The Lovers of Cealg by Serjio Castrellon

A Large Publicity poster for the Lovers of Cealg.

Rogue Theater Festival
Online

Drama/ 11 characters (doubling is recommended), 6 female, 5 male characters/ Full-length

Synopsis: Charming, up-and-coming actor Ted Cealg is about to hit it big; he’s the star of the new movie The Jester’s Plight. But when three former lovers come forward with stories about their relationship with Ted and how he left a scar for each of them to carry, he begins to face the consequences of his past. Ted’s pride becomes his armour against remorse during an era where accountability is demanded of all of us.

As Ted’s team of Hollywood agents tries to mitigate the scandals coming his way, he’ll need to confront his past and accept accountability for his nefarious past. Otherwise, he’ll lose everything he has worked for.

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Serjio Castrellon
SCastrellon26@gmail.com
Ph: (626) 201-5763

About the Playwright: Serjio Castrellon studied theatre at Pasadena City College, where he acted in productions of “The Adding Machine” and “She Kills Monsters,” among others. Under Professor Robert Knight, he also began to learn how to craft stories for the theatre. His one-act play “The Waiting Room” was performed at the Lineage Performance Arts Center in Pasadena in 2018, as part of the SLAE Festival.

Serjio is also a screenwriter, stand-up comic, and public speaker. “The Lovers of Cealg” is his first full-length play.

The Lovers of Cealg was first presented in a streaming production as part of the Rogue Theater Festival, New York City, in July, 2022.

She’s Really Trying by George Freek

Comedy/ 10 characters, 4 female, 5 male, 1 either/ One Act

Synopsis:The family has gathered at Ma and Pa’s farm, worried about Ma’s probable cancer. As they await the arrival of Doc Baum and his diagnosis, various concerns emerge. Mary Lou fears that husband Stanley no longer finds her attractive, and also that Stanley’s brother Howard intends to cut Stanley out of his inheritance. And they all realize Pa is not up to dealing with financial complications. Meanwhile, Stanley is deeply worried about Mary Lou’s increasing drinking, which seems to revolve around Stanley’s mysteriously absent friend, Chip.

Can their concerns be resolved? She’s Really Trying is a comic parody of Tennessee Williams’s Cat On A Hot Tin Roof.

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George Freek
515 Douglas St.
Belvidere, IL 61008
(815) 547-7521
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georgefreek33@gmail.com
www.gfreek@juno.com

About the Playwright: George Freek’s plays have been produced by the Organic Theater in Chicago, the Milwaukee Repertory, the West Coast Ensemble in Los Angeles, and the Pittsburgh New Works Festival, as well as the 13th Street Theater, Love Creek Productions, and the Theater-Studio in New York. He has received grants from the Illinois Arts Council and the National Endowment for the Arts — the latter for a Residency at the New American Theater in Rockford, Illinois — and has also enjoyed residencies at Southern Methodist University and Southern Illinois University.

She’s Really Trying was first produced at Theatre Studio, New York City, in April 2012.

Finding Neil Patrick Harris by Donna Hoke

Finding Neil Patrick Harris

Finding Neil Patrick Harris
Nu Sass Productions
Washington, DC

Comedy/ 6 Characters, 3 Women, 3 Men (3 actors total; 4 of the characters are played by 1 actor)/ Full Length, 90 mins.

Synopsis: When frenemy nail techs Cha-Cha and Katie are privileged to hear a favorite customer’s bizarre dying wish, they set off to make it come true. In their quest to find Neil Patrick Harris, they discover that what they’ve been searching for has been right in front of them.

From Washington City Paper: “The quest begins at a spa in upstate New York (Hoke’s script suggests Buffalo, where she lives), where two nail technicians, Katie and Cha-Cha are giving a mani-pedi to Lucio, a favorite among their regular clients. There’s a certain rivalry between the two techs as they vie for Lucio’s attention, whether it’s Katie talking about the altercation her daughter had at school, or the five TV pilots Cha-Cha has written that no studio will buy, or the sardonic names Cha-Cha gives to gel nail colors. It’s a favorite way for Lucio to unwind before heading home to his husband. When the discussion turns to the application of makeup for funerals, Lucio notes that he wishes to be cremated and to have his ashes flung at the Doogie Howser, M.D. and How I Met Your Mother star Neil Patrick Harris to make up for not connecting with the famous actor at a party many years in the past.

“As Katie and Cha-Cha bicker, Lucio suddenly dies. It’s one of many bits of morbid physical comedy in this show . . . . What follows are Katie and Cha-Cha’s misadventures as they attempt to follow through with Lucio’s final wish, while getting on each other’s nerves.”

“Fun and funny.” – Broadway World

“Taboo-breaking comedy.” – Washington City Paper

“Extremely entertaining . . . . plenty of laughter.” – mdtheatreguide.com

“A deliciously sweet and introspective comedy wherein the action of the play is driven by . . . wait for it . . . no guessing . . . here it is . . . WOMEN! Yes, two delightful gals sally-forth, trailing the ashes of their dead buddy, Lucio, and inadvertently sprinkling him, well, all over the place. You’ll love this play.”
– Testimonial on the New Play Exchange

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Most of Finding Neil Patrick Harris may be read by clicking on the “Read It Now” button above. To obtain a complete reading copy, contact the playwright at donna@donnahoke.com

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Amateur and professional rights:
Donna Hoke
donna@donnahoke.com
Ph.: 973-919-2038
Playwright’s website: donnahoke.com
Representation: Patricia McLaughlin, Beacon Agency
beaconagency@hotmail.com
212-736-6630

About the Playwright: Donna’s work has been seen in 47 states and on five continents, including at Barrington Stage, Barrow Group, Celebration Theatre, Gulfshore Theatre, Queens Theatre, The Road, Writers Theatre New Jersey, Phoenix Theatre, Atlantic Stage, Purple Rose, Skylight, Pride Films and Plays, New Jersey Rep, Hens and Chickens (London), The Galway Fringe Festival, and Actors Repertory Theatre of Luxembourg. Plays include Brilliant Works of Art (Kilroys List), Elevator Girl (O’Neill and Princess Grace finalist), Safe (winner of the Todd McNerney, Naatak, and Great Gay Play and Musical Contests), and Teach (Gulfshore New Works winner). She has been nominated for the Primus, Blackburn, and Laura Pels prizes, and is a three-time winner of the Emanuel Fried Award for Outstanding New Play (Seeds, Sons & Lovers, Once in my Lifetime). She has also received an Individual Artist Award from the New York State Council on the Arts to develop Hearts of Stone, and, in its final three years, Artvoice named her Buffalo’s Best Writer—the only woman to ever receive the designation.

Donna also serves on the Dramatists Guild Council, is an ensemble playwright at Road Less Traveled Productions, blogger, moderator of the 12,000+-member Official Playwrights of Facebook, New York Times-published crossword puzzle constructor; children’s and trivia book author; and founder/co-curator of BUA Takes 10: GLBT Short Stories. Speaking engagements include Citywrights, Kenyon Playwrights Conference, the Dramatists Guild National Conference, Chicago Dramatists, the Austin Film Festival, and a live Dramatists Guild webinar. Her commentary has been seen on #2amt, howlround, The Dramatist, the Official Playwrights of Facebook, Workshopping the New Play (Applause, 2017), and at donnahoke.com.

Finding Neil Patrick Harris was first produced in Nu Sass Productions in Washington, DC, in April, 2023.

“Fantastic, funny play!”

“Funny at a time when we all need it, this play has at its core a friendship between two working class women that we don’t see on the stage often enough.”

– Testimonials on the New Play Exchange

Monster Girl

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Monster Girl
Rhino Fest
Chicago, Illinois

Drama/ 6 Characters, 4 female 2 male, some doubling possible (Mother/Dr. Ack and Father/Jay)/ One Act

Synopsis: Monster Girl is obsessed with monsters. Her nocturnal pals help to keep her safe from the real monsters of this world — predatory cousins, vicious brothers and uncaring parents. She is alone in this world until she meets another “weird kid” — Anna — at a party circa 1982.

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Dan Taube
taubedan@gmail.com
Ph: 773-580-4633

About the Playwright: Dan Taube lives in the Chicago, Illinois area. He has had several readings of his work through Chicago Dramatists and Naked Angels Theatre. In 2019 he was the recipient of the M.E.H. Lewis Scholarship at Chicago Dramatists and became a Network Playwright there. Both his play Lou and Bud Kill Their Dad and a monologue from Death of an Actor have been published by Smith and Kraus. Dan is a member of the Dramatists Guild and a participant in the Kennedy Center Playwriting Intensive 2022.

Monster Girl was first produced at Chicago Dramatists as part of Rhinofest 2023, Chicago, Illinois in June 2023.

The Weavers by Jonathan Talmadge

A cast of children wearing formal clothing make funny poses and faces.

The Weavers
Center Building Theatre
Mattawan, MI

Comedy/ 30+ Characters, gender neutral, flexible casting/ One Act

Synopsis: As Emperor Coco and her loyal assistant Nadia host Sartoria’s annual fashion show, the renowned Weavers arrive, announcing that they are on vacation and are definitely not available to create clothing from their unique, magic cloth that only the wise can see.

Coco convinces them to make the garments for her anyway. As they work, she sends her staff and cabinet to check the progress. They see nothing, but say that they do. Only Nadia tells the truth, and Coco banishes her in anger.

Nadia teams up with Karski, a member of The Weavers who decides she doesn’t like fooling ordinary people, to stop the Emperor from parading through the city wearing the “magic cloth” that does not exist.

Will they be able to get to Coco in time? Will they be able to convince her of the truth?

Thanks to one honest child in the crowd, Coco and the people of Sartoria learn a valuable lesson about telling the truth — especially when it is hard.

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Jonathan Talmadge
musicalsforchildren.com
office@openingactmi.com
Ph: 714-757-4969

Listen to the music for free here:
www.musicalsforchildren.com/the-weavers

About the Playwright: Jonathan is an accomplished playwright, composer, director, performer, and teacher. He is the lyricist and composer of 14 original musical plays that have been produced in Southwest Michigan. His 12 years of experience directing children’s theatre have taught him exactly what young actors need in a script. Favorite directing credits include: Much Ado About Nothing (Paw Paw Days Uncorks The Arts), All in the Timing (OATC), Richard III (Insurgo Theater Movement), and The Sound of Music (The Warehouse Theatre). Jonathan has performed all over the United States. Acting credits include Man Of La Mancha (Cervantes/ Quixote), Falsettos (Marvin), Much Ado About Nothing (Benedick), and the title role in Cyrano de Bergerac. Most recently, he played Johnny Cantone in The 1940’s Radio Hour at The Kalamazoo Civic. His album, A Father’s Prayer, is available on Spotify and iTunes.

The Weavers was first produced by Opening Act Theatre Company, LLC at Center Building Theatre in Mattawan, MI on December 10th, 2016.

Fly A Kite by Fred Rohan-Vargas

A man in sunglasses looks to the sky while flying a kite in a park

Fly A Kite
Studio R Theatre
New York, N.Y.


Comedy/ 2 Characters, 2 males/ One Act

Synopsis: An off-duty policeman releases his frustrations with his wife by going to the park and flying his kite. While there, he comes across a teacher lying in the grass, reading his newspaper. The teacher is startled by the policeman shooting birds who come near his kite. The two are soon at odds, until they start talking about the problems they’re having with their significant others, which creates a testosterone bond between the two.

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Fred Rohan-Vargas
rohanvargas@gmail.com
fred@miuprod.com

About the Playwright: Fred Rohan-Vargas is the author of several full-length, one-acts and children’s plays produced throughout the country and abroad. He holds an MFA in dramatic writing from New York University and has received recognition in theatre and music. He is the recipient of a grant from the New York State Council on the Arts Theatre Commissions for his play “Crystal,” later produced in New York City and published in 2005 by JAC Publishing and Promotions in Massachusetts. He has also been included in Riant Theatre’s national one-act festival’s anthology, “The Best Plays From The Strawberry One Act Festival” (published in 2005) for his play “Anything But Black.” In 2014, his play, “Tide Beyond the Rift,” was nominated for three awards in the Midtown International Theatre Festival. His most recent production, “Yaki Yim Bamboo the Musical,” received four stars from Show-Score and was considered for the Off-Broadway Alliance Awards.

Fred Rohan-Vargas’s love for writing songs has given him “Honorable Mention Awards” from The Billboard World Songwriters’ Contest, John Lennon Songwriting Contest, Great American Song Contest, Unisong International Songwriting Contest, and the Suggested Artist Songwriting Award. In addition, he has three songs on a compilation of CDs by the Nashville Songwriters Association International (“The Best of Holidays”), the Pick With Austin Foundation (“My Gift of Music”), and Paramount Song.com (“My Gift for Christmas”). Currently, he has his music played throughout Southeast Asia.

Fred has served on the theatre/dance grant panel for Huntington Arts Council, the Queens Council on the Arts, the panel of judges for the Daytime Emmy Awards, and the Board of Directors for the New York Children’s Theatre. He is currently the founder and Executive Producer of Mixing It Up Productions, LLC, and serves on the advisory board of Ripple Effects Artists, Inc.

Fly A Kite was first produced by Studio R Theatre in New York, N.Y. in April 1982.

Dear Miss Ophelia by Maria Rio

One boy dressed in an officer's cap debates with a girl wearing butterfly wings while another girl with a satchel bag listens, annoyed.

Dear Miss Ophelia
St Julian’s School
Lisbon, Portugal

Comedy/ 18-20 Characters, gender flexibility; Ophelia is female, all other characters can be male or female/ One Act

Synopsis: Miss Happy, Mr. Hurry, Miss Shy and various other children in New York City have a problem: Nobody understands them, and their parents and teachers criticize them just for being themselves! They decide they’d like to try being someone else for awhile, and write to Miss Ophelia of the “Dear Ophelia” advice column to ask for help. When they don’t hear back, they embark on a journey to Ophelia Headquarters in Chicago to demand some answers.

Alarmed by their disappearance, the President of the New York City PTA hires a detective to find them. In the meantime, en route, the children meet an eccentric fortune teller who has a surprising message for them — they’re fine just as they are. Everybody has flaws — but flaws can sometimes be useful.

Arriving at their destination, the children find Miss Ophelia eating chocolate and watching romance movies with a box of tissues by her side. It turns out she doesn’t want to be herself anymore either. All day she has to give people advice, but she doesn’t have anyone to turn to for advice for herself. That’s why she’s stopped answering letters.

But the children have lots of advice for her. Take a break, don’t be so hard on herself, and soon she’ll realize — she’s fine just the way she is! And with that, the detective arrives, and the children all happily head home.

This delightful, imaginative play about self-accepatance and helping others was created with input from students at Space for Drama in Lisbon, Portugal.

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Maria Rio
spacefordrama@gmail.com
Ph: +351-929-026-268 (Lisbon, Portugal)

About the Playwright: “I grew up spending my summers in Lisbon around theatre and Fado, a Portuguese music genre. My grandfather, Varela Silva, had a 45-year acting and directing career and my grandmother, Celeste Rodrigues, was a Fado singer for 70 years. So I spent a lot of time around the performing arts.

“Very early on I realized working with children through drama was my gift, so I studied theatre at George Mason University and did a post-graduate program in Theatre Education in Lisbon. I had lived in the U.S. most of my childhood around the rich culture of Washington, DC, where I was always amazed by the many artistic community centres for children. Being around these places and having my American ‘you can do anything you set your mind to’ mentality, inspired a dream: To create a space in Lisbon in which children could be free to be themselves. They would use this space as a vehicle to find their inner expression without any type of judgment, and be the owners of their creativity.

“So, I created Space for Drama in 2017 and have passionately been on this voyage ever since.”

Dear Miss Ophelia was first produced by Space for Drama at St Julian’s School in Carcavelos, Lisbon, Portugal in June 2018.