write. I used the soap as a writing exercise. It was never going to be seriously used. I think my summer friends are thanking me.
After college, I became bored with the soap. After ninety episodes I retried it and retired Drake in the process, or had I?
When I was a kid, I became a huge fan of the Indiana Jones series. Indie was so cool to me. I liked the idea that he was all about the big quest or the next adventure. He was so cool. He carried himself with confidence and he looked the part down to his stylish Fedora and his bullwhip. I must have seen the first movie by now a dozen times. I still find myself returning to it now and then. While I was living in St. Albans Vermont working in radio, one weekend I rented it. After the weekend was over, Drake Darrow began to speak to me. He was pissed that I had retired my series, he told me that he was hoping I would make him a stand out character. “Hey Murray, you know I can be like that Indiana Jones guy. I got the name. Hey, I can be a Private Eye or something.”
Sure enough within a week, Drake was constantly on my mind. That little character voice that speaks to every writer, never goes away if they are that persistent. Drake sure was persistent and I really did like that name. From time to time Drake and I would talk. We explored the PI bit. Drake explained to me he was an orphan and raised by a priest. The priest Father Michael Barry discovered Drake was gifted. He enters MIT becomes a scientist and bang he has telekinetic powers when an experiment goes bad. This was good. This was very good. I needed a story. I decided Atlantis had to be it. A search for Atlantis with his ex-wife Harriett Alfredsson.
I wrote a first draft and it was good in some places, but mostly shlock. I wrote another one this time Harriett was in search of her Father Johan Alfredsson, Drake’s mentor. This made sense. Harriett and Drake met through him. Alfredsson had an obsession with Atlantis. I began work on another draft. This type of draft stayed with me for some time. I worked it and worked it. Clayton Baxter was now in. He was in the military searching for Drake. I had no discernible reason why, or what their past history was, which I kept referring to. Baxter was my hardest character to develop and he took some time. I reworked again. This time I started with the Sabotaged experiment. Clayton was Drake’s best friend. Now I had a history, but no reason Drake was upset with him. I changed Harriett’s initial meeting with Drake and Kitty Lange began to develop.
Kitty started to speak to me quietly but I couldn’t hear what the poor woman was saying. Harriett shows up at Drake’s boat and she finds Drake with this strange woman. They had obviously slept together that night and Harriett is not pleased. I kept Kitty in the one scene. In true Kitty fashion she finally kick down the door and screamed, “Look you son of a bitch, I am part of Drake’s life, capiche! Yes she really did use the Italian phrase and a thick Boston accent appeared with it I happened to be watching the Sting at the time. Paul Newman’s character has a girlfriend played by Eileen Brennan. When I saw Eileen Brennan that’s when Kitty exploded. I didn’t want Kitty to be with Drake at first. That wouldn’t work. I had to develop that. I made her his partner. I changed the first meeting between Drake. Kitty comes upon Harriett. She is going to make calamari for Drake and finally tell him she has feelings for him. She thinks Harriett is there to break into Drake’s boat. She jumps her and a cat fight ensues. Drake breaks it up and becomes mad at Harriett and throws her in the water. At that time Drake lived in Florida. With Kitty and Harriett fighting over Drake, I had an interesting love triangle.
The movie got better with time. I came up with a polished version of it. A friend of mine from college wanted to see it. I sent it to him. He loved the idea, but he wanted to help make it better. His help was invaluable. I reworked it again. I then started a sequel. At this point the movie was not called The Third Eye. It went through two title changes. I can’t remember the last. As I am working on a sequel it suddenly dawned on me. I didn’t want Drake to be wasted on sequels. I had more respect for him than that. He told me tv series. He said I have telekinetic powers from my Third Eye. Bingo the perfect name for the series.
The television series was a wild idea. It allowed me the freedom to come up with complete backstories and arcs for each character. At the time I was reworking the Pilot I was binging intense shows, like Burn Notice, 24 and the X-Files. These shows sparked my imagination. From Burn Notice, came the idea for a Third Eye team. Fiona Glen Ann. was one of the most explosive female characters I’d ever seen. Gabriel Anwar played her like a pent up Psycho. If it was at all possible for Kitty to become more intense, she did. Senator George Peters was a small part of the movie. I now expanded him and he becomes Drake employer. With that I needed a way for Drake to get his hands on classified information. The smart alec Ringer was developed and as his show proceeds, he will meet his match in a Russian female hacker. Joe Duncam became more prominent.
Through the years I had developed research about strange myths and Government mythical secrets through a website called Crystallinks. In there is some interesting stuff about the Men In Black, which the X-Files used. The X-Files became a prominent idea trove. I have developed Harriett’s archeological dig stories a bit further. With the Smoking Man came my antagonist, Shadow. I needed him to run some sort of secret organization that holds all power in Washington. For years the myth of the Skull and Crossbones had been thrown out there by conspiracy theorists. . Whether I believed any of it or not, I decided to use it as a good part of the arc. Shadow needed a right hand man, but not someone whose some sort of dumb henchmen. I needed a character that people would be completely afraid of. It happened one night reading an article on the Watergate scandal. There was a picture of G. Gordon Liddy. I had my idea of what this guy looked like. I just didn’t have a name. Then one night, he spoke to me in a short sentence. One word and the vision of a syringe. Morphine.
24 is probably the most imaginative and intense show I have ever seen. This show helped me in ways I could never imagine. The idea of an episode running one hour of one day and a whole season runs twenty four hours of that day, had me riveted. Jack’s father was a huge part of the development of Shadow. I realized that characters are not always what they seem. Some come off as wanting to help and then backstab you. 24 helped me finally create Clayton Baxter’s story which is important to Drake. I also found it interesting to bring in the President of the United States. It seemed to make sense with what I had created. He will come in. I am working out the kinks to this character.
Drake’s love story, will build. He will have one or two dalliances. One character finally has a series playground to play in. I have had the name Jackie Faresis since I lived in St. Albans. I was going to use her in another show, I want to develop called Maze, but felt she was more interesting here. Jackie Faresis has spoken to me from time to time. When I put her in Episode three, she exhaled and said, finally you found a fit for this great name I have. She will be the DA that Drake and Kitty butt heads with. Briefly Drake will have a fling with her. Drake will have other women before we finally get to the ultimate battle between Kitty and Harriett.
These characters have been living on paper for some time. This winter as I have been raising money to name a dressing room after my Dad, I came up with a perfect event. I wrote a play, got some actors together produced it online. I’d never tried it before. We zoomed rehearsals and recorded. I tinkered and learned iMovie so I could broadcast it. While working with iMovie, it suddenly hit me, that I could do more and finally create my own theatre company. I had no idea what I was going to start with. I took the first scene or two of Third Eye and recorded it so I could practice editing. That was the moment it hit me. I now realized that actors could bring these characters to life. In recent weeks I have set about changing the script from television to radio. In the process the idea of making this a different sort of radio drama hit me. Why not make it look like a comic book, after all Drake is a comic book character.
Now the idea is beginning to have legs. Coming this summer Drake Darrow, Kitty Lange, Ringer, Joe Duncam, Harriett Alfredsson and her father Johan will live and breathe in a radio drama called the Third Eye.
The arch of my show started when I wrote the original movie. In that movie a love triangle developed with Kitty and Harriett fighting over Drake’s affections. There is no love lost between Kitty and Harriet. Kitty knows how Harriett betrayed Drake many years before. Harriett is insulted that Drake would take up with the likes a former mobster named Kitty. Of course other women will come into play long before this triangle begins to unfold. A hard ass DA named Jackie Faresis will appear in the first season. It’s not going to last.
Drake has a tough decision to make. Has Harriett changed her selfish ways and will he return to her, or will he finally let Kitty into his heart after working so long with her. These are questions to be answered in the months and years to come. In the mean time as Fundraiser Theatre prepares for the big summer blockbuster. Watch this trailer.
Joe Duncam is another member of the team. Originally from a fictitious town called Tyban Georgia, Joe was a high school Football star and then became a decorated war hero, fighting in Desert Storm. When he returned he decided to get into law enforcement and landed in Ann Arundel County and ran for Sherriff and one.
Before the Pilot Joe and Drake had a few contentious run ins and Drake ended up in Joe’s drunk tank. The two were like oil and water at first. Even in the Pilot they are in the midst of the oil and water relationship when Joe Umpires a Baseball game that Drake is coaching. The two get into a heated argument about a bad call Joe makes, which leads to Drake being kicked out of the game. In time these two will see eye to eye and in time Drake will call upon Joe for his help. However, the one thing Joe doesn’t want…he doesn’t want Drake to do anything foolish or rile him up.
In the back story of The Third Eye, Drake discovers his identity has been stolen and he is incensed. Drake manages to track the mysterious identity thief to Waldo Kasparsky. Waldo is a long haired wise ass computer geek known as Ringer to his computer gaming friends. He hates the government and believes in Government conspiracy theories. Drake is about to file charges on Ringer. Ringer is looking at a thirty year stretch in prison. Drake discovers Ringer stole the money to pay for his back rent. His landlord was about to kick Ringer and his cat Mr. McPhee off the trailer lot. Drake reaches a compromise with him. Drake pays the back rent in exchange for Ringer’s hacking skills. Ringer’s hacking skills bring in a whole lot of intriguing information for Drake.
Meet Kitty Lange. One kick ass lady. No she isn’t Fiona Glen Ann from Burn Notice, but this is the image I had of Kitty in my head. I had Kitty in my head long before Fiona Glen Ann came along. If these two met, they’d definitely be the best of friends. You see Fiona Glen Ann is a retired IRA terrorist, while Kitty is an ex mobster through her Uncle Pauli Petrocelli, a Capo in the New England mob. The Federal witness Protection program moved Kitty to Annapolis and got her a job working for Father Mike at St. Patricks orphanage for boys. Father Mike realized that Kitty didn’t have any typing skills, so he found her a job working for Drake. Father Mike figured even though, Kitty was an inept receptionist, Drake would put up with her. When Drake met Kitty he was in the midst of a brutal battle with some thugs who broke into his boat looking for something. Just as Drake thought it would be curtains for him, Kitty used her kickboxing skills and saved the day. She earned Drake’s respect and instead of making coffee and typing letters, he hired her as his partner. Kitty Lange coming soon in the Third Eye. Things are about to get explosive with Kitty.
Pigeons by the Charles running through this weekend. Don’t miss it. Go to Youtube type in Peter. C. Murray Pigeons by the Charles and click on the video that runs 1 hour and 22 seconds. It’s the one with my lead actress Ellen Rodolfy.