The Fox’s Reward by Mark Scrivener

Comedy/ 4 Men, 1 Woman/ Full Length, Two Acts

Synopsis:
(From Northern Lights): “The Fox’s Reward is inspired by a medieval folklore classic, immortalized in the French Renaissance under the title of La Farce de maître Pathelin. The central characters are Vulpes, a down-and-out ‘master of the law,’ and his wife, vixen Marguerite. The two are out to fleece a greedy draper. Their shepherd William, however, may have more wits about him than at first appears. A feeble-minded and ailing-bodied Judge Jeeble completes the cast.

“The premise works on multiple levels, with fun and puns poked at the foibles of the legal profession, without resorting to clichéd lawyer jokes, but rather by artful craftsmanship of words. On the most concrete level, this is about madness and reality, folie à deux and the resulting delusion when others plant their realities in the heads of others . . . . Reflecting the current fiasco of corporate America’s relentless greed, we see corruption and gullibility as two all-too human characteristics throughout the ages. And who has not at one point rationalized petty behavior?”

“Bouncy, flouncy summer fun, fun, fun . . . . Let yourself be seduced by this merry romp — by hook or crook!”
– Northern Lights

“A surprisingly comic piece, proving Scrivener to be as adept with humour as he is with chaos and meditation.”
– Bryn Pearson, Allreaders.com

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Mark Scrivener
63 Mountain Top Rd.
Georgica NSW 2480
Australia
Email: narrowroads@hotmail.com
Ph.: 612 66 888  113

About the Playwright: Mark Scrivener studied for three years at the Harkness Speech and Drama School, where his first play was produced when he was 20. Since then, his work has been seen at theatres including The Colonnade Theatre Company, Prometheus Productions, The Player’s Theatre Company, and The Rainbow Youth Theatre, among others. His verse play Narrow Roads to Inner Lands was broadcast on Oneword Radio in the UK, and he has had over 80 poems and other pieces published in Australian newspapers and magazines, including The Australian, The Sydney Morning Herald, Quadrant Magazine, The Bulletin, Poetry Australia, and The School Magazine.His poems have also been published in anthologies from Thomas Nelson and Co. and The Paterson Literary Review, while his verse translations have appeared in Poetry Australia, Quadrant, Meanjin, and The Australian. A Master of Letters graduate (with high distinction) from the University of New England in Armidale, Australia, Mark has also toured for over 25 years as a performance poet.

The Fox’s Reward was first performed (as The Worthy Master of the Law) at Chance Theater in Anaheim, California in August, 2002.

The Great Algonquin by Linda Juanita Stockham

Comedy-Drama/ 4 Men, 3 Women/ Full Length, Two Acts

Synopsis: The year is 1951. Emmett Halberg, one of the residents of Mrs. Wirth’s boarding house in a small West Virginia town, is the leading expert on local history, flora, and fauna, but he’s also a little eccentric, and more than a little paranoid about Communism. When a young Korean War veteran moves in, Emmett begins to suspect him of being a spy, and his over-active imagination and outrageous actions soon upset the lives of the residents.

A subtly comic look at distrust and paranoia during the Cold War, with many contemporary parallels, The Great Algonquin was one of three winners in the 2011 West Virginia’s Writers Contest.

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Linda Stockham
CSU San Bernardino
Department of Anthropology
5500 University Parkway
San Bernardino, CA
USA 92407
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Alternative e-mail: stockham813@hotmail.com

About the Playwright: Linda Juanita Stockham is a cultural anthropologist/playwright. She received a B.A. in Anthropology from California State College San Bernardino and her Interdisciplinary M.A. in Anthropological Studies from California State University San Bernardino. She has had plays produced in New York City and Los Angeles, in various festivals and on the radio. She lives and works in San Bernardino, California.

The Great Algonquin awaits professional production.

Gina and Fidel by Zsolt Pozsgai

Gina and Fidel

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

Synopsis: In 1974, in “the capital city of an island nation,” the actress Gina Lollobrigida is determined to make a documentary about Fidel Castro. But interviewing a man who is the constant target of assassination attempts is no easy matter. Gina and Fidel is inspired by the author’s personal acquaintance with Lollobrigida and the stories she told of her meeting with the Cuban leader.

 

 

 

 

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Zsolt Pozsgai
H-7630 Pécs, Tétény u. 28.
Ph.: 00-36-30-2791324
Email: horatiofilm@gmail.com

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.

Gina and Fidel was first produced at the Theatre of Satire in Sofia, Bulgaria in April, 2016.

Tossed Salad by Fred Rohan Vargas

Tossed Salad

Comedy/ 6 Characters, 3 Men, 3 Women (some doubling possible)/ One act, 10 mins.

Synopsis: A short play set in a Japanese restaurant in the borough of Queens. Anthony tries to impress his date by taking her to an authentic Japanese restaurant but soon discovers that authenticity is a thing of the past in diverse New York City.

 

 

 

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Fred Rohan Vargas
Email: rohanvargas@aol.com
Playwright’s Website: www.miuprod.com

About the Playwright: Fred Rohan Vargas is the author of several full lengths, one acts and children’s plays that have been produced throughout the country and abroad. He holds a MFA in dramatic writing from New York University. Two of his plays have been published by The Riant Theatre (Anything But Black) and JAC Publishing and Promotions (Crystal). He is founder and executive producer of Mixing It Up Productions, LLC. He has received three nominations for his play Tide Beyond the Rift at the Midtown International Theatre Festival (2014) and has had his play Crystal produced in Bucharest, Romania the same year. As a producer, Fred has just finished a  three month run at the 13th Street Repertory Theatre of his children’s musical, Yaki Yim Bamboo the Musical.

Fred also shows his ability in other genres by writing instrumental pieces for jazz, film and TV. A renaissance artist in the making, he has been noted by Song of the Year Songwriting Contest, Unisong International Song Writing Contest, Billboard World Song Contest, John Lennon Songwriters Contest and Great American Song Contest. His music is on a compilation of 3 CDs.

Fred has served on the theatre/dance grant’s panel for the Queens Council on the Arts, the panel of judges for the Daytime Emmy Awards (sponsored by The National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences) and the Board of Directors of the New York Children’s Theatre. He is currently a member of The Broadway League, Theatre Resource Unlimited, The Dramatists Guild and The American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers.

Tossed Salad was first produced at the Player’s Theatre, New York City, as part of the Short Plays & Musical Festival, June, 2016.

Desperate Writers by Joshua Grenrock and Catherine Schreiber

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Union Square Theatre, NYC, 2011
Photo: Carol Rosegg

Comedy/ 23 characters, can be played by 5 Men, 5 Women/ One Act, 80 minutes

Synopsis: A couple of desperate writers, with the baby clock ticking and their home about to be sold out from under them, are driven to desperate measures to get their script read, bought and made in this hilarious, fast-paced, screwball comedy, that pokes fun at the crazy film biz. An 80-minute laugh-out-loud riot.

“Hysterical comedy! Clever! Witty! . . . A great script with sharp-fire dialogue . . . a definite must see again and again!”
– Entertainment Today

“A delightfully scathing send up!”
– LA Times

“Situation comedy at its best!”
– Socalonline

“It’s a GO! This demented farce should be catnip for those who love Hollywood in-jokes . . .” – LA Weekly

CRITIC’S PICK! “It is a wild, hilarious ride, side-splitting screwball comedy . . . . Not to be missed and our Critic’s Pick!”
– Kaleidoscope Radio

Desperate Writers

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Catherine Schreiber Productions
1067 Fifth Avenue, Apt. 5
New York, New York 10128
Ph.: (212) 828-6867
catherine@cschreiberproductions.com
http://www.catherineschreiberproductions.com
http://www.desperatewriters.com 

 

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About the Playwright: A Tony-winning Producer for Clybourne Park, Catherine Schreiber has been writing many years by herself and with her partner, Joshua Grenrock. On her own, she has written many screenplays and television treatments which were optioned by Kings Road, Rastar, Propaganda Films and with Thom Mount, among others. She has written several “Divorce Courts” and co-created a mini-series on Stalin which was developed at CBS. As a producer, Catherine has been nominated for four Tonys, won the Evening Standard Award and Critics’ Circle Award as the Lead Producer for The Scottsboro Boys in London which was nominated for seven Oliviers. She is a producer currently on Fiddler on the Roof as well as China Doll with Al Pacino. Past shows include Peter and the Starcatcher, The Scottsboro Boys, Stick Fly, Next Fall, and The Anarchist on Broadway, The King’s Speech in London, and Boy from Oz in Peru.

Catherine and her partner, Joshua Grenrock, have completed over nine feature scripts and many TV treatments. Their scripts have been optioned/developed by Ian Sanders, Disney, David Ladd, Thom Mount, Rastar, Avenue Pictures, and Kate Hudson’s Cosmic Entertainment among others. They had a series optioned with Steve Cannell which was put into development at CBS.Finalists in the Chesterfield Writer’s Competition for DNA Dad and Hoppily Ever After, two family movies. Semi finalists in the 2007 American Screenwriters’ Association Film Competition and second round finalists in the 2007 Slamdance Writing Competition for Desperate Writers.

Desperate Writers was first produced at the Edgemar Theatre, Santa Monica in 2007 and 2008, and Off-Broadway at the Union Square Theatre, NYC, in 2011.

Ichabod — by Phillip C. Wagner (Book & Lyrics) and Elizabeth DeVolder (Music & Lyrics)

Ichabod, Tragically Comic Players, Vernon, BC

Musical Comedy/ 8 Characters, 4 Men, 4 Women/ Full Length, Two Acts

Synopsis: A family musical set in the 1780s in the eerie Dutch settlement of Sleepy Hollow along the Hudson River. The jealous Brom cannot stand the graceful, educated Ichabod winning over his girl, Katrina, and will have none of Ichabod’s flirting with the ladies. Determined to rid Sleepy Hollow once and for all of Master Ichabod’s superior airs, Brom does not stop at just smashing pumpkins!

Children from five to 95 will enjoy the lively music and spirited antics of all the characters. Everyone sings and dances — even the “horses.” As in the classic Disney animated film, the “Legend of Sleepy Hollow,” the chase is the climax. Watch out for Brom Bones’ horse, Dare Devil, as he gallops after Ichabod Crane’s horse, Gunpowder!

“The kids nearly fell out of their chairs with laughter during the second half.”
– Shoe String Children’s Theatre

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Phillip C. Wagner
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Tragically Comic Players
1552 Creighton Valley Road
Lumby, BC, Canada
V0E 2G1
E-mail: phillipcwagner99@hotmail.com
Ph: (250) 547-6045

About the Playwright: Actor, director, musician, and playwright Phillip C. Wagner studied playwriting at the University of Iowa, and both playwriting and directing at the University of Alberta. His play Murder at the Empress was first performed in Victoria by the Vancouver Island Players in 1979, and later adapted for a summer run at the Jasper Lodge in Jasper, Alberta.

Ichabod and the Headless Horseman premiered at the Four Seasons Musical Theatre in Victoria in 1986. Later it toured to 14 schools in Greater Victoria. In 2009, Phil joined forces with lyricist and composer Beth DeVolder to rewrite the music. The new Ichabod debuted at the Schubert Centre in Vernon, B.C. in 2009, and was remounted the next year at the Powerhouse Theatre in Vernon.

Currently the artistic director of the Tragically Comic Players in Lumby, BC, Canada, Phil is also a screenwriter and story editor.

Ichabod was first produced under the title Ichabod and the Headless Horseman by the Four Seasons Musical Theatre Company, Victoria, BC, Canada in 1986. The current version, with new music, was first produced by the Tragically Comic Players at the Schubert Centre, Vernon, BC, in 2009.

My Heart and the Real World by Broken Gopher Ink

Comedy-Drama (monologues)/ Multiple Characters, 5 actors minimum, 3 Men, 2 Women/ One acts, written in 3 parts to be performed over 3 nights

Synopsis: (From the off-off-Broadway Review): “Sketches that can only be described as edgy, dealing with alienation, despair, and loathing (of oneself and others). Which sketches are presented on any given night is decided randomly . . .lives with his middle-aged mother, Geg, and is “in a relationship” with Lindahl, but his real love is his drums. Maybe you’d prefer making loud sounds to growing-up, too, if your Mother was having sex with your cousin (her nephew, that’s right) and your girlfriend wants to bring her “emotional heart into harmonious balance.”

“Among them were ‘Everybody’s Trying to Be My Baby,’ narrated by a woman who fucked all four Beatles (and their manager/pimp) and fantasizes about the child she had to give up nine months later. While loaded with a narcotized horror on one level (she was 14 when she let herself be led back to the Fab Four’s hotel), the piece bubbles with an undertone of humor, pointed up by casual details (the squalor of the hotel suite; one Beatle’s bad breath; another’s breaking into tears after sex).”

Another standout was ‘Don’t Touch the President’s Brain,’ a reminiscence by a cleaning woman who happened to be in the emergency room when President Kennedy was brought in after getting shot. The title is a quote from a Secret Service man who tells her off after she accidentally picks up part of Kennedy’s brain.”

Other [characters] included a deranged Trekkie obsessed with Deanna Troy; a harassing caller who gets children to divulge secrets, and then uses that information in subsequent harassing calls to the parents; and a manic but ultimately depressing attendee at a reunion. Not a straight arrow in the quiver.

“The final sketch, a funeral eulogy, has the priest dissing God in ever-more-bitter terms. It sums up the sense of futility that underlies all the sketches’ weirdness.”

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Broken Gopher Ink
1521 9th Ave
Greeley, Colorado
USA 80631
Ph.: 970-352-7898
brokengopher@hotmail.com
Playwrights’ website: http://www.brokengopher.com

About the Playwright: Broken Gopher Ink’s plays have been produced by Love Creek Productions, The Harold Clurman Theatre, The American Theatre of Actors, The Quartz Theatre, The Soupstone Project, Beverly Hills Cable Access, Ironbound Theatre, and Theatre Three (N.Y.C.), to name only a precious few. Their fabulous and nonfattening plays, all of which have been aggressively rejected by the Denver Center, are: M.I.B. (1987),Murder in the Men’s Store (1988), Stigmata (1989), Clazion Catches Light (1991), Confetti (1993), My Heart and the Real World (1998) and Hurt(2000). Their work has won numerous cheap awards, including the 1995 Love Creek One Act Festival in New York City, which resulted in a visit from the unstable pair.

My Heart and the Real World was first produced by Love Creek Productions at The American Theatre of Actors, New York City in October, 2000.

Arthur of the Little Round Table by Norman Weinstein

Comedy/ 7 characters, 4 Men, 3 Female / Full Length, Two Acts

Synopsis (from Theatremania.com): “In Arthur of the Little Round Table, a new full-length comedy by Norman Weinstein, a naive antiques dealer declares, ‘Darwin was wrong about those damn monkeys of his. We’re descended from squirrels. Collectors’ll go nuts here!’

“In love with Mission furniture and ragtime (its contemporary), innocent Arthur must cope with a critical wife, an arrogant but famous collector-dealer attractive to women, a sleazy antiques picker, and difficult consignors and customers. He has much to learn about antiques and life, even as he hunts for the Holy Grail of Mission furniture — a piece by Gustav Stickley. By play’s end, his character has changed. For the better might be debatable.”

Playwright’s Notes

“Arthur Honeycutt, a former insurance salesman, has quit his job to pursue his dream…. It’s an interesting look into the sometimes cutthroat world of antiques, but on a more basic level is about the conflict between Arthur’s dreams and the disappointing reality.”
-The Off Off Broadway Review

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Norman Weinstein
2250 Broadway, Apt. MG
New York, NY
USA, 10024
Ph.: 212-595-3787
Email: weindeb@nyc.rr.com

About the Playwright: Norman Weinstein, a writer by heart, has in the past also directed and acted, even touring with The Fantasticks in Greece. Above all, though, theatre for him means writing plays. He finds himself writing comedies, both full and short-length, and usually family and/or political in nature, many of which have had staged readings throughout Manhattan. Aside from writing he has held many jobs in the past, including pilot, Air Force newspaper reporter, antiques dealer, and a by-line writer for two decorative arts magazines. He is currently working on a drama about Eugene Jacques Bullard, the world’s first black combat aviator, and a full-length comic musical, Two Cats and a Kid.

Arthur of the Little Round Table was first produced at the Gene Frankel Theatre, New York City in November, 2004.

 

Shelf Life by Phillip C. Wagner

Comedy-Drama/ 27 Characters, 10 Men, 11 Women, 6 Indeterminate (doubling and tripling possible)/ Full Length, Two Acts

Synopsis: A Christmas dream play for ages 13 and up, combining parody, social comment, and fantasy. An old toymaker is visited by a collectible doll on the run from three “Brats” Dolls. The bad gals recruit Darth Vader, Freddy Krueger, and a not very threatening troll to take on the collectibles’ protectors, who include Popular Pirate Bob, Jack in Box, and a talking dog. The play culminates in a battle royale between the two sides, and a heartwarming Christmas surprise for the old man.

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Tragically Comic Players
1552 Creighton Valley Road
Lumby, BC, Canada
V0E 2G1
E-mail: phillipcwagner99@hotmail.com
Ph: (250) 547-6045

About the Playwright: Actor, director, musician, and playwright Phillip C. Wagner studied playwriting at the University of Iowa, and both playwriting and directing at the University of Alberta. His other plays include Murder at the Empress and the family musical (with Beth DeVolder) Ichabod and the Headless Horseman, which toured to 14 schools in the Greater Victoria area, and most recently was seen at the Powerhouse Theatre in Vernon In 2009. Currently the artistic director of the Tragically Comic Players in Lumby, BC, Canada, Phil is also a screenwriter and story editor.

Shelf Life was first performed by the Tragically Comic Players, Lumby, British Columbia, in 2009.

You Can’t Get Uptown on the Downtown Train by Vanda

Comedy/ 2 Characters, 1 Woman, 1 Man/ One Act, 20 minutes

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Synopsis: A woman is accosted by a very strange robber on a deserted subway platform in the middle of winter.

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1 University Place, 1011
New York City, N.Y.
USA 10003
Ph.: (212) 217-2252
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About the Playwright: Vanda’s one acts have been produced in New York City and Boston. Her first full-length play, An Appearance of Desire, was a finalist in The Eugene O’Neill National Playwriting Conference, as well as a finalist for a Jerome Foundation Grant. You Can’t Get Uptown on the Downtown Train won Honorable Mention in The Attic Theatre of Los Angeles’ Festival of One Act Plays and was also a finalist in The Perishable Theatre Women’s Contest. Our Lady of Stone, premiered by Developmental Stages in New York City, was a first place winner in The Out on the Edge Festival, and Kvetching with the Virgin Mary was selected to be performed at the Samuel French Festival of One Act Plays.

You Can’t Get Uptown on the Downtown Train was first produced by Developmental Stages, NYC in 1998, and was staged as part of the Lower Eastside Festival at Theatre for the New City in 1999.