Cathexis…or is it something else? by Julie Marino

Comedy/ 6 Characters, 3 men, 3 women/ Full Length, Two Acts

Synopsis: Tony-winning playwright Brett has lost his creative mojo and ended up at a small regional theater as Artist-in-Residence, hoping to fix the disaster that is his latest script. But Brett does not play well with others, and he especially doesn’t want input from those he considers small-town wannabes and not in his league.

Meanwhile, the members of the company, all hard-working professionals with years of experience, have no patience for the carryings-on of divas. After weeks of putting up with Brett’s resistance and tantrums, the cast decides to rewrite the play themselves, without his help or even his knowledge.

Instead of the searing drama they started with, the result is a laugh-out-loud farce that everyone except Brett seems to love. While Brett struggles to reconcile his overblown self-image with his need for a hit, the others gleefully dive into a project that rekindles their excitement and sense of joy.

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About the Playwright: Julie Marino is a playwright and producer living and working in Manhattan. Her previous play, Welcome to Paradise (also published on ProPlay), was a semi-finalist in the National Playwrights Conference at the O’Neill Center in 2015, and had its world premiere at the Purple Rose Theatre in Chelsea, Michigan in June, 2019. Other works include Mondo Condo, a musical comedy about life in a retirement community, not to mention a love triangle, money laundering and the Russian mob, and Wildfire Season, which was presented in workshop form by Pier Studios, New York City. Julie is also the writer/producer of Synesthesia Radio Theater, which produces and presents radio dramas for podcast. Further samples of her work may be seen on her website, juliemarino.nyc.

Cathexis…or is it something else? was presented in a workshop reading at Pier Studios in New York City in 2021. It awaits its first full production.

James Joyce on the Witches’ Sabbath by Giuseppe Cafiero

Drama/ 13 Characters, 9 men, 4 women, doubling possible/ Full Length, Two Parts

Synopsis: 1934. Kusnacht, Switzerland. Herr Dr. Gustav Jung’s clinic for the mentally ill. One of the patients is Miss Lucia Joyce. In a nightmarish atmosphere, her father, the Irish writer James Joyce, is pressed by the ghosts of his past to revisit his life, and his relationship with a daughter lost to madness and love for him.

The ghosts gradually become the protagonists of the drama. In song and word, they reconstruct the fragments of Joyce’s love-hate bond with Lucia, as well as his resentment towards Ireland, which ultimately led him to wander in exile.

They also become a Greek chorus in honor of the black bard William Blake, god of metaphysics. Drawing on the 16 engravings that illustrate his poem “The Gates of Paradise”, the poet opens up Joyce’s whole life, past, present and future.

Blake’s prophecies and Lucia’s phobic anguish plunge Joyce into his own Walpurgis Night. As the ghosts of his unconscious dance before him, to the sound of Monteverdi’s “Addio terra, addio cielo”, he lives out his own death and the heartrending anguish of having to abandon Lucia to her madness.

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About the Playwright: Giuseppe Cafiero lives in the Tuscan countryside, in Lucignano, in the province of Arezzo, Italy.

Born in Naples, he spent his childhood in several Italian cities. In Bologna, he frequented the intellectual circles at Roberto Roversi‘s renowned bookstore, Palma Verde. The first part of his novel James Joyce — Rome and Other Stories was initially published in one of the bookstore’s influential magazines.

Cafiero later worked for various radio producers, including Radio Capodistria and Italian Swiss Radio. Moving to Tuscany, he was finally able to devote himself to reading and pursuing his literary work.

Other work for radio includes collaborations with the RAI, Radio Sveringes, and the Australian Broadcasting Corporation. He has also written re-editions, free adaptations, and translations based on the work of an extensive spectrum of authors, from Shakespeare to O’Neill, Raspe to Daudet, Toller to Brecht.

In addition to James Joyce — Rome and Other Stories, Cafiero has published the bio-fictions Vincent van Gogh and Gustave Flaubert: The Ambiguity of Imagination.

James Joyce on the Witches’ Sabbath was first produced under the title Ánima Joyce by Compañía Teatral Quinto Piso, Buenos Aires, Argentina in 2014.

Idols by Nicholas Bompart

Comedy-Drama/ 11 Characters, 4 men, 5 women, 2 Either-Or, multiple casting possible/ Full-Length, 70 mins.

Synopsis: As a pianist plays in a corner of the stage, we meet Alex, a 10-year old piano prodigy who has been diagnosed with ADHD after getting into trouble at school. His parents are given an ultimatum: Alex must take Ritalin or face expulsion. As they struggle with the choice, Alex’s grandparents object. Russian immigrants, they have vivid memories of the 2nd World War, when Hitler gave the drug to his troops. They don’t want to see Alex turned into “an obedient little soldier.”

Meanwhile, Alex practices for his momentous upcoming piano recital with his inspiring teacher, Mr. Hoffman. “When I wake up I hear music,” he tells Mr. Hoffman, “when I do anything I hear music.” As he and his family continue to struggle with the effects of his ADHD, his grandfather makes a decision. Appearing to Alex dressed as the tooth fairy, he delivers an impassioned plea for his grandson never to believe “there is something ‘wrong’ with you,” and to remain true to his talent. In this tender and powerful play, the pianist playing in the corner of the stage — Alex as an adult — suggests that he listened to his grandfather.

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Nicholas Bompart
Ph.: 917-670-7097
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About the Playwright: Nicholas Bompart is an actor, director, writer, and musician from Forest Hills, New York. He began acting at the age of five and has continued in the theater up until the present. He has written and acted in more than 15 short films, which have been screened at multiple national and international film festivals and won extensive laurels, including awards for Best Horror Film, Best Direction, Best Screenplay, and Best Actor. In addition to writing and directing many plays, he has starred in numerous off-Broadway productions. His plays have been selected for the Rogue Theater Festival, CHAIN Theater Festival, Strawberry Theater Festival, and others. He has received favorable media reviews and been referred to as “a new up-and-coming artist” and “someone to watch” for upcoming work. Nicholas earned a B.A. in Theater Arts from Pace University. He also sings opera and has performed at Carnegie Hall.

Idols was first produced at Teatro LATEA in New York, NY in October 2022.

Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol, adapted by Lee Wilson

Drama/ 40 characters: 21 Nonbinary, 11 Female, 8 Male, 8 actors minumum, doubling/tripling possible/ One Act

Synopsis: Charles Dickens himself takes us through this new adaptation of one of the greatest Christmas stories ever told. Lee Wilson had yet to find a version of Dickens’ masterpiece that satisfied him as a director, so he was inspired to create one. He has endeavoured to create a version that is true to Dickens’ original story and also catered towards non-traditional proscenium theatre spaces (although this version works beautifully on those as well).

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About the Playwright: Lee is an Assistant Professor in Acting at The University of Windsor, School of Dramatic Art, Windsor, Ontario, Canada. Mr. Wilson holds Canadian, British and Irish citizenship.

In 2019, his production of A Fear and Loathing Actor in Dublin by Mark McCauley premiered at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival and Theatre@36 in Dublin, Ireland. While living in Ireland, he directed the world premieres of Running with Dinosaurs by Nadine Flynn (The New Theatre); The Eurydice Project by Joanna Crawley (The Project Arts Centre Main Space); Fray by Margaret Perry and Pork by Nadine Flynn (Smock Alley); and The Sea Brothers by Padraig Colum/Joanna Crawley (O’Reilly Theatre/The Lir). In addition, his critically acclaimed production of East of Berlin by Hannah Moscovitch played to sold out houses at The Project Arts Centre in 2014/15. Lee was the Associate Director to Joe Dowling on Arthur Miller’s A View from the Bridge at The Gate Theatre, Dublin for the Dublin Theatre Festival in 2015.

His Canadian work includes being the founding artistic director of Resurgence Theatre Company in Newmarket, Ontario, Canada where he directed critically acclaimed productions of Hamlet, Twelfth Night and Romeo and Juliet. In 2013, he was nominated by his peers for the Christopher Plummer Fellowship Award for his outstanding contribution to the classics and Shakespeare performance in Canada. This award is administered by the Globe Theatre in England (Globe Centre in Canada) and recognized Lee as one of the most exciting young directors of Shakespeare in his native home of Canada.

His Canadian work includes being one of a handful of directors who participated in the Inaugural Michael Langham Workshop for Classical Directors at the Stratford Festival in Stratford, Ontario, Canada. As part of this program, he was the resident director to Des McAnuff on The Who’s Tommy and The Tempest film and stage production starring Christopher Plummer. Other credits at Stratford include assistant director to Antoni Cimolino on As You Like It and to Leon Rubin on Measure for Measure. He was the apprentice artistic director/artistic associate at the Grand Theatre in London, Ontario, Canada (2008/2009 season). In 2008, Lee was invited to The Old Vic in London, England to participate in a directing and writing workshop with the Peter Hall Company. He was an Intern Director at the Shaw Festival during the 2005/2006 season in Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario, Canada; and the Resident Director in the Birmingham Conservatory for Classical Theatre Training at the Stratford Shakespeare Festival in 2004/2005. In 2003/2004, he was awarded the Urjo Kareda Residency Grant to study directing/artistic direction with Richard Rose at the Tarragon Theatre in Toronto, Canada. Lee started off his professional career as a member of the Inaugural Soulpepper Training Company studying acting, design, and directing with his mentor Robin Phillips.

Lee is an associate member of ADA (Association of Drama Adjudicators) in Ireland and holds an MFA in Directing from The Lir, Irelands National Academy of Dramatic Art, Trinity College, Dublin; and a BFA in Acting from Ryerson Theatre School, Toronto, Canada.

A Christmas Carol is scheduled for production at the University of Windsor in Windsor, Ontario, Canada in December, 2023.

The Valiant by Lee Wilson

Drama/ 4 Men, 1 Woman, or non-binary/ One Act

Synopsis: Adapted from the original by Holworthy Hall and Robert Middlemass, The Valiant tells the story of James Dyke, a confessed killer who has been sentenced to die. As he awaits execution at a prison in Connecticut, the warden, chaplain, and others fight to learn his real identity and why he is so determined to take this secret with him to the grave. Then, on the night of Dyke’s execution, a young woman shows up adamant that this prisoner is her long-lost brother.

We are taken through many twists and turns, as she tries to unlock Dyke’s past with questions and triggers. Is he, or isn’t he, her brother? Shakespeare himself will be conjured to try to extract the truth.

The Valiant’s ending is as shocking and moving as any ending seen or heard on the stage. Family, history, love, mystery, poetry, relationships, and war are all brought together in this brilliant adaptation of this well-known one-act play.

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About the Playwright: Lee is an Assistant Professor in Acting at The University of Windsor, School of Dramatic Art, Windsor, Ontario, Canada. Mr. Wilson holds Canadian, British and Irish citizenship.

In 2019, his production of A Fear and Loathing Actor in Dublin by Mark McCauley premiered at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival and Theatre@36 in Dublin, Ireland. While living in Ireland, he directed the world premieres of Running with Dinosaurs by Nadine Flynn (The New Theatre); The Eurydice Project by Joanna Crawley (The Project Arts Centre Main Space); Fray by Margaret Perry and Pork by Nadine Flynn (Smock Alley); and The Sea Brothers by Padraig Colum/Joanna Crawley (O’Reilly Theatre/The Lir). In addition, his critically acclaimed production of East of Berlin by Hannah Moscovitch played to sold out houses at The Project Arts Centre in 2014/15. Lee was the Associate Director to Joe Dowling on Arthur Miller’s A View from the Bridge at The Gate Theatre, Dublin for the Dublin Theatre Festival in 2015.

His Canadian work includes being the founding artistic director of Resurgence Theatre Company in Newmarket, Ontario, Canada where he directed critically acclaimed productions of Hamlet, Twelfth Night and Romeo and Juliet. In 2013, he was nominated by his peers for the Christopher Plummer Fellowship Award for his outstanding contribution to the classics and Shakespeare performance in Canada. This award is administered by the Globe Theatre in England (Globe Centre in Canada) and recognized Lee as one of the most exciting young directors of Shakespeare in his native home of Canada.

His Canadian work includes being one of a handful of directors who participated in the Inaugural Michael Langham Workshop for Classical Directors at the Stratford Festival in Stratford, Ontario, Canada. As part of this program, he was the resident director to Des McAnuff on The Who’s Tommy and The Tempest film and stage production starring Christopher Plummer. Other credits at Stratford include assistant director to Antoni Cimolino on As You Like It and to Leon Rubin on Measure for Measure. He was the apprentice artistic director/artistic associate at the Grand Theatre in London, Ontario, Canada (2008/2009 season). In 2008, Lee was invited to The Old Vic in London, England to participate in a directing and writing workshop with the Peter Hall Company. He was an Intern Director at the Shaw Festival during the 2005/2006 season in Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario, Canada; and the Resident Director in the Birmingham Conservatory for Classical Theatre Training at the Stratford Shakespeare Festival in 2004/2005. In 2003/2004, he was awarded the Urjo Kareda Residency Grant to study directing/artistic direction with Richard Rose at the Tarragon Theatre in Toronto, Canada. Lee started off his professional career as a member of the Inaugural Soulpepper Training Company studying acting, design, and directing with his mentor Robin Phillips.

Lee is an associate member of ADA (Association of Drama Adjudicators) in Ireland and holds an MFA in Directing from The Lir, Irelands National Academy of Dramatic Art, Trinity College, Dublin; and a BFA in Acting from Ryerson Theatre School, Toronto, Canada.

The Valiant first produced at the Shaw Festival Studio Theatre in Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario, in August 2006.

Wall: A Product of Resourcefulness and Efficiency in America’s Never-Ending Battle for Absolute Supremacy and General All-Around Kick-Assedness — by J.R. Spaulding Jr.

Wall by J.R. Spaulding Jr.

Wall
MadLab Theatre
Columbus, Ohio

Comedy/ 11 characters + ensemble, 4 men, 2 women, 5 gender-fluid, 3 characters may be doubled/ Full Length, Two Acts

Synopsis: A team of idealistic Americans sets out to build a “grandiloquent wall of epic proportions” as a symbolic testimony to America’s strength and all-around kick-assedness. However, after receiving a cease and desist notice from the Dept. of Redundancy, Waste, and Red Tape, they discover that their blue-collar intentions may not be so well-received by those in charge.

Brilliantly written . . . . Accurately capture(s) the absurdity of the state of the nation. – The Columbus Underground

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About the Playwright: J.R. Spaulding Jr. received an M.A. in theatre history from Michigan State University where his mentor, Professor Frank Rutledge, once told him with great sincerity, “Dionysus weeps for you.” He has worked professionally as an actor, director, technical director, and guest instructor at theatres in Alaska, Maine and various locations in between. As a playwright his works have been performed and staged throughout the United States, as well as in England. He is currently the theatre director at Detroit’s Renaissance High School where he uses his super powers to un-socialize and de-roboticize the youth of America in hopes to create a new world order of literati elitists.

Wall was first produced at MadLab Theatre, Columbus, Ohio in December, 2013.

The Myth of Summer by Conni Massing

Comedy/ 8 Characters, 5 women, 3 men/ Full Length, Two Acts

Synopsis: A lightning strike and the inspirational story of Joan of Arc trigger a series of magical occurrences for 16-year old Jessica and everyone else around her caught up in the fleeting euphoria of this most maddening season of the year. German massage therapist Werner and frantic puppeteer Melanie fall in love over dreams of the Canadian wilderness and French erudition, both of which turn out to be empty promises. Party planning duo Dacia and Kevin orchestrate important events for others while deluding themselves about the lack of meaning in their own lives. Meanwhile Jessica wields her newfound powers to help her mother Brenda, aunt Jackie, and boyfriend Mordred see the painful truth about love.

“Bursting with comedy and dynamic characters in a world both familiar and hilarious in its failures . . . . A grand, comic spectacle.” — Fast Forward

“Sashays from poignant moments to deep belly laughs.” — Calgary Sun

“Proves time and time again the comic ingenuity and richness that’s possible in the use of everyday language to bring not-so-ordinary situations to life.” — Calgary Herald

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About the Playwright: Conni is an award-winning writer working in theatre, film and television. Stage credits include Matara and The Invention of Romance, both premiered by Workshop West Playwrights Theatre, Oh! Christmas Tree (Roxy Performance Series), and her widely-produced stage adaptations of W.O Mitchell’s Jake and the Kid and Bruce Allen Powe’s The Aberhart Summer. Conni has worked as a story editor on television series such as Mentors, The Beat, North of 60, The Adventures of Shirley Holmes, Taking it Off, and Family Restaurant. Film projects include two feature-length comedies (in development) and two short films: Invisible, co-written with and directed by Neil Grahn and Voila, co-produced and directed by Geraldine Carr. Conni has several publications to her credit, including six of her plays and a comic memoir, Roadtripping: On the Move with the Buffalo Gals (Brindle and Glass Publishing). Her writing has been recognized by AMPIA, the Academy of Cinema and Television, the Betty Mitchell Awards, the Writers Guild of Alberta, and the Elizabeth Sterling Haynes Awards.

The Myth of Summer was first produced by Alberta Theatre Projects, Calgary, Alberta in Jan. 2005.

Bertha and Bertman by Zsolt Pozgai

Drama/ 1 Man, 1 Woman/ Full Length, Two Acts

Synopsis: Bertha, a nurse, lives peacefully in her apartment in Austria. She has had no success in finding a partner, but has resigned herself to the situation. One day, an unexpected guest arrives. Her love from grammar school — an established, wealthy man, youthful and athletic. But lonely. He lives with his mother, who is terminally ill. He needs somebody, a partner who loves him.

Bertha welcomes him. They live together. The man takes her on fabulous journeys. They sometimes visit his mother in the hospital. She is glad that her son is happy and has found someone.

Bertha and Bertman’s sexual, physical encounters are wonderful. Everything is perfect.

Then Bertman’s mother dies. Bertman thanks Bertha for everything she has done for him. Bertha realizes that the man was with her only to calm down his mother, to demonstrate that he had a partner, would have children, and his mother would have grandchildren. He pretended to enjoy their encounters, and pretended to be in love. But it was all a ruse.

Bertha is devastated. She kills the man. Everything she thought to be true, has turned out to be a lie. There is no mercy.

This drama is based on a real story.

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Zsolt Pozsgai
H-7630 Pécs, Tétény u. 28.
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About the Playwright: Award-winning dramatist Zsolt Pozsgai’s plays have been seen worldwide. He is a winner of the European Drama Award, and three-time winner of the Hungarian Playwright’s Competition. Liselotte in May, his most performed play, premiered at the Deutsches Theater, Budapest, Hungary, in May, 2002 and has since been seen in over 22 stagings from New York City to Geneva, Switzerland to Vancouver, Canada. By the end of 2014, 57 of Pozsgai’s pieces, including tragedies, comedies, farces, and plays with music, had been performed in 87 theatres. He has also worked widely as a stage director, and as a writer and director for film and TV.

Bertha and Bertman will premiere in Budapest, Hungary in February, 2022.

A Road To Nowhere by David Earle

Drama / 7 Characters, 5 Men, 2 Women/ One act

Synopsis: Lost and alone at night on an unfamiliar, desolate country road following an auto accident, Sam Kaufman, a middle-aged businessman, seeks help at an eerily unimpressive roadside motel. Its bleak and depressing ambience, however, is nothing compared to the bizarre behavior of the manager and his guests. Gradually, Sam comes to realize the macabre circumstances of where he is and that the road that led him to this motel was, in fact, a road to nowhere.

This stage version of A Road to Nowhere is the basis for the multiple award winning film:
A Road to Nowhere by David Earle

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1027 Ridgeview Ct.
Indian Hills, NV
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About the Playwright: Award-winning writer David Earle was born and raised in Anaheim, California, and lived 15 years in the Los Angeles area where he worked at various entertainment industry companies — Taft/Barish Productions, New World Pictures, Rogers & Cowan, Hollywood Records, and at Walt Disney in Creative Development at Disney Imagineering. In addition to A Road to Nowhere, his plays include Postnuptials, After the Wedding, and They’re Having a Deadly Good Time.

His screenplay adaptations of both A Road to Nowhere and Postnuptials (unproduced) have been nominated for or won several awards at film festivals internationally, as has his adaptation of his sci-fi novel Life Is But A Dream (available on Amazon). In total, his screenplays have earned 63 awards and nominations at film festivals and screenplay competitions worldwide.

The Inclusion and Equity department of the Writers Guild of America West chose Life Is But A Dream for a full cast industry reading at the WGAW building due to the ethnic diversity of its characters. His (unproduced) five-episode true story limited series, Pelée, has also won multiple awards internationally. His most recently completed screenplay is another true story drama, Searching for Michael. In addition, he has written a novelette, The Remarkable Travels of Billy Sparks, and short story, The Calla Lilies (both on Amazon). David Earle is a proud member of the Dramatists Guild of America and Writers Guild of America West.

A Road to Nowhere was first produced at The Group Repertory Theatre in North Hollywood, California, USA in June, 1983.

Oh! Christmas Tree by Conni Massing

Oh! Christmas Tree

Oh! Christmas Tree
Theatre Network
Edmonton, Alberta

Comedy/ 2 Characters, 1 Man, 1 Woman/ Full Length, app. 90 minutes

Synopsis: Algar and Lucy have just moved in together and plan to get married. Lucy, a hysterically busy party planner, is the youngest of four sisters in a claustrophobically close-knit Scandinavian family. Algar, on the other hand, is an only child who has purposely moved to the opposite side of the country from his parents. The two have embraced their differences — and each other — except, now that it’s December, there’s trouble on the horizon.

Algar has thus far managed to avoid much of the seasonal brouhaha during his relationship with Lucy. But now that they’re engaged, there’s no avoiding the highly ritualized holiday events and Lucy’s doggedly sentimental attachment to her family’s seasonal traditions. Algar feels like he has to take a stand or risk being overwhelmed, so he chooses a hill to die on: the Christmas tree.

Algar really does not want this potent symbol in his living room but for Lucy the tree is a trigger for happy family memories and the magical spirit of the season. As the big day draws closer, both make important concessions — Algar actually goes out and hunts down a scrawny spruce tree — but even that goes sideways when they can’t agree on how to decorate.

On top of the trouble at home, both Lucy and Algar are struggling in their professional lives. Lucy is exhausted from the seasonal pressures of her job (like dealing with a high-maintenance Christmas Eve wedding couple), and her family’s expectation she will produce the annual Christmas pageant. Meanwhile, Algar’s diatribes against Christmas and his grade nine students’ disastrous presentations for the school concert threaten his job as a high school teacher. His attitude also poisons the marriage course he’s attending with Lucy, taught by the earnestly interfering Pastor Larsen, who attempts to resolve the couple’s differences with therapy puppets and obscure Scandinavian proverbs.

When there’s still no decorated tree on December 24th, it looks as though the relationship is doomed. Especially since Algar has secretly arranged to spirit Lucy away to Hawaii on Christmas Day at the same time as Lucy has invited Algar’s parents to visit for the holidays.

This “Gift of the Magi” scenario gone horribly wrong ultimately forces Algar and Lucy to reveal their true feelings about Christmas past and present, including Algar’s epiphany about his negative associations with the tree. Freed from the tyranny of family history and expectations, the two can finally create their own holiday tradition.

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About the Playwright: Conni is an award-winning writer working in theatre, film and television. Stage credits include Matara and The Invention of Romance, both premiered by Workshop West Playwrights Theatre, Oh! Christmas Tree (Roxy Performance Series), and her widely-produced stage adaptations of W.O Mitchell’s Jake and the Kid and Bruce Allen Powe’s The Aberhart Summer. Conni has worked as a story editor on television series such as Mentors, The Beat, North of 60, The Adventures of Shirley Holmes, Taking it Off and Family Restaurant. Film projects include two feature-length comedies (in development) and two short films: Invisible, co-written with and directed by Neil Grahn, and Voila, co-produced and directed by Geraldine Carr. Conni has several publications to her credit, including six of her plays and a comic memoir, Roadtripping: On the Move with the Buffalo Gals (Brindle and Glass Publishing). Her writing has been recognized by AMPIA, the Academy of Cinema and Television, the Betty Mitchell Awards, the Writers Guild of Alberta, and the Elizabeth Sterling Haynes Awards.

Oh! Christmas Tree was first produced by Theatre Network, Edmonton, Alberta in December, 2018.

“Must-See Holiday Show” — Jenna Shummoogum, Avenue Calgary

“One funny tale of surviving the first Christmas together.” — Calgary Herald

“Filled with laughter and poignancy. But underneath the whimsy is an important message that will linger in your heart.”
St. Albert Gazette

“Spirited . . . hilarious . . . mischievous” — Louis B. Hobson, Calgary Sun