Ten Times Two by David Belke

Comedy/ 3 characters, 2 Men, 1 Woman/ Full Length, Two Acts

Synopsis: When an evildoer cursed with immortality falls for a barmaid in 1399, it is the start of a romantic pursuit spanning the Middle Ages to Modern times. But in order to win the heart of his reincarnating beloved, the villain must learn to become a human being.

“A romantic comedy that proves that time may be fickle but fate isn’t to blame.”
– Theatre & Company

“A fascinating concept . . . a funny, touching and clever script.”
– Kitchener Record

“A wise and witty evening.”
– See Magazine

Read it Now
Performance rights must be secured before production
Contact information:
Amateur and professional rights:
David Belke
10037 84 Avenue
Edmonton Alberta
T6E 2G6
phone (780) 437-7507
Contact form: http://www.davidbelke.ca/index.php/contact-david


About the Playwright: David Belke was born in Winnipeg, Canada but was raised and continues to flourish in Edmonton, Alberta. He graduated from the University of Alberta with a B.Ed. and where he also studied stage design. He fills many different roles in the theatre: performer, producer, designer, teacher, and award-winning playwright. His plays have been performed across Canada as well as in the United States, England and Northern Ireland. His first full length play was produced for the 1990 Edmonton Fringe Theatre Festival, the largest theatre festival in North America. Since then, he has written a new play for each subsequent year becoming one of the Fringe’s mainstays and one of the city’s favorite playwrights. David currently works as resident playwright and designer with Edmonton’s Shadow Theatre where he is also an artistic associate. Shadow Theatre usually produces one of David’s plays a year, either a premiere or a remount. A multiple Sterling Award winner, David also received prestigious Samuel French Inc.’s Canadian Playwrights Award for 2000 and they have since published two of his plays. In addition, he is a cast member of Edmonton’s long-running comedy institution Die-Nasty, the live improvised soap opera. He also serves as a member of the Varscona Theatre Alliance Board and The Elizabeth Sterling Haynes Awards Committee.

Ten Times Two was first produced by Shadow Theatre, Edmonton, Alberta, 1999

If you prefer, click here to buy a printed copy.

A Night In The Kremlin — Book by Bernard Besserglik, Music & Lyrics by Bob Barton

Musical Comedy/ Multiple characters, playable by 10 Men, 2 Women/ Full Length, Two Acts

Synopsis (from newyorktheatre.com): “A Night in the Kremlin is a wonderfully imaginative look at what happens when Harpo Marx travels to Moscow in 1933 amidst the building of the Soviet Union’s ‘Utopia.’ Once Harpo arrives he receives an interpreter, Valentina, and he befriends the Foreign Diplomat’s English wife, Ivy. After the two women take him to an audition at the Chekhov Theater (a hilarious moment), Valentina breaks down with unbearable grief. She shares with Harpo and Ivy that her boyfriend, Igor, is going to have to stand before the Party Committee to be judged and that it is likely he may be sent away. After getting all the details Harpo and Ivy both decide that Igor is being treated unfairly and that they will do whatever it takes to ensure that Valentina and Igor can live together without corrupt politics. So they go to Stalin!

“Stalin is deeply concerned with maintaining the Soviet Union and ensuring that it is for the working people. It is as he receives the good news that the US is recognizing the USSR that he encounters Harpo and Ivy. Unaware of the duo’s mission to challenge the Party Committee’s decision, Stalin starts to fall in love with Ivy. In turn, Ivy, uses her feminine ways to try to sway Stalin to reverse the committee’s eventual decision to send Igor away. Meanwhile Harpo attempts to use his comedic antics to trick and confuse Stalin into signing official papers to release Igor.”

Harpo met Stalin? Well, actually no. But he did visit Moscow in November 1933 as a kind of goodwill ambassador following the opening of US-Soviet diplomatic relations. We can imagine the rest.

Although Harpo is clearly the main character, Stalin runs him a close second. A set-piece scene at the close of the first act plays on Stalin’s (approximate) physical resemblance to Groucho Marx and the fact that Stalin was known to have a wicked sense of humour — of the dark variety, obviously.

Though the play’s humour is often farcical, the story structure is firmly based on historical reality and many of the events portrayed — for example, Stalin kissing ambassador Bullitt full on the lips — actually happened. Though enjoyment is the ultimate goal, the show aims also to cast a shaft of light on one of the great tragedies of the 20th century.

“A wonderfully imaginative look at what happens when Harpo Marx travels to Moscow in 1933 amidst the building of the Soviet Union’s “Utopia” . . . Although it would be very easy to assume that a musical about the Soviet Union might be dark, the musical numbers are primarily light and fun . . . Then there are sweet love songs . . . Overall a great time. I had a wonderful night at the Kremlin!”
– Michael Lockley, nytheatre.com


Bernard Besserglik interviewed about A Night in the Kremlin

Read it Now
Performance rights must be secured before production
Contact information:
Amateur and Professional Rights:
Bernard Besserglik
E-mail: besserglik@wanadoo.fr
Production website: www.a-night-in-the-kremlin.com
Address: 21 rue Eugène et ML Cornet
PANTIN
93500 France

About the Playwright: Bernard Besserglik was born in London and lives in Paris. A former foreign correspondent (and still a regular film critic), he spent four years in Moscow and is interested in all things Russian. For the past 10 years he has written screenplays, mostly in French but also some in English. He has a short film currently in production and several other projects under option. He is currently writing I Spied for Stalin, a love-story set in wartime Moscow, for Lark Productions (UK). He first collaborated with Bob Barton on the musicalLash Me to the Mast, Adrian Mitchell’s take on the Odyssey.

About the Composer/Lyricist: Bob Barton studied musical theory when young and has played jazz as a solo artist and with bands since his teens, touring the US extensively. He has written original scores and lyrics and arranged existing music ranging stylistically from pop to classical for publicity and educational films and videos. He is adept in all styles, ranging from blues and boogie to pop and rock. His influences come from the great tradition of jazz piano players: Fats Waller, Earl Hines, Bud Powell, Oscar Peterson, etc., but he has developed his own unmistakeable personal style.

A Night In The Kremlin premiered at the Midtown International Theatre Festival, New York in August, 2009.

Sample songs:

Track & Field by Kevin Barry

Comedy/ 4 characters, 2 Men, 2 Women/ Full Length, Two Acts

Synopsis (from Cincinnati City Beat): “At a very superficial level Track & Field is about a middle-aged college theater professor who is enamored of a female student athlete. He’s trying to write a play, but his sarcastic wife questions his literary and and personal judgement, while the athlete’s equally athletic — and abusive — boyfriend, also an aspiring actor, is the object of his scorn.

“But that’s not what Track & Field is really ‘about.’ Barry has created a witty piece that also hold theatrical conventions up to scrutiny, pushes them to extremes and turns them inside out. To get our attention, at one point, the playwright says he might take the beginning, middle, and end and rearrange them: The play’s conclusion does just that. There’s a ring-bindered script that gets carried around and read from — and occasionally disputed, disregarded, and disdained . . . .

“Barry’s play also draws some clever analogies between writing a play and running a marathon, from the warm up to the event’s climax to the cooling down. The professor tells the young athlete: ‘Surprise your mind. Come see a play with me.’ That’s clearly what Barry’s desire is, and that’s what he accomplishes with this script.”

“This show is a lot of fun to watch, if your idea of fun is to have your thoughts provoked and your preconceptions disrupted . . . . one hell of an interesting evening that will make anyone who loves theater think carefully about what it means to ‘sit in the dark and watch people pretending to be other people.'”
– Cincinnati City Beat

Nominated for the American Theatre Critics Association’s New Play Award, and its M. Elizabeth Osborn Award for up-and-coming playwright.

Read it Now
Performance rights must be secured before production
Contact information:
Amateur and professional rights:
Kevin Barry
Ph.: 513-831-4421
E-mail: barrywerks@cinci.rr.com

About the Playwright: Kevin Barry is a native New Yorker and a member of the Dramatists Guild, as well as a founding member of Cincinnati Playwrights Initiative. His plays include: I Will Love You at 8PM Next Wednesday (Los Angeles, Cincinnati), Remember I’ll Always Be True (Los Angeles, Cincinnati), The Secret of Durable Pigments (Denver), American Standard (Chicago, Denver, Cincinnati), Remembering Juliet (Cincinnati), Him (New York, Cincinnati), The Portable Max(Cincinnati), Distracted by the Landscape (Los Angeles), In Rebel Country (Cincinnati), and Track and Field (Cincinnati), which was also nominated for the American Theatre Critics Association Award.

Track & Field was first produced by the Know Theatre Tribe, Cincinnati, Ohio in June, 2001.

Saint Thea: A One-Act Play In Two Acts by D.T. Arcieri

Saint Thea

Comedy-Drama/ 5 characters, 3 Men, 2 Women / Full Length, Two Acts

Synopsis: A 17-year old boy learns the bizarre truth of his ancestry through the disparate memories of his wacky family members.

“Arcieri is clearly a playwright to be reckoned with.” – NY Newsday

 

Read it Now
Performance rights must be secured before production
Contact information:
Amateur and Professional Rights:
D.T. Arcieri
E-mail: dtarcieri@aol.com

About the Playwright: D.T. Arcieri’s plays have been read and produced in America, England and Australia. They include the one-acts The Scream (All Out Arts, The Actors Institute, Moving Arts), Requiem for Albert (The Actors Institute, Vital Theatre, Bedlam Theatre), Drinking Zombies (Myriad Arts, Moving Arts), Norman! (Theatre Three, Theatre 40, Vital Theatre, Flesh Pot) and The Play About the Menu at Simon’s Coffee Shop (Theatre Three, Moving Arts). The Scream was optioned for a feature film by Tori Spelling and Drinking Zombies has been published by Original Works. His full-lengths includeModern Astrology (Theatre Conspiracy) and Cowbirds (Arena Theatre).Japanese Death Poem had a staged reading at Kitchen Dog Theatre in Dallas, Texas in 2004 and a full production at Theatre 40 in Los Angeles in 2005. Both were directed by Tony-nominated Stephen Tobolowsky, the latter starring Julie Hagerty. That play also won Stony Brook University’s 2005 John Gassner Festival.Carl a.k.a. Karl received a first reading and a staged reading in 2006 at Abingdon Theatre in New York. The Market, a prophetic one minute epic about the future of the US economy, premiered at the ‘Gone in 60 Seconds’ Festival at Brooklyn College in 2007. His newest full length St. Thea: A One-Act Play in Two Acts had a staged reading at Kitchen Dog in June 2009.

D.T. Arcieri holds MA degrees in Biological Sciences and Theatre Arts from Stony Brook University. He lives and writes on Long Island in New York and is a member of the Dramatists Guild of America

The Play About The Menu At Simon’s Coffee Shop premiered at Theatre Three’s Festival of One-Acts in March, 2008.

The Play About The Menu At Simon’s Coffee Shop by D.T. Arcieri

LA production at Moving Arts in October 2009

Comedy/ 4 characters, 2 Men (with doubling), 2 Women / One Act

Synopsis: Simon clearly needs to change more than just the menu at his coffee shop. This is a play about food and sex; about appetites that need to be satiated and all the things that happen when they are not.

“Arcieri is clearly a playwright to be reckoned with.” – NY Newsday

 

Read it Now
Performance rights must be secured before production
Contact information:
Amateur and Professional Rights:
D.T. Arcieri
E-mail: dtarcieri@aol.com


About the Playwright
: D.T. Arcieri’s plays have been read and produced in America, England and Australia. They include the one-acts The Scream (All Out Arts, The Actors Institute, Moving Arts), Requiem for Albert (The Actors Institute, Vital Theatre, Bedlam Theatre), Drinking Zombies (Myriad Arts, Moving Arts), Norman! (Theatre Three, Theatre 40, Vital Theatre, Flesh Pot) and The Play About the Menu at Simon’s Coffee Shop (Theatre Three, Moving Arts). The Scream was optioned for a feature film by Tori Spelling and Drinking Zombies has been published by Original Works. His full-lengths include Modern Astrology (Theatre Conspiracy) and Cowbirds (Arena Theatre). Japanese Death Poem had a staged reading at Kitchen Dog Theatre in Dallas, Texas in 2004 and a full production at Theatre 40 in Los Angeles in 2005. Both were directed by Tony-nominated Stephen Tobolowsky, the latter starring Julie Hagerty. That play also won Stony Brook University’s 2005 John Gassner Festival.

Carl a.k.a. Karl received a first reading and a staged reading in 2006 at Abingdon Theatre in New York. The Market, a prophetic one minute epic about the future of the US economy, premiered at the ‘Gone in 60 Seconds’ Festival at Brooklyn College in 2007. His newest full length St. Thea: A One-Act Play in Two Acts had a staged reading at Kitchen Dog in June 2009.

D.T. Arcieri holds MA degrees in Biological Sciences and Theatre Arts from Stony Brook University. He lives and writes on Long Island in New York and is a member of the Dramatists Guild of America

The Play About The Menu At Simon’s Coffee Shop premiered at Theatre Three’s Festival of One-Acts in March 2008