The Virgin and the Beast by Zsolt Pozsgai

The Virgin and the Beast

Tragi-Comedy/ 5 Characters, 3 men, 2 women/ Full Length, 70 Minutes

Synopsis: A man with a seriously burnt face lives in a flat in the ghetto of Budapest. Known as the Prince, he was once the most feared figure in the district and a leader of the underground. His companion and caretaker, Uncle Sam, decides to bring a tenant to his flat, a young Transylvanian girl, innocent and unaware. Love blossoms, and the two plan their escape together. Based on real events.

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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.

The Virgin and the Beast was first produced at Katona Jozsef Theatre in Kecskemet, Hungary in 2001.

The Whales by M. Stefan Strozier

Comedy/ Multiple characters, multiple casting possible/ Full Length, Two Acts

Synopsis (from offoffonline.com): “A satirical look at the present state of theatre and art in general. The hermaphrodite god Dionysus is displeased with the current state of drama, particularly in the Big Apple. After some brainstorming with her Maenads, Dionysus sends them to find a crazy playwright to write a new show for a dramatic competition. If it is deemed good, the playwright will enjoy great rewards (including an Apple Mac laptop). They find their champion in Harry Alton, a former playwright and currently a homeless schizophrenic who lost his livelihood by writing a play called Hang All the Hippies at High Noon.

“After the Maenads visit Harry and his fellow homeless lunatics in dreams, Harry goes about working on a new play for the competition. He meets a starry-eyed NYU drama student named Melissa, who suggests that they get someone to produce a reading of the work. Their plans are thwarted by Joanna Higginbotham, a member of the theatrical establishment whose ideals are the antithesis of Harry’s. Soon they are in the presence of the Whales, who are sent by Dionysus to judge the competition. But instead of a duel between the plays, the Whales call for Joanna and Harry to debate their viewpoints, with each trying to make a case for his or her goals and rules for today’s theater.”

“One of the funniest, strangest, and most cogent/penetrating plays ever written.”
– Boston Area Small Press and Poetry Scene

“Strozier speaks for the outsider. He speaks for those that the establishment — be it the critic for the New York Times, the deputies from Actors Equity, the editors of the play publishing giant, Samuel French — conspires to keep from the public. He speaks for the playwrights relegated to the showcases and festivals in the hinterlands where, if there is an audience, it is an audience of friends, relatives and fellow disenfranchisees.”
– The Compulsive Reader

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M. Stefan Strozier
303 Park Avenue South
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About the Playwright: M. Stefan Strozier has been published in Gallery, War Heroes; the Taj Mahal Review; Entropic Desires (online); the op-ed pages of the Chicago Sun Times; in several poetry collections; and in a self-published collection of short stories, Sickness of the Young. His other plays include The Whales and The Tragedy of Abraham Lincoln, both produced by La Muse Venale Acting Troupe on New York City. He has also produced and directed numerous play off-off-Broadway, and is founder and president of the ezine Audience.

The Whales was first performed by La Muse Venale Acting Troupe at Where Eagles Dare Theatre, New York City, January, 2006.

The White Pages by Jonathan Dorf

Comedy/ 4 Characters, 2 Men, 2 Women/ One Act

Synopsis: Thirtysomething insurance adjuster Robert brings three used classics to Book Traders Book Store to exchange. When he gets a book with blank pages in return, he believes it to be an error. Nancy, the store owner, supplies him with another book, this one also blank.

Even as Robert protests, satisfied and willfully oblivious customers come in to trade for more blank books. Finally, Robert fights back: armed with pens and ultimately a typewriter, he occupies the store and recreates —to the best of his recollection — the classic novels that Nancy and her nephew, Toto, have been disemboweling and replacing with white pages.

“The high spot of the afternoon . . . was Jon Dorf’s manically funny The White Pages . . .”
– CVI Weekly (Charlottesville, Va.)

“. . . very definitely funny.”
– The Daily Progress (Charlottesville, Va.)

The White Pages . . . is a zany farce with a touch of gentle satire.”
– Frontiers (Los Angeles, Ca.)

“Funny and unexpectedly psychotic . . . its premise is undeniably interesting.”
– Suburban and Wayne Times (suburban Philadelphia, Pa.)

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About the Playwright: Jonathan Dorf has had his plays produced across the United States, as well as in several foreign countries, including stagings of his work by Walnut Street Theatre, Playwrights Theatre of New Jersey, Ensemble Studio Theatre – LA and the Pittsburgh New Works Festival. Mr. Dorf is the co-chair of the Alliance of Los Angeles Playwrights, the former managing director of the Philadelphia Dramatists Center and a member of the Dramatists Guild of America. He has also written several produced short screenplays and a number of feature scripts.

In addition to writing for stage and screen, he serves as the resident playwriting expert for Final Draft: he created “Ask the Expert” Playwriting for their scriptwriting software and also writes a column about playwriting for their website. He is resident playwriting expert for The Writers Store, for whom he created Playwriting 101.com, and he also contributes regularly to their e-zine. He graduated magna cum laude from Harvard College with a degree in dramatic writing and literature and holds an MFA in playwriting from UCLA. He is available to playwrights and screenwriters as a script consultant.

The War of the Buttons was first performed at the Haverford School, Haverford, Pennsylvania in 1999. It awaits its first professional production.

This Blood’s For You by David W. Christner

Comedy/ 9 Characters, 5 Men, 4 Women (with doubling)/ Full Length, Two Acts

Synopsis: (from the Detroit MetroTimes): “Charlie James is sentenced to death for killing a cop. To him, life is a joke and death is a joke. Maybe that’s why this play has been labeled a dark comedy. But comedy isn’t its real purpose; it’s just what’s on the surface . . . .

“Humor is how Charlie deals with a life gone bad, and it’s how he deals with the many people around him who all of a sudden want something from a dead man walking. And what could they possibly want from a man who apparently has nothing? His body, of course. Christner utilizes This Blood’s For You as a tool to not only deal with the ethical implications involved with capital punishment, but with organ donation as well, and the interaction of the two.”

“Playwright David Christner uses the rich material of organ harvesting as a marvelous monkey wrench in This Blood’s For You, a powerful and thought evoking commentary on capital punishment. This intriguing vehicle . . . will make you laugh, and it will make you think. Dark comedy at its best.” – Key West Citizen

“[Charlie’s] quick-witted dialogue sounds as if Noel Coward was an American career criminal with 10 days left to live . . . . Everybody gets something in This Blood’s For You, and you will too. But like the characters in the play, it might not be what you expected. Check it out.”
Detroit MetroTimes

“Go and you’ll laugh after almost every line. Playwright David W. Christner has put together an upbeat play with a strong central character.”
Room Magazine (Windsor, Ont.)

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585 Indian Corner Road
Saunderstown, RI 02874-2120
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About the Playwright: David W. Christner was born in Sweetwater, Tennessee and raised in a small farming community in southwestern Oklahoma. He received a BA and an MA from the University of Oklahoma. Two plays of his Vietnam Trilogy — The Wall and Bui-Doi: The Dust of Live — have been recognized in national playwriting competitions, and The Walk, Red Hot Mamas, The Babe, The Bard, and the Baron, The Bitch of Baily’s Beach, Ezra and Evil, and This Blood’s For You have also been finalists or winners in national/international playwriting competitions. His plays have been produced throughout the United States, as well as in Canada and Australia. Mr. Christner is a member of the Dramatists Guild, Inc., the Theatre Communications Group, and is published by The Dramatic Publishing Company.

This Blood’s For You was first produced at the Key West Theatre Festival, Key West, Florida in October 1997.

Tolstoy’s Wife by Frank Moher

Comedy/ 10 Characters, 5 Women, 5 Men/ Full Length, Two Acts

Synopsis (From The Globe and Mail [Toronto]): “This amusing two-act biography of the great Russian novelist’s much put-upon wife is set in 1910, the year Tolstoy died. By that time, his relations with Sofya, the woman he had once passionately loved, were only acrimonious.

“With a surprisingly comic approach, Moher tells a story about a final row over the publication of Tolstoy’s diaries, which would have exposed his wife to public humiliation. First he gives Sofya some fictional allies: Anna Karenina and Dolly Oblonsky from Anna Karenina and Prince Andrey from War and Peace appear on stage to offer some advice. The other principal fantasy figure is Vanechka, the Tolstoys’ dead son. In a darkly funny twist, the 12-year-old’s ghost wants his mother to make good on her threats of suicide so that she can join him in the cold place where he now dwells.

“[Tolstoy’s] family members are as much his manipulative creations as his fictional characters . . . Certainly the Tolstoy’s marriage, with its petty fights, huge jealousies, and a histrionic deathbed scene in a railway station where the novelist had fallen ill, is the stuff of farce. But it is also the stuff of tragedy: Tolstoy destroyed his wife’s character and then could not live with the embittered, half-crazy creature he created.”

“Captures the farcical aspects of Leo and Sofya’s marriage brilliantly . . . clever, funny.”
– The Globe and Mail (Toronto)

“Strikes a perfect balance between the poignant and the comic . . . a gleefully irreverent gem.”
-Fast Forward Weekly (Calgary)

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Playwright’s website: FrankMoher.com 

About the Playwright: Frank Moher’s plays have been produced internationally, at theatres including South Coast Repertory (Costa Mesa, Calif.), Detroit Repertory Theatre, Round House Theatre (Silver Spring, Maryland), the Canadian Stage Company (Toronto), the Wellington Repertory Theatre (Wellington, New Zealand), Workshop West Theatre (Edmonton, Alta.), the Asolo Theater (Sarasota, Fla.), Alberta Theatre Projects (Calgary), Dodona Theatre (Prishtina, Kosova), The Mingei Theatre (Tokyo), and OmaDa Theatre (Athens, Greece). He has won a Los Angeles Drama-Logue Award for Writing (for Odd Jobs), the Edmonton Sterling Award for Outstanding New Play (for both The Third Ascent and Prairie Report,), and is published by both ProPlay and the Playwrights Guild of Canada. Frank has taught at the University of British Columbia and the University of Alberta (where he was a Distinguished Visiting Artist), and is currently an instructor in scriptwriting and journalism at Vancouver Island University. He has also worked professionally as a literary manager and dramaturg, and written for publications including The Globe and Mail, The National Post, Saturday Night magazine, The Georgia Straight, backofthebook.ca and salon.com.

Tolstoy’s Wife was premiered by Alberta Theatre Projects, Calgary, in January, 1997

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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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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.

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.

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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.

Two Wheel Tricycle by John Chambers

Dark comedy/ 6 Characters, 2 Men (with doubling), 2 Women/ Full Length, Two Acts

Synopsis: Set on a municipal tip (or dump), Two Wheel Tricycle is a hard-edged drama shot through with dark humour. Trawling through consumer waste, the characters are all searching for something — to sell; to do up; to give their lives meaning — as well as maybe a trike for their kid. As they return day after day, the barriers between them come down and they discover they have more in common than they first imagined. But they are themselves surplus to requirements in a consumer society, and eventually the chap from the Council has to do something about them.

“A thoughtful, satisfying, finely wrought work of art.”
– The Guardian

“Powerful and ambitious.”
– City Life

 

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E-mail: artistan38@tiscali.co.uk

About the Playwright: John has had some 40 plays premiered in his native North West of England — ranging from a Number One tour to fringe. He has written for most Reps in the region and was Arts Council Resident Dramatist at Manchester LTC and Resident Writer at M6 Theatre. His plays have subsequently been performed around the UK and as far afield as Australia and the US. He’s also written over a hundred hours of TV drama, as well as plays for radio.

Two Wheel Tricycle was first produced at the Contact Theatre, Manchester, England.

Veronica Cory by Josepha Gutelius

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

Synopsis: Veronica Cory is the young widow of a man who was killed in a bomb explosion two years ago. Or was he killed? An obsessed FBI agent is hell-bent on using Veronica as a pawn to capture the ringleader of an international terrorist network, and who may or may not be Veronica’s husband.

“A thought-provoking, deeply moving play. Veronica is, in her zany, rock-chic way, a contemporary heroine — pitted against the frightening and ridiculous, and events that leave the audience gasping.”
Woodstock Times

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About the Playwright: Josepha Gutelius’s other plays include The Age of Anxiety, RASP, Spooking Herald, Is It June Where You Are?, Desperate Alien, and Miracle Mile, as well as the short playsTwo Hands, Vaseline, and Atomica World Machine.

Veronica Cory was first produced at the 18th Street Playhouse, New York City in 1984.

Yard Wars by Jonathan Dorf

Westley Thornton in Yard Wars, Secret Rose Theatre, North Hollywood, California

Comedy/ 1 Character, 1 Man/ One Act

Synopsis: Eighteen-year old backyard wrestler Christian Connors has just been power-bombed on his head. While he probably has a concussion, he has luckily avoided death or paralysis. But the concussion sparks a crisis: is it worth it to continue wrestling? He goes back through his wrestling career, beginning when his friend Jimmy Double T got him to start a wrestling federation in Jimmy’s backyard — just for fun — using old mattresses and hiding it from Jimmy’s mother. He remembers creating his character, their first matches, the arrival of fans and new wrestlers, and how it all began to spiral out of control, with the fans demanding crazier, more violent matches and him liking the attention. Not only does he like that attention, but he can feel himself getting hooked on it. He’s at the height of his popularity, but is he still wrestling for the right reasons?

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About the Playwright: Jonathan Dorf has had his plays produced across the United States, as well as in several foreign countries, including stagings of his work by Walnut Street Theatre, Playwrights Theatre of New Jersey, Ensemble Studio Theatre – LA and the Pittsburgh New Works Festival. Mr. Dorf is the co-chair of the Alliance of Los Angeles Playwrights, the former managing director of the Philadelphia Dramatists Center and a member of the Dramatists Guild of America. He has also written several produced short screenplays and a number of feature scripts.

In addition to writing for stage and screen, he serves as the resident playwriting expert for Final Draft: he created “Ask the Expert” Playwriting for their scriptwriting software and also writes a column about playwriting for their website. He is resident playwriting expert for The Writers Store, for whom he created Playwriting 101.com, and he also contributes regularly to their e-zine. He graduated magna cum laude from Harvard College with a degree in dramatic writing and literature and holds an MFA in playwriting from UCLA. He is available to playwrights and screenwriters as a script consultant.

Yard Wars was first produced at the Secret Rose Theatre, North Hollywood, California, 2006.